Month: October 2017

For Our Friends: Afternoon Prayer

One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,     but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. — Proverbs 18:24   There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. — Thomas Aquinas   Father,…

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What to do when the Spirit works? | Misguided Quests #4

“Mistakes were made. I made mistakes. But obsessing over my mistakes elevates them as more powerful than the sovereignty of God. God is sovereign, and God is good, and God has forgiven me.”       This week we are…

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For Those Working in Healthcare: Afternoon Prayer

Father, you are called the Great Physician. You provide everything that we need, and you have prepared a place for us. During Jesus’ life on Earth, he miraculously healed the sick, brought the dead back to life, and healed disease….

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To the One Bruised by Church

“I’m a minister’s wife who doesn’t go to church. In fact, I was forced out of church.”   This is what I say, sometimes, when new friends come round to dinner, just so I can see their reaction. Typically, they…

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For Visual Artists: Afternoon Prayer

Lord, you are a creator God, maker of all things, heaven and earth. Lord, you took a formless world and created life; you took dust and created man; you took a bone and created woman.   You know what it…

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Unity: Afternoon Prayer

O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us;…

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Free Art and Paul Wellstone | What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Celebrate: Free Art This weekend I had a conversation with an acquaintance who lives 40 miles outside of the Twin Cities in a beautiful small town along the Saint Croix River, and she said something that surprised me.   “You…

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The Lord is Near: Afternoon Prayer

The Lord upholds all who fall     and lifts up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you,     and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand     and satisfy the desires of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all…

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Following Jesus into the Fog

I grew up in the church. I went to youth group, worked at a Christian summer camp, gave my life to Christ at six and rededicated it at 13, pledged to and saved myself for marriage, didn’t swear or drink…

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Fear: Afternoon Prayer

Father, there is much to fear in our world. We fear terrorism and cancer, disappointment and humiliation. We fear change or stagnancy, abundance or lack, failure or success.   But you, O Lord our God, you tell us not to…

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