Our Prayers to God

O daughter Babylon, you devastator!  Happy shall they be who pay you back what you have done to us!  Happy shall they be who take your little ones and dash them against the rock!   (Ps. 137:8-9) I find these words to be very encouraging.  I don’t find these words encouraging because I want God …

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God Is With You

It is the Lord who goes before you.  He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.  Do not fear or be dismayed.    (Dt. 31:8) Moses knows he will soon die.  One of his last acts is to put the mantle of leadership on Joshua.  Joshua is overwhelmed because there …

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All The Fragments of Our Life

When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, ‘Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.’   (Jn. 6:12) Jesus tells the disciples to gather up the fragments. This seemingly insignificant line can give us great comfort and peace. We can sometimes feel like our lives are mostly fragments. Forgotten dreams. Broken marriages. Estranged …

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Our Offering to Jesus

One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, ‘There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish.  But what are they among so many people?’   (John 6:8-9) When the boy saw thousands of people around the shore, he must have wondered what was going on.  A man …

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God’s Steadfast Love

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.   (Ps. 136:1) There are twenty-six verses in psalm 136. The second line in every verse is the same:  “…for his steadfast love endures forever.” This line is the refrain for everything the psalmist lists in praise to God: who created …

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Seeing God’s Face

“But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him; they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.” (Revelation 22:3-4) Recently the news has reported that several public officials had once painted their faces black.  Even though these revelations have been …

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A Glimpse of God’s Face

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud, be gracious to me and answer me! ‘Come,’ my heart says, ‘seek his face!’ ‘Your face, Lord, do I seek.’ (Ps. 27:7-8) “I can’t wait to see his little face. We’re so excited to see this beautiful baby boy’s face.” Recently one of my colleagues kept saying these …

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Jesus, Who Do You Say We Are?

… on the way [Jesus] asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that I am?’ And they answered him, ‘John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.’  He asked them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’   (Mk. 8:27-29) The disciples have been questioning Jesus’ identity.  They have heard …

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