Saturday Prayer – Between

Here we are, Lord, slung between death and resurrection. Suspended in the moment between the blank page and the final word the desperate argument and the forgiving embrace the pink slip and the new offer the last tear and the first smile the diagnosis and the treatment plan the caught breath and the exhale. Here… Read More

Saturday Prayer – Saturday Teaching

On that day, Holy Friend, before dusty cloaks thrown onto even more dusty earth, before the powers’ posturing, before you washed your friends’ feet and sat at a table even with the one who would betray you and prayed in a darkened olive grove, before torture and death. On that day, Holy Friend, you did what… Read More

Saturday Prayer – Berries in Winter

For berries in winter, we praise your name, oh Creator of all things. For the miracle that is their rich color, taut skin, juice in each bite. For berries in winter, – and every gift that comes unexpectedly deliciously delightfully out of season – we praise your name, Oh Creator of all things. Amen. ________________________________________________________________… Read More

Saturday Prayer – Winter Haiku

In the frozen ground – a green branch, a yellow leaf. Awake! See the Light!       Jennifer Garrison Brownell serves as pastor at Vancouver United Church of Christ in Vancouver, Washington.  She contributed to the Revgals book There’s a Woman in the Pulpit and is the author of the not-really-about-a-triathlon memoir Swim, Ride, Run, Breathe: How… Read More

Saturday Prayer – Don’t Be Afraid

Holy One, You’re always telling those you meet not to be afraid. Meet us today. Another shooting, this one targeting a synagogue, a house of worship.  Open our hearts, so they do not close in cynicism or despair.  Give our prayers wings, fly love and strength and healing to our sisters and brothers in faith.… Read More