Friday Festival: God Pops Up in the Questions

As the November days grow short, and the light wanes, our bloggers are listening for God, and are asking God – and the rest of us – thoughtful questions. The cold and dark are inspiring Connie Tuttle to think about the gifts of Advent, which mirror the gifts of other shadowy seasons.  “We begin to… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

Warm Spirit of Love- On this World Kindness Day, may your breezes bring forth the hope we need for a caring world. May the extreme chills of hate be driven away by balmy sentiments, acts of justice, and moments of mission. May we see that each of your children hold the Spark of the Divine… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

God who fills our arteries with bravery… Open our hearts to the words Which have made people of faith reach upward with their souls: Be strong and courageous! Joshua heard these words As many of us embrace these words here and now. Today, we’ve been strong and courageous- From spending our energies voting To confronting… Read More

Pastoral is Political: Election Issue

It’s the day before the midterm elections here in the Not-Yet-United States of America. You can feel the buzz on the interwebs. I spent months trying to figure out what GoTV was, thinking I was missing a new Netflix or Hulu, only to finally figure out it means “Get Out the Vote.” I’m receiving nudges… Read More

Thursday Prayer: For All The Saints

God. It wasn’t just her laugh. Yes, so much, it was her laugh. That. Big. Massive. Explosive. Wonderful. Laugh. But it was also her love. And her relentless hope. And wisdom disguised in silly outfits, strength wrapped in funky jewelry, steadfast service dipped in one-line jokes. It was the way she loved children. It was… Read More

Narrative Lectionary:Wisdom

The text for this week is 1 Kings 3:4-9, (10-15), 16-28. Commentary at Working Preacher is here. Our focus this week is the wisdom of Solomon, both how he acquires it, and how he dispenses it. My favorite illustration of this in popular culture (although 20 year old popular culture) is this scene from Seinfeld.… Read More

Friday Festival: Right Here

Our bloggers are offering their thoughts from the places they are.  Whether it’s the season, or a challenge, or the hospital, each of them is writing from “right here, right now” this week. Stuck.  The word sounds like the feeling.  Elizabeth Hagan is reflecting on what to do when we feel stuck.  Thinking about her… Read More

Thursday Prayer

For every hurting body, For every weary heart, For every broken spirit, For every story re-visited. For every violation. Every pain. Every humiliation. Every bruise. Every scar. Every. Single. Tear. Every terrible thing every victim told themselves. Every terrible thing someone else told them. Every secret. Every truth. Every hidden horror. Every public trauma. Holy… Read More