Category: Psalms

A Cup of Peace: Isaiah 2:2-5 and 11:1-10

 December 8, 2020

During the second week of Advent we light the candle of Peace. I offer you a cup of peace – my reflections on peace through the words of the prophet Isaiah. Beating Swords into Plowshares In the 1980’s, members of the peace community decided to take the words of Isaiah 2:4 literally in what was […]

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A Cup of Hope, Isaiah 40:1-11

 December 1, 2020

This week as many Christian churches light the first candle on the Advent wreath, the candle of hope, I offer you my reflections on hope – a cup of hope! Handel’s Messiah One of my Advent traditions is to listen to the Messiah. I’ve been doing this since high school. The overture is one of […]

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A Cup of Advent

 November 29, 2020

I completed my weekly journey through the Psalms in November with Psalm 150 so I’m taking a break from the Psalms this Advent in order to focus on Advent themes and readings from Isaiah. Each week will feature a different cup with Advent wreath themes: hope, peace, joy, love. Join me in a cup of […]

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Psalm 85:11 – Justice and Peace shall Kiss!

 November 26, 2020

Today, people in the United States are celebrating Thanksgiving. It’s a Thanksgiving like no other in that due to COVID 19, many families are not gathering, including mine. No big family gathering, no roasted turkey and my sister-in-law’s stuffing (based on my mom’s) and homemade turkey gravy. Instead I’m warming smoked turkey legs, having stove […]

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Psalm 150: The After Glow

 November 19, 2020

There is a moment after watching a wonderful fireworks display or hearing a magnificent symphony or concert, or seeing a phenomenal performance, that you just want to sit in the afterglow of the experience and bask in the memory. After the four great Alleluia psalms we just read, especially Psalms 147 and 148 that explode […]

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Psalm 148: All Creation Praise the Lord!

 November 5, 2020

Psalm 148, the third of the alleluia psalms that end the psalter, is a simple song of praise to God found in creation, paralleling the creation story of Genesis. All creation is called upon to praise God, starting with the heavens, sun & moon, then moving to the earth, the animals, and finally humans. Psalm […]

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Psalm 147: Twelve Reasons to Praise God

 October 29, 2020

Psalm 147 is the second of the Alleluia psalms that bring the book of the Psalms to a close. It enumerates many reasons to praise our God, any one of which is sufficient reason unto itself. Put together into one psalm, it resonates and resounds so that only the most closed of mind could refrain […]

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Psalm 146: Praise the Lord who Lifts Up the Downtrodden!

 October 22, 2020

I’m looking for a few good women or men, people who are more concerned with helping others than promoting themselves. No sense in looking in congress for such persons. If they are there, they are pretty much invisible. These public servants are too busy trying to ensure they are re-elected, doing insider trading, and protecting […]

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Psalm 145: The Beginning of the End

 October 15, 2020

Every created being has an end. The book of Psalms has an end, and so does our study of this book. (Until we start again!)  With Psalm 145, we are at the beginning of the end. Psalm 145 is the preface to a series of five psalms of praise that end the psalter. It is […]

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