Revised Common Lectionary: We are Not Left to our own Devices

There is something within us that resists limitations and authority. We don’t like to admit that we have so little control over our lives and that humanity is not the ultimate authority on much of anything. I’ve been thinking about something I read many years ago by Peggy Way. She wrote about “the fact of… Read More

Friday Prayer: Nothing Lost

Christ- It is possible that we have lost sight of your intentions and commands.  What would we, what would I do, if I expected no protection from the state, no solidarity from officials, not conspirators in high places? If we, if I, stood in solidarity with those who are oppressed, pressed, suppressed, depressed, distressed, de-tressed,… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Healing Spiritual Wounds

Lately, I have been paying attention to negative space. Not just space where the energy is less than positive, but negative space with regard to art- making, language, and emotional processing. Negative space focuses on what isn’t. What wasn’t. What didn’t. Wha wouldn’t. Negative space can drive us to the other extreme in all kinds… Read More

Friday Prayer: I Beg

Oh, God- I beg you- do not let my heart become hardened. In the midst of grief and fear, frustration and pain, despondency and despair, I beg you- do not let my heart become hardened.   As I continue to press that Black Lives Matter, that vaginas are not second-class reproductive organs, that LGBTQ people… Read More

Friday Prayer: I’m Out of Words

Look, Lord,  I’m out of words. Wiped clean of nice phrases. Exhausted from shouting and pleading. I put one foot in front of the other. Barely. Slowly. Let it be enough. Amen.   The Reverend Julia Seymour serves Lutheran Church of Hope in Anchorage, AK. She blogs at lutheranjulia.blogspot.com and readsallthethings.com. She contributed to There’s A Woman in the Pulpit.  RevGalBlogPals… Read More

RCL: Walking in Hope

Advent has grown on me over the years. When I first started in ministry, it felt like an overwhelming few weeks filled with controversies – Advent Hymns or Christmas Hymns, purple or blue, children’s pageant or live nativity, and so on. I’m happy to say that Advent has changed from a time filled with extra… Read More

Hope – Saturday Prayer

“When all the flowers are gone, We’ll paint them on the concrete.” The Book says you built us in your Divine image. Each one of us, an image of You. And preinstalled in each beating heart You placed this feature – hope. It’s outrageous, this hope, ridiculous. Foolishness in the glare of chaotic despair. Still Hope wells up,… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Where’s the Hope?

I begin with a confession:  I am not a one who waits patiently. Under the best of circumstances, my waiting hours are filled with excited anticipation and under the worst, anxious reflection. This Advent season feels more like the second kind of waiting. You know the kind – waiting for test results or that phone… Read More

Friday Prayer:

God of life, It seems we don’t actually care. Or maybe we do, but about the wrong thing… Our idols are false security, false freedom, defense against false enemies… We do not actually value life- real, live human beings- Like college students or moviegoers or first graders… If we did, we would shout down the… Read More