Surround

Here we are again

This photo is part of the Lenten Photo-A-Day Challenge.

Here we are SURROUNDED by family at Big Al’s 70th Birthday Party.

The lectionary passage that spoke especially to me today was from Psalm 143:8

8   Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning,
for in you I put my trust.
Teach me the way I should go,
for to you I lift up my soul.

Faithful

Cindy

This photo is part of the Lenten Photo-A-Day Challenge.

FAITHFUL and steadfast is the very definition of a dog’s love for us. So should our love for God be.

The lectionary passage that spoke especially to me today was from Psalm 143:8

8   Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning,
for in you I put my trust.
Teach me the way I should go,
for to you I lift up my soul.

Advent Two – Thursday

Psalm 62

Yesterday, I, along with most of the Presbyterian Church (USA), was saddened to learn of the death of our immediate past Moderator of the General Assembly, Cynthia Bolbach. One of the best (and first) blogs in eulogy I read about her after her death is this one from Mark Koenig.

I really took this one from Theresa Cho to heart also, in this season of Advent. She reminded me that life and death are indivisibly intertwined.

Fittingly, the lectionary Psalm for today also reminded me that “God alone is my rock and salvation, blest be the name of the Lord!”

Expecting the Word – Advent Two – Thursday

My Advent series this year will follow the Words Matter Advent study from the National Council of Churches. Download the whole booklet if you’d like, and follow along with the writings for each day. I’d love to discuss them with you. Also, here is a link to the Advent readings from the Inclusive Bible. I prefer the more inclusive language here, than the NRSV texts used in the study booklet (be sure to read the note on page 6).

Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13

I’m struck by the way Peace doesn’t come except when paired with Justice.

When will we learn that?

G-d’s steadfast Love and Faithfulness only comes to fruition when led by Justice.

Where is the Justice in the world when some children go to bed hungry, and others refuse to eat what’s put before them because they dislike the taste?

Where is the Justice in the world when some children sleep on park benches or in homeless shelters, and others complain because they don’t have a new toy?

Where is the Justice in the world when the elderly are reluctant to go to the doctor for fear of the cost, and government workers have only the best health care?

I understand that I can’t right all the wrongs, but just because I can’t do everything, doesn’t mean I can’t do something!

G-d, forgive me for doing less than everything I can.