What if this were my prayer?

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I thought faith would be easy. It’s not.

A friend sent me a free trial of one of the food services. They sent us all the ingredients and recipes for three lovely meals for my husband and I. All I had to do was prepare it. The first recipe included a clove of garlic and called for a mortar and pestle. What? Why would I have a mortar and pestle? Another recipe called for lemon zest which meant...

Grace is the one-size-fits-all pattern

The church is good at creating patterns. And for first borns like me, we’re drawn to the neat packages of how-to’s. Quiet Time aka devotions: Have your quiet time in the morning, first thing, before your feet hit the floor. Fill your soul with good from the word before feeding your body. Prayer: Also in the morning and at night but write them down and use a clever acronym so...

A Broken Heart – what to do when the church hurts you

by Laura Acuna “There is nothing quite like the pain of being hurt by the church.” This is what my new pastor acknowledged to me when I first visited him after leaving the church where our family worshipped and served for over fifteen years. Boy, was he correct — there really is nothing quite like the pain of being hurt and disappointed within the Body of Christ. It’s disorienting and...

How Can I Trust God When He is Slow to Move?

“Above all, trust in the slow work of God.” Pierre Teilhard de Chardin I am relearning life without a microwave.   It didn’t seem like a big deal when my husband took out the microwave for some kitchen remodeling. I can make adjustments like using the tea kettle to heat the water for my hot tea in the morning but the convenience of fast is part of our life today....

When Mercy Takes a Seat

Peter Gabriel’s voice sang low and pleading, the words “mercy, mercy, looking for mercy….” (Mercy Street, 1986) It’s a lovely and haunting melody that conveys the heart that searches for compassion, desperate for forgiveness when none is deserved. Mercy. The Psalmist pleads for mercy over and over as did Job when he said “I could only plead for mercy” (Job 9:15) *** As a child, I was instructed the altar,...

Silent

We were at a dinner at a place we both enjoy. A television screen in the bar area was showing a soccer game, or so I thought, when I noticed the headline underneath: BREAKING NEWS. That headline is used so often on our local stations that it could have meant a traffic jam on the interstate. Instead, it was actual news this time, of the devastating terror attack in Paris....

Day 26 – Ordinary Beauty of Prayer

God is good, God is great, let us thank him for our food. Amen That’s the prayer we said as children, every time we sat at the table for a meal. It was rote, the words coming out automatically, our duty performed. When Charlie prayed in church he used the old words.  He said Thou and Thee but we knew it was his way, the way he’d learned and we...

This girl is gone….lord willing and all that

Later tonight we’ll board our flight from Miami to London. Direct. More hours than I want to calculate now. The melatonin is packed and ‘easy mix’ playlist on my iPhone ready with noise canceling ear buds.  Thoughts of how I’ll look after an overnight flight are banished from my mind. I figure I’ll be too tired to care and the hair will be good so what else matters 😉 We...