Worship Together

By Ellen Di Giosia Psalm 84 High above the front door to my house perches a nest made by barn swallows. Every year the birds return for some DIY, rolling pellets of mud in their beaks and shoring up the cup-shaped home. After they line it with feathers and grass, Mama Barn Swallow lays her…

Practice the Presence

By Lance Mayes Psalm 84 One of the first things that pops in my mind when I read Psalm 84 is a book I read in college, The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence. Brother Lawrence was a seventeenth century French monk who served at a monastery in the kitchen. “… we should establish ourselves…

Silence

By Bridgette Langford Psalm 84 Can you remember the last time you just sat in silence and had a conversation with the Lord? I am talking about quiet time away from the world – no phone, no email, only uninterrupted time with God?  Just being in his presence. Thinking about this situation reminds of the…

Love Beyond Words

By Jennie Mayes Psalm 19 Have you ever tried to communicate with someone who doesn’t speak the same language as you? Last year, our family had the privilege of hosting an exchange student from France.  Bettina was in the United States to learn English and the directives we received were to speak only English to…

Pause

By Christie Goodman Psalm 19 West Texas. Flat. Dry. Tumbleweeds. Dust storms. Oh, but what a sky! Growing up in that place, I saw many instances when daily duties and hustle would be put on pause when the sky began its transformation from your standard cloud-dotted blue to brilliant orange and red. Hundreds of oranges…

Grammar 101

By Daniel Zamora Psalm 19 Perfect, trustworthy, right, radiant, pure, sure, righteous, precious and sweet. What do all these words have in common? Yes, they all are adjectives. We normally use them when making reference to the qualities of a person or an object. In this particular case, King David, the writer of many of…

Listen to Creation

By Diana Bridges Psalm 19 Years ago, a commercial for a popular brokerage firm showed a busy world coming to a standstill to listen for financial words of wisdom. The slogan was, “When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen.” E.F. Hutton and his loyal followers never had to shout to make themselves heard. Instead, business, conversations,…

Sing Praises to God

By Ed Twedt Psalm 105:1-11,37-45 This beautiful psalm is the story of Israel’s history, beginning with Abraham, and God’s promises to him, and God’s covenant with him. In this poignant psalm, the author asks the offspring of Abraham to remember God’s promises and God’s covenant. The author speaks of God’s covenant as a word God…

At the Peak End

By Garrett Vickrey Psalm 105:1-11, 37-45 Nobel Prize winning researcher Daniel Kahneman has come up with a theory as to how we experience and remember suffering. He studied the experience of suffering people went through during colonoscopy and kidney stone procedures. From this Kahneman deduced the “Peak-End Rule”. This rule considers the average of the…

Remember the Wonders

By Barbara Higdon Psalm 105:1-11, 37-45 In the Christian calendar, Lent is generally a time for solemn reflection on God’s sacrifice on the cross to save us from ourselves.  Beginning with the marking of ashes from the burned palms similar to those that once waved at the Messiah as he entered Jerusalem, we are reminded…