A Prayer for the Childless Mother

For the childless mother, I pray-- For the women who bounce babies That are not their own. For the women who wipe little noses And kiss scraped knees-- Who love and nurture and soothe, Who educate and instigate And encourage and embrace The children she could never have. For the childless mother, I pray-- For... Continue Reading →

Ascension Day Prayer

This is the day, dear Lord, when you were lifted away from us.  This is the day when our eyes turn toward the heavens, searching for some trace of you, gazing at the sun and the stars and the clouds, wondering when you will return.  But don't let me gaze to long at things not... Continue Reading →

Prayer For A New Week

Dear Lord, It is so easy to see you in the beauty of new life:  the laugh of a baby, the perfection of a flower in bloom, the sun reflecting on the smooth surface of a calm lake... But I want to see you in the faces of the people you came to save:  the... Continue Reading →

Heaven Bending Toward Earth

This past Sunday's message was based on Revelation 21:1-6.  It is the beautiful and familiar passage of John's vision of the new heaven and new earth. I have always loved this passage because it removes those barriers that we often build up that separate from the things of heaven.  Heaven itself bends down to the... Continue Reading →

The Encouragement of Ducks

What is that? I squint into the darkness, trying to figure out what that thing bobbing in the river is.  I love the river at night.  Sometimes, when my soul is restless, the dog and I will walk down to the dock behind the municipal building and sit on the bench, watching the river gently... Continue Reading →

Lectio Divina and the Rhythm of Life

Life is hurried and we rush through it, buzzing from one activity and requirement to the next.  And all too often, along the way, something unpleasant gets tossed into the mix that stirs up our souls and causes us spiritual restlessness.  It's important that we make time in our lives for God to speak to... Continue Reading →

God of War

I've been thinking a lot about God's role in war. At one church, we are studying Genesis... and of course, the Old Testament is no stranger to intense and sustained bouts of warfare. Although we are focused on the Gospel of John at the other church, nearly every Bible study begins with a discussion about... Continue Reading →

How to Meditate Like A Christian Pro

As I've been journeying through this Easter season, two themes have surfaced:  1)  Living out loud (or losing my Christian anonymity); and, 2) meditating on Christ. My decision to live out loud has driven me to take public stands on things I may have supported more anonomously.  Of course, when a person decides she will... Continue Reading →

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