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…

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…