Psalm 19: God Declared in Silence

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I’ve been mulling over Psalm 19 all day going back to it via the NIV and The Message. I love it. It’s majestic and wonderful. It’s verses 1-4 that have really grabbed my attention though the whole Psalm pulls together as something beautiful, contrasting silence and word and bringing them together in harmony. Ultimately it’s about the Creator who reveals … Read More

Easter Saturday: The Day for the Rest of Us

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Lent and Easter are the most significant time of year for me. Together they draw me into a journey of reflection on my faith, my humanity, how I act in the world and how I relate to God. When I come out the other side of them I feel like I’ve started again and re-entered new life. It’s my real … Read More

Psalm 11: Standing our Ground

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Psalm 11 gives us David willing to stand his ground when everything seems stacked against him. He had people telling him to run to the hills because there were others out to destroy those who followed God. It sounds like the whole nation had been shaken. It would make sense to leave and chase after safety. How often are our … Read More

Psalm 9: Natural Consequence

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In Psalm 9 there is a specific piece that stood out to me in my contemplation with the passage this morning. There are interesting discussions to be had about whether or not Psalm 9 and 10 should be considered one unit or not. The argument for unity is founded in the fact that the two work together as an acrostic … Read More

Psalm 6: I Flood My Bed With Weeping

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Psalm 6 is gut wrenching. It reaches down and cries from the pit of David’s despair. It gives the sense of someone at the end of their tether, unable to go any further. It’s a cry for deliverance and salvation. “I am worn out from my groaning. All night I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with … Read More

Without Death there can be no Resurrection

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But without death, there can be no resurrection. Without a desolate winter, spring loses its context. Without sorrow, joy lacks its poignancy. Without pain, we cannot embrace healing. The light will come soon, but for now, live with the darkness. Consider the shadow times of Lent as a necessary backdrop to offset the brilliance of the hope yet to come. … Read More

Communion as a Political Act

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Gathering for Communion on Election Day seems fitting, for the practice of Communion is an inherently political act. It is both a pledge of allegiance to Jesus and a declaration of independence from all other powers making claims on our bodies, minds and souls. Far too often, the church has abandoned its first love for the siren song of political … Read More