A prayer for the feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

God. We need a blessing, Spoken right to us, using our name. “My son, my daughter, I’ve called you by name. You are mine.” Because we need to belong to someone. Irrevocably. Irretrievably. We think we want, we’ve been told we want, the blessing of stuff. We tell each other that your blessing is health, […]

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How to handle requests

My day was like your days. Busy. I worked on several projects in the morning. I went to the hospital for the 2:30 pm shift. Driving out, I realized that I hadn’t written 300. Walking the half-mile from the far lot to our office, I thought, “God, would you help me find a post?” (That’s […]

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“I despaired of life itself”

Paul was writing to some friends in a church he knew. He was letting them know about some of his own pain and a moment when “we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself.” I’m not glad for Paul’s pain. But I am grateful for his honesty in describing […]

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A little visit.

She had asked for a chaplain to stop by her room. “To pray with her,” the request said. I went. I’m good with being invited to talk to God with people. (I’m good with being asked not to pray, too. Which happened in a later visit that day.) We talked, the patient and I. She […]

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A prayer for Epiphany.

God. You know more of the story than I do. More of my story. More of our stories. You know what has happened and what is happening and what will happen. Yesterday we read about wise men meeting you, Jesus, after a long journey. They saw you, they honored you, they went on their journey […]

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