Author Archives: dkbonde

About dkbonde

Pastor, Los Altos Lutheran Church

We see dimly

It’s hard to talk about Charlottesville. It’s also hard not to. Thoughts on Psalm 70 Be pleased, O God, to deliver me. …..O Lord, make haste to help me! 2 Let those be put to shame and confusion …..who seek … Continue reading

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Pregnant with the truth to come

On Psalm 69 1 Save me, O God, …..for the waters have come up to my neck. 2 I sink in deep mire, …..where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, …..and the flood sweeps over me. … Continue reading

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Singing of a warrior God

So what shall we do with this psalm? We can pull out the nice verses and ignore the rest. We can “spiritualize” the enemy to refer to the devil and his minions. Or we can acknowledge that nobility and cruelty sometimes live together in us – and give thanks that this word is fulfilled in Jesus, who laid down the sword and took up compassion, who laid down his life to reconcile those who were enemies, who grants us his spirit and conquers with love. Continue reading

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Blessings

I want the blessings that I might have a peaceable and happy life. But the abundance of the earth is given that all might see and praise God for his generosity. Continue reading

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Learning to pray

The poet doesn’t ask God to “bless me,” he asks God to “bless us.” We should let that truth linger for a while on our tongue. There is importance in what is yet to come but, first, the prayer is for the whole people. Indeed it is for the whole world. Continue reading

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The river of God is full of water

We are surrounded by riches untold. And would we make God into a miser like us? Would we imagine that blessings are parceled out only to the deserving? That only a few are truly beloved? Continue reading

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Sometimes it is not our prayer

Sometimes the prayer of the psalm is not our prayer. Sometimes we are not the persecuted victim. Sometimes we are not the grieving penitent. Sometimes we are not the anguished sufferer. Continue reading

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Words

Words are things of power. They create and they destroy. They exalt and cast down. They comfort and kill. They start war – but they can also end them. The right words, bold courageous words, can summon us to peace. Continue reading

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Refrigerators and saints

Our congregation council had to approve $1,000 to fix the refrigerator in the church kitchen last Thursday night. It is one of those necessary expenses to keeping a congregation running. It is linked to the ministry of hospitality – whether … Continue reading

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“I kept that promise.”

It’s hard to describe what happened to me at the altar during the prayers of the church, yesterday. Typical Lutheran congregations don’t have a shared vocabulary for discussing personal spiritual experiences. Other communities of which I have been a part find it easier to say that God spoke to them. Continue reading

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