Archive for the ‘Prayer’ category

Overcoming Mental Short-cuts

February 18, 2015

In recent days I’ve been taken with FBI director James Comey’s statement about lazy mental short-cuts that law enforcement officers sometimes make. Don’t we all just with less-lethal consequences? It gave me a great springboard for a program at the church to challenge assumptions of race, xenophobia, homophobia, and suspicion of people of other religions […]

Advent Prayer

December 7, 2013

Creating God, break in! As we watch and wait for you this Advent, break in: Break in where there is sickness and suffering Break in where there is grieving and mourning Break in where there is depression and distress Break in where there is doubt and confusion Break in where there is hunger and poverty […]

A Meditation for Advent

December 6, 2013

The cry of the Prophet echoes through the ages: In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low. Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall […]

Spiritual Refreshment on the Internet

March 31, 2012

Doing as much work in front of my computer as I do, I find it helpful at times to go to places on the web where I can find refreshment and renewal. Rather than frequent pilgrimages to news sites where the hype of “breaking news” is overdone, I find the sites offered below help me […]

The Daily Office … Online!

March 5, 2012

I’m back and apologize for not posting another round of spiritual practices last week. Much of my time was occupied with grief and crisis counseling, planning and conducting two funeral services, along with tending to my flock and usual duties. I find it is especially at times like this that it’s important to have spiritual […]

Lectio Divina: Part 2

February 23, 2012

We met in a small room off the sanctuary before worship one Sunday afternoon. I was facilitating group lectio divina for the first time and of my six companions five had only recently returned to church after many years away. One of the beautiful things about the aptly named Hope Church, a church start in […]

Lectio Divina: Part I

February 22, 2012

In my personal prayer life, I find lectio divina an effective practice for quieting down, focusing, and reaching a more contemplative place in my prayers.  It’s often difficult for many of us to carve out the time to intentionally pray, let alone pray deeply to the point where we can rest in the arms of […]