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

Tuesday Prayer

Injustice is pervasive, God- With privileged ones getting away with crimes once again, With marginalized blamed for everything. Nothing is new under the sun, But we ask that one of these days The sunrise of righteousness will embark upon our world. God of the justice that seems to be hiding these days, Bid us patience-… Read More

Friday Festival: Displaced

Our bloggers are talking about the experience of being displaced, moved out of the familiar into something new.  Life moves us into new places and routines, or God can call us into a holy displacement.   It’s a mystery gift that involves discomfort as we move toward something different.  Other times it’s just painful. As relationships… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Soap Opera in Egypt (Genesis 39:1-23)

Some people live their whole lives in the same hometown, marry the person next door, and work in the family business.  Not much changes in their lives from year to year.  Joseph is not one of those people.  He has more ups and downs in a month than most people ever experience.  He moves from… Read More