William R. Matthews
Matthews is a member of Muhlenberg Lutheran Church, Harrisonburg, Va.
Articles by William R. Matthews:
- How much for the Lord?
This year let's also think about what we pledge our love
- Our journey after Easter
Reading guides us as we travel boldly along God-given paths
- To be a peacemaker
- Teach me to pray
'We are beggars: this is true' Martin Luther, a few days before his death, February 1546
- Moving day
With a push from God out of our 'last nest,' I learn again that God never abandons us
- 'Abide with me'
Finding God in all experiences is a challenge for this Lent
- Joy in the ordinary
Pentecost offers time to recognize the holy in the everyday
- 'Let all the earth keep silent'
In our Advent quiet, we can hear God
- Such a long journey
We need to travel to Epiphany to complete the Christmas lesson
- The greatest gift of all
Our lives of joy, suffering and, finally, death and rebirth are in God's hands
- From dust to angel
Let us revel in the moment, not look toward human impossibilities
- 'Thinking makes it so'
Our God of love says, 'Question, choose, accept: I am with you all the way'
- A September song
Here, indeed, is the joy that emerges from suffering
- Undeserved suffering
I will never find the answers. But Job is tonic ... and psalm after psalm
- No Eden for me
Amid suffering, joyful days remind that God is good and wants good for us
- Be kind
Nobody knows the troubles I've seen. Nobody knows but Jesus.
- A word for all seasons
As our life progresses, God speaks an ever-changing word for us
- The cruelest month
The cross is the great obstacle to faith, but it offers rich spring soil for its growth
- March madness
Life is a grand mixture. I revel in its complexity, thankful to live in God's promise
- A vale of soul-making
Why do you forget our affliction ...? Rise up, come to our help' (Psalm 44:24-26)
- Deep midwinter
Who will rescue me from this body of deathï¿½ (Romans 7:24)
- The more I know about creation ...
the more I will know about God
- God, the unexpected
Which of God's faces will appear to me today?
- God's gift box
There's more inside than love-sweet-love
- Confession of a good man
The chief sin is giving up because I think myself worse than I am
- Signs of grace
After 54 years, our marriage has become God's sacramental gift, a taste of the feast to come
- Remembering joy
For years I had shut my eyes to joy; now I relive each blessed moment
- Psalms in the key of life
God invites me to bring the whole mess the rage, the misery, the anger, the joy
- A parable of commitment
'I am so lucky to have been able to love someone so much'