God on the Street Corner

God was leaning against a street lamp at 40th & Woodland as I drove home today: bulky blue sweatshirt, forearm set against metal, forehead buried in forearm, as if even the thought of crossing the street was one too many decisions for the day. I saw God there,...

Amen and Amen

Come, let us sing praises to the One who hears every prayer, to the Holy One whose love never fails: Amen and Amen! With the host of saints and angels, we worship and say: As you are, so let it be. As you are full of mercy, let mercy be abundant to those who live in...

Namesake

Each Friday I email a prayer prompt to encourage a pause for thoughtfulness and creativity in our prayer lives. (Sign up here to receive my Friday emails.) Yesterday’s prompt was based on Isaiah 43:1b, “I have called you by name, you are mine.” What...

Unwilling to Work (reworked)

Dear friends, prayer-writers, and sermonizers: The lectionary readings for this coming Sunday include Second Thessalonians 3:6-13, which says in summary: When we were with you…with toil and labor we worked night and day so that we might not burden any of you....

Lent 2

Striving for fullness… Striving for wholeness… Striving for fullness… Striving for wholeness… Striving for fullness… Striving for … a remnant? Striving for only part? Good Lord, God! How you interrupt me and capsize the ways that I...

Lent 1 (Ash Wednesday)

This. This blissful moment of dawn warming the night’s frost of the finch and wren brightly chattering to the blue sky . . . surely, O my LORD, this is not dust or ashes for the moment uplifts my soul to sing “Alleluia! Life!” No? My soul could be...

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