Category: prayer

Bedside Prayer for an Aging Parent

The following prayer was written nearly six years ago when my mother was hospitalized. She was eventually discharged, but then died later that year. I share it today because I know so many people are now caring for their own elderly family members. I… Continue Reading “Bedside Prayer for an Aging Parent”

Flawed

Arrogance is the opposite of humility. It compels us to treat our limitations not as unique openings through which God can reveal his goodness but as diseases to be cured. Susan Annette Muto O LordYou made me flawed I was about to say that… Continue Reading “Flawed”

Honest Prayer

We must lay before Him what is in us, not what ought to be in us. C. S. Lewis, Letters to Malcolm Lord, tonight I’m tired and weak —Accept these unpolished words I speak.I pray for peace but I sing of woeYou watched it… Continue Reading “Honest Prayer”

Questions

And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” John 9:2 O Lord,I know it’s not a question ofWho sinned, orWho made the firstFalse accusation Do You really careWho had the first violent protest, orThe… Continue Reading “Questions”

Prayer for a Divided Country

… In the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in Thee to fail. Book of Common Prayer, “For Our Country” My heart caught in my throat when I saw the news yesterday afternoon. I couldn’t look away from those scenes I didn’t want… Continue Reading “Prayer for a Divided Country”

God, I need Thee

God, I need Thee.When morning crowds the night awayAnd tasks of waking seize my mind;I need Thy poise. God, I need Thee.When love is hard to seeAmid the ugliness and slime,I need Thy eyes. God, I need Thee.When clashes come with thoseWho walk the… Continue Reading “God, I need Thee”

Every Moment Holy: When Something Is Lost

I lost my wallet. Again. I started to write out the sequence of events that led up to the last time I remembered holding it in my hand, but none of it really matters. The important part of the story was that my wallet… Continue Reading “Every Moment Holy: When Something Is Lost”

Every Moment Holy: When Technology Fails

Yesterday, I was frantically looking through my newest favorite book, Every Moment Holy, by Douglas McKelvey. Two of my sons were trying to get my computer to interface with the flat screen monitor at the church so I could do a presentation about my trip… Continue Reading “Every Moment Holy: When Technology Fails”

G is for Giggle

Here’s what I see in this collage: The rabbit is giggling because it sees the bigger picture. The man is so annoyed at the rabbit, probably because it had wreaked havoc his garden, that he is unaware of the wolf on his roof. I can… Continue Reading “G is for Giggle”

Prayer of Deprecation/Comprecation

Holy God, Replace in me My conceit with humility. My envy with mercy My anger with patience My overindulgence with self-control My coarseness with decency My distractions with contentment My lukewarmness with readiness Amen Adapted from The Private Prayers of Lancelot Andrewes