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...

Saltiness

My flavor is lost and my spirit is faint within me, but o my God, surely this salt of humanity can still be scattered on the ground to melt the ice we fear. My light is dim and my flesh is so very weary, but o my God, surely this lowly lamp can still hold one shadow...

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...

Clinging to Metaphors

We are underwater. Let there be a Rock that is higher. We are weary and worn. Let there be a Peace beyond understanding. We are frustrated, impatient. Let there be a Seed in every season. We are heartbroken. Let there be a Fire to gather us together. We are frantic,...

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