Disability & Accessibility, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Preaching, Writing

What Glaucoma Has Given to Me…

What Glaucoma Has Given Me…

and what it has taken away.

It’s always exciting to have an article accepted for publication, and I’m so pleased that my latest article was included in CAPTIVATING! Magazine. It is my hope that this article will help to raise awareness about glaucoma and inspire others to chase their dreams. Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness and impacts 3 million Americans, but only half of the people with Glaucoma know they have it.

Click the following link to read the entire article on CAPTIVATING! Magazine: https://captivatingmagazine.com/2020/03/01/what-glaucoma-has-given-to-me/

CAPTIVATING!

and What It Has Taken Away

By Rev. Rebecca L. Holland

Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness and impacts 3 million Americans, but only half of the people with Glaucoma know they have it.

Introduction: The Power of Music

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It is a delight to play on the baby grand at the front of the church. My piano teacher sits on the front pew and attentively listens with her head cocked slightly to one side. Although I’m tired after a long day, I throw my entire heart into the music. The air around us fills with the strains of Beethoven’s Woo 59 in a minor, a melody popularly known as Für Elise.

I can’t drive because of my poor vision, but I happily paid the cost of an Uber to travel across town to the church where my teacher gives lessons. It’s worth the expense to bring music into my…

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My Cat, Zeus
Devotions, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Preaching, Sermons & Sermon Notes

His Encouragement: The Cat’s Lament and the Beginning of Lent

No one laments louder or longer than my cat when he is hungry! During the season of Lent, we make time for lament. In our culture, we have grown uncomfortable with the signs of intense morning. But in Biblical times, especially during the time of the Old Testament, it was common for people to loudly lament their grief for the Lord to hear.

A baby wears a santa hat
Ministry, Pastoral Life, Preaching, Sermons & Sermon Notes, Women in Ministry

Devotion: Happy New Year- Babies Change Lives (His Encouragement)

Have you or a family member ever known the joy of a holding a newborn baby in your arms? Babies change our lives. One of my friends can vividly remember the day her son was born. “It was a long and painful process,” she said. “I had labor pains for three long, grueling days and the contractions were so brutal that I thought that I was going to die. I had never known such pain in all my life. But then, when they laid that my new son in my arms, my entire life changed. Up until that point, I had loved my son and anxiously awaited his arrival. But that moment, when I held him, I knew what true love was. Becoming a parent changes your life forever, and it has never been the same.”

donkeys eat hay from a manger
Ministry, Pastoral Life, Preaching, Sermons & Sermon Notes

Devotion: Merry Christmas! Are you hungry? Jesus is food for the world!

God made a cattle trough into a cradle for the Messiah who would feed the whole world. Only Jesus can satisfy our hunger. Only he can fill our insatiable longing. I think it is truly wonderful that, besides Joseph and Mary, the first people to see the baby Jesus who were working in the fields.  Jesus is the Good Shepherd, and we are all sheep. We are all special to Christ, and we all need the Good Shepherd to guide us home. Jesus is the greatest gift of all. Happy Birthday Jesus!

A service dog stands next to a person seated in a wheelchair 
Devotions, Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Preaching, Sermons & Sermon Notes

Everything Changes When Jesus Shows Up at Church (His Encouragement #31)

I admire the woman in Luke 13:10-17 because I know from firsthand experience how embarrassing it can be to go into a public space when you look different from everybody else. Her faith is an inspiration to all of us.