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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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One Step at a Time

 October 7, 2019

Step by step, without our even seeing it, we walk away from each other. Step by step, further afield we stray, until it seems we are observing each other from two different worlds. How do we get back together? How do we learn to walk together again? Step by step, one step at a time. […]

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Psalm 92 – Bearing Fruit in Old Age

 October 4, 2019

Do birthdays get better as we get older? Instead of a birth “day” some years, I have a birth “week”, finding fun ways to celebrate all week. Psalm 92 offers words of hope to all of us as we grow older; that we aren’t just getting older, we are getting better. Psalm 92 A hymn […]

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Autumn Leaves

 September 30, 2019

They refer to them as the “Leafies”—the surge of tourists coming to New England in the fall to enjoy the autumn colors. For years I had this on my bucket list, until I looked around me and realized—it’s hard to imagine the color could be any better than what we have here in Michigan with […]

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Psalm 91: Clinging to God

 September 25, 2019

It used to be that Amazing Grace was the “go to” hymn for funerals. The strains of the music started and that was the cue for tears to start. That distinction now belongs to the hymn, On Eagle’s Wings. It seems I hear it at every Memorial Service or funeral I attend. Based on Psalm […]

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Men are from Monster Truck Shows . . .

 September 23, 2019

Someone once wrote a very popular book called, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. The premise is sound, but a better title would have been, Men are from Monster Truck Shows, Women are from Pampered Chef Parties. Once we understand there are differences, we can bridge them. Brad Reflections:  What title would you […]

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Psalm 90: Ending Like a Sigh

 September 18, 2019

“Our years come to an end like a sigh,” Psalm 90 tells us (9b). Will your life end like a sigh? A single breath let loose as a final “Amen” to a life well-lived? Or will you burn out quickly, like a candle burning at both ends? Paul speaks of this life as a race […]

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