Tagged Prayer

The Great Physician | A Prayer

Our Good God, You are the God we know by many names: Redeemer Creator Savior And we find ourselves aching for these names to be our reality because   as we lay our heads down to rest, our minds can do anything but. The sickness in our souls – the grief, the pain, the fear,…

Godly Prayers for an Ungodly Leader

Today we will inaugurate a new president. Today, the people of the United States of America, will turn the keys of the White House over the Donald Trump. This Inauguration Day is a complicated one. On the one hand, I truly celebrate and rejoice the tradition of peaceful transfers of power among our elected officials.…

To be Mothered | A Prayer

Our good God, Today will be littered with cards and flowers, chocolates and hugs. Today there will be no apparent end to the hand-drawn stick figures scratched in green crayon next to the almost-legible: To Mom. Today we will give thanks to You for the good gift of mothers and motherhood and to our mothers,…

Our Moving God | A Prayer

You are Lord over every lord we know, And King over every king we can name. You surpass all the powers familiar to us, And loom in unexpected majesty. We find You uncomfortably mysterious. God of the heavens unseen God of the endless black mass beyond our sky God of the systems, labeled and studied,…

The Lord’s Prayer | A Prayer

  Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the…

For Paris, and for All of Us | A Prayer

  Oh God, our God. How do we begin? Before we even part our lips, we draw back. We want to gather ourselves up, tuck our knees to our chins, and hope that it’s all a bad dream. Dread is all around us. And not just today, and not just on Friday. But always and…

We Have Already Forgotten | A Prayer

It’s only been a week. And we have already forgotten. We ate our feasts and found our eggs and wore our best pastels. But now there only remains the Easter candy we bought on sale and cold ham in the refrigerator. We’ve hung up our dresses and tucked our Bibles away again. We’ll wear them…

To Finish the Phrase | A Prayer

  The words press off our lips with ready easy: “I believe in God the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord. Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontus Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into…

Here | A Prayer

All the waiting, All the longing, All the seeking, All the looking, Culminates in the One who was promised. And He’s here! You’re here! You’re here! We want to scream and clap our hands! We want to run and shout aloud! “You’re here! We’ve been waiting! And You’re here!” But that doesn’t seem quite appropriate…

For an Unbelieving People | A Prayer

We are not a people of easy trust. Our vernacular is not embedded with belief, And kept promises are a foreign culture. Broken promises have been our lot; Daddies who hurt, Mommies who leave, Friends who abandon. Even we Christians can name our own; Churches that split, Pastors who keep secrets, And others who don’t…