Posted by: Bob Clark | April 24, 2019

Stuck in my Heart

Sometimes getting a lyric stuck in my head is annoying. An “ear worm,” we sometimes call it.

But today I got a lyric stuck in my heart, and it turned out to be a good thing.

It’s a line from “Jesus Paid It All,” and probably not the one you would expect.

“Sin had left a crimson stain….”

Instead of all those lines about Jesus, grace, and forgiveness, it was this line about sin that got stuck.

And, for me, on this day, it was a good thing. Because after taking some time to consider and remember the toll sin has taken on my life, I can better appreciate Jesus, grace, and forgiveness.

Posted by: Bob Clark | April 23, 2019

It takes a season

Our Easter Sunday text, Luke 24:1-12, left us amazed, perplexed, and wondering along with Peter and the others.

Discovering an unexpectedly empty leaves us with a lot to ponder. Hearing news about that empty tomb sounds at first like nonsense. A bodily resurrection gives us a lot to process.

So I am glad Easter is a season rather than just a day. I need time to wonder.

Posted by: Bob Clark | April 22, 2019

Hope

As we enter the Easter season, these words are on my heart:

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

May it be so.

Posted by: Bob Clark | April 21, 2019

Confessing the Mystery

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

Posted by: Bob Clark | April 19, 2019

Morning Prayer

O Lord, open our lips.

And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Posted by: Bob Clark | April 18, 2019

Have mercy on me, O God

This music.

These words.

This message.

Posted by: Bob Clark | April 17, 2019

A plea for mercy

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.

Posted by: Bob Clark | April 16, 2019

Morning prayer

Father God, creator of heaven and earth,

God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,

God of Israel,

God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

True and Living God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

Have mercy and hear our prayer.

Posted by: Bob Clark | April 15, 2019

Confession

Some days the last thing reading the Psalms brings me is comfort.

So. Much. Violence.

Sometimes I am tempted to stop reading altogether.

But I read on.

Then come those days when I recognize I have violence in my own heart.

And on those days, I find comfort in the Psalms.

Posted by: Bob Clark | April 14, 2019

A prayer that connects

“O Divine Master,

Grant that I may not so much…

seek to be understood as to understand….”

Just the prayer I needed this morning.

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