Prayer of Not Knowing

Dear God,I am frustratedWith the big questionsOf purpose and meaning.I have spent my lifeBuilding credit with youIn the way my community taughtBut I never receivedThat reward of loving belongingI have neverExperienced your safety and comfortEnveloping me with a powerThat drives out fear.InsteadThe silence in its place calls to meAn eerie haunting.When my searching for you…

Prayer for Advent

Dear God of PossibilitiesWe are grateful for your presenceIn this season of waitingWhere we anticipate the birth ofJesus at ChristmasAnd whoever Jesus is to us in this momentHelp us to experience the humility of mysteryIn that sacred story.In this season of waitingWe gatherIn this virtual spaceAnd bring with us our own stories of pain, hope,…

Ripples with Grief

I am tangled intoA vast network of connection.I do not know all of the loved onesOf my loved onesBut I see it when people are lostTo the pandemicTo poor mental healthTo other illnesses and circumstances.When the loved ones of my loved onesPass onThe web that connects usRipples with griefAlways reverberatingWith the pangs of loss,A reliable…

Prayer of Hope

Dear God of the Universe,In this moment of lament, we hope for a more just and peaceful world.We hope that our actions will be in line with our values.We hope that our leaders will make decisions based on the needs of the most vulnerable and not the most powerful, that those who are last will…

A blessing for wisdom on the path of learning

God of mystery,God of curiosity,God of experience,God of reflection, In a world of misinformationSide-taking,Loyalty tests, andInjustice,Keep reminding usThat the path of learningIs paved with questions followed up byThe humility of seeking.Keep reminding usThat our questions and answersAlways have an impact on people and environments. May we gather up wisdomAs we walk this pathAlways holding the…

A blessing for the survivors of those who died of COVID

God of sickbeds and hospital rooms,God of positive tests and ventilators,Be with the loved onesOf those we have lost in the pandemicWhether they were vaccinated or notElderly or notExperiencing other illnesses and conditions or notIt does not matter now.They were loved.We loved them.Their lives were taken by a tidal wave of diseaseThey could not escape.And…

Don’t be surprised

Don’t be surprised.This is the countryYou’ve always knownExpressing its not-so-secret desires. We have a deep and abiding love ofGunsWhite peopleHierarchies.Our priorities have been consistent. We thought that ifWe boxed up the nastiest partsIn the 1960sAnd put it in the attic,Racism would recedeGeneration-by-generation.But out of the plain sight(of white people)It grew and spreadlike a poisoned gasThrough…

A blessing for those who wait

It is a season dedicated toWaitingWaiting impatientlyWaiting intentlyWaiting for something specific that life has promisedWaiting for direction that seems elusiveWaiting for justice that may never comeWaiting for peace that seems impossibleWaiting for joy to overthrow our current feelingsWaiting for sorrow to diminishWaiting for pain to lose its edgeDull itself after assaulting the bodyWaiting for loneliness…

A blessing for the queer coffee shop

God of QueernessBless this rainbow coffee shopIn this red-state townAnd all of the folksWho work here and patronize this placeIt is a rare spaceThat exudes belonging, acceptanceWith comforting drinksAnd mismatched couchesIt is the only Church of JazzOn a Sunday morningWhere all of the local misfitsCome to venerate a communal divineWho is experienced throughOur senses as…

A blessing for Sunstone

Dear God,We are here with an odd collectionOf Restoration misfitsHoused under a single roof for a weekend.We ask a blessing of low dramaThat our minds and hearts will be turnedToward listening and relationshipsToward understanding the things we don’t understandLead us to buy books and kitsch for good causes.Many who are hereAre seeking the belonging they…