There are healing and resurrection stories in both The Narrative Lectionary and the Revised Common Lectionary this week. In these stories, Jesus does not seem to have any method for deciding who gets his help. He responds to the servant of an official in the occupying Roman army, to the only son of a bereft… Read More
I don’t know about you, but when I read Mark 1:29-39 I immediately think of the multitudes of demons in my life, that I want Jesus to heal. Do you believe demons are real? Mark invites some real contemplation about where you stand on demons. Are they mental illness or bodily infections or disabilities or… Read More
This week, millions of people around the globe are contending with COVID. Some are in hospitals on vents, and others are at home; some are desperately trying to recover, and others have mild symptoms. To the tremendous sorrow of friends and family, some of the sick will die, as millions of people around the globe… Read More
Holy Exorcist, Deliverer, Healer,
we are amazed by your healing power!
With absolute authority,
you silence the spirits of evil within us …
around us … Read More
Be present, Great Shepherd,
Reconciler, and Redeemer,
with the one who has gone astray
and cannot seem to find the way
home … Read More
God on this day, we invoke the spirit of our ancestor, the Apostle Mary Magdalene Grant us the audacity of Mary Magdalene to break gender roles and dismiss stereotypes Grant us the confidence of Mary Magdalene to step into spaces, work, and movements—sometimes uninvited, often unwanted, always unapologetic Grant us the courage of Mary Magdalene… Read More
While the intervention of kings made a political football out of the army commander’s illness, the faithful Elisha kept his mind on his ministry, which was to demonstrate to the world that God’s power is present, God’s mercy is manifest, and that keeping to one’s house, advocating for frequent (hand) washing, donning the mask of humility, and protecting the integrity of one’s position as a prophet and a pastor are potent means to unleashing the change of circumstances for which we all thirst, and hunger, and pray. 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
Stopping midday midweek amidst the noise in the middle of work or play or nothing Stopping to pray and to say thank you and to remember your faithfulness and to reach for your promise and to make an offering Praying for relief Praying for healing Praying for resources to care for the most vulnerable Praying… Read More
The road is long, Lord,
and we are weary.
We have journeyed to this place
from different locations
along different roads
for different reasons.
Yet here we are, ….