Narrative Lectionary: On Earth as it is in Heaven

After reading the kin-dom stories found in this week’s text around 7 times this morning I can’t help but wonder if Jesus is expounding on the “on earth as it is in heaven” portion of the prayer he teaches his disciples in Chapter 6…? The story about the “good” and the “bad” dwelling together sounds… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Messy Feelings

The first time I ran across Isaiah 42 verse 1 was when I was preparing my mother’s homegoing service in November of 2002.  The words, “Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights,” brought me some comfort and a bit of peace at the time. This morning, the more… Read More

Pastoral is Political: Until We All Win

My social media timelines are filled with pictures of Serena Williams, arguably the greatest athlete in the world, angrily yelling at the tennis umpire in the U.S. Open. I don’t watch tennis, football is my sport, but I have to say that I have been a big fan of Serena’s for a long time. It… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Two Surprise Recommendations

Hi, friend. I know that you are likely up to your eyebrows in preparations. Maybe you are getting ready for church services. Maybe your loved one is dying. Maybe you are leaving a call. Maybe you are swimming in uncertainty. Maybe everything in your life is awesome and if you could place one more handful… Read More

Saturday Prayer – Dizzy

Oh, God, We are off kilter. Steady us. We are frenetic. Calm us. We are dizzy. Center us. Remind us that it is always the nature of the powers and principalities to spin the wheel ever faster and faster and faster until we are completely disoriented. Remind us that it is always the nature of your grace to… Read More

Friday Prayer: Faith of our Mothers

Holy Tamar, fierce and proud, pray for us to be strengthened in the fight for reproductive rights, freedoms, and safety for all. Holy Shulamite woman, dark and beautiful, pray for us to be strengthened in the fight to support all women, their stories, and their truth. Holy Abigail, quick and clever, pray for us to be strengthened… Read More