Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

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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 […]

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God Trumps Tarot Cards
Looking for answers to life's riddles? Who should I marry? Where should I move? What should I study? Why do I exist? How should I live my life? Some people turn to psychics. They are often advertised on this very blog page, waiting for someone to take their bait. But there is a better Source of wisd

posted 2:54:39pm Apr. 22, 2014 | read full post »

Ukraine: An Urgent Prayer
"Father, hear our prayer for the nation of Ukraine. The crisis there is real and dangerous; the land seems to be festering, and on the brink of chaos. Jesus, you are Prince of Peace. Be the Peace of Ukraine. Give all the government leaders in every faction and in every nation involved wisdom and pru

posted 4:26:11pm Apr. 21, 2014 | read full post »

Suffering Physical Abuse: A Prayer
Jesus suffered at the hands of expert executors, professionals with vast experience, knowledge, and skill in the “art” of torture. Watching a person being led away to crucifixion was a common occurrence in Jerusalem in the 30’s AD. But Jesus was anything but a common criminal. Yet he took on t

posted 1:10:52pm Apr. 18, 2014 | read full post »

Prayers for Forgiveness and Healing of Verbal Abuse
These are the descriptive words used in Matthew 27 (New Living Version) depicting the verbal abuse that Jesus suffered: They shouted at him…jeered at him…condemned him…accused him…mocked him…truanted him…abused him…yelled at him…and ridiculed him… Jesus suffered abuse on ever

posted 10:50:36am Apr. 17, 2014 | read full post »

A Prayer When Bullies Bully
The other day I let JoJo, our little 9 pound poodle, outside to run around and “do his thing”. JoJo never wanders far from our country home. After a few minutes I heard a blood curdling dog-scream — a sound I’ve never heard before and hope to never hear again. I looked out the back and didn

posted 12:12:47pm Apr. 16, 2014 | read full post »


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