Sunday, October 2 – Reflections

Sunday, October 2 – Reflections

Psalm 137 Have you ever tried to sing in worship but found that the words were stuck in your throat? I certainly have. On Sunday, June 21, 2015, “All Are Welcome” by Marty Haugen was our opening hymn at church. But I couldn’t manage to sing “Let us build a...

Sunday, October 2 – Reflections

Saturday, October 1 – Reflections

Matthew 20:29-34 The two blind men who are sitting by the roadside when Jesus and his disciples leave Jericho will not be deterred. When they begin shouting, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” the crowd sternly orders them to be quiet (v. 30). Still the...

Sunday, October 2 – Reflections

Friday, September 30 – Reflections

Lamentations 3:19-26 The book of Lamentations is a series of lament prayers that are counter-cultural for many of us. The one praying is a Jewish survivor from the Babylonian conquest. He lives in the rubble of Jerusalem, amid the slaughter of livestock and the...

Sunday, October 2 – Reflections

Thursday, September 29 – Reflections

Psalm 119:49-64 Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible. The prayer is an acrostic, made up of twenty-two stanzas, each eight lines long (22 x 8 = 176 verses). Eight different terms for God’s law are used throughout the prayer, and every line uses at...

Sunday, October 2 – Reflections

Wednesday, September 28 – Reflections

Matthew 19:16-26 The rich young ruler has an imagination problem. Have you ever hopped into your car and gotten a message on your phone announcing where you are heading and how long it takes to get there? How do our phones know where we are going? Of course,...

Sunday, October 2 – Reflections

Tuesday, September 27 – Reflections

Psalm 62 My wife and I visited the Taizé community in France at the same time young people from across Europe came for a week or two of prayer, study, and worship. The evening vespers were enchanting. Sitting on floor cushions we sang numerous Taizé prayers in...

Sunday, October 2 – Reflections

Monday, September 26 – Reflections

Jeremiah 33:1-13 This passage is hard to read. In Jeremiah’s mind, God’s back has turned away from the people. Their dead bodies will fill the houses and become defenses at the city’s walls. This is the brutal reality of war, as ruthless in biblical times as it...

Sunday, October 2 – Reflections

Sunday, September 25 – Reflections

Jeremiah 32:1-15 The great cathedrals of Europe took decades to build, often more than a century. Stone masons could spend their whole lives working on a medieval cathedral, yet never live to see it completed. Dozens of masons worked side-by-side, measuring...

Sunday, October 2 – Reflections

Saturday, September 24 – Reflections

Psalm 146 When we step too far away and find ourselves in danger, praise be to God, who seeks us with the compassionate strength of a shepherd. When we hide between the nooks and crannies of sin and doubt, praise be to God, who seeks us like a determined,...

Sunday, October 2 – Reflections

Friday, September 23 – Reflections

Luke 15:25-32 Consider how this chapter, with its three parables about being lost and found, begins. Jesus hears the grumbling of religious leaders who reveal that they don’t embrace the truth of a scripture verse they have surely memorized: “All we like sheep...