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Mother’s log, August 22, 2018

5 PM. Upon disembarking from our vehicle, the two-year-old insisted on climbing up the treacherous steps leading to the homestead armed with one blankie, one stuffed puppy, a water bottle, and one of her sister's rubber boots. Nervous that this might lead to injury, I was momentarily distracted from the…

He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed.

Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance…

A Holy Saturday

Remember my affliction and my wanderings,     the wormwood and the gall! My soul continually remembers it     and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind,     and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;     his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning;     great is…

A Good Friday

Who has believed what he has heard from us?     And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant,     and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,     and no beauty…

Mandatum

 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt,  “This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you.  Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month every man shall take a lamb according to…

Born that man no more may die

If my children talk about me when I am dead, I am fairly certain one of their memories will go thus: "Remember how Hark the herald used to make mom cry?" "Yeah, she was weird like that." Earlier this week, facebook re-fed me a video of my eldest daughter singing Hark! the herald angels…

The Sun Forebear to Shine

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found; Was blind, but now I see. Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come; ’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, And grace will lead me home.…

Quelle est cette odeur agréable

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyWDomKr9AA[/embed] What is that fragrance, Shepherds? How does it Ravish with joy our senses five? This is the scent of heaven's glory Brought to this earth by God's own Son. What is that fragrance, Shepherds? How does it Ravish with joy our senses five? What is that light? O Shepherds…

Mek de pat scraight fa um fa waak!

Dis yah de Good Nyews bout Jedus Christ, God Son. De Good Nyews staat like how God prophet Isaiah done write, weh e say, “God say, ‘A gwine sen me messenja head ob ya fa open op de way fa ya.’ Somebody da holla een de wildaness say, ‘Oona mus…

Come, Lord Jesus!

COME, LORD JESUS! Come, Lord Jesus! Do I dare Cry: Lord Jesus, quickly come! Flash the lightning in the air, Crash the thunder on my home! Should I speak this aweful prayer? Come, Lord Jesus, help me dare. Come, Lord Jesus! You I call To come (come soon!) are not…

Behold

  Malachi 3:1-3, 4:1-2a, 5-6 “Behold, I send My messenger, And he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, Will suddenly come to His temple, Even the Messenger of the covenant, In whom you delight. Behold, He is coming,” Says the Lord of hosts. “But who can…

In which the writer muses on insomnia, Santa, and going to Hell in a handbasket

Today is St. Nicholas day, a celebration generally passed over in the United States since our coca cola version of the ancient bishop of Turkey drops by our houses on Christmas Eve, not December 6. I do recall several years in elementary school where we would return to our wet,…

My Lord, What a Morning

           “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.  And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power…

Stay Awake

“But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard, keep awake.For you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with…

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

  Thus begins one of the more banal Christmas carols: O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, How lovely are your branches ... Really? That's the best we can come up with? Up until a few years ago, this song used to really bug me. Grant it, it doesn't grate on me…

It’s beginning to look a lot like … Advent

I love remembering. I love preparing. I love anticipation. I think this might be why Advent is one of my very favorite seasons of the year. Christmas is great but even BETTER is GETTING READY FOR CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!! I am going to attempt to post something every day during this Advent…

In defense of bombastic men, or “Happy Reformation Day”

  I spent the majority of my formative years in the care and company of a WWII Navy vet and his 130 lb German shepherd. So now you know. My Papa had a heart that could be overwhelmingly generous, and he loved people zealously; He also had the patience of…

The unordinariness of ordinary time

My life is currently the most ordinary it has ever been. Michael and I are not pursuing any more degrees (that meany husband of mine says I am cut off from school, oh the oppression!), we are not moving, I am doing the same job I did last year, and…

In which the writer finds that listening to the world wake up is better than to be awoken by the world.

