Pro-Life God? (Part 1)

Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness. – George Santayana Among…

Intention as a Spiritual Practice – Prayerful Tuesday

  Matthew 5:13-20: (NRSV)   13You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled underfoot.    14You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid.…

Liturgy as Spiritual Practice – Prayerful Tuesday

According to my old college American Heritage Dictionary “liturgy is a noun defined as a fixed set of ceremonies, words, etc., that are used during public worship in a religion; ritual.” [1]   As followers of faith traditions we most often encounter liturgies when we attend religious services.  But all rituals having a set order to…

Walking a Labyrinth — Prayerful Tuesday

  Several years ago I led a labyrinth walk on September 11, in memory of the World Trade Center Disaster.  It was held in the churches outdoor labyrinth and the day was perfect for walking. I placed two baskets at the entrance of the labyrinth, one held fallen leaves to represent those who had died…

Prayers of Intercession and Petition – Prayerful Tuesday

Ephesians 3:16-19  16I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, 17and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. 18I pray that you may have the…

Sunrise, December 25, 2013

Pray without Ceasing – Prayerful Tuesday

1 Thessalonians 5:12-18 (NRSV)  12But we appeal to you, brothers and sisters, to respect those who labor among you, and have charge of you in the Lord and admonish you; 13esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. 14 . . ., encourage the faint hearted, help the…

God’s Surprise — Prayerful Tuesday

  God’s Surprise Paraphrase of Luke 2:26-33 God sent a Messenger to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, of the house of David. The virgins name was Mary. As he entered the Messenger greeted Mary: Greetings! You are beautiful with God’s beauty, beautiful inside and out, God be with you. Mary was confused…