Tag: joy

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 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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Psalm 100: Make a Joyful Noise and Give Thanks!

 November 28, 2019

Hurray! With Psalm 100, I’m two-thirds of the way through the Psalms. If I continue at this rate, I will be all the way through the book of Psalms by this time next year! Reason to rejoice! As we in America celebrate Thanksgiving, there are many reasons to give thanks and make a joyful noise. […]

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Psalm 81: Rejoice, but Remember!

 July 16, 2019

Summer is here, life is good! All reasons to rejoice as Psalm 81 tells us. But we also need to remember. Psalm 81 Psalm 81 starts with a call to celebrate, “Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob! Raise a song, sound the timbrel, the sweet lyre with […]

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Psalm 65: God Will Not Be Outdone!

 March 26, 2019

Several years ago, we had an unseasonably warm winter followed by a lost fruit crop because trees bloomed too early and the buds were killed by frost. The following year though was a boom year as the trees made up for the lost crop by producing in abundance, overflowing. Farmers had a difficult time harvesting […]

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The Joy in Doing One Thing at a Time

 February 20, 2019

Something strange has happened over the last few weeks. Perhaps it was the winter cold and snow, turning my blood into slow-flowing molasses in my veins. (Think of it as playing a 78rpm record at 33rpms for those of you old enough to remember what this is.) Perhaps it just because I’m growing older. Or […]

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Psalm 59: God’s Laughter

 February 12, 2019

Yet another lament.  Enough already! Like Michigan winters, they just go on and on. I look for relief and see weeks of snow, freezing temperatures and freezing rain in the forecast. I look for words of quiet and repose, yet I get words of sorrow and anger with little end in sight, including this week’s […]

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Psalm 30: Joy Comes with the Morning

 July 10, 2018

Joy comes with the morning. This passage gave me comfort years ago when my position as chaplain was abruptly eliminated. One minute I was planning out the next month’s sermons, an hour later I was sitting in my car with twelve years of my life packed into the trunk and back seat. I had started […]

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One Woman’s Life Can Touch so Many Others – Linnea Joy Strauss

 February 22, 2018

My all-time favorite Christmas movie is “It’s a Wonderful Life” with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. I love it because it reminds me how one person can touch so many more lives than they realize. In fact, as I’ve been thinking about it over the past few weeks, I think it is my favorite movie […]

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June Wedding!

 June 3, 2017

Easter – Season of New Life A wedding in June. Flowers everywhere. Young life, young love—energetic and restless–stirring anew your love in us, expressing their love in commitment. New love–a new life together. What could be better! The community of believers were of one heart and one mind.     Acts 4:32   This post is […]

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