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Prayer of Confession from Mark Sandlin

Prayer of Confession from Mark Sandlin

spiritual practice, Spirituality
My Prayer of Confession for this Sunday from Mark Sandlin of the God Article Good and gracious God, In this moment as we come before you we wrestle with our ability to trust in you in the darkest hours. When we find ourselves in modern day wildernesses, we confess that we are much more likely to go at it alone, to isolate ourselves, shut you and the world out, than we are to take a risk, open ourselves up and trust in the hope founded in love and grace. When we find ourselves in our darkest places, helps us remember the presence of you. Encourage us to turn outward, to receive the loving spirit of the ones who surround and care about us. And in good times and bad, may we seek out the lost, the confused and the afraid. My we walk boldly into the deserts of this life where others strug...
A Prayer of Confession Before Christmas

A Prayer of Confession Before Christmas

Advent, Photography, prayer, spiritual practice, Spirituality
An additional offering today from Rev. Mark Sandlin of TheGodArticle.com. Prayer of Confession for the Sunday Before Christmas Good and gracious God, With Christmas just days away we sometimes find ourselves caught up in the “things” of the season. As the presents continue to pile up under the tree, we can't help but notice the balance in our bank accounts heading in the opposite direction. We come before you now and confess that we get distracted during this season. We confess that we sometimes lose our focus and let the giving and receiving of presents become the focus of our Christmases. We get caught up in the consumerism and begin to believe that our satisfaction, our happiness, indeed, our ability to have and to share love, are all tied up in what we give and what we get. Giving God,
Thoughtful Thursday: Children of War

Thoughtful Thursday: Children of War

Essay, Photography, spiritual practice, Spirituality, Theology
I met with some folks this week and we were talking about society a bit. Most of the people in this particular group were baby boomers / silent generation folks. They were probably children born right before WWII. I noticed a prevalent attitude (paraphrased): The statement was made that they knew war their whole lives (WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War), and people today don't know what that was like. I look back upon my children's lives. My youngest child was in kindergarten when 9/11 occurred. He essentially does not remember a time when the US was not at war. He is 17 now. Actually, this year, we have been at continuous war in the middle east for 10 years. And our children don't know what it is like for a nation to be at war. Is this true? Do we live life in such a way as to deny the re...