Month: September 2017

Prayer for Peace in Our Communities: Afternoon Prayer

Gracious God, We pray for peace in our communities this day. We commit to you all who work for peace and an end to tensions, And those who work to uphold law and justice. We pray for an end to…

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Privilege, Blessing, and Others

Six years ago my wife and I had the choice before us of where to send our oldest son to school. Our neighborhood public school had been in a state of constant flux for years as administrators and teachers moved…

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Turn Your Face Toward Us: Afternoon Prayer

Look upon us, O Lord, and let all the darkness of our souls vanish before the beams of your brightness. Fill us with holy love, and open to us the treasures of your wisdom. All our desire is known in…

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Colds and Lead: What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

It seems counterintuitive to celebrate illness, but let me explain.   A few weeks into the start of the school year and it finally hit: our first family cold. My son is coughing and complaining of a sore ear, my…

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Pilgrim Song: Afternoon Prayer

I look up to the mountains; does my strength come from mountains? No, my strength comes from God, who made heaven, and earth, and mountains. He won’t let you stumble, your Guardian God won’t fall asleep. Not on your life!…

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Prayer of Refuge: Afternoon Prayer

O Lord, whose power is infinite and wisdom infallible, stand between me and all strife, that no evil befall, no sin corrupt my gifts, zeal, attainments. May I follow duty and not any foolish device of my own. Permit me…

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The Awkwardness of Being a Long-Distance Aunt

With an armful of children’s books and DVD’s, I make my way through the glass library door. I feel awkward as I carry these items, as foreign to me as the rocks on Mars. I feel like I should explain…

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Prayer of Mercy for Orphans and Children: Afternoon Prayer

Loving Father there is nothing that you cannot do and no one who is outside of your sphere of knowledge. The Bible says that you defend the cause of widows and orphans, that you rescue the weak and needy, and…

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The Girl in the Pink Dress

“Both my parents are dead,” she said with her smiling voice, “they died from AIDS.” “Oh,” the man replied. “That must have been hard for you.” “It’s okay. I don’t have AIDS.”   The man paused and I listened more…

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Prayer to Turn Violent Hearts: Afternoon Prayer

Compassionate God and Father of all, we are horrified at violence in so many parts of the world. It seems that none are safe, and some are terrified. Hold back the hands that kill and maim; turn around the hearts…

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