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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: Betrayed

When I feel betrayed, and I am primed to let accusations fly, I take a breath– at least this time I will– and realize I have truly been betrayed, but not by You, my Provider, but by my expectations and … Continue reading

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My Book of Uncommon Prayers: Contentment

May my concerns diminish in light of others’, and may I care as You do with a heart that breaks— that weeps over Jerusalem, that hangs and bleeds on a tree. May my selfish begging become unselfish surrender— ever pliable, … Continue reading

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My Book of Uncommon Prayers: It Was Simple Then

It was simple then– no syllogisms, no apologetics, no apologies, just a “this is” and “the Bible tells me so,” and all the pieces fit. . . . It was simple then when happy ever afters were a dream, but still … Continue reading

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My Book of Uncommon Prayers: God of the Slimmest of Chances

Hope looks through any open window, squints through cracks at a barely visible, a barely possible future because it is what we were made for– hope, that is. So even when life is its darkest, and smothering stresses would choke, cling, and … Continue reading

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My Book of Uncommon Prayers–Tight Fists

Pry open these fingers, one by one, these fixed fists, these clenched hands that grip crumbling treasures like they were bread or gold. Pry open these fingers of their pain, bone by bone, so unused to surrender, so tainted by … Continue reading

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My Book of Common Prayers: Rule in Coming Under

Royal Creator, I see hints of Your order even in this chaos, strands of music even in this strident noise. Stands regal personhood embraced by royal priesthood, with Christ fixed against the black chaos of a wily will–will gone wild. I … Continue reading

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My Book of Uncommon Prayers: Idols

Pry from my hands these little trinkets, these very important “holy” things. Break these idols that I trust in; let me know my depth of sin. Devastate me with Your nearness; fill me with Your Spirit’s blaze. In one moment, … Continue reading

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