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How Marvelous is the World that You Have Made, O God — poem from South Africa

One of my favorite poets is Isobel deGruchy from South Africa. This poem is from her chapbook “Walking On,” a book of her poetry, watercolor and photographs. This photograph of the moon over Maurituris accompanies the poem. Calm sea in … Continue reading

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Waiting for Sochi

Let everything that breathes praise God! Praise God with the glide of skaters, with the long starlight ice signature of the skaters — young Russian girls lutz-practicing on the news, hockey players far from home, who travel to Sochi cross-passing … Continue reading

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Ground Hog’s Day Prayer for Hospice

Wake me up, God, not to some frantic counting out of weeks, but to a precious february of days for seeing all the shadows — the outline of childhood, a shaded place where I meet old friends awkward, clutching, like … Continue reading

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There’s No Credit — poem from Mexico

This can happen many places in the world! Thanks here to Katie Fiegenbaum always the sensitive translator! There’s No Credit We went to the bank to ask for generosity “How old is the lady? …older than 70? Impossible to extend … Continue reading

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Thinking of saints and shepherds

Parable of the lost sheep I can see him forlorn outlined against the foothills, no cliffs yet, he’s just at the beginning of his adventure and doesn’t know how lonely wandering can be — the runaway, neck arched in independence. … Continue reading

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Rotate this picture (Luke 19: 1-10)

Scripture describes Zacchaeus, after the crowd closed ranks, climbing a sycamore because he could not see, but fails to identify who was small of stature – the tax collector or the traveling preacher. Either way it’s a valid reason for … Continue reading

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EL CONSUMONUESTRO de cada día from Uruguay

Juan Damian brings a chilling interpretation to words so familiar sometimes we do not hear them. In contrast to the common prayer of society as he hears it, the original of the prophet from Nazareth is a profound rebuke. EL … Continue reading

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Riff on Luke 18: 9-14 … I hear two voices praying

I thank God for our amazing praise band with the drums and state of the art sound system. We’re no little church wheezing through the old hymns. I thank God for our new Open and Affirming sign and our three … Continue reading

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Improv on Jeremiah 31: 31-34

The days are surely coming, says God, when laws will be posted on hearts – health care for all people, borders open with welcome, equal education and fair wages and care for the earth – a joy, not an obligation. … Continue reading

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Liturgy for Sunday, October 20, 2013

On Mondays I share liturgical writing focused on the Luke passages for each Sunday in the Revised Common Lectionary. This week’s scripture is Luke 18:1-18 a parable about persistence in prayer … set in what is called “the justice system.” … Continue reading

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