Category: The Word of the Lord

Deuteronomy 18:15-20

Deuteronomy 18:15-20   The people were frightened, so God stepped back. God’s face and form on the mountain seemed too deadly, so God would send someone like Moses to tell God’s people who they were and how to live. Because words matter. Centuries pass. And… Continue reading




“Reflection on Psalm 96”

“Reflection on Psalm 96” How can we believe That trees even burned can sing Praise and trust in You? Only ancient ones Sing to the Lord a new song When Justice has fled. Their hope makes me weep. Dare I let their trust in you… Continue reading




“You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore,”

“You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore,” ELW 817 The text for today’s hymn cannot be published due to copyright limitations. We apologize for the inconvenience. I love this hymn with its reminder of this week’s story of Jesus calling the fishermen away from their… Continue reading




Mark 1:14-20

Mark 1:14-20 Several years ago, at an Ignatian retreat, we were encouraged to use our imaginations to enter into the biblical narrative. The reading included the scene of Jesus walking along a road talking with his disciples and others. Soon my imagining seemed to take… Continue reading




Mark 1:14-20

Mark 1:14-20   When I was a boy growing up a couple blocks away from White Bear Lake, Minnesota, I would drop everything else for the chance to go fishing, even when it meant sitting on a hard seat in our old green row boat.… Continue reading




I Corinthians 7:27-31

I Corinthians 7:27-31   One of the catch phrases in AA is “Fake it till you make it.” I suppose that’s one way of saying the “live as though” that Paul is talking about in I Corinthians. It takes a lot of trust to live… Continue reading




Psalm 62:5-12

Psalm 62:5-12   I’m writing these devotions just a few weeks after the catastrophic fires in Sonoma and Napa counties in which our community of Petaluma was largely spared from the fire but now is surrounded by overwhelming devastation. Many around us have lost jobs,… Continue reading




Jonah 3:1-5,10

Jonah 3:1-5,10 As I write these devotions in early December, I am so aware that the world may look very different by the time you read them in mid-January. So it is all the more important to me that the general theme of trust runs… Continue reading




“Arise, Your Light has Come,”

“Arise, Your Light has Come,” ELW 314 The text for today’s hymn cannot be published due to copyright limitations. We apologize for the inconvenience. Epiphany is a season of Aha’s. It’s a time to be surprised by the Invasion of God in our lives, to… Continue reading




“O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright,”

“O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright,” ELW 308 The text for today’s hymn cannot be published due to copyright limitations. We apologize for the inconvenience. Pastor Philipp Nicolai lived and pastored a congregation in Unna, Germany during the bubonic plague in the 1590’s. As… Continue reading