Monthly Archives: September 2013

Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4

Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4 “Support us, O Lord, all the day long of this troubled life, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes and the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then, Lord, in your mercy,… Continue reading




Let Us Break Bread Together

Let Us Break Bread Together Let us break bread together on our knees; let us break bread together on our knees. Refrain When I fall on my knees, with my face to the rising sun, O Lord, have mercy on me. Let us drink wine… Continue reading




When Israel Was in Egypt’s Land

When Israel Was in Egypt’s Land When Israel was in Egypt’s land, let my people go; oppressed so hard they could not stand, let my people go. Refrain Go down, Moses, way down in Egypt’s land, tell old Pharaoh: Let my people go! The first… Continue reading




“Happy art thou, O Israel; who is like unto thee, O people saved by the Lord!” Deuteronomy 33:29

“Happy art thou, O Israel; who is like unto thee, O people saved by the Lord!” Deuteronomy 33:29 He who affirms that Christianity makes men miserable, is himself an utter stranger to it. It were strange indeed, if it made us wretched, for see to… Continue reading




Luke 16:19-31

Luke 16:19-31 Where were you this week? Did you eat out? Did you visit someone in a healthcare facility? Were you somewhere that used housekeeping services? Did you eat picked, processed, or packed foods? Did you get a clothing “good buy?” In your activities, were… Continue reading




1 Timothy 6:6-19

1 Timothy 6:6-19 For me in the middle class, contentment with only food and clothing is easier said than done. However, for the world’s 1.22 billion people who live on less than $1.25 daily, basics of food, clothing, and, broadly translated, shelter could increase contentment.… Continue reading




Psalm 146

Psalm 146 Daily, headlines contain stories about terrible tragedies, often involving children, throughout our communities and world. Some tragedies do not make headlines; they are deep pains within our hearts and homes. Has anyone asked you, “How can a loving God allow such tragedies?” What… Continue reading




Amos 6:1, 4–7

Amos 6:1, 4–7 As I write this, I am also preparing to facilitate in Luther Seminary’s Dismantling Racism course and co-present in my congregation’s forums about accompaniment. These endeavors have enormous overlap, which includes difficult self-reflection. I acknowledge that white privilege, from which I benefit,… Continue reading




Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart

Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart Rejoice, ye pure in heart! Rejoice, give thanks, and sing; your festal banner wave on high, the cross of Christ your king. Refrain Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice, give thanks, and sing! With voice as full and strong as ocean’s surging praise,… Continue reading




“Gather not my soul with sinners.” Psalm 26:9

“Gather not my soul with sinners.” Psalm 26:9 Fear made David pray thus, for something whispered, “Perhaps, after all, thou mayst be gathered with the wicked.” That fear, although marred by unbelief, springs, in the main, from holy anxiety, arising from the recollection of past… Continue reading