Friday Prayer

O God, our help in ages past…Our hope for years to come… What about now? Where are you now? Where is your saving power, Your eternal peace, Your outpouring of grace in our present? We are in need of you now. The Reverend Julia Seymour serves Big Timber Lutheran Church (ELCA)  in Big Timber, MT.… Read More

Friday Prayer

For those who are out of words for praying-  Those who stare off into the middle distance, too tired for sentences or sense. Those whose grief is too deep for anything but sobs and deafening silence. Those who have poured out for others with very little available to fill themselves.Those who have deconstructed lies they were told… Read More

Friday Prayer

There are things that happen that are unthinkable, but not unimaginable. We are able to imagine them, but we push them away because we do not want to think about them. What is unimaginable is living after the unthinkable. Holy and merciful God, we pray with broken hearts for all who are living- breath by… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Normal Never Existed

Hi. Thanks for coming.  I’ve been wanting to have this talk with you for a while. What I want to say is a bit awkward, but I hope you’ll hear me out with an open mind. There are some things that need to be said and I just can’t be quiet about them anymore.  Here’s… Read More

Friday Prayer

A Blessing for Those with Stress-Induced Lethargy In the muscle-tensed, frenetic exhaustion of your blank stare, May you know that you are not alone. In the numb doom-scrolling hours, May your senses be drawn to peace and joy. In the overwhelm of grief and frustration, May you be anchored in the truth of eternal love.… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Interruptions

I was in the middle of writing The Pastoral is Political post, when someone came into the church to talk to me. We spoke, masked and distanced for an hour, before I began to get messages about the attack on the US Capitol building in Washington, D.C. We cannot pretend this is normal, so I… Read More