Mid-morning Prayer in Solidarity with the People of Standing Rock

Today I am joining in prayer with other clergy in solidarity with the people of Standing Rock. Throughout the day I will post what I am praying. “The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over mighty waters.  The voice of the Lord is powerful.” Psalm 29:3-4 […]

Morning Prayer in Solidarity with Standing Rock

Today I am joining in prayer with other clergy in solidarity with the people of Standing Rock. Throughout the day I will post what I am praying. Morning prayer For the earth and all the resources that the Creator has provided: for clean water that sustains life, for the rich soil that grows living things […]

Transitions and New Domicile

We made it: Three siblings and their supporting spouses. A few grandchildren via mailed cookies, trucks, muscles, and organization. The patient and wearying (grand)parents. A seven hour journey. 300+ miles. Four cars and a U-haul truck. Done. Thanks be to God. New home. New center of the hive. New appreciation for family. New transitions all […]

Psalm 150 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Hallelujah!”  Psalm 150:6     At the conclusion of the 500+ miles of walking the Appalachian Trail down the spine of  Virginia, I also concluded the third round of praying through the book of Psalms.  The very last verse of the very last psalm reads, “Let everything that […]

Psalm 149 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Hallelujah! Sing to the Lord a new song, God’s praise in the assembly of the faithful.” Psalm 149:1 I prepared my small part, a few words of gospel and a communion prayer of thanksgiving, for the funeral of my brother in Christ, a member of our congregation, and an outstanding organist and choir director.  Chuck […]

Psalm 148 (Psalms on the Trail)

…Praise the Lord from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps; fire and hail, snow and fog, tempestuous wind, doing God’s will; mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild beasts and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds; sovereigns of the earth and all peoples….Psalm 148: 7-11 I am such a […]

Psalm 147 (Psalms on the Trail)

God builds up…God gathers….God heals the broken-hearted….God binds up wounds….God gives to all names….God’s understandings are beyond measure….God lifts up….Psalm 147 Surely it doesn’t surprise you that sometimes I have a really bad day.  Some of those tough days were on the trail.  Some were at home.  The reason I know it doesn’t surprise you […]

Psalm 146 (Psalms on the Trail)

Put not your trust in rulers, in mortals in whom there is no help…. Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help, whose hope is in the Lord their God…. who gives justice to those who are oppressed, and food to those who hunger. The Lord sets the captive free… Psalm […]

Psalm 145 (Psalms on the Trail)

  “The eyes  of all wait upon you, O Lord, and you give them their food in due season.” Psalm 145:15   The eyes of all wait upon you, O Lord.  On the trail eyes wait for food.  On this nation’s city streets, on this day and yesterday and how many thousands of days before, […]

Psalm 144 (Psalms on the Trail)

“O Lord, what are human beings that you regard them, or mortals that you think of them? They are like a breath, their days are a passing shadow.” Psalm 144:3-4 There is a worldview that perceives our life here as concrete and physically tangible, while whatever “after-life” there is will be something rather nebulous, maybe […]