Month: September 2017

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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A Wide Gate for Kids on the Margins

Drive past our house in downtown Atlanta on a Saturday evening this fall to find a predictable scene. Our backyard brimming with teenage neighbors, the projector screen pulled down, and UGA football playing loud against the backdrop of brilliant blue…

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My Soul Has Lost Its Beauty: Afternoon Prayer

I am spent, O my Christ, Breath of my life. Perpetual stress and surge, in league together, make long, O long, this life, this business of living. Grappling with foes within and foes without, my soul has lost its beauty,…

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Libraries & Parks, Hurricanes & Earthquakes: What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Celebration: Libraries & Parks   Someone posted online recently about how, if the idea of public libraries and public parks were first introduced today, people would laugh at the ridiculous left-wing nuttiness of it all. (That bill would surely not…

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Surely, it is God Who Saves Me: Afternoon Prayer

Surely, it is God who saves me; I will trust in him and not be afraid. For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense, and he will be my Savior. Therefore you shall draw water with rejoicing from…

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Other People’s Kids

In the days before my daughter started elementary school, I was sometimes overwhelmed with the social aspects of parenting. I needed to be alone with my thoughts from time to time, but my daughter was constantly dragging me back to…

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Litany of Prayer: Afternoon Prayer

Let us pray for peace, which is heaven’s gift. May the Lord in his mercy give us peace. Let us pray for faith. May the Lord give us grace to keep our faith in him untainted to the end. Let…

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Prayer For the Care of Children: Afternoon Prayer

God our Father, you see your children growing up in an unsteady and confusing world: Show them that your ways give more life than the ways of the world and that following you is better than chasing after selfish goals….

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Memory as the Best Education

“I don’t want to pitch, coach. I’m no good.”   This summer I coached an inner-city baseball team for 4th and 5th graders. The goal of this league is to allow kids to learn some baseball skills, try all the…

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An Instrument of Peace: Afternoon Prayer

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is error, truth; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair,…

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