Category Archives: Prayer

A Non-Traditional Blessing by Sister Ruth Marlene Fox, OSB

This prayer, written in 1985, seems especially apt today: May God bless us with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships, so that we may live deep within our hearts. May God bless us with anger at injustice, oppression, … Continue reading

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Pandemic Prayer

Dear God, Architect of the Universe and Great Physician, You rule the world with justice and mercy. You are doing a thing now that we don’t understand, but we trust that You are working for our good. Through this trial … Continue reading

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Pandemic Lament by ARHuelsenbeck

The Bible study group that I am part of is reading God and the Pandemic by N.T. Wright. Part of one assignment was to write a prayer of Lament. Here’s mine: O God, You created our bodies complete with a complex immunity … Continue reading

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Happy Graduation Day

For everyone with a graduation coming up.

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Torrential Rains and Flooding

Torrential Rains and Flooding by Betty Mason Arthurs   Today in America our hearts, our eyes and our ears are tuned to the reports coming out of Texas and the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. In Houston, over 32,000 people … Continue reading

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My Dog Keeps Me on My Knees

I have to admit, when I am on my knees praying I don’t stay very long as it hurts my knees. It’s down, a few words, and up as quickly as possible. While on my knees in this humbled position, … Continue reading

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Love Letter Begs for Date

Love Letter Begs for Date by Betty Mason Arthurs   Long before the internet and online dating sites, young ladies communicated with potential “matches” by letter, hand-written or typed on ancient typewriters. Like most senior folk, I miss those days … Continue reading

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In the Meme Time: Hold On

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Church at the Nursing Home

(This post first appeared on Parenting With a Smile in July, 2016.) Rollin and I went to church on a Thursday afternoon in Minnesota with his 93-year-old dad at his assisted living home. Folding chairs lined the activity room and … Continue reading

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When You Long to Escape

Some days I dream about escaping. I picture myself at the Hotel del Coronado (“the Del”) on the southern California coast for three days. By myself. The dream is most vivid seconds before I open the door for the first … Continue reading

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