Category Archives: My Book of Uncommon Prayers

There is a line . . .

There is a line in the sand, and I dare not cross— but funny thing about sand and funny thing about lines, they wash away with beating waves, leaving a skimming reflection where surety used to be. So maybe instead … Continue reading

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A Limping Life

I heard your whisper in the wind, and I leaned to listen; but my lisping voice rose rough and rasping, replaying all the shame moments, the named moments—over and over, owning their bite. I glimpsed your face in the greening … Continue reading

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My Book of Uncommon Prayers: To Live a Noble Life

How can I make my ambition Your ambition? Every now and then, unworldly inspiration and imagination penetrates t his sin-chained  mind, this bone-bound spirit, and I rejoice, respond; but just as quickly, flesh presses in— pride presses in, puffing me up, … Continue reading

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My Book of Uncommon Prayers: Pulpit

May my life be my pulpit. If ever my words outweigh my actions, if ever my professions overshadow my deeds, I will have given up abundant life for at the very least shallow, vain repetitions, and at the worst, dead … Continue reading

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My Book of Uncommon Prayers: Pain and Hope

  I woke suddenly in the wee hours, the dark hours. Was it the weird dream I was having? Maybe. But aside from that, I immediately was aware that I had passed the anniversary of my first child’s death and … Continue reading

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To Remind Me

May the rising vapor of morning remind me that my life is such—a vapor that lasts but a moment—fleeting. May the intensifying blush remind me that the color of my life is in direct response to the Son’s rising in … Continue reading

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My Book of Uncommon Prayers: Numb

There is a numbness after so many shootings, so many senseless deaths, so much brazen brutality. How many lives, how many more mayhem moments? So much fear. But it is like you have to distance yourself from it to feel … Continue reading

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My Book of Uncommon Prayers: Words Fall Flat

When I feel the need to defend myself to the universe, words fall flat. There are never enough words to balance out the weight of weakness, the sting of sarcasm, so why not be content to let criticisms fall where … Continue reading

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My Book of Uncommon Prayers: Power Under

When spin is more important than truth and winning is more important than loving, when circling the wagons is more important  than loving the enemy, then we have failed to be Christ followers— Christ, who did not consider his reputation … Continue reading

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My Book of Uncommon Prayers: Limping

Limping church, tormented body, suppressing our Hyde in this war—flesh and spirit, are we only to stumble through heaven’s gate? How can we be broken bread to a dying world— wine poured out to heal a tortured race—when we can’t … Continue reading

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