Death and illness are two things which can stop us in our tracks. I was in England when my grandfather passed. At the time, my work was heavy in a production cycle and no one was allowed time off, for any reason. I will never forget looking up from my desk at my two editors and telling them he’d died. They just looked at me and said “Go. You’ll regret it if you don’t.” I didn’t even have to ask.Read More
Attributed to Asaph, one of Israel’s worship leaders, this psalm aches with longing for restoration. In it we hear the voice of a prophet as well as a psalmist.
A prophet’s role was to speak the words of God to the people, especially when there was a cultural sway away from the truth. Often the harshest words were reserved for kings and leaders who abused their power and failed to protect their most vulnerable subjects.Read More light, longing, restoration, Saviour
Today’s reading is one of the greatest prophecies in the Old Testament. If you are familiar with Handel’s Messiah you will find yourself singing it.
But don’t miss the first verse. The tribal lands of Zebulun and Naphtali were in the fertile farmland in the north of Israel, a multi-ethnic area where many Gentiles had settled. The description of it here extends it all the way west to the Mediterranean Sea and east to the other side of the river Jordan.Read More Gentile, light, peace, prophecy
Thanks to media and the ubiquitous access modern technology has provided us, we are more quickly connected to unfolding catastrophes than any other time in our history. This passage is an unexpected, but strong “go to” in the midst of tragedy.
While we weep for victims of senseless violence or unfathomable persecution, we can know that those who have Christ have hope.Read More hope, light, suffering, unseen