Rooted in the Word

Rooted in the Word is an ongoing devotional that includes the art and writing of Charissa.

Rooted in the Word (Watercolor on Canvas)

Stations of the Cross

Please note that these stations are a compilation of many people’s …

Living Christmas Every Day

Here is a link to the sermon that I preached on Sunday, December 28th; …


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As an artist, on a budget, I find myself seeking creative ways to be …

Hovering Spirit

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 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 

Genesis 1:1-2 (NIV)

Hovering Spirit* (Watercolor on Paper)

Still, today, the Spirit …

The World Is Our Oyster

The World Is Our Oyster (Photo taken by Rev. Lisa Degrenia)

On June …

Abundant Resurrection Living

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Unecumbered (Encautic Medium on Wood Panel)

Steeped out of the deep …

A Life Giving Lent: Lessons Learned in Lent

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Release* (Encaustic Medium and Collaged Paper on Wood Panel)

As I prepared …

And the Darkness Did Not Overcome It . . .

A Light Shines in the Darkness

     And the Darkness did not Overcome …

Crossing Thresholds

Silhouette of Joy and Peace (Acrylic on Door)

Yesterday, I preached a sermon entitled, Crossing Thresholds, using …

Keep Awake

“But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come.  It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch.  Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn,  or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly.  And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.”


                                                                            Mark 13:32-37


Back in college, I served as a youth counselor.  One night, I helped …

Where Are You Christmas?

We continue to be in the season of waiting, hoping, and expecting.  …

Beyond Lingering

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Beyond Lingering (Mixed Media)

On Sunday, December 1st, the season …

In All Circumstances . . .

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Paul, in a series of exhortations, urges us to give thanks in all


From October 31st to November 2nd we experience the Holy Triduum of …

Formed and Shaped

Yesterday, we celebrated Reformation Sunday.  Back in the year 1517, …

Let the Floor Hold You

Three weeks ago I started the spiritual discipline of Bikram Yoga, …

Bread of Life, Cup of Salvation

Sacramental Living - Version 2

Sacramental Living (Watercolor on Paper)

This Sunday we celebrate World …

All Creatures of Our God and King

Around the year 1225 CE, shortly before his death, Saint Francis of …

$#!+ Happens Theology

Over and over again I see well meaning people, saying or posting "everything …

Shattered, Broken, Helpless . . .

Brokenness Being Transformed

Brokenness Being Transformed (Acrylic on Canvas)

We are shattered


Love Beyond Measure

Love Beyond Measure (Charcoal and Paint on Paper)

Love Beyond Measure (Charcoal and Acrylic Paint on Paper)

Who is this …

Let Go, Lean In, and Love Often

Creative Ways for Connecting With God

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, which marks the entry into the season of …

Prayer, Praise, and Pancakes

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Tomorrow is a wonderful day in the Christian year.  It is a day of …

Good News

To Set the Burdened Free

Jesus returned to Galilee powerful in the Spirit. News that he was back spread through the countryside. He taught in their meeting places to everyone’s acclaim and pleasure.

He came to Nazareth where he had been reared. As he always did on the Sabbath, he went to the meeting place. When he stood up to read, he was handed the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the scroll, he found the place where it was written,

     God’s Spirit is on me;    

          he’s chosen me to preach the Message of good news to the poor,    

          recovery of sight to the blind,    

          to announce, “This is God’s year to act!”

He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the assistant, and sat down. Every eye in the place was on him, intent. Then he started in, “You’ve just heard Scripture make history. It came true just now in this place.” 

Luke 4:14-21 (The Message)

This passage and the Isaiah passage (Isaiah 61:1-4) which it quotes …

Sacramental Living

This Sunday many churches will celebrate Baptism of the Lord, will …

Heaven Touching Earth


Love (Acrylic on Two Pieces of Cutout Styrofoam)*

The Birth of Jesus

About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire. This was the first census when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted for. So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David’s town, for the census. As a descendant of David, he had to go there. He went with Mary, his fiancée, who was pregnant.

While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel.

An Event for Everyone

There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.”

At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises:

     Glory to God in the heavenly heights,Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.

As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.

Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told!

