Archive for December, 2015

Praying through the Bible #170 – Psalm 6 – A Prayer of Pain Before Praise

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Before a psalm is taken apart and analyzed, each needs to be experienced, even felt, as our emotions overflow and overtake our minds. We need to allow the Psalms to take apart our lives as it takes part in our lives. To experience Psalm 6 we have to experience the pain and the praise. To […]

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Praying through the Bible #169 – Psalm 5 – A Morning Prayer of Changing Emotions

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

My morning prayer: “Dear Lord, thank you for two layers of covers (it is winter), a bathroom close to my bed (I am getting old), and a hand to hold while I sleep” (I am still very much in love). You might be thinking this prayer’s contents are first mundane, then TMI, and finally sweet. […]

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Praying through the Bible #168 – Psalm 4 – A Prayer for Freedom from Self

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

We all care what others think of us. Some admit it. Some are controlled by it. Others react against it. We can pretend we don’t care; but other’s words and opinions often hurt. The cloaked emotional crisis is what others think can lead beyond thoughts and words; dangerous actions can result, sometimes by “me.” Psalm […]

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Psalm 3 – Praying through the Bible #167 – A Prayer of Help, Honor, and Hope

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

The best French fries are at Ollie’s Trolley. I got to eat these growing up when my father would take me to his workplace. One Saturday he did not take me, so I gathered my friends, and we stormed his office. My father’s friends looked out the window. Seeing us on the march they warned […]

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Praying through the Bible #166 – Job 38-42 – A Prayer Finally and Frightfully Answered

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Scratched into a wall in Germany during World War II by someone hiding from the Nazi’s are these faithful words: I believe in the sun even when it is not shining. I believe in love even when I am alone. I believe in God even when He is silent. Nothing may be more frightening than […]

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