That this evening may be holy, good, and peaceful, We entreat you, O Lord. That your holy angels may lead us in paths of peace and goodwill, We entreat you, O Lord. That we may be pardoned and forgiven for our sins and offenses, We entreat you, O Lord. That there may be peace toContinue reading “An Evening Prayer”
If you’re looking to open some sacred space to welcome 2017, I created this table liturgy as a way to reflect, celebrate, and pray with friends or family around the table. Give it a try, you’ll be amazed at the conversation and holy things that emerge. Use some of it or all of it! Enjoy! [There’s a pdfContinue reading “A Sacred Space for the New Year”
Let Us Be Poor Again We are overrun by idols and pride and fear. So let us be poor again. Hollow us out to be filled with your holiness. Oh, let us be poor once more. What We’ve Forgotten “Again He will come,” we tell all who will listen. Our mouths are so sure. YetContinue reading “Two Poems for the Waiting”
I came across this beautiful blessing written by the late John O’Donohue in his book To Bless the Space Between Us. It seems apt for this time in our country. And his are not the only words that are apt—indeed, this is a time to listen to those who are hurting and oppressed because theyContinue reading “Now Is the Time”
After the shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Dallas this last week and the attack at the Istanbul airport the week before, my soul will not rest, my heart is moving toward despair, and my body actually hurts with the loss of life. I don’t have words, but I have a bunch of questions that I’veContinue reading “Some Questions I’m Asking”
They will know us by our love, he said. But we are known by who we hate. Go and do likewise, he said. But we have gone and done the opposite. You are the light of the world, he said. But we spread darkness and judgment. Love your neighbor, he said, and your enemies too.Continue reading “A Lament in Haiku”
May the seeds be plentiful. May the sun fall warm on my wings. May the winds be light. May I be generous with the twigs and ribbons I discover in backyards and beneath trees. May I find my way home. And may my song fill the air.
Here I am, Lord. Yours alone. Quiet my mind. Open my heart. Release my hands. I am listening.
Every news publication posts pictures daily that capture the horror (and beauty) of the human experience in this world. The temptation for me is to scroll through these pictures for information alone—to know what is happening in the world, to see it with my own eyes. But I’ve started to wonder what good it isContinue reading “A Way to Pray for the World”
Father in heaven, thank you for your transforming presence in my life and in the world. Without you, I could never live in the ways you are calling me to live. My own instincts lead me to hold grudges, seek vengeance, complain, criticize, and yield to fear. My heart, left alone, wants to pick fights,Continue reading “A Thanksgiving Day Prayer”