Ash Wednesday Petitions

Creator God,  we who stand before you are dust,    and to dust we shall return. But you have breathed into our lips your Holy Breath, so we are also … yours. Help us this Lent to come alive to your Spirit within us. Break down the walls around our souls with which we shut out […]

Antidote for Complacency: Reflections of Sunday's Readings

The very first thing that caught my eye as I drove into Ann Arbor the spring of 1966 was that strange graffiti on a huge concrete retaining wall. Being in Greek I could not decipher it and perhaps for that very reason it tantalized me.

Of course,  as soon as I started my studies at Concordia College […]

Do Our Pets Go To Heaven?

At our first annual Blessing of the Animals service we shared stories. After Sharon told of the way her dog had (perhaps) saved her life when she was worn down with caring for her dying father and she began to despair that life had any good purpose. Night after night the dog would sense her […]

Thoughts of Columba in Deep-Green August

Devotional thoughts of Columba, Iona Scotland and Ireland help us see the blessings in the deep green of an exceptionally wet […]

Fortify Me Lord–A Holy Saturday Prayer

Fortify me Lord. Keep me from sloppy living that cheapens your […]