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Giving ourselves like alms

March 8, 2024
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Weeks into Lent, some of us may be dipping into those books of Lenten reflections more sporadically than we had hoped.  We may feel a bit untethered from whatever observance we had intended.  What do we do?  Give up? Begin again? Or something else. It’s long been important to me, as I inhabit Lent, to…

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An Advent Pause for Joy

December 15, 2023
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I’ve been thinking again about the complexity of joy. In the very last line of a reading from the book of Ezra, the historian writes “the people could not distinguish the sound of the joyful shout from the sound of the people’s weeping. And there, I think, we have it, the doorway to joy, the reality…

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Advent Pause: Hope

December 1, 2023
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It’s Advent and perhaps you are not even ready to get ready for the mystery of Christmas. But perhaps you are longing. Perhaps you can find a candle or two to help you. Really, you are all that is necessary. You and your intention to pause, to be present, with intention, for Love. So wherever…

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Blessing the Backpacks (with bubbles)

July 31, 2023
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(The worship leader could say the words of the following prayer alone or it could become an echo prayer with the children and any who bring backpacks repeating the line after the leader.)   Loving God,You are with us in every placeAt homeAt schoolOn vacationIn places that feel wonderful and places that feel scaryYou are…

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Holy Week and Easter: Prayers on the Breath

April 1, 2023
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May you risk the road and be graced by what you haven’t planned ~ I am travelling away from home during these marked days.  I will be travelling to enter the delightful, loving chaos that days with children and grandchildren offer.  I’ve chosen this travelling gratefully, but it opens questions in me.

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Prayer

June 10, 2022
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“It doesn’t have to be the blue iris”, the poet says. Prayer, that is. It doesn’t have to be, but it could, couldn’t it, in the moment we see them there and have no words.

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Palm Sunday: a Prayer, A Poem, A Practice

April 1, 2022
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A Palm Sunday Prayer Holy OneYou ride through this lifeon the bony back of our stories,on the spread of our hopes You do not shun the confusion of our longingsor the brevity of our commitments.You meet us in the midst of themand by your Presence gather us closeand make us the more that we are.…

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All of us held

March 6, 2021
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On the Edge of Thanksgiving

October 10, 2020
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As this day closes may you go gently quiet prayers in your pockets, perhaps overflowing. Small blessings, a touch, a voice a memory, beauty, scattered on the border of daylight and darkness. May they unfold in dreams fertile with Grace. And if despair has been caught in the creases of this day may it be honoured,…

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Newborn

January 4, 2020
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In the newborn year, in the newborn decade, what is closest to me calls me to attend to what is sometimes distant.

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O Spirit Come

June 8, 2019
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  O dove O fire O breath O tide O wave O water like laughter

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The Heart in it

April 16, 2019
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No shape of wood or even stone is foreverBut the heart that beat in it; the soft intercessionsThe fervent witnessThe hopeIs not lost So many strands of spirit and sorrow wove together yesterday as France and many across the world kept vigil during the fire at Notre Dame. A web spun of history and identity…

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