Praying for Presidents

On Christmas morning, as my two teenagers began to open a shared present, I told them that the gift needed several caveats. “First,” I said, “remember that we believe in the work of peace more than the work of war.” “Second, world domination is a terrible business;...

Remember

Humility. Remember the dusty Holiness of humanity that has no need to accumulate treasures. Peace. Remember the simplicity of Peace that welcomes grace and returns the same tenfold. Sorrow. Remember the certainty of the Wilderness and patiently walk with someone...

Peace

“Peace! Peace” I pray repeatedly, “Peace!” but there is no peace that is not Yours; there is no joy I can claim that’s not Your joy; there is not a victory to be had that isn’t Your triumph; there is no grace I can find absent Your...

Not Isaiah 11

Dear Jesus, the wolf has no interest in resting quietly alongside the lamb — only raping her. The leopard is restless to devour the kid for the sake of a profit. Who will reprimand the lion’s violent ways, who will declaw its instincts and teach it to...

Lullaby

Hush-a-bye, don’t you cry, rest and dream of what may be. When you wake a song shall fly of God’s good work to set us free: From fear and fray to joy’s display, ne’er overwhelmed by evil’s forces. From mine to yours restitution outpours...

Religiosity

If I am zealous in faith but do know not peace, I am a dangerous firebrand. If I kneel before the LORD but cannot stand beside my neighbor, I am a self-righteous Judas. If I preach “Christ is near” but shame those who cry to Jesus, I am a false and jealous...

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