Psalm 39 – Why Does Life Have to be so Hard?

 September 18, 2018

Random reflections on Psalm 39: God, why does life have to be so hard? I know my sinfulness, you know it too—after all you created me. If you know my nature then why be so harsh when I act in accord with that nature? When I behave in ways that are all too human? Remember, […]

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September 11 – Bittersweet Memories

 September 11, 2018

On a rainy September 11, in 2010, on the campus of Michigan State University, my daughter Ruth married her college sweetheart. They had been aware of the significance of the day as they struggled to find a date that worked. They finally determined that this was one way to redeem a day fraught which such […]

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Psalm 38 – Whatever Happened to Guilt?


Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his book, Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible, tell us: “If we want to read and to pray the prayers of the Bible and especially the Psalms, therefore, we must not ask first what they have to do with us, but what they have to do with Jesus Christ. We must […]

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Psalm 37 – Good Things Come to those Who Wait!

 September 5, 2018

Waiting is a routine part of life. We are always waiting for something or someone. Yet, for all the waiting we do, most of us do it poorly. We are in a hurry, easily frustrated and can burst into anger when we have to wait more than a minute for a download of a video […]

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Questions to Live By

 August 30, 2018

Do you have questions that you live by? Beautiful questions that define and give structure to your life? I’ve been reflecting on this since my blog post last week when I asked whether there were any questions that had given your life direction. I’ve been wondering since then:  What are the questions I live by? […]

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Psalm 36 – Dealing with Evil

 August 28, 2018

From whence comes our fascination with serial killers? Every week the TV series, Criminal Minds, gives us yet another psychopathic killer, each competing with the last week’s to be even more devious and deadly. What is up with this? Why this fascination with evil? Psalm 36 has something to say about this. Psychopaths Among Us […]

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Beautiful Questions to be Released in Time for Labor Day Weekend

 August 23, 2018

What are the beautiful questions that have kept you going throughout your life? Do some answers keep changing depending on your changing life circumstances? Whatever the answer, keep asking the questions! Some questions are so big, they can take a lifetime to answer. They are big enough for you to live in, walk around in […]

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Psalm 35 – All About Me!

 August 21, 2018

Psalm 35 is all about the writer. He writes, me, me, me. His whole focus is on himself and asking God to do for him. In doing so, it is a very human psalm in the midst of all the Psalms where human emotion and error is so prevalent. In contrast to Psalm 34 wherein […]

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Psalm 34 – God Preserves the Bones of the Righteous

 August 14, 2018

Anyone who watched the TV series Bones, knows that you can learn a lot about a person by studying their bones. As someone who has been diagnosed with osteoporosis, I take bone health seriously. Is it any wonder that I found myself drawn to verse 20 of Psalm 34: “He keeps all his bones; not […]

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Psalm 33 – Is It Possible to Sing a New Song?

 August 7, 2018

Psalm 33 instructs us to sing a new song, “Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.” (3) What might this new song be? How do we know it is new and not just a rehash of other songs, warmed over and re-served? Ecclesiastes says there is nothing new […]

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