Wednesday Prayer

Holy God, there are gifts we long for this Christmas.  We praise you for the gifts that have sustained us this year: deep hope…holy energy…perseverance…righteous anger…the ability to see injustice around us, and within us.  We ask you for particular gifts this season: rest for health care workers…a full table for the hungry…health for those… Read More

Wednesday Prayer

Mighty God, we understand Advent…but Christmas? Can we turn from Advent to Christmas, when the time comes?  Is there still joy, with millions dead around the world?  Do we deserve peace, with fire weaponized again against Black people?  How can we hope, with millions hungry?  Advent matches our longing for your presence…a big helping this… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Life in the Ruins (Isaiah 61:1-11)

We have been in an extended Advent since March, yearning for God’s transforming power to come and kick butt, er, sweep through our world.  COVID has put us all in a state of exile from our former lives, and we hear Isaiah’s words with extra longing this year.  Restoration?  Bring it on.  Good news?  Very… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Why Is God Being So Nice to Our Enemies? (Jonah 1:1-17; 3:1-10, 4:1-11)

God loves even our enemies, darn it. In God’s care, they have an opportunity to move closer to God.  God sends us to the places and the people we call unworthy, and God is insistent that we go there, even when we don’t want to.  These are interesting truths for the Sunday after a bitter… Read More

Wednesday Prayer

Lonnie Norman, a mayor from Tennessee, United States.  Dr. Durdana Rizvi, a physician from Pakistan. Antonio Bolívar, an actor from Columbia.  Bernard and Evelyn Seckler, a couple from the United States, who died just a few days apart.  Israel Tollentino, a firefighter from New Jersey, United States. ‘Nanī’ Nabi, a grandmother from Kashmir Rocio Choque,… Read More