Category: Psalms

Selah – A Biblical Mystery

 March 17, 2021

Who doesn’t love a mystery? I know I do. I enjoy pondering questions, seeking answers. The Biblical word, Selah, is one such mystery. What does it mean? And why is it in the Bible? Selah in the Old Testament Selah is found 74 times in the Bible, 71 times in the Psalms and three times […]

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What Does It Mean to Harden your Heart?

 February 23, 2021

Lent calls us into a time of spiritual growth. We are reminded by the Lenten readings, “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” (Ps. 95:8) But what does it mean to harden your heart? The Importance of the Heart in Scripture Heart was an important concept for the Hebrew people. In Scripture, […]

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Psalm 3 – Biblical Poetic Justice

 February 17, 2021

The writer of Psalm 3 is on the run from his enemies who have been tormenting him and spreading lies. In response he prays that God break the teeth of his enemies, thereby leaving them powerless and unable to spread further lies – a form of Biblical poetic justice. Psalm 3 – Lament in Three […]

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God Heals the Broken-Hearted

 February 9, 2021

This weekend we celebrate Valentine’s Day with hearts and flowers and chocolate! It’s a celebration of love. So what do broken hearts have to do with this day? For those who have lost a loved one or are still searching for that special someone, all the talk of love can leave them feeling sad, alone […]

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God Laughs – Psalm 2:4

 February 2, 2021

With all that has happened over the past months, Psalm 2 struck me as particularly relevant. “Why do the nations conspire and the people’s plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed.” (Psalm 2:1-2 NIV) Other versions say “Why do the nations rage and […]

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Psalm 2 – The One True King

 January 26, 2021

We love our royals, don’t we? This speaks to the popularity of TV shows such as “The Crown” and all of the media attention around royal weddings. We are fascinated by the spectacle of people who are somehow set apart from the rest of us from birth, born of royal stock. Have you ever thought […]

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Psalm 1 – Trees by Flowing Waters

 January 5, 2021

Trees are beautiful sights to see. There are so many varieties and shapes, with branches that go in varying directions, covered with leaves and fruit, making a strong foundation from which to hang swings, bird feeders, hold tree houses, or hang ornaments for Christmas. They are wonderful pieces of God’s creation. So many of the […]

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A Cup of Christmas

 December 25, 2020

Merry Christmas! While the Christmas shopping season ended Christmas day, Christmas is more than a day. Remember the twelve days of Christmas? Christmas is a season in the Catholic liturgical calendar, lasting over two weeks, from Christmas day to the Baptism of the Lord in January. All reason to raise a cup of Christmas! Celebrating […]

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A Cup of Love: Isaiah 7:10-14

 December 22, 2020

Today I raise a cup of love and reflect on Isaiah 7:10-14 as we light the last purple candle on the Advent wreath. The Word Love Love is a much used and abused term in the English language. We use the same word to describe how we feel about certain foods, such as pizza and […]

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A Cup of Joy: Isaiah 35:1-10

 December 15, 2020

This week I raise a cup of Joy (or Faith since Joy requires faith!) Our time of waiting for Christmas is half over; this is reason for rejoicing for some, for terror for others who are not ready. In Catholic churches throughout the world, the rose candle of the Advent wreath is lit, signaling the […]

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