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Psalm 135: An Early MashUp

 August 6, 2020

My first experience of a “mash-up” (weaving two songs together) was at the Irish Music Festival in Muskegon, Michigan. Unknown to me, though, mash-ups were around for much longer than that. Psalm 135 is an example of one early mash-up. Mash-Ups It was my first time at the Irish Music Festival. After a long day […]

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The 75th Anniversary of the Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

 August 5, 2020

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. While I wasn’t alive for this event, it had an impact that remains with me today. It was one of the reasons I was involved in the peace movement in my twenties, and a reason why I wrote my book, Buying Time. […]

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Psalm 134: Bedtime Blessings

 July 30, 2020

“Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep,” a childhood bedtime ritual in many families, followed by a recitation of blessing requests, “God bless …” When I was a child, the prayer ended, “If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.” […]

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Psalm 133: In Search of Unity

 July 23, 2020

  “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers (and sisters) dwell in unity!” (1) Psalm 133 tells us. How good, indeed! But how often is it found? We are far from such unity as partisan politics continues to reign. There have been times in my life when I have joined with others in […]

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Psalm 132: I Love a Parade!

 July 16, 2020

“I love a parade,” or so the song goes. Outdoor, live action involving music and people in costumes—what’s not to like? As a child, all it took was to come upon the high school marching band practicing in the street, and I would follow along. To happen upon a parade while visiting a small town […]

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Changes in Gender Roles in Marriage

 July 13, 2020

Guest writer, Ken Wyatt, reflects on changes in gender roles in marriage. Women are now just as likely to be the one rescuing their man rather than waiting to be rescued. As has been the case in his own marriage. The Sinking Ship Rescue  “I’d much rather be a woman than a man. Women can […]

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Psalm 131: A Child At Rest

 July 9, 2020

Michigan summers are a great time to relax on the beach or at a cottage on one of the many lakes in this great state. Being by a body of water automatically invites me to quiet contemplation. What else invites such rest? A child sleeping in its mother’s arms. Psalm 131 invites us to rest […]

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Navigating Storms in Marriage

 July 6, 2020

We are in the midst of summer storm season here in Michigan. Some find storms frightening, others exhilarating. Storms in marriage can be terrifying or an opportunity for healing. It all depends on how we look at them. Storms in Marriage I love taking a walk during a storm. The raw energy unnerves me and […]

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Psalm 130: Hitting Bottom

 July 2, 2020

Psalm 130 is written by someone who has hit bottom. Many are hoping we have hit bottom or will hit bottom soon for the coronavirus. What does hitting bottom look like? Hitting Bottom In addiction treatment they speak of hitting bottom. It isn’t until the addict hits rock bottom that they are ready to make […]

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Fishing on the Great Lakes

 June 29, 2020

Summer in Michigan often means vacation or weekend getaways to one of the abundant lakes in this great state. Marriage often means doing activities that you don’t love, but that your partner does. Fishing on the Great Lakes Every day for two weeks, they get up early in the morning and head out on their […]

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