Friday Prayer: Strength for today

Gracious and loving One, The images of crying children are seared in our minds. The frightened and shell-shocked parents make our hearts ache. The cold and cruel analytical border officials fill our minds with rage. Lord, give us strength for today, that we might be tender-hearted but ready to respond. Lord, give us strength for… Read More

RevGalBookPals: God, Improv, and the Art of Living

When I am asked if I would like to receive a book for review on behalf of RevGalBlogPals, I say, “Yes!” I don’t say, “Yes, but I already have a lot to read and I don’t know when I’ll get to it.” (That’s not really a ‘yes’.) I don’t say, “No. I don’t want to… Read More

Thursday Prayer: Do Not Be A Friend of Job

The Lord answered Job’s friends out of the whirlwind: “Who is this that gives counsel by words without knowledge? What have you done with your freedom, I will question you, and you shall declare to me. “What do you know of Divine Prerogative that comes forth from love? Tell me, if you have understanding. How do you… Read More

Faith and Illness: Theodicy and PTSD

There is no safe space in the world. Not your neighborhood. Not your home. Neither the middle of the forest nor the middle of the city. Not your favorite vacation spot. Not your beloved church. No place — familiar or foreign — is absolutely guaranteed to be safe. (There aren’t really safe people either. “For… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Peace, Be Still

Last night, as I was driving home after a church council meeting, the threatening-looking clouds finally opened up. I spent the last few miles of my drive in heavy rains with thunder and lightning. I wasn’t afraid of perishing, as the disciples in the Gospel for Sunday, but I certainly had renewed appreciation for the… Read More

The Pastoral is Political

The road signs are blooming in our neck of the woods. Early voting has begun for the primaries which will decide who we vote for in the fall general elections. It’s been an interesting process. For the first time, both of our young adult progeny are informed voters. They are seriously evaluating candidates’ literature. Their interest… Read More