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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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A Thanksgiving Prayer

November 27th, 2013 · Comments Off on A Thanksgiving Prayer · Sharp Prayers

              Thou hast given so much to me, Give one thing more—a grateful heart; Not thankful when it pleaseth me, As if Thy blessings had spare days, But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.                         […]

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What Blessings?

October 4th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Sharp Prayers

One of my responsibilities at home is to carry boxes of books up and down from the basement of our apartment building. It is a regular thing — a seasonal chore. My bride, you see, has organized our family’s extensive collection of children’s books according to the holidays. So, when instructed, I head downstairs to […]

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On Your Heart?

April 12th, 2013 · 40 Comments · Sharp Prayers

A few weeks ago, I asked if you would think about and pray about this question: Who is my neighbor? Whom should we seek to serve, to care for, and to welcome into Christian community? This question touches on the church’s outreach, evangelism, education and pastoral care. I have a friend who phrases the question this way: […]

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How Was Your Day?

February 22nd, 2013 · 12 Comments · Sharp Prayers

I recently saw a rerun of the film “Bruce Almighty.” I enjoyed it. The premise of this Jim Carrey comedy is theologically interesting: What would you do if you had God’s powers? One of the first things that the main character, Bruce, does — after God gives him dominion over a small part of western […]

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A Prayer for Newtown

December 14th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Sharp Prayers

My friend Carla sent me this prayer by Rachel Barenblatt: God, let me cry on Your shoulder.
 Rock me like a colicky baby.
 Promise me You won’t forget   each of Your perfect reflections killed today. Promise me You won’t let me forget, either.   I’m hollow, stricken like a bell. Make of my emptiness a channel […]

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Busy, Busy, Busy

December 6th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Sharp Prayers

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman” both aired on CBS this week. These two animated “specials” first appeared in the 1960s, and they are clearly stamped with the language and sensibilities of that moment in American history. Still they endure. They are required viewing for millions of people during the Christmas season. I […]

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Bat-Phone Prayers

September 13th, 2012 · 8 Comments · Sharp Prayers

As a kid, I was a big fan of the “Batman” television series, the one filmed in the late ’60s but on the air every day after school throughout the 1970s. One of my favorite parts of this incredibly campy show was the moment, every episode, when Commissioner Gordon, Gotham’s chief of police, would decide […]

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Restless Hearts and Summers End

August 21st, 2012 · 3 Comments · Sharp Prayers

Summer is drawing to a close. Today, I have been packing to leave my in-laws’ house in Duluth, Minnesota, for New York and what promises to be an exciting year at FAPC.  This morning I taped up a box of books (Duluth is study time for me) that I have to mail back to NYC.  […]

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