Posts written by Ben

Psalm 104:24-34; 35b

Psalm 104:24-34; 35b   Love That Creates and Sustains In love, God created all things and rejoices in sustaining and renewing the whole creation. God created a rhythm of day and night, of seasons, of wind and rain–all bringing renewal to the world. God created… Continue reading

Ezekiel 37:1-14

Ezekiel 37:1-14   Love That Gets Our Attention Today we hear from Ezekiel, telling us of God grabbing his attention and thereby, changing him. Throughout the Bible, God transformed people through angels, dreams and/or visions. These came for various reasons–to warn, to protect, to guide… Continue reading

“Peace, Perfect Peace,”

“Peace, Perfect Peace,” Jr. Trinity Hymnal, 702   Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin? The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.   Peace, perfect peace, by thronging duties pressed? To do the will of Jesus, this is rest.   Peace, perfect peace,… Continue reading

“O Christ, Our Hope,”

“O Christ, Our Hope,” ELW 604   O Christ, our hope, our hearts’ desire, creation’s mighty Lord, redeemer of the fallen world, by holy love outpoured, by holy love outpoured:   How vast your mercy to accept the burden of our sin, and bow your… Continue reading

John 17:6-19

John 17:6-19   My small condo reeked with the unseen evil one’s presence. Danger seemed to linger in the wings. I prayed almost continuously. I read the Occasional Services blessings for every living area. I filled the bathtub to my chin with hot water to… Continue reading

This Is Why He Came

This Is Why He Came by Joni “Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: ‘Everyone is looking for you!’ Jesus replied, ‘Let us go somewhere else — to the nearby villages — so I can preach… Continue reading

1 John 5:9-13

1 John 5:9-13 The Clinical Pastoral Education chaplain at Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon had asked us how we planned to go about our hospital visits. Basically, we didn’t have a clue, but dove in expressing possible goals. Richard, wanting to impress our supervisor, had… Continue reading

Psalm 1

Psalm 1   Something was wrong with my body. I began to panic when the uneasy symptoms kept me in bed and refused to release their grip. Unable to pinpoint what was wrong, I called a friend instead of an ambulance. As soon as she… Continue reading

Acts 1:15-17, 21-26

Acts 1:15-17, 21-26   I needed relief from a difficult day in that new land of Eastern Montana. The sky was just beginning to show a bit of color as sunset painted the underside of clouds. I hurried to my car to make it to… Continue reading

“Jesus Love Me,”

“Jesus Love Me,” ELW 595   Jesus loves me! this I know, for the Bible tells me so; little ones to him belong, they are weak, but he is strong.   Refrain Yes, Jesus loves me, yes, Jesus loves me, yes, Jesus loves me, the… Continue reading