Trust in God

God knows what is best for me

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John Henry Newman (1801-1890) was a theologian, priest and poet. He was a devout Anglican and a prominent member of the Oxford Movement, before he converted to Roman Catholicism in his forties. Though you may not agree with him in certain things, perhaps you can appreciate what it’s like to search for a believing community where your faith can thrive and you feel free to worship God “in spirit and in truth.” Here’s an excerpt from John Henry Newman’s “MeditationsRead more

Be still, my soul

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“Be still, and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46:10 (KJV) “Be still, my soul” by Katharina von Schlegel (1752), trans. Jane Laurie Borthwick (1855): Be still, my soul, the Lord is on thy side; Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain. Leave to thy God to order and provide; In every change He, faithful, will remain. Be still, my soul, thy best, thy heavenly friend Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end. Be still, my soul:Read more

Trusting in God’s Sovereignty

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“Sovereign Over Us” by Aaron Keyes, Bryan Brown, and Jack Mooring: There is strength within the sorrow, There is beauty in our tears. And You meet us in our mourning, With a love that casts out fear. You are working in our waiting. You’re sanctifying us, When beyond our understanding, You’re teaching us to trust. Your plans are still to prosper, You have not forgotten us. You’re with us in the fire and the flood. You’re faithful forever, Perfect inRead 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

My Worth Is Not In What I Own

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“My Worth Is Not In What I Own” by Keith & Kristyn Getty, and Graham Kendrick, featuring Fernando Oretga: My worth is not in what I own Not in the strength of flesh and bone But in the costly wounds of love At the cross My worth is not in skill or name In win or lose, in pride or shame But in the blood of Christ that flowed At the cross I rejoice in my Redeemer Greatest Treasure, WellspringRead more

Night Prayers

Night Lighthouse

A Sampling of Night Prayers from The Book of Common Prayer: For Freedom from Worry: O Lord, who hast pity for all our weakness: Put away from us worry and every anxious fear, that, having ended the labours of the day as in thy sight, and committing our tasks, ourselves, and all we love into thy keeping, we may, now that night cometh, receive as from thee thy priceless gift of sleep; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (from FormsRead more

Wonder, trust, innocence

Child blowing dandelion seeds

Like a child: One of my favourite things about summer is the whimsy of warm days, when puffy seed clusters float through the air. We used to catch them, hold them between our hands, make a wish, and then let them go. I still refer to these as “wishes” and try to catch them if I think no one is watching. Earlier this week I noticed aloud that this time of summer has indeed arrived – complete with wishes floatingRead more