Doorways

“Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts; his name is the Lord; exult before him!” (Psalm 68:4) My grandmother owned an enormous bunch of curiously designed keys that jingled as she moved around her home on Vermont Avenue in Kingston, Jamaica. One of […]

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Strong Voice

“Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.” (Psalm 119:165) Sleepy eyed at first, I come to be with you early in the day before the hours rear back their heads and gallop away. Before other noises crash into my world, I sit with pen in hand and coffee cup […]

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Eye Opening

“Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” (Psalm 119:18) Head down, arms full, fingers occupied with a million pressing tasks, and I am prone to miss out on the wonders that you supply in countless forms. Preoccupied with minutia, overwhelmed with daunting responsibilities, blinded by routines, I fail to […]

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Psalm Recall

“Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him. You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance.” (Psalm 32:6-7) In ninety sappy minutes […]

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Inside Out

“For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.” (Psalm 103:14) David’s songs resonate like water heaving itself across rugged cliffs and plunging hundreds of feet to crash on river rock below; his psalms have the voice of a thousand waterfalls cascading in full force. In the compelling language of Psalm 103, God is beyond […]

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Morning Muddles

“If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.” (Psalm 139:9-­‐10) Believing a lie is easy at times. When pain is pressing down our backs, bill collectors are breaking down our doors, or a […]

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First Call

“Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.” Psalm 143:8 At the outset, before I enter into conversation with another human being, I direct my three-ring-circus thoughts to you. Since you were […]

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Every Day

“Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever.” Psalm 145:2 Every day means even today, perhaps especially today, when the toilet is clogged, the roof is leaking, the traffic is jammed, and the flight is delayed. Every day means that today I will look for opportunities to bless God, regardless that […]

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Five More

“Give ear to my words, O LORD; consider my groaning. Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray. O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.” Psalm 5: 1-3 Since the day […]

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Doorways

“Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts; his name is the LORD; exult before him!” (Psalm 68:4) My grandmother owned an enormous bunch of curiously designed keys that jingled as she moved around her home on Vermont Avenue in Kingston, Jamaica. One of […]

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