Friday Prayer: In Grief

Wisdom of the Ages- You reveal the Divine Self as similar to one who lifts an infant to the cheek. (Hosea 11:4) Through the Spirit, I lift to You those whose infants are ill and struggling. I ask you see those whose adult children are dying. Show mercy to those whose houses are suddenly silent… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: The See and Be Seen Edition

Sight and vision are at the heart of the texts this week. This theme is subtle at first, but grows stronger through the readings until it cannot be missed in the Gospel. In 1 Samuel, one wonders what God saw in David that was clearly missing in the Jesse’s other sons who were older, more… Read More

Friday Prayer: Nothing Lost

Christ- It is possible that we have lost sight of your intentions and commands.  What would we, what would I do, if I expected no protection from the state, no solidarity from officials, not conspirators in high places? If we, if I, stood in solidarity with those who are oppressed, pressed, suppressed, depressed, distressed, de-tressed,… Read More

RCL: Tempted by the Devil Edition

You know it’s the first Sunday of Lent when Satan shows up in more than one text. Here we are again with Eve and Adam eating of the forbidden fruit because Eve fell prey to a sneaky serpent. Then we are out in the desert with Jesus again as he faces the temptations of appetites,… Read More

11th Hour Preacher’s Party:Mountain top edition

It’s the last Sunday before Lent. And both the Narrative and the Revised Common Lectionary readings focus on the Transfiguration. The NL post from earlier in the week can be found here. And the RCL post can be found here. Are you with Jesus on the mountain top this week, or anxiously waiting further down… Read More

Friday Prayer: Forgive my Unbelief

Look,  I’m doing the best I can. I pray to you, dedicating thought, word, and deed. I call you by names that bring consolation and hope and names that are in a language that is not my own. I dare to speak on your behalf- to interpret your works, your character, your will. I throw… Read More

Friday Prayer: Nonviolent Persistence

Holy Christ, Prince of Peace, Pioneer of our faith,  I find myself immersed in the words of Psalm 137. Even though I do not wish actual harm on people or their children or their animals, I can feel the urge – lingering at the edges of the least-evolved, least-sanctified, least-formed parts of my reptilian brain.… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Healing Spiritual Wounds

Lately, I have been paying attention to negative space. Not just space where the energy is less than positive, but negative space with regard to art- making, language, and emotional processing. Negative space focuses on what isn’t. What wasn’t. What didn’t. Wha wouldn’t. Negative space can drive us to the other extreme in all kinds… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Wiping Jesus’ Feet

In a week where persisting is all the rage, it’s hard not to approach this text thinking of the United States Senator Elizabeth Warren being warned by Mitch McConnell not to read a letter about a controversial appointee, Jeff Sessions. It has become a rallying cry, “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless,… Read More