All posts in "Short Meditations"

Heart and soul

By Dave Henning / May 5, 2014

“I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.  He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.  He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.”- Psalm […]


Ultimate threat / Ultimate hope

By Dave Henning / April 15, 2014

“For as by a man came death, by man has come also the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”- 1 Corinthians 15:21-22 For as long as I can recall, Good Friday has infused my soul with a heightened impact of Christ’s suffering […]


Pulling Out All the Stops

By Dave Henning / April 1, 2014

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”- Ephesians 2:10 My fourth grade classmate Gary Ziervogel boarded the Timothy Lutheran School bus and sat down next to me, brimming with excitement.  “Guess what?” he announced.  “My parents bought a piano and I’m going to […]


Hide and Seek

By Dave Henning / March 18, 2014

“My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.”- Psalm 139:15 “Don’t look for love, love looks for you.”- Don’t Look for Love (1977), recorded by Jim Post When Crown of Compassion Ministries was in its developmental stages, my wife Vicki attended a healthcare […]


Little Big Mom

By Dave Henning / March 3, 2014

But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I.  Do not be afraid.”  And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you in the water.”  He said, “Come.”  So Peter got out of the boat . . . -Matthew 14:27-28 Sometime in the late 1980s, my […]


An undivided heart

By Dave Henning / February 11, 2014

“Teach me you way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.”- Psalm 89:11 “If God were small enough to be understood, he wouldn’t be big enough to be worshipped.”- Evelyn Underhill Vicki and I were married at Ashburn Lutheran Church in Chicago on February 16, 1980.  […]


Groundhog Day- all over again!

By Dave Henning / January 27, 2014

“I’ll give you a winter prediction.  It’s gonna be cold, it’s gonna be grey, and it’s gonna last for the rest of your life.” -Meteorologist Phil Connors, Groundhog Day (1993) “In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” […]


For All the Marbles

By Dave Henning / January 9, 2014

“God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.  Submit yourselves therefore to God.” -James 4: 6 Long before the advent of Madden Football, my best friend Cliff and I perfected our own hands-on version.  Usually played on the synthetic turf of Cliff’s living room carpet, each marble football team consisted on a quarterback […]


Do you hear what I hear?

By Dave Henning / December 19, 2013

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” -Matthew 11: 29-30 The sun has not yet risen upon Christmas Day, 1957.  I awaken and probe my way through […]


Weekends with Mickey

By Dave Henning / November 25, 2013

“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and grace to help in time of need.” -Hebrews 4: 16 I have a step tiger cat named Mickey.  Mickey lives right next door in the condo building with his parents Leslie and Mike.  When Leslie and Mike […]


Steadfast love and faithfulness

By Dave Henning / November 4, 2013

“My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.  He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.  Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” -Psalm 121: 2-4 When my mother Elinor was a student at North Division High School (Milwaukee, WI) in the […]


Lonely, but not alone

By Dave Henning / October 22, 2013

“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4: 19 It’s Easter Sunday, sometime in the mid-1970s.  My Wisconsin and Illinois relatives have gathered for a festive noon meal at my parents’ home in Evergreen Park, IL.  Grandma Henning sits on my immediate right.  She places […]

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