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Pastor's Corner: The gift of borrowed words


April 24, 2020

“Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.”

This is the first line of Psalm 16, one of last Sunday’s readings for those faith communities who follow the Revised Common Lectionary. Whether you read this text in worship or not this past week, doesn’t this plea for divine protection sound familiar?

“Protect me, O God.” These words express a fundamental desire, a simple, elemental cry for salvation, for preservation, for well-being. They are familiar because such prayers are found throughout the Psalms and other sacred writings. They are familiar because humans throughout the a...

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