Consider // Prayer first

Then they returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, which is near Jerusalem—a Sabbath day’s journey away. When they arrived, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying: Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. They all were…

Uprising

To clasp the hands in prayeris the beginning of an uprisingagainst the disorder of the world. // Karl Barth

Acquainted with weary

Weary is an ever-present companion these days. I do not need to turn the news on for him to make himself comfortable. Weary climbs up next to me, let’s out a long sigh while his burdened shoulders slouch deeply and his knowing eyes meet mine. He’s not too aggressive most of the time, just sits…

Pray

Afghanistan. Haiti. Cuba. COVID-19 Variants. Back to school. Division. Racism. … Too much to bear. Too much to grieve. Too much to worry over. So today is a day for prayer. Powerful prayer. On our knees crying out to God because we are confident that He hears us, cares for what we care for, and…

In you alone

“God, of your goodness, give me yourself; for you are sufficient for me. I cannot properly ask anything less, to be worthy of you. If I were to ask less, I should always be in want. In you alone do I have all.” // Julian of Norwich (1342)

Instead, pray

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your…

A prayer

I pause to be still; to breathe slowly;to re-centre my scattered sensesupon the presence of God. From the Lectio 365 App.

Try again

“You must ask for God’s help. Even when you have done so, it may seem to you for a long time that no help, or less help than you need, is being given. Never mind. After each failure, ask forgiveness, pick yourself up, and try again. Very often what God first helps us towards is…

The clocks turns

The 🤦‍♀️ connotation every time we hear “2020” will live with us the rest of our lives! We each have our own stories we will tell and those we will want to leave in the past. My hope is that we learn from our 2020 experiences and seek opportunities to gain momentum forward as we…

Stand in awe

You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds,    O God our savior.You are the hope of everyone on earth,    even those who sail on distant seas.You formed the mountains by your power    and armed yourself with mighty strength.You quieted the raging oceans    with their pounding waves    and silenced the shouting of the nations.Those who live at the ends of the…

Jesus prayed for you

“I am praying not only for these disciplesbut also for all who will ever believe in me through their message.I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you.And may they be in us so that the world will believe…

I need you

“I need you.” Have you ever prayed this simple, honest, vulnerable prayer? Just as in your relationships with family and friends, speaking your need out loud can help others know how you are truly doing, know when to reach out, and will break down the wall so many of us construct to maintain independence and…