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Psalm 22: He Has Done It!

 March 29, 2012

Passion Sunday, 4/1/12           Psalm 22:  He has done it! Psalm 22          Mark 14:32-15:47 “My God, My God, why have you abandoned me?” – Jesus at his lowest, also his highest.  This was what he had come here to do, to die so that we might live.  In that moment he fulfilled all the Father had […]

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Psalm 18A vs. 1-30 A Shelter in a Time of Storm

 March 16, 2012

March 18, 2012           Psalm 18A vs. 1-30  A Shelter in a Time of Storm Numbers 21:4-9          Psalm 18:1-30             Eph. 2:1-10                 John 3:14-21 “Don’t tell God how big your storm is, tell the storm how big your God is,” Marcy Keefe-Slager Storm season is upon us early this year, making this statement appropriate as we are […]

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Psalm 17: Keep Me as the Apple of the Eye

 March 1, 2012

March 4, 2012             Psalm 17:  Keep Me as the Apple of the Eye – Believe in the Promise Gen. 17:1-7, 15-16                  Psalm 17          Romans 4:13-25          Mark 8:31-38 “Keep me as the apple of the eye,” our psalm asks today.  It is a beautiful prayer for protection, calling upon God to save the writer from evil, […]

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Psalm 16: You show me the path of life, abounding joy in your presence!

 February 23, 2012

Feb. 26, 2012, Psalm 16                      Magnificent Failure                             Genesis 9:8-17            Psalm 16          1 Peter 3:18-22            Mark 1:9-15 Scorpion and the Old Man, as told by Henri Nouwen One morning, after he had finished his meditation, the old man opened his eyes and saw a scorpion floating helplessly in the water. As the scorpion was washed closer […]

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Psalm 15, Pursuit of Happiness

 February 18, 2012

Who May Dwell on your Holy Mountain? St. Patrick’s Mountain, Ireland February 19, 2012                   In Pursuit of Happiness 2 Kings 2:1-12            Psalm 15          2 Cor. 4:3-6                 Mark 9:2-9 Happiness, the pursuit of happiness, is an American ideal; everyone has the right to pursue his/her happiness, but what does this happiness mean?  Webster says that happiness […]

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Psalm 14, Lord, what fools these mortals be!

 February 17, 2012

February 12, 2012                   Psalm 14:  What Fools These Mortals Be 2 Kings 5:1-14            Psalm 14          1 Cor. 1:18-25             Mark 1:4-45 “Lord, what fools these mortals be!” Puck, Midsummer’s Night Dream, Act. III, Sc. II What fools indeed!  We think ourselves wise, when we are not.  We think we don’t need God, that there is no […]

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Thanks for the Memories

 January 30, 2012

(This was to have been my last column for Jackson Citizen Patriot however it didn’t get published so I’m posting it here.) Why is it so hard to let go of “stuff.”  I’m not a candidate for the reality show on hoarders.  One can easily walk from room to room in my home with only […]

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Psalm 13 – Surviving the Blues

 January 26, 2012

January 29, 2012         Psalm 13 –Surviving The Blues Dt. 18:15-22                Psalm 13          1 Cor. 8:1-13               Mark 1:21-28 The iconic movie, Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray and Andie McDowell, has come to be synonymous with any situation that repeats itself over and over with seemingly no resolution, where no one has a recollection of having done […]

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Psalm 12 – Flattering Lips and a Double Heart

 January 19, 2012

January 22, 2012         Flattering Lips and a Double Heart Jonah 3:1-5,10             Psalm 12          James 3:1-12               Mark 1:l4-20 or John 6:63-69 Oh, what wicked web we weave, when first we practice to deceive – the tongue is a mighty weapon indeed, it can be used for good or evil.  Even best intentioned among us have trouble at […]

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St. Gregory’s Abbey, Three Rivers, MI

 January 16, 2012

St. Gregory’s Abbey, Three Rivers, MI Benedictine monasteries pray all of the psalms over the course of one week, beginning with matins in the wee hours of the morning, through lauds, terce, sext, none, vespers and ending with compline before going to bed.  I have wanted to experience this for some time, just had to […]

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