What If God Were Like Alexa?

Over Christmas, my husband and I got both sets of parents (and ourselves) the new Facebook Portal so that we could video chat with them. My father-in-law has had some health issues, and it's been a real blessing to not only talk but to see him and my mother-in-law on a video chat format that's easy for everyone to use. But the portal comes with something I said I'd ...

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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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A Prayer for Election Day 2018

Gracious and loving God, Today, we give thanks that we live in the United States and for the freedoms and rights we often take for granted. We are grateful for the right to vote, and we honor those who sacrificed so that we might each have a voice. May we never take the privilege for granted. We ask that You would help heal the deep divisions that exist in our country. Help us ...

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Peace, Love and Hope in the Wake of Violence and Tragedy

We're all still trying go process the horrific acts of violence from this past week--bombs and synagogue shootings and remember the Kentucky grocery store shooting? Yeah, that happened this week, too. As we struggle with what our response as people of faith should be, I thought I'd share several articles, prayers and ideas that from other people of faith that I have found helpful. Hope you do to. Saturday Prayer--Don't Be ...

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A Prayer for Decision Making

I recently ran across a Prayer for Decision Making. I took a look at it and decided pretty quickly it was not a prayer that I could pray authentically. So I wrote my own Prayer for Decision Making:  Ok, God, I've got this HUGE decision to make. I know You realize it's not nearly the big deal I have made it out to be in my head, because You know the big ...

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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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A Back To School Prayer

In my neck of the woods, most schools kick off classes tomorrow. Whether or not we have kids of our own, we all benefit when the children in our community have positive experiences in school and receive a solid education. Here's a prayer we can pray today and throughout the year for the kids, teachers and parents in our midst.  Thank you, God for children whose excitement and energy and creativity ...

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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 at least 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 ...

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Only Two

This is what we've come to: Thank you God. Only two this time.  Only two children died in the latest school shooting. (I mean, at the time of this writing it is the latest school shooting...at least as far as I know...there's probably another one happening by now.)  Thank you, God, that it was high school kids. Kids who have grown up in the school shooting culture and have been trained in how to ...

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Prayer–There’s an App for That

In our 22 plus 44 days to a Personal Practice, we've talked about how technology can be a great aid to prayer and devotional disciplines. If you haven't checked out these apps, take a look. The Ceaseless app is designed to pull from your contacts and remind you daily to pray for three or more of them (picked at random) from your contact list. The beauty of this app is that ...

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