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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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My Book of Uncommon Prayers: Willing To Be Defeated

I used to be cocksure, willing to trample fragile souls for the sake of being right. And it hurts to think I was so unlike Your sacrificial kindness, so unlike Your bleeding, selfless truth. May I be willing to be … 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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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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