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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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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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My Book of Uncommon Prayers: Making Change

I don’t do change well. I used to. Change  meant promise, adventure, a tangible and exciting future, but somewhere along the line, my feet grew heavy and planted, my heart found rest in bordered places.  The settling down brought with … Continue reading

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My Book of Uncommon Prayer–Surrender

Divine incursion, whisking away the holy subterfuge that makes me look so good, making quick work of my earthbound building blocks, so pretty yet shallow— tearing down to build again. Divine intrusion, making my thoughts Yours, when I thought I … Continue reading

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My Book of Uncommon Prayers: Death is Hard

Death is hard. Though so much a part of life, we never quite get used to it. Our youthful, anticipating days, dreams of El Dorado, meld into the rhythm of responsible days lived in responsible ways, and that end seems … Continue reading

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My Book of Uncommon Prayers: I Pray

There is a quiet place I go to inside my head when the noise is too loud and voices conflict. There is a place I go to distance myself from the pain, to find a shelter from confusion—the cacophony of … Continue reading

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