A Prayer for Mother’s Day

As much as the card aisle and clever commercials want us to believe that Mother's Day is a warm and fuzzy day of love and gratitude, for many, it is a day to endure and suffer through. Mother's Day shines the spotlight on painful situations and difficult relations. May we mindful of the myriad of emotions Mother's Day stirs up for people we love. Today we pray for moms. We pray for the ...

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A Prayer for Tax Day

May those who have waited until the last minute be swift and safe on their way to the post box (or be fleet of finger on their keyboards). May those who turned in their forms weeks ago resist the urge to be smug. May those who feel taxed by the work that comes their way during this season find some relief. May those who receive a refund spend it wisely. May those counting on ...

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More Found Prayers

When you're getting ready to move, you find all sorts of treasures--photos, forgotten clothing, misplaced jewelry. I've been finding prayers--tucked into books, scrawled in notebooks, drafted into liturgies. I found this one that I once used for a children's message, but (like all good children's messages), I think it's a good prayer for any age. I'm pretty sure I didn't write it, so if anyone knows who did, I'd love to ...

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Found Prayers

I have a book of liturgical prayers written by Beverly Sawyer, who served as an associate pastor at Pulaski Heights Methodist Church in Little Rock in the late 1970s and early 80s. I really appreciate her prayers, for while she used beautiful language, she could be brutally honest about our own feelings, shortcomings and missteps. I found a prayer she wrote during the Cuban refugee crisis, when about 125,000 Cubans ...

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A Prayer for Single Parents

Today is National Single Parents Day. For someone who was pretty much a hot mess raising one child, with a spouse and grandparents and some awesome and helpful friends in town, single parents are pretty much heroes to me. So I offer up this prayer for single parents today. Gracious God, we lift up single parents to you. Those who do the pick up and the drop off. Those who read ...

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Prayers of the People

Gracious God, You must get so weary with all our thoughts and prayers. You must wonder why there's been another shooting and still no one is going to do a damn thing to stop the next one. You tell us over and over again to "be not afraid"...and yet we persist in our fear. You must be grieved that we put much more time and energy trying to keep people out than we put ...

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Five Prayers You Can Use Right Now

Often, we think we are just too busy to pray, and when we do pause to think about prayer, we don't know what to say. Don't fret. Start your week off right with these prayers in your metaphorical back pocket and pull them out when you need them. (They can be used independently, together or in connection with other prayers of your choosing.) Prince of peace, please help me cling to ...

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Real Prayers for Real People

It has occurred to me that, because I'm a "trained professional," that people may have some pre-conceived notions about how I'm praying when I tell them I'm praying for them or their loved ones. Spoiler alert: I am not an eloquent pray-er. Here are just some of the prayers I've prayed today. Feel free to be completely appalled or to adapt any and all for your personal use. Dear God, I know that ____________ is a ...

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