The Psalms

Shukkei-en, Hiroshima: Beauty from ashes

A wedding at Shukkei-en, Hiroshima. Source: Pinterest.

Hiroshima, then and now: If you’re like me and have little first-hand knowledge of Japan, the city of Hiroshima conjures up images of tragedy. As World War II was straining towards its conclusion in the summer of 1945, Hiroshima became the first city to be attacked with a nuclear bomb. The effects of this were disastrous and are well documented. But our purposes today are not to zero in on the devastation that human beings are so adept at causing.Read more

September 22, 2019

Reflections for Trinity 14

The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity: (The BCP Readings for today can be found here). The collect for today, reads like this: Almighty and everlasting God, give unto us the increase of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain that which thou dost promise, make us to love that which thou dost command; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The lovely command “Make us to love that which thou dost command”: Isn’t that an interesting phrase? A love forRead more

A Place of Safety

Medieval tower in Spain

“My Strong Tower” by Liz Fitzgibbon: You are my strong tower, and I run into You. You close the door behind me now, and I am safe within. I run up those narrow stairs, and I look out from the window. I can see the enemy around, but he can’t get near to me. You are my strong tower, and I run into You. You close the door behind me now, and I am safe with You. In the dayRead more

August 11, 2019

Trinity 8

The Eighth Sunday after Trinity: The Collect for Trinity 8 is beautiful, thought-provoking, and a fit prayer for all times: O God, whose never-failing providence ordereth all things both in heaven and earth: We humbly beseech thee to put away from us all hurtful things, and to give us those things which be profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Contemplating the Collect It’s amazing how much is packed into this brief prayer. I love how it opensRead more

Experiencing Psalm 107

Rembrandt's Sea of Galilee

Sumsion’s “They that go down to the sea in ships” sung by the Hereford Cathedral Choir This is a six minute choral piece. If choral music is unfamiliar territory for you, take the time to sit quietly and look a the text below while listening to the piece. You’ll notice how the composer has used every tool at his disposal to meditate on the meaning and emotion of the text (Psalm 107: 23-30). They that go down to the seaRead more

Have mercy upon me, O God

Peter penitent - listen

A choral arrangement of Psalm 51: This is probably my favourite choral piece, period. If you’ve never heard Allegri’s “Miserere,” then prepare for something exquisite. The piece is a choral setting of Psalm 51, a psalm that was penned by King David, expressing deep remorse for his sin. It is traditionally sung during the penitential season of Lent, a beautiful meditation that invites us to confess our own sins to God. The text appears below the video in both EnglishRead more

I Shall Not Want

sheep snuggling - listen

“I Shall Not Want” by Audrey Assad: From the love of my own comfort From the fear of having nothing From a life of worldly passions Deliver me O God From the need to be understood And from a need to be accepted From the fear of being lonely Deliver me O God And I shall not want, no, I shall not want When I taste Your goodness, I shall not want From the fear of serving others Oh, andRead more

Adopted

Child's hand in father's hand

God’s heart for the lost and lonely: Throughout all of scripture, God has shown a peculiar interest in caring for those who find themselves stranded, alone, and destitute. We see it in the miraculous conception of Isaac, in the redemption of Ruth, and in the parable of the prodigal son. We see it in the law that makes special provision for widows, orphans, aliens and slaves. I especially love the stories of God blessing infertile women with children. Each timeRead more