Tuesday Prayer

God who fills our arteries with bravery… Open our hearts to the words Which have made people of faith reach upward with their souls: Be strong and courageous! Joshua heard these words As many of us embrace these words here and now. Today, we’ve been strong and courageous- From spending our energies voting To confronting… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: The Surprising Faces of God (2 Kings 5:1-15)

The Working Preacher post for this week’s Narrative Lectionary passage can be found here. I’m struck, again, with God choosing those on the margins to demonstrate the generosity and grace of God. In this case, the young girl, who served Naaman’s wife, having been transported from the land of Israel during a raid but remaining… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

Injustice is pervasive, God- With privileged ones getting away with crimes once again, With marginalized blamed for everything. Nothing is new under the sun, But we ask that one of these days The sunrise of righteousness will embark upon our world. God of the justice that seems to be hiding these days, Bid us patience-… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

God, I remember that blue-skied Tuesday morning eighteen years ago when plumes of smoke stole the familiar skyline. The landscape was forever changed in Manhattan, and the fabric of our souls forever altered. The hole created in the hearts at the Pentagon has never closed.  The fields amid Pennsylvania mountaintops permanently hold deep craters of… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

In this nearly-new month, God, When days are dimming earlier And nights’ breezes are a comforting prayer, Present us with the strength we need To live into your call- A divine urging to become “strong and courageous.” “Strong and courageous” are nice words Until the fires of anger surround us And the ice of hate… Read More

Friday Festival: What Will Be Your Legacy?

As I write this, I’m watching the Aretha Franklin’s celebration of life service.  Rev. Robert Smith Jr. posed the question “will you leave this world better than when you found it?”  Such a question is one for all of us to ponder in our lives and one that many of our writers have reflected upon… Read More