Prayer on Our Anniversary

On our wedding anniversary, a prayer for our marriage and for yours.

Memorial Day: Celebration, Reflection, and Lament

 On Memorial Day, American citizens honor those who died while serving in our nation’s armed forces. For some, it is a day of celebration of patriotism and an occasion for gathering with friends and family. They may celebrate freedoms that remain because men and women died while protecting them. For others, Memorial Day is a day of reflection about the meaning of sacrifice and service. Jesus noted, foreshadowing his own sacrificial death by crucifixion, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11). Good Soldiers, whether in the nation’s service, or in that of the Lord, devote themselves to seeking the safety and welfare of others. We who survive the fray appreciate the sacrifice made by those who did not. Their deaths remind us of the commitment required to protect important principles. Memorial Day is also a day for lament. We mourn our loss: Fathers, sisters, uncles, daughters who no longer brighten our day with their humor or listen to us when no one else will. We ponder how history would have differed had they lived. Would Joseph Kennedy, Jr. have been elected President rather than his brother John if Joseph had not died during World War II? What would my life or my cousin’s life have been like if my uncle had not been killed in Vietnam? We weep for the lost opportunities, the shattered dreams, and the never-realized loves. We lament also the horror caused by the hatred, selfishness, and greed that often spark human conflicts that escalate into war. So, as Christians, even while some of us serve with awareness that we too may die in the service of our country, we must remember that we are called to be ministers of reconciliation who seek peace (2 Corinthians 5:18). We must remember that while we enjoy the aroma and flavors of a Memorial Day barbecue, others still grieve the laugh and the voice they will never hear again. Comfort those who mourn. Remember those who have perished. Resolve to live well for God and in service of others.

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A Prayer that We May Listen

Our responsibility to listen and obey when we pray

A Prayer to God who Delights in Setting Right What Has Gone Wrong

A PRAYER THAT WE MAY NOT BE FOOLS

Live us live with full awareness of the presence of God.

God’s Response to a Cry for Help

Some reflections from my daily Bible reading regarding crying out for God’s help when we have strayed

Sealing our Love

A reflection on a passage that speaks of intense love

Prayer on Picking Up My Cross

A reflection on Luke 9:18-28

Prayer in Midst of Catastrophe

A Prayer for God to Defend His Cause

A prayer for God to remember his people and defend his cause against scoffers.

Prayer for Less Disputing

As we follow Christ, may our words, our attitudes, and our methods reflect his spirit and his teaching. Let us pray more and dispute less.

A Prayer During the Storm

Even when life seems lonely, we are surrounded and cheered on by a “great cloud of witnesses.”

Prayer that Glorifies God

Does what we say about others affect how our prayers are heard?

A Patient Prophet's Prayer of Joy

Praying with joy during troubled times

Prayer as Response to God

Praying responsibly in response to God