Monthly Archives: March 2015

One Thing

A central theme in the prayer life of Soren Kierkegaard was to will one thing.  Born in Copenhagen in the early 19th Century (1813-1855), he was considered a “first rate philosopher,” and yet, was a person of deep prayer. Kierkegaard exercised … Continue reading

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Day by Day

Some of you may recognize the first words to the theme song of the 1971 production, Godspell. It is taken from the Prayer of St. Richard written in the 13th Century when he was Bishop of Chichester, England. The song … Continue reading

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Let me wash your feet

Ambrose of Milan (339-397) was known as a “fearless church leader who influenced Augustine and whose first act as bishop was to distribute his great wealth among the poor.” Here is his worshipful prayer alluding both to Jesus washing his … Continue reading

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St. Patrick’s Breastplate

While St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated with green beer and faux Irish accents, it will be possible to miss the story of the prayer life of the man behind the day. Patrick was born around 385 A.D. in Scotland. … Continue reading

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Oceans of Joy!

The title of C.S. Lewis’ autobiography, “Surprised by Joy,” is taken from the first line of a William Wordsworth poem that goes, “Surprised by joy, impatient as the wind.” Joy is the great theme of the gospel from the beginning when … Continue reading

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Flash Floods of Tears

Annie Dillard said, “I think that the dying pray at the last not, “please,” but “thank you” as a guest thanks his host at that door.”  She knew some secret about a life of gratitude at the moment of mourning; … Continue reading

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Serenity Prayer

  The Serenity Prayer is the common name for a prayer authored by theologian Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971), but is best known for being adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous and other twelve-step programs.  Though clearly circulating in oral form for many years, … Continue reading

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