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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

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Christmas Eve: A Prayer for those Home Alone

posted by Mark and Jill

“God, not all of us can be with those we love at Christmas. Some of us are alone, and we bear a heavy sadness. Life isn’t supposed to be like this; and we feel loneliness most at the holidays. Jesus, you […]

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A Hanukkah Prayer for the Underdog

posted by Mark and Jill

“God of underdogs, hear our Hanukkah prayer. You love the hopeless cause, when it is your cause, because impossible situations allow you to prove your kindness, your power, and your flawless memory. You love to remember your promises, especially your […]

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Ash Wednesday Fasting: P90X Cross Training for the Soul

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Fat Tuesday is now swept up on the trash bins of the French Quarter. Ash Wednesday and Lent has arrived. Many followers of Jesus set aside these next 40 days leading to Holy Week as a focused time for fasting […]

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Valentine’s Day: a Prayer for Those Waiting for Love

posted by Mark Herringshaw

For those sharing life with a Lover, Valentine’s Day is a time of joy, pleasure, gratitude… and passion. But or those who live with heartbreak, or are still waiting for the Love of a Lover, it can be a day of […]

On St. Nicolas Day: Santa’s Vitae

posted by Mark Herringshaw

  Today is St. Nicolas Day. Cheers to the Jolly Old Elf and kudos to Claire Suddath for the following bio…   Santa Claus doesn’t talk about it very often, but he’s actually Turkish. The world’s most famous toymaker has […]

Christmas and the Myth of “Pure” Reason

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Christmas is upon us, with gifts – and the economic boon that results – feasts a plenty – and the inevitable weight gain that results – and fanciful tales of the jolly old man in red with his tiny helpers […]

Lincoln’s Proclamation of Thanksgiving

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Sarah Josepha Hale, a 74-year-old magazine editor had been lobbying for an official national “Thanksgiving Day Holiday” for 15 years. Her requests were finally honored after she wrote to Abraham Lincoln on September 28, 1863, asking him to have the […]

All Saints Day – Hope in the Teeth of Death

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Today is “All Saints Day,” following last night, “Halloween” or “All Hallows Eve.” What we call “Halloween” has its origin in an ancient Celtic festival to remember the dead called “Samhain.” By the 800s the Celts had become Christian and […]

Jewish New Year and the Creation of the World

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New year is the anniversary of the creation of the world. In 2010 it’s the year 5771. The festival will last two nights, preparing the way for Yom Kippur, the Feast of Atonement which begins 10 […]

Labor Day: Rest to Work, not Work to Rest

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Happy Labor Day – a time to rest. Traditionally this is how it works. We labor; then we rest. We push and pull and put nose to grindstone, then when we’re spent and finished with the job, we pull up […]

Summer Solstice Prayer

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Today, June 21, 2010 is summer solstice, the first day of summer, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, and of course then, the shortest night. From this day forward until December 23rd, the winter solstice, the […]

Shavuot becomes Pentecost

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Today is Pentecost Sunday, the day Christians remember the coming of the Holy Spirit. The story is told in Acts chapter 2. 50 days following Passover Jews celebrate the high holy feast called Shavuot, or Pentecost, to commemorate when God […]

Shavuot and the Manual for Life

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Today is the second day of Shavuot, the Jewish holiday that commemorates, the day God gave us the Ten Commandments and the Torah. Shavuot is one of the three major festivals (the other two being Passover and Sukkot). In biblical […]

Shavuot: Wake Up, it’s Hagan-Daz for Dinner!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Today is Shavuot, the Jewish holiday that commemorates, the day God gave us the Ten Commandments and the Torah. Shavuot is one of the three major festivals (the other two being Passover and Sukkot). In biblical times, Jews would travel […]

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Who I Am in Jesus
Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT) I love the notion of starting over – of God wiping the slate clean and re-designing my life after I've messed it up. Being IN CHRIST or "belonging to Christ" means that I l

posted 12:28:19pm Mar. 26, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer to Find God
“Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it! ...What an awesome place this is! It is none other than the house of God, the very gateway to heaven!” ~Jacob (Genesis 28:16,17) Jacob's plans had gone awry. He got what he wanted:  he stole his brother's birthright as well as

posted 1:36:43pm Mar. 25, 2015 | read full post »

A Procrastinator's Prayer of Repentance
Now, a person who is put in charge as a manager must be faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2 “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!'" Ma

posted 11:31:00am Mar. 24, 2015 | read full post »

I Found My Happiness
Make me walk along the path of your commands, for that is where my happiness is found. Psalm 119:35 My favorite part of the The Hobbit is when Gandalf urges the dwarves and Bilbo to stay on the path. He warns them that the there will come a time when circumstances will wrangle you to abandon th

posted 10:47:58am Mar. 20, 2015 | read full post »

If Your Boundaries are in Rubbles, Say, Pray, and Do This
“The God of heaven will help us succeed. We, his servants, will start rebuilding this wall. But you have no share, legal right, or historic claim in Jerusalem.”     ~Nehemiah 2:20 If the boundaries of your life are in shambles, pray the prayer Nehemiah prayed. He was sent to Jerusalem from e

posted 11:17:38am Mar. 19, 2015 | read full post »

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