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Election Day Prayer

November 8th, 2016 · Comments Off on Election Day Prayer · Sharp Prayers

Almighty God, on this Election Day we pray for our country. We pray for peace. May our sense of community and connection be greater than our perceived divisions and differences. As we stand in line at schools, churches, and synagogues, may our commitment to care for one another grow. As we chat with neighbors, may […]

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Orlando

June 14th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Sharp Prayers

Dear Friends in Christ, Over the last few days—in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando—I have had a difficult time reading the paper; a difficult time making it through each wrenching sentence. I have felt alternatively numb and angry, bewildered and so very, very sad. I have been making a little list of […]

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Pageant Sunday Prayer

December 12th, 2015 · Comments Off on Pageant Sunday Prayer · Sharp Prayers

God of archangels caroling through the heavens, and God of cherubs with cotton-ball wings and coat-hanger frames; God of shepherds in the fields, and God of three-year-old lambs searching for their mommies; God of wise men from the East, and God of magi whose adolescent voices crack when speaking of you; God of a Bethlehem […]

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Thank God for Chipped China

November 26th, 2015 · Comments Off on Thank God for Chipped China · Sharp Prayers

“I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now.” –Philippians 2:3-5 Dear Friends in Christ, Today, the Black Johnston family will set the table with an eclectic set […]

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A Prayer for Paris

November 13th, 2015 · Comments Off on A Prayer for Paris · Sharp Prayers

God of Compassion, we pray for the people affected by the terrorist attacks in Paris. We pray for the wounded. We pray for families who have lost loved ones. We pray for the fire, police, military and ambulance staff on the scene. We pray for the doctors and nurses caring for the injured. Holy and Righteous God, these cynical and cowardly acts […]

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Another Sharp Prayer from St. Augie!

October 6th, 2015 · Comments Off on Another Sharp Prayer from St. Augie! · Sharp Prayers

A Prayer for Strength and Courage Attributed to St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo God of life, there are days when the burdens we carry rub our shoulders raw and weigh us down; there are days when the road seems dreary and endless, the skies grey and threatening; there are days when our lives have no […]

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Prayer for a Field Mouse

April 27th, 2014 · Comments Off on Prayer for a Field Mouse · Sharp Prayers

Prayer for a Field Mouse by Pat Riviere-Seel Bless the gray mouse that found her way into the recycle bin. Bless her tiny body, no bigger than my thumb, huddled and numb against the hard side. Bless her bright eye, a frightened gleaming that opened to me and the nest she made from shredded paper, all […]

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Good Friday Prayer

April 17th, 2014 · 3 Comments · Sharp Prayers

It is Friday, Holy One, and we stand at the foot of the cross. Where shall we cast our eyes? We look down. We glance to the side. We stare inward. We look up… at him. My God, my God, what does this mean? How is this sacred? How can this save? How is this […]

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A Prayer for Help and Healing

March 30th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Sharp Prayers

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.  Holy God, Blessed Comforter, we bow our heads before you. We yearn to push worries aside to focus on you, to talk with you, but it is difficult. So difficult.   We are distracted, skeptical and afraid. Anxious thoughts lurk in our heads like prowlers. As soon as […]

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Christmas Prayer

December 15th, 2013 · Comments Off on Christmas Prayer · Sharp Prayers

Lord, in this holy season, on this day of prayer and laughter, we praise you. We praise you for the wonders you have sent: for a brilliant star and angels’ song, for the shepherds’ courage and a maiden’s strength, for light—light that comes when all seems dark. We yearn to be seized by the poetry […]

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