Prayers of Petition

Prayers for Tragedies

Prayers for Tragedies

prayer, Prayer Practice, Prayers of Petition
Another mass shooting. Another tragedy. Another call for prayers. It is a seemingly senseless cycle. People are rightly skeptical of the need for prayer as we are caught in an endless cycle of inaction and mass death. I find it particularly disturbing that we are willing to tackle banning all Muslims because of an incident in New York on a bike path but that we are not willing to tackle our treatment of and access to guns. The Sutherland Springs shooter and the Las Vegas shooter both have one thing in common: domestic violence. We actually could write a narrow and compelling law that prohibits domestic violence perpetrators from having firearms. Washington state did it and it passed with voter approval. That is not people coming to take away your guns nor is it people trying to creat...
God of Many Pronouns

God of Many Pronouns

prayer, Prayers of Petition
I am noticing that I still am not quite settled with what to call this Tuesday (weekly) blog post on prayer. Tuesday Prayer? Prayer on Tuesday? I WANT ALLITERATION so both of these chap my hide, so to speak. And so, why don't you make a suggestion! Come up with a better name for this prayer posting thingy that happens on Tuesdays. If not, you're stuck with my feeble brain's shenanigans. To skip past my commentary and to go straight to the prayer, click this link. Anyhoo... There is something to be said for breath prayer. I have probably talked about it before. But breath prayer is the inhale and exhale coupled with prayer or the cry of our heart. Inhale - simultaneously address whom you are speaking the prayer to Exhale - simultaneously address the cry of your heart ::Repeat:: Th...
Ain’t Got A Prayer

Ain’t Got A Prayer

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If there were more Christians and Christian ministers like the Rev. Terri Stewart, there is a pretty good chance -- who knows for sure?  -- that I would still be one, too. And if there were more monotheists like Terri, it is a pretty safe bet that -- while there no guarantees -- I most likely would not, as I presently do, regard monotheistic religion as a malignant canker on the arse of human spirituality. (For the record:  I do have deep and abiding respect for non-theistic religions, e.g., Buddhism and Taoism, where One Big Guy does not run Everything.) We do have our differences, e.g., Terri is much more reluctant than I to offend people. But let's not quibble. Most of all, let's not quibble, given that Terri recently wrote and published what I regard as the most realistic, level-he