Friday Prayer: Out of breath

Holy One, I am out of breath exhausted worrying about details writing list upon list of tasks shopping and baking researching and writing finding more volunteers calling the florist fitting in one more visit calling while I’m driving (hands-free, of course) and hoping I don’t forget something important. My professors in seminary never warned me… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Money Stress is Spiritual Stress

No one exactly said, “Let them eat cake,” but the recent government shutdown felt that way. Four in ten Americans can’t meet an unexpected $400 expense, we’re often told.  In my experience, the number is probably higher, and people are too embarrassed to say so.  In my younger years, I was one of those people. … Read More

Tuesday Prayer

Spirit of God, who hovered over creation And brought forth life from stagnancy, You gave birth to the airs of the world And the breath within our lungs. Remind us to continue to breathe when the fevers of life rise And the chills of grief descend upon us. May each deep inhalation drag down anxiety,… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

As Lent takes these final breaths, Divine Winds, remind me to breathe deeply. The shallowness of the intake of air robs my body from oxygen and peace. My anxiety levels rise as I refuse to stop and be mindful… inhaling… exhaling. My heart thumps as I recall the level of work that needs to be… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

Divine Creator, who aligns my body, mind, and soul, My heart is racing right now. Palpitations have emerged victorious. Anxiety is my companion since childhood. As life progressed it has invited itself without permission. It has made me overthink, over-care, overwork. And sometimes baby steps have been the only way to move forward in life.… Read More