Luke 2:1-20 (The Message)

You may be thinking, …


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Then the angel left her. Mary didn’t waste a minute. She got up and traveled to a town in Judah in the hill country, straight to Zachariah’s house, and greeted Elizabeth.  When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby in her womb leaped.  Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and sang out exuberantly,


You’re so blessed among women, and the babe in your womb, also blessed! 

And why am I so blessed that the mother of my Lord visits me? 

The moment the sound of your greeting entered my ears,

The babe in my womb skipped like a lamb for sheer joy. 

Blessed woman, who believed what God said, believed every word would come true! 

And Mary said,


I’m bursting with God-news; 

I’m dancing the song of my Savior God. 

God took one good look at me, and look what happened—

I’m the most fortunate woman on earth!

What God has done for me will never be forgotten, 

the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others. 

His mercy flows in wave after wave on those who are in awe before him. 

He bared his arm and showed his strength, scattered the bluffing braggarts. 

He knocked tyrants off their high horses, pulled victims out of the mud. 

The starving poor sat down to a banquet; the callous rich were left out in the cold. 

He embraced his chosen child, Israel; he remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high. 

It’s exactly what he promised, beginning with Abraham and right up to now. 

Mary stayed with Elizabeth for three months and then went back to her own home.

Luke 1:38b-56 (The Message)

Up until this point, Mary …

Echo of Hope -- Part 2

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Echo of Hope (Acrylic on Canvas)

Today, we continue our story of hope …

Echo of Hope -- Part 1

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Echo of Hope (Acrylic on Canvas)

We find ourselves in a season of …

What's It All About?

Thanksgiving has come and gone.  I have stomached just about all the …

Celebrating Saints

Candles at the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem:  I lit one in memory …

Wonder and Majesty

Photo I took of VIlano Beach (1 October 2012, Mid-Morning)

The last …

Journeying Through the Dark Night of The Soul

What is the Dark Night of the Soul?

In our spiritual walks we sometimes …

Silhouettes Of Joy and Peace

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 Silouette of Joy and Peace (Acrylic on Door)

My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth.  I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength— that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all Christians the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. 

God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.

Glory to God in the church!

Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus!

Glory down all the generations!

Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes! 

                     Ephesians 3:14-21 The Message


All Things New

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                        No Ordinary King* (Watercolor on Canvas)

New Beginnings

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Growing in Grace & Freedom (Acrylic on Door)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 

(2 Corinthians 5:17 TNIV)

Yesterday, was an amazing …

In the Midst of the Journey

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God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. 
   I'm an open book to you; 
      even from a distance, you know what I'm thinking. 
   You know when I leave and when I get back; 
      I'm never out of your sight. 
   You know everything I'm going to say 
      before I start the first sentence. 
   I look behind me and you're there, 
      then up ahead and you're there, too— 
      your reassuring presence, coming and going. 
   This is too much, too wonderful— 
      I can't take it all in! 

 Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit? 
      to be out of your sight? 
   If I climb to the sky, you're there! 
      If I go underground, you're there! 
   If I flew on morning's wings 
      to the far western horizon, 
   You'd find me in a minute— 
      you're already there waiting! 
   Then I said to myself, "Oh, he even sees me in the dark! 
      At night I'm immersed in the light!" 
   It's a fact: darkness isn't dark to you; 
      night and day, darkness and light, they're all the same to you. 

  Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; 
      you formed me in my mother's womb. 
   I thank you, High God—you're breathtaking! 
      Body and soul, I am marvelously made! 
      I worship in adoration—what a creation! 
   You know me inside and out, 
      you know every bone in my body; 
   You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, 
      how I was sculpted from nothing into something. 
   Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; 
      all the stages of my life were spread out before you, 
   The days of my life all prepared 
      before I'd even lived one day. 

  Your thoughts—how rare, how beautiful! 
      God, I'll never comprehend them! 
   I couldn't even begin to count them— 
      any more than I could count the sand of the sea. 
   Oh, let me rise in the morning and live always with you! 
      And please, God, do away with wickedness for good! 
   And you murderers—out of here!— 
      all the men and women who belittle you, God, 
      infatuated with cheap god-imitations. 
   See how I hate those who hate you, God, 
      see how I loathe all this godless arrogance; 
   I hate it with pure, unadulterated hatred. 
      Your enemies are my enemies! 

