I Heard it from a Friend Who……..

One of the many benefits of the connected society we live in is that I have the opportunity to be connected with people literally all over the world. Many of them, I would not know if it weren’t for the Internet.

One of those has the distinct privilege (or maybe I do) of sharing the same name. Tom Vander Well lives in Pella Iowa and he and I have gotten to know each other over the web – mainly because Google searches kept getting our names mixed up. As best as we can tell, his relatives about 500 years ago lived within a couple of miles of where my relatives lived in The Netherlands – but we haven’t traced them back that far. So we figure we are cousins of some sort and are good with that for now. 

Tom started a practice a number of years ago where he writes on his blog what he calls “The Chapter of the Day.” It’s a series of thoughts, musings, reactions to what he is reading in his personal devotions. I haven’t read them all but I’ve been blessed by them.

I also read from somewhere, and I apologize for not remembering where, but some writer this week was being open about her ( believe it was a her) struggles with the election and the inauguration. In her struggles, she brought up the practice of using the book of Psalms as a prayer book. Read through it, pray through it, use it to pray when you don’t know what to pray.

When you combine those two ideas and then add them to a couple of events that are going on, I thought that was a really good idea. What events? There are two main ones as I see it right now…..- As many of you know, my Dad was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. We are waiting for the final tests to come in but my Dad and our entire family have a tough journey ahead. 

– The political and inaugural events of this past week are not the way that I would have chosen them to go. Disillusionment with the people who are in government and disillusionment with the way that religious and church leaders have not stood up against what the consensus feels that the church should be against.

In light of those, I’m going to start doing a series of blog posts about the book of Psalms. I’m not going to commit to a chapter a day or anything of that sort. I’m going to read through from Psalm 1 to Psalm 150 and go as fast or as slow as I feel called to. And I’m going to write about what I read, about what speaks to me, especially in light of my Dad’s battle with cancer and the turmoil in the world of politics and leadership (or a lack thereof).

I hope you’ll join me – if you want to be notified, sign up on the box in the right column.

Thanks for reading and I hope you’ll benefit from this prayer walk through the Psalms.


P.S. If you have read the article about praying the Psalms and know who it is who wrote it, let me know and I will adjust this to give credit and point towards the article

1 thought on “I Heard it from a Friend Who……..

  1. Tom Vander Well

    Thanks for the shout-out, cuz. I look forward to reading your posts. Whenever I hear people waxing judgmental about how awful social media is, I think about the amazing and inspiring people I’ve had the privilege of meeting because of it. Looking forward to the next time we get to share a cup of coffee together (and freaking one of your friends out when you introduce me).


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