Wednesday Prayer

For those of us who mourn deeply and sometimes in secret this season, grant comfort For those of us whose history gets forgotten with holiday cheer, grant justice For those of us who are alone and have been banished from community and table, grant love We need you, O God. For those of us who… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Getting Thanksgiving Right

Thanksgiving. The compound word strikes fear in my mortal heart. But this year, it’s not just the decision between cornbread or bread dressing. It’s not just dread over Uncle John’s belligerence at the table. And it’s not just the divide between the blue family and the red family. This year, we have to do better… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

Divine Cornucopia of Blessings, Sometimes it takes every effort to express my gratitude for all I have. The pain gets in the way. Worries plague my mind. The distractions of everyday life mar my view of your glow. In a week of thanksgiving holiness, Clear my obstructions in order to see your intentions for my… Read More

Saturday Prayer – Strawberry

Thank you God for this strawberry, the last fresh one of the season, almost too ripe to pick and eat. Thank you God for this strawberry, not too ripe after all, plucked carefully to avoid crushing, eaten still kneeling. Thank you God for this strawberry, which is not a metaphor for anything but is just itself… Read More

Saturday Prayer – Snow Day Gratitude

For the snow, thank you. For the footprints of happy dogs in the snow, thank you. For the cloth that the snow throws over a table, as if getting ready for a party, thank you. For a wheelbarrow full of snow that any day now will melt into water, insurance against next year’s drought, thank you. For… Read More

Wits-Ends-Day: Playing the Gratitude Game

A few RevGals have written recently about the Facebook practice of posting things you are thankful for each day in November. Many bloggers are participating, primarily because gratitude is a spiritual practice. We all need some motivation and accountability to pause and notice the good things in our lives. (Let’s be honest, there is a… Read More