Connected to God

By Bridgette Langford Psalm 51: 1-12 Growing up in a Christian home , it was not until I was young adult I felt what it was like to be disconnected from God. This is not case for many today. This passage reminds us of what can occur when we have distance from God and the…

Beautiful Mess

By Jennie Mayes Psalm 51:1-12 Often, we want God to perform a “gut job” on us. We want to discard all that is ugly and messy of our lives. We want to be perfectly clean and shiny again. Just like a contractor could come in and tear down an old home and build a brand…

Prayerful Plea

By Christie Goodman Psalm 51 One of the seven traditional Psalms for the Lenten season is Psalm 51. It comes with an editor’s note explaining that David wrote it after Nathan had come to confront him about his adultery with Bathsheba. When we go back and look at 2 Samuel, we see that Nathan’s indictment…

Help!

By Daniel Zamora Psalm 107:1-16 “Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.” Everyday there is at least one news portraying people who live in darkness, depression, prison, chains, bitter labor, helpless, trouble and distress. Although these terrible conditions sound like far away, many may experience some…

St. Patrick’s Day

By Diana Bridges Psalm 107:1-16 This psalm is an ideal reading for St. Patrick’s Day. It speaks of wanderers and prisoners in need of deliverance.  Patrick certainly falls into those categories. Born in Britain, he was kidnapped as a young man and forced into slavery in Ireland. By the time he’d been a slave for…

God’s Steadfast Love

By Ed Twedt Psalm 107:1-16 Reading recently about the history of Lent, it appears that there is no agreement among scholars about the exact origin and development of Lent, but there is agreement about what it means to us today.  It is a time of fasting, reflection on who and what we are and getting…

Sacrificing Thank Offerings

By Barbara Higdon Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 As I was preparing for this devotional thought, I looked up the term “thank offering.”  Most references say simply it’s an offering of thanks, especially for the gifts received. In Psalm 107, the term is used following the passages about sick people who are sick because of their sins.…

Everyday Redemption

By Garrett Vickrey Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 In divinity school my urban ministry class took a pilgrimage to New York City. No, not to Broadway or the Empire State Building. We were in the streets, in the soup kitchens, and in the churches who open their doors to the poor each day. One bedroom apartment rentals…

Icy Waters

By Lori Tyler Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 One summer my family and I lived in Northern Ireland. We stayed at a retreat center on the cliffs of the Irish Sea. You could see the hills of Scotland from the bluff. One day we were invited to go coast steering. Basically, coast steering is navigating the coastline…

Ransomed

By David Goree Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 I have always loved the hymn “Redeemed,” both the original Fanny Crosby/William J.Kirkpatrick collaboration and the very Seventies re-mix we sang in youth group when I was a kid. The cadence of the song’s lyrics is a work of art: Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it. Say the…