  I am not a morning person. Or rather, I don’t mind being awake in the wee small hours of the morning, as long as I am the only person there. I require at least 45 minutes of silent consciousness (MOSC) before morning interaction with the human race for my…

Come

Come, follow me into the realm of music. Here is the gate Which separates the earthly from the eternal. It is not like stepping into a strange country As once we did. We soon learn everything to know there And nothing surprises us anymore. Here Our wonderment will have no…

The meditations of my heart

I am currently in the process of writing a paper on "a theology of worship." Note: a theology, not the. Thank goodness. At the same time, I have also been working on a lecture to be presented to our school faculty about the musical choices we make for our school chapel.  During…

As the Lord had commanded

This morning I have been reading through the end of the book of Exodus. The end of the book concludes with all the instructions for the building of the tabernacle, the garments the priests are to wear and how they will approach and conduct themselves within the place of worship.…

Psalm 151

O Thou my God, all peoples praise Thee and assure Thee of Thy loftiness. But even if I do, or not, what can it signify to Thee? Who am I, to believe that my prayer is necessary? When I say ‘God,’ I know that I mean by this the Sole,…

Joy has dawned

Joy has dawned upon the world Promised from creation God's salvation now unfurled Hope for every nation Not with fanfares from above Not with scenes of glory But a humble gift of love Jesus born of Mary Sounds of wonder fill the sky With the songs of angels As the…

Worthy are You to receive Glory

After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this." At once I was in the Spirit, and behold,…

Church s/hopping…

Yes I'm back!!! My apologies for my terribly too long leave of absence. My life in between posts has involved two moves across the country, starting a new job, having a husband start seminary and a variety of other natural and unnatural disasters. The most life changing one of these…

Published Article on Luther’s Theology of Music

So, I apologize for my terrible lack of blogging lately. Grad school is my excuse. Masters Thesis my reality. Hopefully I will begin writing again when my thesis is done and I get my life back. In the meantime, exciting news!! My article on Luther's theology of music has finally…

Some things never change

"There exists a vast mass of love songs of the poets, written in a fashion entirely foreign to the profession and name of Christians.They are the songs of men ruled by passion, and a great number of musicians, corrupters of youth, make them the concern of their art and their…

Agnus Dei

Agnus Dei, qui tolis peccata mundi, Lamb of God, who take away sins of world, miserere nobis. have mercy on us. Agnus Dei, qui tolis peccata mundi, Lamb of God, who take away sins of world, dona nobis pacem. grant us peace. [playlist id=2]

And He shall be called Emmanuel; God with Us

In honor of the Christmas celebratory events that are so soon to come upon us, I have decided to give this post an advent theme!  That, and I was inspired by the rendition of the hymn “O come o come Emmanuel,” we sang in Church on Sunday as they attempted…

What does that mean anyway?

So this Sunday as we were driving into church I happened to glance over at one of the church signs we passed.  Usually these signs contain what the sermon topic of the week is going to be or some ridiculous quote that makes me slightly queasy.  For example, one week…

Pious doggerel

"One hundred and twenty-one years ago, Presbyterian theologian Robert Lewis Dabney voiced concern over the fact that the popular gospel music of Dwight L. Moody's cohort, Ira Sankey, was finding its way out of the revival tent and into the sanctuary of many a Reformed congregation. The most that can…

“Holy Holy Holy” or “Nice nice nice” ?

I have trouble praying sometimes . . . Not that I have trouble coming up with things I think I should tell God, but sometimes I find myself again and again just coming to God with my little list of things I would like Him to do for me today. …

Whatever is true… whatever is lovely

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8 ESV) The Medievals, or rather- the premoderns, thought of beauty, goodness and…

You can dance if you want to…

So I had something of an epiphany last night whilst dancing with some of my peers.  It may be hard to swallow, but the truth is if you are a strict egalitarian you will never be a great swing dancer.  So there 'tis.

Crossover

There is this group I love to listen to called the East Village Opera Company. Basically they are a rock group who take pieces originally from opera scores and arrange them in more ‘modern’ settings. It’s a lot of fun. The most ironic thing about my liking it is probably…

“Let all earth keep silence before Him.”

“Listen to me, O Jacob, and Israel, whom I called! I am He; I am the first, and I am the last.” Isaiah 48:12 ESV This morning I got up early to take my requisite daily walk.   I began with all my necessities: namely my tennis shoes, my dog, and…

Being a music major isn’t fun…

Or at least, that’s not the point.  It’s not easy either.  Music is not a cop-out degree for people who want easy A’s- that may have been high school, but in college that attitude is not going to get you far.  The summer after my freshman year I worked for…

Prelude

When I sit down to play my piano, I remember why I wanted to be a pianist; when I sing I remember why I wanted to be a singer, when I teach, I remember why I wanted to be a teacher, when I conduct, I remember why I wanted to…