Monthly Archives: October 2016

Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18

Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18   It’s no surprise to me that Daniel is a little shaken up after his visions. That little section our reading skips over from verses 4-14 is filled with those beasts devouring everything in their paths, spewing arrogance and one who finally… Continue reading




“O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts”

“O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts”   O Jesus, joy of loving hearts, the fount of life, the light of all: from ev’ry bliss that earth imparts we turn, unfilled, to hear your call.   We taste you, ever-living bread, and long to feast upon… Continue reading




“God’s word Is Our Great Heritage”

“God’s word Is Our Great Heritage” (ELW 509) God’s word is our great heritage and shall be ours forever; to spread its light from age to age shall be our chief endeavor. Through life it guides our way; in death it is our stay. Lord,… Continue reading




John 8:31-36

John 8:31-36   “If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed,” Jesus promises those who continue in his word. Freedom! Who is ever free? I seem never to be quite free of worry or fear or self. On Sunday morning I even… Continue reading




John 8:31-36

John 8:31-36   “You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” With what recklessness the rabbi uses words of which you and I are wary! “The truth” he says–not a truth, not truth in general, but the truth. The night of… Continue reading




Romans 3:19-28

Romans 3:19-28 In 2 Peter 3:16 we read this assessment of Paul’s letters: “There are some things in them hard to understand.” The wonder is that Paul is so clear! Struggling to articulate the good news of Jesus Christ–laboring to find words to express “the… Continue reading




Psalm 46

Psalm 46   “God is our refuge and strength… We will not fear, though the earth should change.” Many of us, as children, took this psalm in like mother’s milk, because of the great hymn of the sixteenth-century reformation, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,”… Continue reading




Jeremiah 31:31-34

Jeremiah 31:31-34   “They shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the LORD.” What a promise the LORD makes to all the sons and daughters of Abraham and Sarah! In these last days this promise has come to embrace… Continue reading




“Faith of Our Fathers” (ELW 812)

“Faith of Our Fathers” (ELW 812) Faith of our fathers, living still in spite of dungeon, fire, and sword. Oh, how our hearts beat high with joy whene’er we hear that glorious word. Refrain Faith of our fathers, holy faith, we will be true to… Continue reading




“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”

“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” (ELW 803) When I survey the wondrous cross on which the prince of glory died, my richest gain I count but loss and pour contempt on all my pride. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast save in the… Continue reading