Spring Prayer 2014

Spring Prayer 2014

 Dear God, in our part of the country, spring comes with a lot of expectations.  After a winter like the one just past, we expect spring to be warm, and SUNNY, rejuvenating and beautiful.   We want to work the soil and clean the house and get the road salt residue off of our cars.  It can be a terrible disappointment to find spring a muddy mess, with dreary days and chilly temperatures and snow still in the forecast.  But we are just the same, aren’t we?  With all of our gifts and education and contacts, we often stand before you a muddy mess.  And so we take great consolation from reading the Scriptures that seem to indicate that you love muddy messes.  As a mother embraces a child who comes home bruised and dirty and crying, so you embrace us with all of our rumpled baggage, and give us much hope that the sun will soon peak through the clouds, the crocuses will bloom, the birds build their nests and—bolstered by your creative power—the world will move an inch closer to goodness.  This is our prayer, as we join you in that creative endeavor today. ...

Read More

Snowflake Prayer

Snowflake Prayer

O God, They say that no two snowflakes are alike.  So here we are—like snowflakes—no two of us alike.  And all of us have fallen here, today, into this time and place.  Although we have our own unique structure, quite nice, and frozen in us by genes and family and culture and education, we might, like snow, be most alluring when we join ourselves to some common effort—like transforming the ugliness that we often encounter before the world is beautified by our soft touch. Snowflakes are just a metaphor, we know, but then there are the people who have gone before us and have looked to you for guidance and shaped their lives according to your way: those people spoke and wrote that the best thing we can do is melt:  by giving our very selves to you and to all those who you likewise love and maybe losing all those edges that prevent us from joining each other in our great work of transformation. ...

Read More

Autumn Prayer

Autumn Prayer

  Dear God, As we experience the cycles of life, we use metaphors to help us cope and understand.  And so we talk about pendulums swinging from one extreme to another; and about things going around and coming around full circle. And now we are challenged by something that is not a metaphor, but is a season.  Seasons come and seasons go, we say.  What are you teaching us, Lord, through these beautiful colors, through the death of leaves and their flutter to the ground to become the humus for next season’s spring?  Are you encouraging us to wait in hope through down times and bad weather?   Are you reminding us that the tilt of our planet does not mean the sun’s warmth has gone forever?  Are you giving us this time and this sign to allow ourselves to get a little emptier, to let a little more of our true spirit  show through the chlorophyll of our exterior persona, to let others warm us in this chill as we do for them?  Teach us autumn lessons, Lord, we pray. ...

Read More

Prayer for Worship

Prayer for Worship

Lord, we are here We may be only partially here Because our minds are taken up With problems and worries. We are like spring in this city Daring to peek through the soil Fearing we may be frozen But we are here Trying to listen to your Word Our hearts thawing Open to Communion Ready to pray Eager to worship you, our God and Creator, Our eternal...

Read More

Numbering Our Days Alright

Numbering Our Days Alright

Lord, we come before you this morning knowing there is so much we do not understand   We don’t understand how time can go so fast when we count up birthdays and anniversaries and the age of children and grandchildren.  But then how can time progress so slowly when we are worried, or ill, or in pain? And so we pray with the psalmist: “Teach us to number our days aright.”  Moreover, teach us just how to be, how to be in the present moment and how to let go of all the stuff that drags us back into the past or makes us afraid of the future.  Show us how to give you time, maybe just in ten-second intervals, several times a day, shutting down our thoughts and fears.  We can do it.  For ten seconds, starting now: nine eight seven six five four three two one. And then refreshed and renewed, we can bring you our prayers for all the people and situations that need them as we pray:  “Lord, in your mercy, hear our...

Read More