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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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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 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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A Poem/Prayer for Summer

June 29th, 2013 · 2 Comments · Faith and the City

Let Me Live Grace-Fully Thank you, Lord, for this season of sun and slow motion, of games and porch sitting, of picnics and light green fireflies on heavy purple evenings; and praise for slight breezes. It’s good, God, as the first long days of your creation. Let this season be for me a time of […]

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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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Strategic Prayer

February 8th, 2013 · 3 Comments · Faith and the City

This past month an outstanding committee, chaired by Ken Henderson, began talking about strategic planning for Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. Linda Ferm Fagan, a member of the committee and a whip-smart professional who helps nonprofits with their institutional planning, began our first session by reminding us that many people think “strategic planning” is a dirty […]

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Sandy Hook

December 15th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Faith and the City

My head hurts.  I spent yesterday afternoon sitting at my desk sobbing.  I know you are devastated too.  The tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School has shaken everyone.  The world feels like a terrible, terrible place. Our prayers go forth for the people of Newtown. Although, in the face of these pictures, I sputter […]

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