Risen Lord, too often the doors of my heart are locked tight for fear of the unfamiliar. I need to know some things before I invite anything, anyone, in. Who’s jiggling the handle? What do they want? How will I be changed if I peek through the crack in the door jamb? I’ve been hurt… Read More
you picked up the mantle of truth-telling
and went about the countryside
proclaiming “Time’s up!
The kingdom of heaven has come near.” Read More
God, we have been praying… We who reside in the USA and those around the world watching, impacted… …Praying for peace as power shifts …Praying for healing as new leaders step in …Praying for justice as space is demanded for “firsts” God, we are grateful… For as we were reminded by the inaugural poet, as… Read More
you are the one about whom Moses and the prophets wrote.
Teach us to follow where you lead.
Teach us the spirit of the law.
Teach us how to speak truth to power, … Read More
Creation reminds us we are a part of something magnificent and awesome In this there is great responsibility and accountability To you, Creator To your people All your people All of creation May we take the time to listen to what creation is telling us today, God May we be present to her groans May… Read More
Holy One, You hide us in the Shelter of your wings. You give us courage to face the feelings of doubt, the enemies of our self-worth. Give us hearts that warm to your Voice first above all others. Confirm your Calling on our lives before the opinions of the world sway us. There are many… Read More
Holy One, We who have been giving comfort, speaking hope, modeling joy… we are tired. Our hearts ache with unsung songs. Our churches are quiet. The people we love… are safely at home. We are worn, broken, and tired. We do not feel peaceful. We do not see the culmination of Peace around us. Yet,… Read More
God who wages peace, we often think of your vision for this world too passively, simply waiting for conflict to end; too much as a lack of something negative, merely wanting our circumstances to be different than they are now. But your peace is active, urging us to join you in working for it. Your… Read More
Here we are at the second Sunday of Advent, traditionally the Sunday of Peace. You may be using different themes for you Advent Sundays and still choosing the lectionary. These texts speak to the chaos and challenge of today as much as they ever did, particularly the Isaiah and Gospel texts. Isaiah begins with a… Read More
Dear God Sometimes I wish you were in the business of giving the kind of blessings that would protect us from the vulnerability of being human. No more painful emotions, no more suffering, no more conflict, no more prejudice. I hear your promise of salvation, that there will be no more crying, no more death,… Read More