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Blessings

I want the blessings that I might have a peaceable and happy life. But the abundance of the earth is given that all might see and praise God for his generosity. Continue reading

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Learning to pray

The poet doesn’t ask God to “bless me,” he asks God to “bless us.” We should let that truth linger for a while on our tongue. There is importance in what is yet to come but, first, the prayer is for the whole people. Indeed it is for the whole world. Continue reading

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The river of God is full of water

We are surrounded by riches untold. And would we make God into a miser like us? Would we imagine that blessings are parceled out only to the deserving? That only a few are truly beloved? Continue reading

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Sometimes it is not our prayer

Sometimes the prayer of the psalm is not our prayer. Sometimes we are not the persecuted victim. Sometimes we are not the grieving penitent. Sometimes we are not the anguished sufferer. Continue reading

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Praying Good Friday

O thou who art the voice in the eternal silence, the light in the spreading darkness the warmth in the growing cold, the peace in the rising fear, the truth in the crowded confusion: Wounded, you heal. Broken, you restore. … Continue reading

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Ashen crosses and Jesus’ way of prayer

A Reflection on Ash Wednesday and the Lord’s Prayer The key texts for the reflection this Ash Wednesday were Isaiah 58:5-8 and Matthew 6:1-21. The Lord’s Prayer is the focus of our preaching during Lent this year. Daily verses and … Continue reading

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The words of my mouth

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. (Psalm 19:14) Pastors know these words. I cannot speak for all traditions, nor for all pastors … Continue reading

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Thinking about the children and families in Santa Barbara

There are times worship is the only thing we can do. Continue reading

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Psalm 17: At the true end of prayer, we no longer abide in bitterness

Psalm 17, the closing verses. You still the hunger of those you cherish;      their sons have plenty,      and they store up wealth for their children. 15 And I– in righteousness I will see your face;      when I … Continue reading

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More on Psalm 17

We pray for God to draw forth his sword and God hears the call to redeem the earth. 8 Keep me as the apple of your eye;      hide me in the shadow of your wings It doesn’t say apple.  … Continue reading

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