Tag: prayer practice

Tuesday’s Prayer: What is prayer?

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I feel like I've been the biggest slacker there is. And yet I know that I have been working hard. But I have neglected my postings about prayer. I have thought about it week after week. I think that I am resistant to posting about it because it is beyond definition. I don't want to say it is this or that. Because it is this and that. Or none of the above. For me, it is a mystery. So, yesterday, I posted on Facebook: "What is prayer to you?" I got a few responses. I thought I'd share them as a found poem. A found poem is: Found poetry is a type of poetry created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources and reframing them as poetry (a literary equivalent of a collage) by making changes in spacing and lines, or by adding or deleting text, thus imparting
Praying with Enfleshed

Praying with Enfleshed

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Today's thoughts and prayer comes to us from M Barclay of the newly launched enfleshed. Rev. M Barclay is serving as Director of enfleshed. M formerly served as Director of Communications at Reconciling Ministries Network where they advocated for queer and trans inclusion in The United Methodist Church. They have also enjoyed working as a hospital chaplain, youth director, justice associate and faith coordinator for reproductive justice in Texas. Enjoy! --------- There is so much chaos surrounding us today. Institutional churches are scrambling to figure out how to deal with declining numbers and political differences. Our government is enacting values and laws that are making the lives of the most vulnerable anything but stable. Thanks to climate change, even our weather pa
Daily Prayer: Twenty Minutes of Silence

Daily Prayer: Twenty Minutes of Silence

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This morning I am reminded of the power of sitting silently. The Center for Action and Contemplation had an online silent prayer event. Literally, 500 people with an open feed sitting silently together. There is power in that restraint. I quickly realized how "not quiet" the quiet was. Birds chirping. Raindrops falling. Cars in the background. And so on. And yet. I was still. You can start your meditation with the below chant and then enter into the 20 minutes of silent meditation / prayer. Feel free to substitute another chant. When you are done, remember the silence. The stilling. Hold it with you throughout the day. See if it makes a difference for you. --- Be still and know that I am God. Be still and know that I am. Be still and know. Be still. Be. https://w...