Tag Archives: Prayer

Be Like Jesus

“After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone.” Mark 1:35   Dealing with people can be tiresome work.  We are a tiresome lot indeed!  Ha!  Why? … Continue reading

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Crispy

Last weekend, I found myself crispy. Really crispy. A series of family events had left me drained and fractured, with nothing to give. I was supposed to preach the Good News, and the truth was that I needed some myself. … Continue reading

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Patterns

Liturgical beings that Episcopalians are, we say some of the same words every Sunday, sometimes for years or even a lifetime. Our Father, who art in heaven… There is joy and comfort to be found in repetition. Patterns can be … Continue reading

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Everybody Just Shut Up

When I was teaching 5th and 6th grade religion class at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School I had a challenge for each of the six sections of 5th graders I saw every week:  two full minutes of silence at the … Continue reading

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South Africa – Week 1

Actually, my story begins in Istanbul.  (Wouldn’t that be a great first line for a novel?) During the (hair-raising) taxi ride from the airport to our hotel in Istanbul we were never out of hearing range of the Islamic call to … Continue reading

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A Three-Part Prayer

I’ve become more regular, to the point of devotion, in my practice of yoga this past year, and have enjoyed noticing all the different ways that yoga mirrors what is necessary for good singing. Obvious things like a focus on … Continue reading

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Faith in the trenches

As many of you know, I grew up in a Jewish home in Virginia, not far from where I am sitting to write this post. Two days a week, I would go to Shabbat school at our synagogue. The curriculum … Continue reading

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