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What are You Praying?

February 15th, 2018 · No Comments · Sharp Prayers

I am writing to you this morning in the aftermath of the shooting that occurred yesterday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. My heart hurts. Seventeen kids. This cannot be normal. We cannot let this become normal. When mass shootings occur, politicians often make brief religious statements. They state that they are […]

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Las Vegas

October 4th, 2017 · Comments Off on Las Vegas · Sharp Prayers

Save us from weak resignation to the evils we deplore. –Harry Emerson Fosdick   Dear Friends in Christ: What are we to do? All this week, I have glanced at the news and then turned away. I heard a segment of an audio recording, a staccato burst–nine bullets a second–before I lunged and switched off […]

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August 12th, 2017 · Comments Off on Charlottesville · Sharp Prayers

From the same mouth comes blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so. James 3:10 Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. It’s the first rhyme a child learns on the playground. It is a feisty, singsong response to an insult. It is also […]

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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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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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