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In the Marketplace, a poem for Matthew 11:16-19 by Barbara Messer (and a bonus)

In the marketplace we now have social distancing: we always had soul distancing. In the marketplace Jesus lamented unbridged distance of industrious self-absorption. In the marketplace music dribbles, no-one dances. Mourners crying find no sharing. In the marketplace John who … Continue reading

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More Value than Many Sparrows? Matthew 10:29-31 — Guest post Stirling, South Australia

But why would God count humans of more value than one expiring two a penny sparrow? It’s we who price resources of our earth convinced that human profit has more worth than all the fragile beauties freely given and meant … Continue reading

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Trinity and me — Guest post from Barbara Messner of South Australia

  This is the gift of Barbara Messner, Associate Priest in the Anglican Parish of Stirling in South Australia, who has just started following this blog and sent this poem. I didn’t know what an Australian magpie looks like so … Continue reading

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Reflection on the impact of the Australian wildfires on the land by Rev. Carol Hallman

Carol Hallman shared this poem with her congregation and with us as well. Kookaburra sits on the old gum tree, Merry merry king of the bush is he. Laugh, Kookaburra, laugh, Kookaburra, How gay your life must be! My heart … Continue reading

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An Update from Australia by Christine MacDowell and a Prayer for the Animals there

Christine MacDowell sent this note as a “comment” on the blog but I think that it is important enough to be a post so that everyone can read it. Many thanks to her and ongoing prayers for the situation. Maren, … Continue reading

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Elijah’s prayer for January 8, 2020

God, today I pray Elijah’s prayer. I affirm that you are not in the fire — not in Australia, not in a city apartment, but you are with those who flee and those who rescue. You are not in the … Continue reading

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Prayer in the midst of the Australian Fires

God, I come to the backyard to pray holding handfuls of snow in my bare hands, as I learn these new words — ember attacks. I pray for people across the world from me, in New South Wales and Victoria, … Continue reading

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Prayer for the fires in Australia

God, we know that you kindle hearts and not bush, and that you walk with us into the deepest fires as you did in the long-ago Bible story of the three faithful ones, This day we ask for your grace, … Continue reading

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Guest post — Christine MacDowall from Australia

I rarely receive such lovely gifts as I received today from Christine MacDowall. A gift about how we receive gifts. Here is her poem. (Remember, ah, that it is spring in Australia)  Spring gifts, done and undone. Every now and … Continue reading

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Living Psalm, Living Song — Guest Post

A psalm and a song for my guest post this Thursday. I am fortunate enough to be the “hunter-gatherer” for re-settings of lectionary psalms each week in art, movement, word, music, event for the United Church of Christ (US) Worship … Continue reading

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