When there is evil in the world, there is a tendency as 21st Century Americans that it is somehow our duty to get rid of it. All of it. Right now. Continue reading “Advent Reading: The place of trust”
Our God is in heaven;
he does whatever pleases him. (Ps. 115:3, NIV) Continue reading “Advent Reading — Deal with God being God”
Psalm 10 is a stark reminder of the need for Advent. When we seem to think God is standing far off, he is indeed “breaking in” to this world. Continue reading “Advent Reading: Not all is set right in this world”
Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness. (Ps. 29:1-2) Continue reading “Finding Beauty”
To pray is to first listen. Prayer is about giving attention.
Eugene Peterson notes in As Kingfishers Catch Fire that there are five books of Psalms and each book has a concluding thought. Five books in one. Five conclusions.
We realize our Hebrew ancestors wisely arranged this book of prayers to protect us from presumptuous prayer. Presumptuous prayer speaks to God without first listening to him. Presumptuous prayers obsessively, anxiously, or pretentiously multiply human words to God with, at best, a distracted, indifferent, or fitful interest in God’s words to us. But God speaks to us before we speak to him. If we pray without first listening, we pray out of context. — Eugene Peterson
They will receive blessing from the Lord
and vindication from God their Savior.
6 Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek your face, God of Jacob. (Ps. 24:5-6) Continue reading “The determination of one holy passion”