Tag: blessings

Psalm 1 – Blessed

 December 5, 2023

Psalm 1 – blessed. The first word of the first psalm of the book of Psalms is blessed. “Blessed is the one who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers.” What better way to begin? But what does it mean […]

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Harvester Island, 2023 – A Feast for the Senses!

 September 19, 2023

During the first week of September, I enjoyed a feast for the senses as part of a writer’s retreat on Harvester Island, one of the many islands off of Kodiak Island in Alaska. Harvester Island – Fish Camp Harvester Island is the site of an active fish camp, one of a dwindling number, with boats […]

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Psalm 134: Bedtime Blessings

 July 30, 2020

“Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep,” a childhood bedtime ritual in many families, followed by a recitation of blessing requests, “God bless …” When I was a child, the prayer ended, “If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.” […]

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Psalm 130: Hitting Bottom

 July 2, 2020

Psalm 130 is written by someone who has hit bottom. Many are hoping we have hit bottom or will hit bottom soon for the coronavirus. What does hitting bottom look like? Hitting Bottom In addiction treatment they speak of hitting bottom. It isn’t until the addict hits rock bottom that they are ready to make […]

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Psalm 128: Blessed

 June 18, 2020

When asked what was necessary for happiness, Freud didn’t go on a long philosophical discourse. He said “Love and work… work and love, that’s all there is.” He may very well have been referring to Psalm 128. Psalm 128 Another wisdom psalm, Psalm 128’s focus, like Psalm 127, is that happiness comes from fear of […]

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Psalm 103: Renewing Your Youth Like an Eagle

 December 19, 2019

As I’ve been reflecting on Psalm 103, the song from GodSpell based on this psalm, keeps coming back to me, filling my head with music: “O Bless the Lord, my Soul!” (1a, 2a, 22b) There are many reasons to bless the Lord. First among these are God’s mercy and steadfast love, as recounted in Psalm […]

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Celebrating All Things Irish!

 March 12, 2018

The Irish slip jig is set in 9/8 signature time, unusual and a little off balance, like life! An Irish Slip Step, book four of my Dancing through Life Series, has a new look! I hope you like it! Around my household, St. Patrick’s Day is a big event. When you marry an Irish man […]

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For All Things, Give Thanks!

 November 20, 2017

Season of Gratitude For whining children, bless the Lord. For unpaid bills, bless the Lord. For a home in need of repairs, bless the Lord. For an ego, bruised and needing comfort, bless the Lord. For aching bones and a tired body, bless the Lord. For the opportunity to live life fully, with all its […]

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An Ordinary Birthday

 June 26, 2017

Today is my birthday. It isn’t a landmark one with a 0 or 5 at the end. There hardly seems to be a reason to celebrate this one. After you reach a certain age, it seems redundant to celebrate your birthday every year. The years slide by so quickly, it seems more appropriate to only […]

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May You Experience Showers of Blessings!

 June 9, 2017

Ordinary Time – Season of Stability To bless is to sanctify, make holy, make happy. Celtic spirituality is full of blessings. A blessing for every day and every occasion. Children are blessed as they leave their homes for school. Homes are blessed, the daily fire is blessed, as well as meals. We here in America have […]

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