God Our Refuge

Scripture: Psalm 18:1-6 (NRSV) 1 I love you, O LORD, my strength. 2  The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 3  I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, so I shall be saved from my enemies. 4  The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of perdition assailed me; 5  the cords of She…

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The Lord Takes Pleasure

“How good it is to sing praises to our God,” the psalmist says, “for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.” Grace, of course, is unmerited favor, being treated better than we deserve. People have a strong sense of deserving these days, and when we get what we deserve there’s no reason to be especially grateful. But grace, that quality of blessing people freely out of sheer good will, is so fre…

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Read it again!

It’s always intrigued me – our thirst for stories… “Read it again, Mommy!” “Tell it again, Daddy!” Children demand to be read the same books – over and over. They ask for the same stories, again and again. There was a stretch when my own kids were small that they insisted we read the same three books. Every night. Without fail. For months on end. (I’m pretty sure I could still recite Goodnight, Moon at the drop …

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Tell us Mary, Exactly What Did You Know? (Cassandra Millis)

While we celebrate the third week of Advent, many of the students among us are in a far less joyous state: finals week. While we deck the halls with boughs of holly, they race the halls backs bowed, Heads in a book from one test to another. Tis the season to be stressed out. They have holly, jolly, crippling anxiety. Too many Christmas puns? While they face questions about molecular…

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Greater

“For the Son of Man is going as it has been determined, but woe to that one by whom he is betrayed!" Then they began to ask one another, which one of them it could be who would do this. A dispute also arose among them as to which one of them was to be regarded as the greatest.” Luke 22:22-24 These three sentences are such a brilliant glimpse into the human condition we all live with every day…

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