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Psalms of Lament and Hope – Prayerful Tuesday

Psalms of Lament and Hope – Prayerful Tuesday

"Life" Issues, anger, Broken Heart, Change, Comfort, comforter, Compassion, conflict, courage, death, doubt, entering into suffering, faith, faithfulness, Fear, Friendship, Fundamentalism, generosity, gift, God, Grace, Grief, Guns, hate, Healing, Hebrew Scripture, Holy Mystery, Hope, hunger, in memory of, Intecessory Prayer, justice, kindness, Lament, memories, mercy, news, overwhelmed, peace, peace and justice, prayer, Psalm, sadness, Scripture, sorrow, spiritual growth, spiritual practice, terrorism, Uncategorized, violence
The only gift I have to offer this week is my sorrow for Paris, Beirut, Syria, Iraq, and all of us.  So I offer the Psalms I go to when I am in the midst of sorrow and pain.  May your hearts be comforted by the words of the psalmist and may your find solace knowing others cry with you. Psalm 36:1-4 (MSG) A David Psalm 1-4 The God-rebel tunes in to sedition— all ears, eager to sin. He has no regard for God, he stands insolent before him. He has smooth-talked himself into believing That his evil will never be noticed. Words gutter from his mouth, dishwater dirty. Can’t remember when he did anything decent. Every time he goes to bed, he fathers another evil plot. When he’s loose on the streets, nobody’s safe. He plays with fire and doesn’t care who gets burned. Psalm 42 (NRSV) 1As a deer l

Prayers, Wildfires in Washington and Oregon – Prayerful Tuesday

"Life" Issues, awareness, Comfort, Compassion, courage, Creation, Environment, faith, Fear, Firefighters, generosity, gift, Grace, Gratitude, Grief, Healing, Hope, in memory of, Lament, life, Love, mercy, Nature, news, prayer, Psalm, remembrance, spiritual practice, Uncategorized, Wildfires
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff— they comfort me. Psalm 23:4 Today I am asking you to offer prayers for those in the fire zones in Washington and Oregon and for the families and friends of the three firefighters who lost their lives in a fire storm August 19, 2015.  These men and women turn and run into the fire to protect, our homes, our loved ones, and the forests and animals that live there.  To them we owe our gratitude and prayers. So today I ask you to offer a prayer for our all our fire fighters many who come from across the country and the globe to help protect our homes and planet, May the Holy Spirit keep them safe. Offer prayers of comfort for those who live in the fire zone and have lost their

Marcus Borg & Gratitude for our Mentors—Prayerful Tuesday

Blessings, Challenge, Change, Creation, Creator, curiosity, Discernment, doubt, Education, faithfulness, Friendship, gift, Grace, Gratitude, Grief, Holy Mystery, Hope, humor, in memory of, inner peace, journey, Joy, listen, Mystery, Nature, peace, prayer, Sacred Writing, Scripture, spirit, spiritual practice, Spirituality, Thanks, Thanksgiving, Theology, Uncategorized
This last week I heard of the passing of Marcus Borg. I was sadden not just at his passing but because I have learned so much from his writings. I will miss reading his words and having them open up my understanding of Jesus as both human and Divine.  Marcus Borg’s writings were instrumental in changing how I came to look at Jesus, the apostles, and the first century Christians.  He made me think and doubt what I have always believed to be true and to take that doubt and turn it on its head by searching for answers and being comfortable with finding only more questions. Because of Marcus Borg I began to read scripture, questioning the standard interpretations, searching for what the words printed in the Bible meant to those they were written to, the first century believers in Jesus.  Bo