ISSL Reflections October 31 2021 Psalms 149:1-5, 150 Post 2

IV.In Thomas Merton’s Bread in the Wilderness, I came across this – “ … the Psalms are the nourishment of [the] interior life and of … personal prayer, so that at last [we] come to live them and experience them … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections June 13, 2021, Matthew 8:23-27 Post 3

You can find this week’s focus passage at –https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+8%3A23-27&version=NRSV VIII.Disciples are to watch their teacher, their master, and learn from the teacher and follow the teacher. Right? That’s what we see Jesus’ disciples doing. They follow him into a boat. … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections May 2, 2021, 1 Kings 22:15-23, 26-28 Post 3

Take some time to refresh this scene –https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?Search=1+Kings+22%3A1-28&version=NRSV VIII.The image of the 400 or so prophets is still holding my attention. Especially as I hear King Jehoshaphat ask King Ahab, “Is there no other prophet of the Lord here of … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections May 2, 2021, 1 Kings 22:15-23, 26-28 Post 2

You can find this week’s Scripture passage at –https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Kings+22%3A1-28&version=NRSV V.All these prophets (“about 400”) have a hold on my attention. I just keep “looking” at them and “listening” to them. Is that what King Ahab did? I Kings 22:5-6, 10-12 … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections April 25, 2021, Lamentations 5 Post 3

Once again you can read Lamentations 5 at –https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=lamentations+5&version=NRSV VI.The people of Jerusalem were able to explicitly name their situation, discouragement and pain. One hope I have for us in reading and spending time with this painful passage is to … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections April 25, 2021, Lamentations 5 Post 2

You can go to the link before to read Lamentations 5 in the New Revised Version and to find other translations –https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=lamentations+5&version=NRSV IV.This passage not only calls upon God to, “Remember, O Lord, what has befallen us …” it asks … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections April 25, 2021, Lamentations 5 Post 1

I.If you sent out an invitation to a “pity” party you would probably get some folk RSVP’ing. But what if the invitation was for sharing your “anguish,” your deepest pains? Maybe not so many would want to come? Yet our … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections April 18, 2021, Nehemiah 2:11-20 Post 2

Take time to reread this week’s focus passage –https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Nehemiah+2%3A11-20&version=NRSV III.Having thought about how you would describe Nehemiah in a sentence or so, what do you name as Nehemiah’s most important character traits for you? Does prayerful make your list? What … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections April 18, 2021, Nehemiah 2:11-20 Post 1

I.We turn this week to Nehemiah who as Ezra worked to rebuild Jerusalem, rebuild the Temple and reestablish life as people of the covenant. As we begin out time with this passage first pay attention to Nehemiah. II.Nehemiah 2:11-20 So … Continue reading