Tuesday Prayer

Tuesday Prayer

broken-heart

Dear Friend,

On this day when some celebrate love with chocolate and flowers and diamonds, I am thinking of hard love

love that really listens

love that cries together at a death

love that does the rough work of agreeing to disagree

love that looks forward to an uncertain future

love that works, apart and together

love that doesn’t have a tidy boundary of marriage or label

love that brings the bandages

You modeled that love for us.

We thank you.

Amen.

Mary Beth Butler is an Episcopal layperson in North Texas. She is a retired university administrator, paving contractor, hospice volunteer and occasional blogger. She is leading her parish’s refugee ministry. 


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Tuesday Prayer

This is an Executive Order,” says Rev. Dr. Amy Butler of Riverside Church. Thanks be to God. Amen.


Mary Beth Butler is an Episcopal layperson in North Texas. She is a retired university administrator, paving contractor, and occasional blogger. She is leading her parish’s refugee ministry. 


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Tuesday Prayer

no

Dear Friend,

My prayers have been absent for a few weeks. I don’t know what to say to you

but you know what I am thinking anyway.

I am SO ANGRY.

And I am very tired.

and the only word I can think is NO.

No, no no No!

I have to do something, but nothing feels like enough

I am trying to take care of myself and of others in my life

while the world has turned upside down every day for the past week and a half.

I am just one of many who could write these same words. With far less to complain of than most.

Help me be your person in the world today.

Help me remember to turn to you first, last, always.

Thank you.


Mary Beth Butler is an Episcopal layperson in North Texas. She is a retired university administrator, paving contractor, and occasional blogger.


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Tuesday Prayer

john-donne

 

“Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”

John Donne, priest and poet

Dear Friend,

Our brother John gave us these words so many years ago

yet it always comes as a surprise and a shock

when someone who has been part of our lives dies.

In a media saturated age, we have so many people who have been part of our lives!

So much lament of those we have lost to death in the year almost ended

We recite their names like a string of beads: Carrie, George, Prince, David, Philando, Muhammad, Gene…

seeking to hold them and remember what they have been to us.

We know that death is inevitable

but somehow we forget it, with people who seem larger than life.

I pray that You hold us in our grief, and never let us forget the lesson that death teaches us: our time here is not eternal, and in the words of our brother Henri Frederic Amiel,

Life is short,

And we do not have much time

to gladden the hearts of those who

make the journey with us.

So… we must be swift to love,

and make haste to be kind.

Amen.


Mary Beth Butler is an Episcopal layperson in North Texas. She is a retired university administrator, paving contractor, and occasional blogger.


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Tuesday Prayer

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LATIN: O clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israel: qui aperis, et nemo claudit; claudis, et nemo aperit: veni, et educ vinctum de domo carceris, sedentem in tenebris.

ENGLISH: O Key of David, and scepter of the house of Israel, who opens and no man shuts, who shuts and no man opens: come, and lead forth the captive who sits in the shadows from his prison.

 

My Friend,

The “O Antiphons” tell us that the last seven days of Advent are here.

Our long, long waiting is coming to an end

whether or not we are ready

whether we got up today or even brushed our hair

much less prepared for many, many gifts and obligations

it really doesn’t matter, because You are coming

and no matter what, nothing will change that.

and You will open our hearts.

We are grateful.

Amen.


Mary Beth Butler is an Episcopal layperson in North Texas. She is a retired university administrator, paving contractor, and occasional blogger.


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Tuesday Prayer

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Hope by Zela on RGBstock.com

Dear Friend:

Today I have Hope

for the first time in a really long time

and I’m so grateful!

It’s St. Nicholas Day and most people have their shoes on

but I am looking for unsuspecting folk

on whom I can bestow secret acts of kindness

Wish me luck

Thank you for the Hope!

Amen.


Mary Beth Butler is an Episcopal layperson in North Texas. She is a retired university administrator, paving contractor, and occasional blogger.


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Tuesday Prayer

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(Photo: Miguel Saavedra at http://www.rgbstock.com)

Dear Friend, who I call Jesus,

You sat at table with everyone

you turned no one away

You didn’t say, “No discussing politics at Thanksgiving!”

But I am NOT YOU, JESUS.

(In case you did not remember that.)

I am struggling with how to be hospitable and also care for myself:

I am praying, praying, praying…

I’m listening for a word

Let me hear you, please.

I thank you in advance.

Love,

Me

 


Mary Beth Butler is an Episcopal layperson in North Texas. She is a retired university administrator, paving contractor, and occasional blogger.


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Tuesday Prayer

gramma-etta

(Grave of Henrietta Houghton Dawson, my great-great-grandmother, Caldwell, KS)

All Saints Day

Who are the saints?

the ones we love and remember

the ones we don’t remember any more

the ones known only to God

Those who are blessed

We strive to be saints, at least we say so

(I sing a song of the saints of God)

Yesterday, your child Pope Francis preached us this:

Six new beatitudes for the modern era:

“Blessed are those who remain faithful while enduring evils inflicted on them by others, and forgive them from their heart;
“Blessed are those who look into the eyes of the abandoned and marginalized, and show them their closeness;
“Blessed are those who see God in every person, and strive to make others also discover him;
“Blessed are those who protect and care for our common home;
“Blessed are those who renounce their own comfort in order to help others;
“Blessed are those who pray and work for full communion between Christians.”

All those who enact the six items “are messengers of God’s mercy and tenderness, and surely they will receive from him their merited reward.”

May we be your saints

all days, in all ways

Amen.

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Mary Beth Butler is an Episcopal layperson in North Texas. She is a retired university administrator, paving contractor, and occasional blogger.

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Tuesday Prayer

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Forward Movement Publications has released this guide to a month of prayer covering the lead-up to the United States Presidential Election. While many of our members and readers are outside the U.S., I believe this election has the potential to affect the entire world. The guide includes a PDF for printing if you wish to use it in your daily prayers.

For Social Justice

Almighty God, who created us in your image: Grant us
grace fearlessly to contend against evil and to make no peace
with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom,
help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice in our
communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy
Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with
you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Mary Beth Butler is an Episcopal layperson in North Texas. She is a retired university administrator, paving contractor, and occasional blogger.

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Tuesday Prayer: St. Francis’ Day

from The Official Sarah MacLauchlan YouTube page

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.

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