All posts in "Short Meditations"

    We’re in good hands with . . . Jesus!

    By Dave Henning / May 7, 2013

    It’s late fall, 1965.  My  mother Elinor is standing at the kitchen stove, preparing dinner.  Her persistent cough is not getting any better.  She voices how poorly she’s been feeling.  Concerned that whatever she has is contagious, mom takes many precautions to ensure that dad and I stay well.  Around January mom receives her diagnosis […]


      I Will Sing

      By Dave Henning / April 16, 2013

      When my cousin Paul Dahlke and I were around 20 years old, our families gathered for an Easter Sunday dinner at my parents’ home.  Following the meal, Paul and I decided to shoot baskets at a playground court a block away.  We had just started shooting when two strangers arrived.  Convinced that Paul and I were […]


        Worthy is the Lamb

        By Dave Henning / March 27, 2013

        About 20 years ago, I was privileged to play harpsichord for a presentation of the Easter portion of Handel’s Messiah at Hales Corners Lutheran Church under the direction of Hib Wiedenkeller.  In oratorios of the Baroque Era, the harpsichord’s primary function was to provide a steady rhythm that held all the other instruments together.  Playing […]


          Here I Am

          By Dave Henning / March 5, 2013

          The Lord called Samuel a third time, and Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”  Then Eli realized the Lord was calling the boy.  So he told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say,’Speak, Lord, for you servant is listening.’ “- 1 Samuel […]


            A Song in the Desert

            By Dave Henning / February 19, 2013

            A voice of one calling: “In the desert prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.  Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low, the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain.”- Isaiah 40:3-4 Approximately 10 days before recording “Desert […]


              Once Upon a Time

              By Dave Henning / February 2, 2013

              Once upon a time, long before global warming was a twinkle in Mother Nature’s eye, snow fell abundantly in Evergreen Park, IL.  Utilizing the protection of snow forts constructed approximately 40 feet apart on our neighboring front lawns, my friend Cliff and I engaged in the Great Snowball Wars of the early 1960s.  With our […]


                Not for a moment

                By Dave Henning / January 11, 2013

                When I was 2 or 3 years old, I developed a severe case of wanderlust, fueled by unbridled curiosity.  Eager to escape the confining environs of my back yard in Evergreen Park, IL or my parents’ immediate reach, I was a constant escape threat.  Although I had the “fever”, my parents had the cure- aka […]


                  Discomfort and joy

                  By Dave Henning / December 23, 2012

                  During my senior year at Luther South High School in Chicago, IL, I was the accompanist for the 71-voice A Cappella Choir, South’s concert ensemble.  As December approached, we had the opportunity to record a Christmas album for Delta Records.  The sessions took place on 2 midweek evenings following a full day of classes.  The […]


                    Simple Gifts

                    By Dave Henning / November 22, 2012

                    For years, long after I’d grown too old to play with it, my toy box contained a yellow, plastic fighter-plane with a red star on each wing tip.  The airplane was given to me by Grandma Dahlke (my maternal grandmother) when I was 4 or 5 years old.  Not too long after receiving the airplane, […]


                      A Great Cloud of Witnesses

                      By Dave Henning / November 3, 2012

                      “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. . . “-Hebrews 12:2 […]


                        Rise Up

                        By Dave Henning / October 9, 2012

                        Due to my small physical stature as a child, bullying was a frequent menace.  Even by the time I was preparing for confirmation as an 8th grader, my growth spurt was a work in progress.  Two boys in that class seemed to delight in contributing a decidedly unspiritual component to my Saturday mornings.  During one […]


                          Identity Crisis

                          By Dave Henning / September 25, 2012

                          When I was an elementary student at Timothy Lutheran School in Chicago, I distinctly remember being given a small, pewter, nickel-sized pendant with Luther’s coat of arms on one side and the words “I am a Lutheran” on the other.  It instilled great pride in my Lutheran heritage and faith.  Similarly, growing up in suburban […]

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