Category Archives: My Book of Uncommon Prayers

My Book of Uncommon Prayers: Once Again

These witchy trees, bare and lifeless, cold and leafless: One might wonder where life has gone and if all hope is gone, receded into the dark earth. But in one moment, that gifted second, a nub of green sprouts, a … Continue reading

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My Book of Uncommon Prayers: Have mercy

Oh, Lord of the broken and heartsick, of the world weary and tumult tossed, have mercy. Oh, Lord of the fractured and failing, of the wounded and flailing, have mercy on us. May our beliefs align with Your truths, and … Continue reading

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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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