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Devotion

Most people like a good love story. This month (November), for the Lift Up Your Hearts devotions, Bishop Samuel (Sammy) Morrison from the Diocese of Valparaiso in Chile, brings us a series on The Book of Ruth--a great love story. To extract all the riches of the great love story found here, we will first read a few passages from Joshua and Judges which will provide us a foundation to understand Ruth. Finally, we will read texts from Isaiah and the New Testament to apply this great love story to us thanks to Jesus Christ, the Great Redeemer.

All these devotions were shared first in Spanish by members of Iglesia Anglicana San Pedro de Viña del Mar, where Sammy is now the senior minister. Sammy has been a pastor for more than thirty years, serving different Anglican congregations in Chile. Among them, he had the joy of being the pastor of Iglesia St. James in Punta Arenas, the southernmost Anglican Church in the world.

One of the few Anglicans in Chile who can claim grandparents and great grandparents who were believing Anglicans, he abandoned the faith at the age of twelve, declaring himself an agnostic. While in university and studying dentistry, he came back to Christ and has been a committed Christian since then. After three years of dental practice, he read theology in the States (Trinity School for Ministry) and was ordained in 1990.

Sammy has written study guides for small groups and daily reading devotions for Spanish-speaking Anglicans. Lately, he has begun translating good quality books written by Reformed Anglicans, so Chilean Anglicans can grow in their Christian identity, enriching themselves with an Anglican perspective. *If you or someone you know is a Spanish speaker you can watch and listen to Sammy shares these devotions here.

Married to Viviana Torres, they have four adult children, a granddaughter and are preparing themselves to receive a grandson early next year.

Para leer las devocionales en Espanol, haga clic aquí.
Para ler os devocionais em Português, clique aqui.

29th November 2021
On our last day in this great love story, we will focus on the heart of Paul's Letter to the Philippians.
26th November 2021
By reading Ruth we have not only received a beautiful story, we have also learned how we can be rescued from our desperate condition.
25th November 2021
When reading the Old Testament quite soon we realize that the foundations are being laid here for an event to come. In our readings we have already learned that our common sense does not lead us to...
24th November 2021
The great love story does not end with reading the Book of Ruth, on the contrary, it makes us look at Scripture with different eyes, because we want to see how this redemption comes to us. In the...
23rd November 2021
The fairy tales that we listened to as children, many times ended by saying "and they lived happily ever after." None of those stories take into account the 'forever', it is simply a hyperbole that...
22nd November 2021
In our previous reading, when Ruth comes home, Naomi literally asks her who are you? What Naomi wants to know is whether Ruth is still Mahlon's wife or is she already Boaz's wife. Ruth informs him...
19th November 2021
A feature of any good story is that it engages us. We want to move forward, to know what will happen. When reading a good story we are not passive, the only way to extract all its message is to be...
18th November 2021
Our previous reading opened up a whole area that we didn't know about. There are those who can rescue these women and get them out of the precarious situation they are in.
17th November 2021
In our previous reading we witnessed the industriousness of Ruth, who leaves her family and country to take care of Naomi, her mother-in-law. In this reading we will witness the conversation of these...
16th November 2021
This passage will allow us to have a clear understanding of all the protagonists of this great love story. Here we will meet Boaz, who is presented in very good terms by the author of this book.
15th November 2021
Naomi has returned empty-handed to her land, but here we will see that the community had established ways to help people like Naomi and Ruth. Once again, we can see the hand of God taking care of...
12th November 2021
Even without knowing the rest of the story, we can already guess that better times lie ahead. The generous commitment of Ruth has changed our perception of the events reported here. For generations,...
11th November 2021
In the midst of so much pain, Naomi (Mara) receives a ray of hope. Dwelling in a foreign land, she learns that the famine that had affected Israel has passed, and she decides to return home.
10th November 2021
In this great love story that is the book of Ruth we see that although Israel turned her back on God, that does not mean that God abandoned His people. There is a future for them, not because they...
9th November 2021
The title of this series of devotionals is "A great love story." It is for this reason that we will begin this devotional with a quote from another great love story, Pride and Prejudice, by Jane...
8th November 2021
In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab. Ruth 1: 1...
5th November 2021
The account of Judges shows the deeper causes of the spiritual degradation of God's people. This section of Judges gives us details of this rebellion and its consequences.
4th November 2021
Judges is a book that continues the story of the possession of the land started in Joshua and what happened in the country once Israel settled there. This prepares us to read and understand the great...

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