  Investigate my life, O God, 
      find out everything about me; 
   Cross-examine and test me, 
      get a clear picture of what I'm about; 
   See for yourself whether I've done anything wrong— 
      then guide me on the road to eternal life.

Psalm 139 (The Message)

As we find ourselves smack dab in the middle of the journey through …

Crossing the Threshold

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What You Need to Participate in this Devotional Time:  

     Chenille …

Rising Up from the Ashes

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           Rising Up From the Ashes (Acrylic and Charcoal on Paper)

What Gift Can I Bring

January 6th is Epiphany.  Last Sunday, January 1, 2012, …

Choosing Joy: Testifying to the Light


Historically, in the life of the church, the third Sunday …

The Tending Place*

Gloominess has settled in for the afternoon.  The day that was once …

Come Down . . .

As we look around us, we can already see glimpses of Christmas springing …

From Whom All Blessings Flow

Throughout this month, I have been intentionally mindful about gratitude.  …

No Ordinary King

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                       No Ordinary King (Watercolor on Canvas)

Primary …

Pumpkin Lessons


Salt and Light

Let me tell you why you [plural, i.e., y’all, you guys, you all, etc.] are here. You're here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You've lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.

Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:13-16 (The Message)

What do pumpkins have to do with the body of Christ?  Today we …

Life Lessons

Romans 12:9-21: Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

When I was younger I remember some great times getting to go sailing. …

Leaves of Grace

 The crowd said to Jesus:  

Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”  Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”  They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”  Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.  John 6: 31-35 (NRSV)

I know that we are still in the season …

Grounded In Love

Ephesians 3:14-21 (NRSV):  

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name.  I pray that, according to the riches of His glory, He may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through His Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.  I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.   

Now to Him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.


Today’s text is written to us.  The “…

Kenosis of Christ

Whether it is editing a Bible Study to prepare it for publishing, …

Brokenness Being Transformed

As I look around me in the world, I see brokenness.  As I look at …

Choose Your Own Adventure

When I was a child I regularly read the Choose Your Own Adventure …

Making a Labyrinth Was Harder Than I Thought It Would Be . . .

A while back I decided that I wanted to figure out an economical way …

Life Giving Water

Text:  Matthew 10:40-42 

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, …

A Father's Love

A Father’s Love


Faithful Father, Ever-Present

Always Making Time

Juneteenth Jubilee

 “. . . You shall have the trumpet sounded loud; on the tenth day of …

Dancing Through Life

This Sunday represents Trinity Sunday.  If you pick up a concordance …

Deluged With Power and Grace

Wind-and-Fire (Oil on Canvas Triptych)

“I have a glove here in my hand
The glove cannot do anything by itself,

Connecting the Church and the World

‘We all are called.  Everybody has a calling.  The real job in life …

Brokenness Being Transformed

Today is Good Friday.  As I reflect on the cross and the sacrificial …

Donkey Wisdom

Each year, as we approach Palm Sunday, and I read the various versions …

Grace, Growth and Grit

I had the privilege to spend Monday through Thursday of this week …

Light In Our Darkness

Secondary Text:  Ephesians 5:8-14

We continue our Lenten journey in …

Living Water

Text:  John 4:5-42

When I think of living water, I think of running …

Of Water and the Spirit

Text:  John 3:1-17

As we delve a little deeper into this season of …

Seeking Shalom

As of late, I have had days where I feel unbalanced and as if I am …

Leap of Faith - Reflecting on 2010

Promise  (Watercolor on paper)

What a year it has been!  This time last year I had finished serving …

Seeds of Promise

Seeds of Promise (Watercolor on Canvas) by Charissa Jaeger-Sanders

We hear through the course of life proverbial sayings like:  “Don’t …

Freedom and Fruit

Lifeline (Watercolor on Canvas)

Have you ever tried to do too much?  Have you ever felt burned out?  …


Burning Bush (Oil on Canvas Tetraptych)

Text:  Exodus 3:1-15

God comes to us when we least expect it.  God …

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