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An opening prayer based on Psalm 29 (The Message) Bravo, God, bravo! All authorities and all angels shout, “Encore!” In awe before Your glory, in wonder before Your visible power. Yahweh Melek*, Yahweh Tsebaoth**, Your voice rolls over the waters like thunder tympanic:  smashing the cedars, skipping the mountain ranges, […]

The desolation of death

*Easter Eve: John 19:38-42* Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and the tomb was nearby, they laid […]

Psalm 27 – Stay

At the start of the year, it is relatively easy to stay close to the Source of our Song and Salvation. Our spirits are high; we feel energized and refreshed following a time of rest; and the newness of it all has us imagining the best case scenarios of how […]

Lifesong – Psalm 40:1-11

Years ago, a quirky TV character, Ally McBeal, made a lasting impression on me when her new therapist suggested that the first step to regaining her confidence was finding a song theme for her life. I decided in that moment that I needed one too: wonderful words and an uplifting tune […]

A new song for a new year

I patiently waited, Lord,     for you to hear my prayer. You listened and pulled me from a lonely pit     full of mud and mire. You let me stand on a rock     with my feet firm, and you gave me a new song,     a song of praise to you. ~ Psalm 40:1-3a O […]