“Joyful and triumphant?” God, we lit the fourth Advent candle yesterday, we sang Christmas carols, we watched as the children acted out the story of the nativity, but, if I’m honest, although the tree is decorated now, Christmas cheer has not reached me yet. God, we cancelled Christmas services this week because we want to… Read More
A relative of mine would yell at referees during basketball games, “You blind Bartimaeus!” This name-calling was, of course, meant as an insult. (It was also problematic in ways I didn’t quite understand as a teenager.) But Bartimaeus was wise. He didn’t have to see Jesus to know who – and what – he was.… Read More
Faith is not a checklist that can be completed It is not an accumulation of gold stars that we can affix to a chart It is not intensive study so that we can pass a test It is a relationship in which we share out of our abundance love with abandon see others with the… Read More
In the name of Christ,
hear our prayers, O God!
Each and every minute
of each and every day
our faith is tested … Read More
Laboring God – we thank you for September clouds, autumnal light, cooler days, the great resounding chorus of your creation. Help us to hear your call – to labor with you in your eternal work, work that is grounded in love for your creatures. Send us and call us to all who need aid and… Read More
we looked for you
and could not find you.
We did not see where you went.
Our faith disappeared … Read More
You have said to me, “Come,”but you have left me to wanderin search of your desired “where.” You have named me, “Blessed,”but you have been unrelentingwith every trial on my life. You have said to me, “Be still and know,”but you have covered the eyes of my heartso that I cannot understand your ways. You… Read More
Here we are, Lord.
We are kin-dom hunters,
searching high and low
for the treasure that is hidden … Read More
This scripture is particularly poignant in this pandemic time, when we’re confronting death in different, more demanding ways than we usually do. Some of us are overwhelmed with the number of deaths around us, and have lost people to death much too soon. All of our lives have changed in response to the lethality of… Read More
I feel like we are always asking for something when we pray, O God We have our lists…we need so much – especially right now… Healing… Justice… Transformation… Courage… Faith… Release… So instead of asking, today we come offering to you, Gracious God our renewed commitment to you our renewed commitment to humanity our renewed… Read More