My Anchor Holds

Karen Granberg-Michaelson

READ : Psalm 57:1-11 “In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds. . .” I wish I could make this claim. What is more true about my faith is the way it is tossed about and sometimes clinging by threads. Happily, our faith does not depend on our will power alone. The great Christian mystics spoke often of the gift of faith. I think this is also true about hope. It is partly a matter of temperament. Whether you …

Hope Delayed

Karen Granberg-Michaelson

READ : Psalm 56:1-13 My church is currently at an all time low. We have been without a pastor for two years and we have no prospects for a new pastor in sight. We are searching not only for a pastor, but for a third interim minister because the process has continued for so long. Worse than this, we are experiencing the loss of heart and hope that occurs when we are discouraged. Divisions among us have emerged. Author Philip …

Spera in Deo-Hope in God

Karen Granberg-Michaelson

READ : Psalm 43:1-5 As a graduate of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, the anchor is a potent symbol for me. On the lawn of our campus there is a large ship’s anchor embedded in rock with the college motto: Spera in Deo-Hope in God. It is a constant reminder of the founders who based their vision for life as immigrants in this hope. During college years we often read or sang settings of Psalms 42 and 43 in chapel …

Seasons of the Heart

Karen Granberg-Michaelson

READ : Psalm 42:1-8 Every spring when my garden wakes up I feel thrilled! I’ve watched this transition from the bleakness of winter to the profusion of spring for almost 52 years. It still seems like a miracle. In the midst of an especially long winter, I have even found myself wondering, is this the year the miracle of spring is not going to happen? Spiritual life also has seasons that ebb and flow. Saints refer to times in their …

Confession Is Good for the Soul

Karen Granberg-Michaelson

READ : Psalm 54:1-4, 10-13 When President Clinton got caught in unworthy behavior last year, many, including me, found it very easy to condemn him. His high public position made his behavior even more disappointing. The thing that bothered me most was his unwillingness to confess his wrongdoing until he was trapped by the truth. Though it was easy to point the finger at his behavior, it forced me to remember times in my own life when I have tried …

God's Way, Not Ours

Karen Granberg-Michaelson

READ : Psalm 40:1-12 The psalmist is trying to bargain with God. I’m doing everything I know how to do to please you, I imagine him saying. Now I want you to come through for me. As a pastoral counselor I’ve often listened to people who feel that life has been unfair to them. If there is a God, that God must be asleep. From their point of view they made every effort to live a good, moral life and …