Archive | November, 2013
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Prayers for a Congregation #2

[Prayer Spark: Thanksgiving. I prayed this at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church’s Thanksgiving Day 2013 service. Putting up a couple days late….you know, the holidays.] God, we thank you. We thank you for every last blessing you pour into our lives. We thank you for the blessings we take for granted: for freedom to worship, for […]

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A Prayer for Those For Whom “It Coulda Been Worse”

[Prayer Spark: Illinois tornado victims] So God, I’ve gotten lazy again. Not chatting with you much beyond my daily repetition of three Lord’s Prayers or the prayers with my kids on the drive to school or the ones I shoot up, randomly. Thanks for hearing all those. Thanks for being ready to hear me, to […]

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A Prayer for School Kids

So God, You know that one of the many (many!) things I love about school and my kids being at school is that I get the chance to miss them. Without them here asking me to make them chai (God, this isn’t normal, right?) or asking for help with homework or to help get a toy out […]

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A Lament for the Philippines

[Prayer Spark: The news…] God, for days, I’ve wanted to type this out. I wanted to ask you to help the people of the Philippines–to help?us?help them. But I’ve not had words. Only groans. You’ve heard those. But they’re harder to blog down. I suppose it’s because I’m mad at you–the God of the Wind, […]

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A Prayer for the Weather-Beaten

[Prayer Spark: Reading about the Super Typhoon supposed to hit Philippines] God, Be with those in the Philippines who await “the biggest storm ever.” How terrifying: to do all you can to prepare, to hunker down or head out. To calm children, to pretend all will be well. For their sakes. I imagine the prayers […]

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Prayer for Crusaders

[Prayer spark: Megan Fox’s (not that Megan Fox, as this Megan says) speaking out against public pornography viewing in libraries.] God, Today I pray for the crusaders–not, as you know, The Crusaders, neither the holy-grail seeking villains (though, please do have mercy on their souls) nor the sports teams with this name (though, be with them as well….). But for […]

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Prayers for a Congregation #1

[Prayer Spark: Laziness…. This is Congregation Prayer I offered on November 3 at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church] God in heaven, Thank you for this beautiful day. That we can be together in this space singing your praises, hearing your words, and now bowing before you in prayer. Thank you for warm spaces, for comfortable seats, […]

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A Prayer for the Down

[Prayer spark: November gloom] God, I love November. I love this weather–the crisp air, the gray sky, the green and gold and red leaves waving and dropping in the wind. I love the ook and spook of it all, the creativity it sparks. But not everyone does. For many, the bleak and the grim weather […]

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