Rain is a huge blessing in parched Texas where I live. Water gives life and fruitfulness to God's creation. In the same way, Scripture tells us that people who trust in the Lord will be "like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream" (Jeremiah 17:8 NIV).
Sharon Gartland is passionate about helping women balance their professional careers and personal lives. Her reflection on the pregnant young Mary invites us into this seasonal storyline of expectancy and new birth.
NCF students and faculty on a weekend retreat in Michigan got a fresh look at what it means to "abide in the vine", as Jesus instructed his followers in John 15. NCF staff Renee Lick asked them to write nursing care plans based on this Biblical text.