At a Distance

Then God said to Moses, “Come up to the LORD, you and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and worship at a distance. Moses alone shall come near the LORD; but the others shall not come near, and the people shall not come up with him.” –...

It’s Going To Be Bad

“Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away.’ … I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.” – John 14:27b-29 (NRSV) It’s the speech that I call The Great...

Whispers

I hear a voice I had not known: “I relieved your shoulder of the burden; your hands were freed from the basket. In distress you called, and I rescued you. – Psalm 81:5b-7a (NRSV) I’ve never felt close to God in a personal buddy-buddy kind of way. It’s never been...

Fire and Brimstone

On the wicked, God will rain coals of fire and sulfur; a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup. For the LORD is righteous. (Psalm 11:6-7, NRSV) Is God still righteous if the wicked thrive? Maybe you’ve noticed that there are children weeping in the...

Psalm 107

O give thanks to the Holy One, whose reputation is goodness, whose love is steadfast and forever. From the depths of mourning, in anger and in tears we pray: O give thanks to the Holy One, whose reputation is goodness, whose love is steadfast and forever. From the...

Wilderness

We long for your voice like a deer longs for water, but no, Lord — do not put your voice in our ears and our hearts, for it might split us open and rend us from the comforts and assumptions with which we have clothed faith. We long for your presence like a ship...

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