Author: Carole Boshart

Second Sunday after Epiphany: The Psalm Passage – The Lord loves me . The Lord loves you too! I know this to be so!

O LORD, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.” (Psalm 139:1- 3) That last phrase where the psalmist says, You “ are acquainted with all my ways.“ That resonates within me. The Lord knows me and all my ways – I am talking about the personal me, the one that I try not to show when I present myself to others. The “me” that is scared and anxious, weak and lazy, impatient and unkind – that “me” that is NOT the best “me” that I can or should be – that “me”. So when I come to the Lord in prayer and confess all of those things, the Lord already knows. [...] […]

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Third Sunday after Epiphany: The Old Testament Passage – When the going is tough, the some of the tough take it out on others! Sadly!

The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time, saying, “Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, “Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth. When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.” ( Jonah 3:1-5, 10) Today, I feel for Jonah. I had a tough day today, and am feeling less than charitable. (Don’t worry beloved reader, it will pass quickly and harmlessly. And I will explain why.  [...] […]

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Third Sunday after Epiphany: The Epistle Passage – How to let go of what you previously held on to tightly

I mean, brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from now on, let even those who have wives be as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no possessions, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.” (1 Corinthians 7:29-31) The apostle Paul, by implication, poses an interesting question. If you knew your time on this earth would be short and limited, how much would you focus on things of this world? What would your main focus be? If one were to take Paul literally, you should NOT tend to your earthly affairs and estate. You should NOT spend time saying your last good byes to those around you. You should NOT prepare a will or determine who should get what. None of that should be part of you thinking. [...] […]

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Baptism of the Lord: Psalm Passage – Preacher and Seeker talk about Psalm 29

Preacher: “Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory of his name; worship the LORD in holy splendor.” Seeker: Why does the Lord have glory and power? Where does the name of the Lord gather its glory and splendor? Preacher: “The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over mighty waters. The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty. The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon.” Seeker: The Lord is in creation. The Lord rules over creation. What else does the voice of the Lord do? Preacher: “He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox. The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire. The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the LORD causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forest bare; and in his temple all say, “Glory!” Seeker: Is the voice of the Lord only a sound? Preacher: “The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.” Seeker: What does the voice of the Lord give to us, humanity? Preacher: “May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!” (Psalm 29) Seeker: Has the voice of the Lord ever been heard by humanity? Preacher: The voice of the Lord speaks to us through scripture. The prophets of the Lord heard the Lord and carried spoke to God’s called and chosen people according to what they heard. We who listen for the Lord do not always hear the Divine’s voice accurately. So the Lord sent to the earth Jesus, the Son of God, so that humanity might hear the Lord’s voice clearly. But still there is debate as to what the Lord said and what was meant. That is one of the reasons the Holy Spirit of the Lord was sent to earth. Alas, human ears in whatever time and generation they are in interpret what they have heard according to human understanding. The voice of the Lord is glory and strength, holiness and splendor. Each human ear and each human heart must listen to it according to its ability and understanding. Seeker: I strain to hear what the Lord has to say. All of humanity and creation must also strain to hear. Preacher: Yes, it does. I confess, I strain also to hear. May our hearing and our understanding be perfected through the Spirit! Seeker: Selah! […]

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Epiphany of the Lord: Gospel Passage & Old Testament Passage – The identity and might of the Lord God Jesus Christ

Today is the Epiphany of the Lord, the day when the evidence of Jesus as the Son of God is considered and pondered. Sometimes this day points to God identifying Jesus at his baptism. And within this same week the lectionary scripture passages take up the theme of Jesus’ baptism. But for today our focus and setting is when the Wise Men come to see the baby Jesus. Ad if it seems slightly out of step from the other passages, that is because the RCL separates out this day from whatever other passages might be used. […]

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