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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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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