Friday Prayer: Honoring Congressman John Lewis

Essay by Congressman Lewis here. The Reverend Julia Seymour serves Big Timber Lutheran Church (ELCA)  in Big Timber, MT. She blogs at lutheranjulia.blogspot.com and readsallthethings.com. She contributed to There’s A Woman in the Pulpit and is President of the board of RevGalBlogPals, Inc. RevGalBlogPals encourages you to share our blog posts via email or social media. We do not grant… Read More

Saturday Prayer: Brokenness

Holy One, We are struggling, and the weight of loss and grief is breaking us. The waves of injustice upon injustice, violence upon violence are drowning our hearts. We pour out our questions of “why’s” and “why not’s”. We look for answers within our own understanding and experience… and there is nothing. We have chosen… Read More

Wednesday Prayer

WTF!? George couldn’t breathe God! Why couldn’t they hear him? Did you hear George crying out, God? I am holding on to the hope that with every precious breath we are yet allowed to take— you are with us. But, damn! How much more can we endure, God? I must confess that it is hard to… Read More

Friday Prayer

Holy God- Into your hands I commit the spirit of Ahmaud Arbery, that he may rest in peace and rise in power. Into your hands I commit the spirits of his family, his friends, his community, and all who knew him and loved him. Into your hands I commit the spirits of the people who… Read More

Wednesday Prayer

God, we can’t even remember what day it is These times still seem so surreal A pandemic Constant political unrest A Black man shot down while jogging Babies in cages Yet we still sing, “It is well with my soul…” Willing it. Believing it. Working to make it so. But how can it be? How… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Oil Crisis

Matthew 25:1-13 Working Preacher commentary is here. Let me start out by saying I’m opposed to the very premise in this parable, that women should be sitting around in the dark, just waiting for some guy to arrive. I know, I know. That’s not the point of the story. But some days it is for… Read More

RevGalBookPals: A Booklet of Uncommon Prayer

In this review space, I like to try to cover things that are recently out- in the hopes of offering good information as to what is worth your time and shelf space and what could be skipped. Sometimes, however, a book slips through the cracks and I don’t learn about it until a couple years… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Business Practices

I’ve heard this parable (here) preached and taught as an economic justice story. And, it is. I’ve also heard it shared in relation to God’s grace, abundance, and generosity. And, it is. But, when I read it this time something new happened for me. Images of an owner whose business practice is to center persons… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Far More Terrible for Women

Reading is an exponential activity. In a linear activity, when you finish A, you can proceed directly to B and then to C. In an exponential activity, completion of A leads to a directional dilemma between A 2.0, A2, or B. Reading spreads out in all directions and it only occasionally loops back on itself… Read More