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Rediscovering the Beauty of Words

 June 2, 2024

Somehow over the years, I’ve lost some of my delight in words. Gratefully now, I’m working on rediscovering the beauty of words. History with Words In high school, I used to play with words, at times seeing how many pages of description I could write for something familiar. I mean, how many ways can you […]

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Psalm 26 – Judge Me!

 May 28, 2024

Psalm 26 – Judge me, Lord, and so it begins. Who has the nerve to pray this? Such is the confidence of the writer in God’s loving kindness and righteousness. He is so confident that he is willing to be judged. Psalm 26 Psalm 26 is a short prayer of a person who has been […]

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Psalm 25 – To You, Lord

 May 22, 2024

Psalm 25 – To you, Lord, I lift up my soul. To you. Other translations start – in you. In you, Lord my God, I put my trust. (NIV) The prepositions change but the pronoun remains the same. Who is this you that the writer looks up to? I’ve been pondering what pronoun God is […]

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Psalm 24 – The Earth

 May 14, 2024

It’s spring here in Michigan. Time to get outside, rake lawns, tend to gardens. In other words, it’s a great time to get down and dirty with our God, as you reflect on Psalm 24 – the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it! Garden Earth We live on planet Earth, Mother Earth. As […]

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Psalm 23 – The Lord

 May 7, 2024

This week’s psalm is probably the best known and most often quoted in the book of Psalms. As a prayer it is second only to the Lord’s prayer. Psalm 23 – the Lord – it begins. Who is this lord who is also a shepherd? And what does it tell us about the nature of […]

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Lessons from Madeleine L’Engle

 May 2, 2024

Recently, as part of the Festival of Faith and Writing, I attended a presentation by Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughter entitled, Rejection, Revision, Repetition: Lessons Learned from an Unpublished Novel by Madeleine L’Engle. It was precisely what I needed to hear. There were so many ways that L’Engle’s story was helpful. Below are my lessons from Madeleine […]

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Psalm 22 – My God, My God

 April 30, 2024

On the cross, Jesus cries out the words from Psalm 22 – My God, my God. He then goes on to ask, “Why have you forsaken me?” Is it a cry of abandonment or the ultimate statement of faith? Psalm 22:1-21 In the first verses we hear the writer crying out to God in despair: […]

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Psalm 21 – The King Rejoices

 April 23, 2024

In Psalm 21 – the king rejoices, but why? What are his reasons for rejoicing? What might we learn from this psalm of thanksgiving? Psalm 21 – Part 1 We learn in the first line of Psalm 21 why the king rejoices. The people speak to God. “The king rejoices in your strength, Lord. How great […]

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Psalm 20 – The Lord Answer You

 April 16, 2024

Our psalm for this week is a prayer made for someone else. We hear in the first line of Psalm 20 – the Lord answer you. Who are they praying for and what do they want for this person? Psalm 20 Psalm 20 is a prayer for the king. The psalmist is praying for victory […]

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Psalm 19 – The Heavens Declare!

 April 9, 2024

The psalmist seems to shout the first three words of Psalm 19 – the heavens declare! They declare the glory of the Lord, but what does that mean? And what else do they declare? Psalm 19 The first part of Psalm 19 speaks of the glory of the Lord as found in nature “The heavens declare the […]

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