Common Ground and the Practice of Hospitality – Prayerful Tuesday

For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” Matthew 18:20 On Monday this week I volunteered at Common Ground, a Hospitality Space in Everett, WA. From Monday through Thursday, from 8 AM to 12 Noon, the homeless or those who live on the edge of homelessness come in … Continue reading Common Ground and the Practice of Hospitality – Prayerful Tuesday

Taking Care—Prayerful Tuesday

For the last three weeks I have been in constant pain due to a pinched nerve in my back.  This fussy nerve has been bothering me for a long time but I refused to listen to it. So now it is fighting back to get the attention it thinks it deserves.  I have never been … Continue reading Taking Care—Prayerful Tuesday

It is Good?—Prayerful Tuesday

“And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:10b In the last weeks God’s creation has seemed anything but good.  Terrorist attacks, ambushing of police, and police shootings of unarmed young men continue to rent the very fabric of our society.  Yet God did not create an evil world, in fact God proclaims this world … Continue reading It is Good?—Prayerful Tuesday

Looking Forward – Looking Back – Prayerful Tuesday

Micah 6: 8 He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Well the New Year is almost upon us and it has been an eventful, but mostly violent, one.  In 2014 it seems … Continue reading Looking Forward – Looking Back – Prayerful Tuesday

The Spiritual Practice of Giving – Prayerful Tuesday

I am one of many people who do not look forward to Thanksgiving or Christmas.  To me this time of the year represents the loss of way to many people I have cared about.  So I usually don’t do much celebration and what I do is forced and tiring.  Instead of celebrating the way most … Continue reading The Spiritual Practice of Giving – Prayerful Tuesday

Pray Everywhere, Anytime

16Rejoice always, 17pray without ceasing, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. –                                  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, (NRSV) To pray always, without ceasing, seems like an impossible task.  Seeing God in every … Continue reading Pray Everywhere, Anytime

Forgiveness – Prayerful Tuesday

Matthew 18:21-22: 21 Then Peter came and said to him, ‘Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?’ 22Jesus said to him, ‘Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times. This week’s prayer practice comes from the lectionary readings.  In Matthew, Peter asks Jesus how many … Continue reading Forgiveness – Prayerful Tuesday