Wednesday Prayer

Holy One, The Psalmist cries out “Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.” Protect our hearts as we work for justice and peace—that they not become hardened and bitter or so broken that we stop loving our neighbor, ourselves, and even You. Protect our minds as we take in all that is… Read More

Friday Prayer: Walking in the Night

Maybe your week, your month, your decade has felt oppressive and grim. Maybe you are overcome with anger at the continued unjust treatment of racial, cultural and sexual minorities. Or maybe you are facing what feel like insurmountable tasks and responsibilities.  This prayer was birthed out of my own need to look to the Light… Read More

Friday Prayer

Life-giving Mother, Strengthen me to say… To the spiritual forces that oppose you, Get behind me, Satan! To the political forces that subvert your desire for healing and wholeness, Get behind me, Adversary! To the force within me, struggling for control of others and all situations, Get behind me, Sin!   I renounce the forces… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Peace, Be Still

Last night, as I was driving home after a church council meeting, the threatening-looking clouds finally opened up. I spent the last few miles of my drive in heavy rains with thunder and lightning. I wasn’t afraid of perishing, as the disciples in the Gospel for Sunday, but I certainly had renewed appreciation for the… Read More

Friday Prayer: Overpacking

God- You and I both know that I am over-packer. Three pairs of pants when one would be fine. More underwear than necessary because who, but You, knows what might happen. Several books, craft projects, and two journals because I always end up with extra free time… except that I don’t. It seems likely that… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Peace for Gaza

I would like you to take a few moments to picture the following: Imagine an area of land that is only a mere 360 kilometers, is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, and is surrounded by a tall barrier wall that shuts those who live inside the borders out from the… Read More

Saturday Prayer – After Violence

Dear God, Your children gather in concert halls, on trains, on buses. We pray for their protection, for their prospering, for their joy. But sometimes, evil has its way.  Sometimes the tools of evil – the knife, the gun, the, bomb –  seem stronger than your love. So we, Your children gather on city streets,… Read More