Category: prayer

Advent meditation: Hope

A self-sowing seed begins in the light. It holds on for as long as it can, but then weather changes, time passes, and nutrients fade. The bit of green it clings to releases the seed to the earth with a gentle reminder, “This is… Continue Reading “Advent meditation: Hope”

A Psalm of Harvest

psalm or prayer for thanksgiving celebrating autumn harvest

A Psalm of sacred space

When the world becomes a busy placeand I need to reconnect with you,I go to my sanctuary,my kitchen,and there I find you at my table.You are my Holy Homesteader,the one who keeps me company as Iarrange the flowers,wash the vegetables,can the jam,trim the herbs,sweeten… Continue Reading “A Psalm of sacred space”

a psalm of awakening

O, My Maker,Let the morning come.Let the sun rise slowlyoutside my windowpeeking through silhouettesof dark trees.Let the hummingbirdswake the worldwith chirps of delight.Let the rabbits scamperfrom the gardenstheir mouths full of fresh greens.Let the crickets begin their songas the earth warms in the light.Let… Continue Reading “a psalm of awakening”

a psalm of harvest

God of Bounty, We offer thanksgiving to you in this season of harvest. For the food you created, for the rich soil that sheltered the seeds for the morning sun that warmed them and for the gentle rain that nourished them. We offer gratitude… Continue Reading “a psalm of harvest”

86,400 seconds

blogger’s note: If you’ve been following me for awhile, you willl recognize this post. There are many iterations of it on this site as it is one of my favorites. The season of Thanksgiving is here, one of my favorites, and I’ve begun focusing… Continue Reading “86,400 seconds”

seeking restoration

It has been quite some time since I have been actively engaged in a faith community. I have been seeking, wrestling, discerning, and waiting, and quite frankly, I have begun to describe myself as feeling hollow. Not “without the presence of God” hollow, but… Continue Reading “seeking restoration”

the voices

This morning, I’ve had the gift of some alone time on the back porch as the world wakes up into Saturday. It did not take long for the birds to find the fresh food at the feeder and begin the lovely dance of taking… Continue Reading “the voices”

your prayers

Dear Friends and Family, About seven months ago, Bob and I started planning for me to have a space apart as a studio, meditation room, and spiritual direction office.  After several twists and turns, we finally settled on a studio shed.  Bob and I… Continue Reading “your prayers”

lady wisdom

A few years ago, my devotion journal highlighted Proverbs 8, a lovely and insightful text about Lady Wisdom or Sophia. As Holy Wisdom, she personifies the female aspects of God, and in the Proverbs passage, we learn she has been around since Creation. I… Continue Reading “lady wisdom”

baking bread

If you follow Growing Grace Farm on Instagram or Facebook, you know that I have been reading Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat. My sweetheart and I came across the docuseries on Netflix, and immediately, I was taken. A woman who loves travel,… Continue Reading “baking bread”

my affirmation of faith

Some of you may not know that I am lifelong United Methodist (UMC), and in 2009, I was commissioned as a Deaconess in the UMC (Not a female “deacon,” by the way. We’re vocational ancestors of the women-led social holiness / justice movement and… Continue Reading “my affirmation of faith”

lessons learned: at the heart of it

When my sister and I were little, our mother would surprise us by serving an artichoke with our dinner. We found it magical to peel away the layers, scraping them with our teeth and savoring the small bit of goodness at the end of… Continue Reading “lessons learned: at the heart of it”

i go to the woods

How I go to the woods Ordinarily, I go to the woods alone, with not a singlefriend, for they are all smilers and talkers and thereforeunsuitable. I don’t really want to be witnessed talking to the catbirdsor hugging the old black oak tree. I… Continue Reading “i go to the woods”

wintering

from the recently released book Growing Grace: A Book of Psalms Celebrating Creation I’ve put the gardens to bed and shored up the chicken coop. I’ve stored the tools and stacked the pots behind the shed. I’ve left the last of the coneflower dead… Continue Reading “wintering”

preparing for the longest night

As we prepare for the longest night of the year, I’ve been reflecting Darkness and the journeys we take with her.  Whether it’s related to our spiritual, emotional, or physical health, Darkness can feel especially unnerving during a season that is filled with joy… Continue Reading “preparing for the longest night”

This song has filled the quiet of my home this morning, filling my heart with hope and love.  I am reposting this one today as a new tradition of sorts. Every year, I seem to find a Christmas song or hymn that captures my… Continue Reading “”

a psalm of hope

from the newly released book Growing Grace: A Book of Psalms Celebrating Creation Our Healer, our Hope, We greet you in the morning with fresh faces turned toward the sun. You warm our skin and our hearts with your light. You envelop us in your… Continue Reading “a psalm of hope”

a psalm of just be

from the newly released book Growing Grace: A Book of Psalms Celebrating Creation Eternal One, I confess that I long to sit within your silence, but I have become distracted by worldly concerns. I want to hear that still, soft voice of yours whisper in… Continue Reading “a psalm of just be”

small heart, much gratitude

As we enter the week of of my favorite holiday, I thought I would return to some very old posts and be reminded of the spirit of the season. Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a… Continue Reading “small heart, much gratitude”

