Category Archives: Prayers

A Pencil in the Hand of God

Given what Mother Teresa achieved in her life, we might think she is being too modest. But if we understand we are in God’s hands, then thinking of ourselves as “a little pencil” is a good place to start. And … Continue reading

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Windows of Art

In 1889 van Gogh painted “Laboureur dans un champ” – a farmer plowing the land, which was the view from his window at the hospital. He left the asylum in May 1890;  two months later, at age 37, he shot … Continue reading

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Practice Resurrection

The line above comes from a poem by Wendell Berry that seems fitting this Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday – especially as he encourages us to live counter-culturally – and to “Practice Resurrection.” Let each line exhort, rebuke, and otherwise enlighten … Continue reading

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The Prayer Life that Matters Most

In times of stress and cultural chaos—pandemics, protests, political strife, and more—Christians rightly remind one another of the importance of prayer. A deepening prayer life is often needed, tested, and enriched in times of crisis. Thus begins Tim Shorey’s excellent … Continue reading

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We Give Them Back to Thee

“I think that the dying pray at the last not, ‘please,’ but ‘thank you’ as a guest thanks his host at that door.”     Annie Dillard This favourite line from Annie Dillard is a recurring theme reminding me to be … Continue reading

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Refocus our Hearts

Abba, Father, As we gather together, we praise You for this day and Your purpose for it. Reset our agendas, as we sit in Your presence. For You assure us that where two or more gather in Your name You … Continue reading

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Trying to hold back the Tide

And Then You We arranged our lives as best we can, to keep your holiness at bay, with our pieties, our doctrines, our liturgies, our moralities, our secret ideologies, Safe, virtuous, settled, And then you – you and your dreams, … Continue reading

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