A Poem Prayer for Advent

> When the song of the angel is still,When the star in the sky is gone,When the kings and princes are home,When the shepherds are back with their sheep,The work of Christmas begins:to find the lost,to heal the broken,to feed the hungry,to release the prisoner,to rebuild the nations,to bring peace among people,to make music in […]

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>Have you ever tried chanting? If you have, I hope you’re better at it than I. I’m awful! About a week ago, or so, I decided to embark on the journey of testing the practice of the divine offices–centuries’ old practice of ritual prayer at specified hours during the day–as a new expression of spiritual […]

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A Past Prayer

>Nearly 8 years ago, I was sitting on the floor at the chapel altar, tears streaming down my face, heart wide open before God. I felt Him leading me out of myself and out of my comfort zone, asking me to risk it big for Him. I was saying yes . . . on one […]

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Generosity Can Be a Funny Thing

>I have two adorable jewelry stands loaded with earrings, necklaces, brooches, and the occasional bracelet. I gave one of them away today–jewelry and all. Now I have one, and I can’t stop thinking about the hand-off. The Back Story. About a month ago I was spending some serious time in prayer and was consulting God […]

A Storm of Mixed Emotions

> Today I perused a number of church websites, something I do often. I enjoy seeing what churches around the world are doing and how their websites communicate who they are or who they think they are. Some are good, eye-catching, and inviting. Others are out-dated, confusing, or exclusive. So today, I happened upon a […]


>In church this morning, a prayer was posted on the big screen during a time of contemplation and reflection. As I read the words of thanksgiving, I waited for another portion of prayer to be displayed as a follow-up, of sorts. I waited for that second half of the prayer (which never came, by the […]

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A New Venture

>Monday was the first day of a new adventure for me. So far, so good. I’m praying the Psalms. If you want to join me on this journey, this is what I’m doing. Day 1 = Psalm 1. Day 2 = Psalm 2. Day 3 = Psalm 3 . . . I begin by reading […]

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A Prayer for My Daughter

> Fiza, if you ever read this, this prayer is an example of my heart-felt expression to God for you on a daily basis. May it bless you even a tiny bit as much as you bless me! Dear Lord, I pray for my sweet, strong, brave girl. I ask that you protect her heart […]

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Restlessness and Restoration

>Restless. This is my present state of being. I don’t hate it; I don’t love it. I just am. Today I thought about going back to school to get my masters degree.I also thought about seeking parish ministry in rural North Dakota. Maybe even better, interim ministry because regular, frequent changes are part of the […]

Paid to Pray?

I was sharing with a friend today about a personal dilemma I have encountered. I share these thoughts at her urging. Before I ever entered the ministry, I felt that it was/is part of the pastor’s job to pray and read the Bible. Part of a pastor’s role is to fervently seek the face of […]

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