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The Michigan/Michigan State Divide

 November 11, 2019

Two great teams from two great schools in one great state. So why can’t they just get along? Because they are like siblings, constantly competing against each other, seeking attention. Within the confines of family, we fight. We may have disagreements, but to the rest of the world, especially our kids, we put up a […]

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Psalm 97: Mountains Melting Like Wax

 November 6, 2019

Sunrises over a mountain, the changing seasons, a baby’s laugh, some things never get old. No matter how many times we see the sun rise, it still inspires awe. No matter how many times we watch the changing seasons come and go, they remain a wonder. We hear a baby laugh and the sound still […]

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Forgiveness in Marriage

 November 4, 2019

A friend, told that I was writing a series of short meditations on marriage, put the question to me: “Have you written about forgiveness yet?” Well … uh … maybe tomorrow. I suppose the easiest thing I could observe about forgiveness is that no marriage could survive without a good deal of it going both […]

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Psalm 96: Sing a New Old Song

 October 30, 2019

Psalm 96:  Sing a New Old Song Whenever unsure about what song to write, musicians frequently look to old songs and do remakes. Remakes of old songs are often sure hits. Sometimes they surpass the popularity of the original. Sometimes the original is forgotten entirely. We may be surprised to learn a song we love […]

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Bad Spells

 October 28, 2019

We each have bad spells—bad days, bad weeks, bad months, even bad years when everything seems to go wrong, nothing works out the way we want it. The fact of being married doesn’t mean these bad periods coincide. One spouse’s good days can help alleviate, or at least put into perspective, the other’s bad day. […]

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Psalm 95: Choose – Heaven or Hell?

 October 24, 2019

My favorite images of heaven and hell come from C.S. Lewis in his books, The Great Divorce, and the last book of the Chronicles of Narnia, The Last Battle. Those in hell choose hell. They become smaller and smaller and further isolated from others. They are but specters. In heaven, everything is bigger and more […]

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Tapestry

 October 21, 2019

In Homer’s Odyssey, Penelope worked at her loom while awaiting Ulysses’ return. By day she worked, by night she took apart what she had done in the day so that she would not finish until he came home. Marriage can be like a tapestry woven by two people. If there is a flaw in the […]

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Psalm 94:  What Does God’s Vengeance Look Like?

 October 17, 2019

“O Lord, God of vengeance, God of vengeance, shine forth!” (94:1) So begins Psalm 94, but what is this vengeance? Is God’s vengeance the same as human vengeance? Psalm 94 Psalm 94 is a lament in two parts. The first fifteen verses comprise a lament of the community against evildoers who oppress the most vulnerable […]

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In the Mind of God

 October 14, 2019

In one sense, this was a private moment, shared with friends and family members. In another sense, no marriage is entirely private, for marriage itself is the basic institution of society, one that has been the object of a broad social/political debate in recent months. So this private moment serves nicely as the affirmation of […]

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Psalm 93 – God is Lord over the Flood

 October 10, 2019

Anyone who has witnessed the power of water rushing unchecked is aware of the power of the flood. The waves of tsunamis have wrought an incredible amount of death and destruction. Hurricanes with days of non-stop rain have ravaged cities along our coast. In Noah’s time the flood wiped all living beings off the face […]

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