Friday Prayer: What Will Be

I think a lot about sanctification. That particular theological undertaking is not often pondered in Lutheran circles, since we are heaven-bent on emphasizing justification. Yet, I cannot believe that God brings us into right relationship with the Divine and with creation, only to let us remain the same for the entirety of our lifespan. I am… Read More

Friday Prayer: Psalm 27 Revisited

Psalm 27, Revised Julia Edition God is my opening to life and my deliverance from evil— who thinks they can scare me? The Lord is a solid fence around me— who will try and come through God’s defenses? When those who oppose God’s will come at me thinking they can do something, it is all over for… Read More

Monday Prayer

I’ve been baking Precious Holy, Weighing and measuring, sifting and mixing, combining and folding, dividing and preparing Then, the baking…. waiting, watching, hoping… sweet smells of spice lifting the spirit warmth and depth rising, swelling until, at exactly the right moment it all comes together and there it is… rich fruit cake. How like baking… Read More

Friday Prayer

Lord- The Davids of the world needs Nathans and Abigails. More critically, the Davids need to listen to the truth-speaking, reconciliation-seeking, call a fool, a fool, daring, courageous, risk-taking, assault-naming, God-listening and hearing, peace-making, grief-stricken, reality-understanding, not in it for profit prophets that do exist. Soften necks, O God, and open up hardened hearts. Make… Read More

Saturday Prayer – Don’t Be Afraid

Holy One, You’re always telling those you meet not to be afraid. Meet us today. Another shooting, this one targeting a synagogue, a house of worship.  Open our hearts, so they do not close in cynicism or despair.  Give our prayers wings, fly love and strength and healing to our sisters and brothers in faith.… Read More

Friday Prayer

Look. I try not to treat You like a divine vending machine- prayer in, need out, But in the present situation, that awareness means my prayers are more along the lines: “FFFFF#$)*#0&&#$(&(*^&(#^&^$()*@&#)(*@&&@!#(*&!!!!!” That’s me releasing a fraction of my deep feelings into the deep and wide well that is the Holy Repository for Grief and… Read More

Friday Prayer

My parents live in North Carolina, in the southeastern United States.  My dad inspects hog waste lagoons for the state of NC.  A lagoon is an open depository for hog waste slurry to manage and treat the waste from a large concentration of animals.  Since Hurrican Florence, the count of dead hogs (including sows with… 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