New Choral Releases!

It’s an exciting day! Concordia Publishing House is releasing its 2018 music, and I can’t stop smiling. There’s a whole playlist full of recordings to enjoy! Today, I thought I’d take a moment to share my two contributions to the long list of choral pieces, which will also serve as a follow-up to two of my previous blog posts. In December, …

Poetry That Gives Pause: Lent

I’ve said this before: Poetry can be a powerful medium in so many ways. Especially in hymns and songs, I love it when there’s a moment when you suddenly become arrested with the words you’re hearing. There you are, singing along with words you know well, and suddenly you’re caught with a phrase that offers truth in a way you …

How Long, O Lord, How Long?

I remember the feeling. I was writing a hymn text with the intent that it could be used for comfort when tragedy came. On one hand, it was fulfilling to know that these words may help others when needed most. On the other hand, it pained me to know that these words would be needed. Again and again. Tragedy is …

No Stranger Love

Valentine’s Day, Ash Wednesday, and Lent. They all deal with love in profound ways. For Christmas, I shared one of my poems with you, and it just occurred to me that I could do the same today. Consider it my valentine to you. Or rather, from God to us all. No Stranger Love No stranger love the world has known …

The Collaboration of Creating

Many ask me what I love to write most. It’s true I enjoy writing for many different genres: children’s books, devotionals, blog posts, curriculum, fiction, and texts for music mingle with thank-you letters, shopping lists, and meeting notes. The writing that continually fills me with the most wonder is writing texts for music: hymns, choral pieces, and songs. The reason …

Carol of the Lamb

As we begin the season of Christmas, I wanted to give you something as a gift, of sorts. A way to share my appreciation for all the support you’ve given and simply to show that I care. But how to do that over a blog? Well, perhaps, I can offer you something handmade–and on a blog site about writing, perhaps …

Poetry That Gives Pause: Advent and Christmas

Poetry can be a powerful medium in so many ways, I could write a whole blog post about it. (Hmm. Maybe I will!) But especially in hymns and songs, I love it when there’s a moment when you suddenly become arrested with the words you’re hearing. There you are, singing along with words you know well, and suddenly you’re caught …