Friday Prayer

I breathe, Dropping my shoulders down and relaxing my jaw. I breathe, Rolling my head from side to side and shaking out my joints. I breathe, Tightening and releasing muscles. I breathe, Acknowledging my thoughts and feelings and remembering they don’t define me. I breathe, Leaning back to find support in your everlasting arms. Amen. … Read More

Friday Prayer

Look, I am truly out of nice words and my ability to craft a lovely phrase flew out the window somewhere with my 900th sigh about unvaccinated people and the call for a third funeral in 15 days. I believe that You are here and at work and that I am surrounded by grace and… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Picture the Bible

I received a PDF of this book in exchange for an honest review. I genuinely believe one can never have too many well-written children’s Bibles. Different authors make choices in their paraphrase or translations of the important stories, in which stories are selected or omitted, and in the illustrations. By having several illustrated Bible story… Read More

Friday Prayer

Eternal Love- We appeal to you on behalf of persons, places, and situations that have not made the headlines. We ask for your mercy to pour out continuously for good in these circumstances. We ask that your presence be felt and known in clear and tangible ways. This is more than a plea for the… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: The Time Has Been Come

CN: Child illness, cancer, late-stage capitalism 84 days ago, we learned about my daughter’s brain tumor- a craniophryngioma- a very rare diagnosis. As of today, this diagnosis has cost $167,000+ dollars. At one hospital. Since diagnosis, we’ve been to four. She’s had four MRIs, two CAT scans, multiple endocrinology visits (with their attendant blood draws),… Read More

Friday Prayer

Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy, for we have had more than enough of contempt,too much of the scorn of the indolent rich, and of the derision of the proud. – Psalm 123:3-4 Oh, the scorn of the indolent rich- Dripping with mockery about generations other than their own,As though the present deprivations, frustrations, and injusticesAre not directly… Read More

RevGalBookPals: The Night Lake

Content warning: infant death, suicide, alcoholism In the middle of my own present stress and grief, I am the kind of person who needs a dispatch from someone who has been in the same place and can report on the lay of the land. Even if we are not on the same path or in… Read More