a psalm of thanksgiving

from my new book Growing Grace: A Book of Psalms Celebrating Creation  Preorder here God of Bounty, We offer thanksgiving to you in this season of harvest. For the food you created, for the rich soil that sheltered the seeds for the morning sun that… Continue Reading “a psalm of thanksgiving”

oremus

On long journeys by car or by plane, I like to catch up on my favorite podcast On Being with Krista Tippett.  Over the years, various poets, theologians, social scientists, and spiritual leaders have contributed to my personal faith formation through their commentary.  Whether questioning or… Continue Reading “oremus”

prayer for re-creation

Compassionate Creator, Set me among these hills in the grass. Fill my spirit with the songs of birds and the whispers of wind. Let the tears flow warmly and silently, tempting my tongue with salty kiss, Then turn me loose from this sorrow releasing… Continue Reading “prayer for re-creation”

at peace

Let my body be at peace then my heart will be at peace. Let my breath be at peace then my heart will be at peace. Let my mind be at peace then my heart will be at peace. Let my soul be at… Continue Reading “at peace”

intentions

My message at our contemplative service for January 28, 2018.  I did not write this sermon down, but the same gist is here. Well, we’re at the end of January, and I’m wondering how many of you made New Year’s resolutions?  If you made… Continue Reading “intentions”

fill us up with Love

Every year, I seem to find a Christmas song or hymn that captures my spirit and plants a seed of the season in my heart.  For quite some time, the songs seemed to change every year, and as my daughter grew, a new voice… Continue Reading “fill us up with Love”

Walter Rauschenbusch’s prayer for thanksgiving

For the wide sky and the blessed sun, For the salt sea and the running water, For the everlasting hills And the never-resting winds, For trees and the common grass underfoot. We thank you for our senses By which we hear the songs of… Continue Reading “Walter Rauschenbusch’s prayer for thanksgiving”

86,400 seconds

When I first read this quote, I quickly thought, “Ugh, that one sounds like it comes from the front of a greeting card.”  I stopped for a moment and read it again, and that’s when I caught the word “one.”  Not “one” as in… Continue Reading “86,400 seconds”

morning prayer

let the morning come let the sun rise slowly outside my window peeking through silhouettes of dark trees let the hummingbirds wake the world with chirps of delight let the rabbits scamper from the gardens their mouths full of fresh greens let the crickets… Continue Reading “morning prayer”

the psalm of waiting

Waiting is hard for most of us.  Not necessarily because we have to be where we are but because want to get to where we are going.  We may be perfectly content in this place and time but want to move into something bigger… Continue Reading “the psalm of waiting”

the psalm of silence

Recently, I have heard the Spirit whisper of the same message during my time of prayer–“Silence.”  As a seeker of social justice, silence in that sense does not come naturally for me.  Yes, I can be contemplative and prayerful in many aspects of my… Continue Reading “the psalm of silence”

you are here

Beloved, You are here in the morning light dappling the porch You are here in the chilly breeze tickling my neck You are here in the warm blanket tucked under my chin You are here in the squirrels playing and birds chirping You are… Continue Reading “you are here”

lessons learned: the gift of deep peace

Deep peace of the running wave to you. Deep peace of the flowing air to you. Deep peace of the quiet earth to you. Deep peace of the shining stars to you. Deep peace of the infinite peace to you. gaelic blessing This week,… Continue Reading “lessons learned: the gift of deep peace”

contemplative worship: pray your prayer

Elements from today’s Sanctuary service at Skyland UMC: Opening Meditation: My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. nor do I really know… Continue Reading “contemplative worship: pray your prayer”

morning mantra: praying with Spirit

During my morning yoga sessions, I usually spend time emptying myself and just let the Spirit move within.  This morning, I found myself praying the mantra below. What was different about this time, however, was I heard two voices, my own and the Spirit’s. … Continue Reading “morning mantra: praying with Spirit”

remembering this day

I’m sure many of us recall where we were when we first witnessed or heard the news about the World Trade Center or the Pentagon or Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.  I recall being on vacation with our family, my child’s father turning on the… Continue Reading “remembering this day”

St. Catherine of Siena’s Rest in Prayer

The sun hears the fields talking about effort and the sun smiles, and whispers to me, “Why don’t the fields just rest, for I am willing to do everything to help them grow?” Rest my dears, in prayer.

Mary Oliver’s reflection on prayer

While at my spiritual direction residency, I was introduced to a poem about trees from Mary Oliver’s book Thirst.  Upon returning home, I purchased the book and have held it close to my heart and spirit for the last couple of weeks.  I never… Continue Reading “Mary Oliver’s reflection on prayer”

Lessons learned: canning and prayer

I wrote this one several summers ago, and with the onset of canning season, I have returned to it this week.  I find that each summer I can, this prayer practice becomes enhanced with various nuances. With the renovation of our kitchen this past… Continue Reading “Lessons learned: canning and prayer”

Tagore’s A Moment’s Indulgence

This is the first opportunity I’ve made to sit and write for awhile.  It’s like coming home to an old friend, actually.  I’ve been missing her but have befriended some new practices that I have been hanging out with recently. Sometimes, I find myself… Continue Reading “Tagore’s A Moment’s Indulgence”