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,...

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...

Writing to God Together

More than many of us would admit, prayer can be a struggle. We worry that we’re not saying the right words or praying for the right things, we internally compare our prayers to others’ more eloquent & poetic prayers, we stress when prayer feels...

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