Monthly Archives: August 2017

Psalm 138

Psalm 138   Full-throated and full-hearted, the psalmist cannot help but announce the faithful goodness of God. As we sing these words we, too, cannot help but exclaim and proclaim God’s steadfast loving-kindness to us and to all peoples. God’s word accomplishes that which it… Continue reading




A Riddle Made Plain

A Riddle Made Plain by Joni “And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.” Luke 12:10 If you weren’t the wiser, this verse could sound like an… Continue reading




Isaiah 51: 1-6

Isaiah 51: 1-6   “Listen up!” Isaiah cries to God’s children in exile. Then to us the prophet shouts: “Listen up, you who are looking for God to show up and act!” “Look!” “Here!” Look to the rock from which you were hewn–Abraham and Sarah,… Continue reading




Precious Moments

Precious Moments by Joni   “Make the most of every opportunity.” Colossians 4:5 I read in the papers that the owner of a small original by Van Gogh had put the painting on the auction block in New York hoping it would bring twelve million… Continue reading




“There’s A Wideness In God’s Mercy,”

“There’s A Wideness In God’s Mercy,” ELW 588   There’s a wideness in God’s mercy, like the wideness of the sea; there’s a kindness in God’s justice which is more than liberty. There is no place where earth’s sorrows are more felt than up in… Continue reading




His Yoke Is Easy

His Yoke Is Easy by Joni   “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest… Continue reading




“There’s A Wideness In God’s Mercy,”

“There’s A Wideness In God’s Mercy,” ELW 588 There’s a wideness in God’s mercy, like the wideness of the sea; there’s a kindness in God’s justice which is more than liberty. There is no place where earth’s sorrows are more felt than up in heav’n.… Continue reading




The Meaning of Encouragement

The Meaning of Encouragement by Joni   “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Ken warmed my heart the other evening when he hugged me and said, “Joni, you may not be able… Continue reading




Matthew 15:21-28

Matthew 15:21-28   The “Not yet” place is not a fun place to be. It’s that place where I’d like to believe God has something good in store for me, but I haven’t come across it–yet. Despite the “not yet” things that hadn’t materialized for… Continue reading




Experiencing Christ

Experiencing Christ by Joni   “I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ — the righteousness that comes from… Continue reading