Month: January 2021

Peacemakers

Peacemakers

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Matthew 5:8-9) My thoughts today turned to Swedish diplomat, United Nations General Secretary, and Nobel Prize recipient, Dag Hammarskjold. On September 18, 1961, he was en-route to negotiate a cease-fire in the Congo […]

Loving Those We Have Seen

Loving Those We Have Seen

We love because [God] first loved us. Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must […]

Defining God

Defining God

. . . for God is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as God is merciful. (Luke 6:36) When the world that sustains my life and dreams disappoints me, I reach back for words that shock my senses and wake me from my prejudice and complacency. It is easy to go along with […]

Let it Go

Let it Go

You are the God who works wonders (Psalm 77:13-1) It is the time of year when we create goals, lists, and resolutions for the year ahead. Typically, these resolutions center on things like getting healthy, traveling, and finances. Creating goals while living in a world pandemic, after months of social distancing and self-isolation feels a lot […]

Summer Memories

Summer Memories

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you […]

Repotted

Repotted

Their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night. They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaved do not wither. In all they do, they prosper. (Psalm 1:2-3) When our daughter moved to Florida in […]

To Do or To Be?

To Do or To Be?

Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. (Psalm 46:10-11, NRSV) The beginning of a new year serves as a good reminder that much of life is cyclical. Every […]

Whimsical Merrymaking

Whimsical Merrymaking

Sing aloud to God our strength, shout for joy to the God of Jacob. Raise a song, sound the tambourine, the sweet lyre with the harp. Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our festal day. (Psalm 81: 1-2) As I have looked back over the past year, I am […]

New Year Gifts and Blessings

New Year Gifts and Blessings

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  (James 1:17) Happy New Year! I wonder if you are waking up this morning breathing a sigh of relief that 2020 is behind you. Are you grateful to be looking forward to the […]

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