Saturday Prayer – Believe In Love

  It’s not about what you deserve, it’s about what you believe, and  I believe in love. – Wonder Woman, superhero (and theologian) We do not deserve Your grace, but it comes. Thank You for that.  And thank You, too, for giving us love to believe in.  Even now.  Yes, especially now. Amen   Jennifer… Read More

Saturday Prayer – Sails

I’m not much of a sailor, Jesus. I hew toward queasiness, fearfulness, land-longing. All distractions, I know, but persistent ones. You met your first friends where they were, leaping from boats, salt water stiffly drying in their hair and beards. I remember this. So for today, rather than trying to be a sailor, I’m going… Read More

Saturday Prayer – Strawberry

Thank you God for this strawberry, the last fresh one of the season, almost too ripe to pick and eat. Thank you God for this strawberry, not too ripe after all, plucked carefully to avoid crushing, eaten still kneeling. Thank you God for this strawberry, which is not a metaphor for anything but is just itself… Read More

Saturday Prayer – After Violence

Dear God, Your children gather in concert halls, on trains, on buses. We pray for their protection, for their prospering, for their joy. But sometimes, evil has its way.  Sometimes the tools of evil – the knife, the gun, the, bomb –  seem stronger than your love. So we, Your children gather on city streets,… Read More

Saturday Prayer – Big Words

God, put Your words in my mouth.  Make these words strong and simple.  Make them powerful and prayerful.  Make them beautiful and bountiful.   God, put Your words in my mouth.  Remind me that you do not call me to declare verbal pyrotechnics, but to speak Your love, truth, peace, might.  Amen.       Jennifer… Read More

Saturday Prayer – Dizzy

Oh, God, We are off kilter. Steady us. We are frenetic. Calm us. We are dizzy. Center us. Remind us that it is always the nature of the powers and principalities to spin the wheel ever faster and faster and faster until we are completely disoriented. Remind us that it is always the nature of your grace to… Read More

Saturday Prayer – Just a band-aid

“It’s just a bandaid,” we say, meaning it’s not much at all. Not effective, not permanent, not nearly enough. And yet, LORD, sometimes a bandaid is all we have to offer. Sometimes all we know how to do is speak soothingly, kneel down, examine the scrape with solemn concern, carefully unwrap the flimsy package, place the bandage with… Read More

Saturday Prayer – Vespers

On learning that the word vespers, meaning evening prayer, is from the Latin meaning evening star. Just a pinprick of light in a blue black blue sea of sky. At first, you are barely a flicker. But with each passing breath, you strengthen. You are rising, you are pulling the night around your shoulders. You are… Read More