From the Shelf: Psalm 84

                                                   this morning, a verse for immigration frustrations                                                                 to redefine home                                                                                                                                     and wait on the Lord                                                              

“Blessed are those whose strength is in you,

in whose heart are the highways to Zion….

For a day in your courts is better

than a thousand elsewhere…

(and) no good thing does he withhold

from those who walk uprightly..:”




From the Shelf: Bittersweet

“When you hear music that pierces your spirit, thank God for the gift of music. When you witness generosity that reminds you of the deep goodness of humanity, thank God for the way he created us. When you feel a profound sense of beauty, thank God for it. When the traditions and smells and sounds of Christmas that you love and wait for all year long overwhelm you and you think, I love this world that we live in, thank God for those things. When the faces of your children or your parents shock you with the love you feel for them, thank God.”

From this book, by Shauna Niequist

This Called My Name

“Love is God’s very self; that is why it never ends, it never doubts, it stays its course… It goes out to enemies as well as friends, and it never abandons anyone, even when it is abandoned by everyone. Love follows after its beloved through guilt and disgrace and loneliness, all of which are no part of it; it is simply there and never ends. And it blesses every place it enters. Everywhere it goes, it finds imperfection and bears witness to perfection…”

-Dietrich Bonhoeffer