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Peace, Be Still

“Peace, be still.

It is the time of year that darkness descends like a curtain on the ground only reluctantly, when the long days stretch indolently like a satisfied cat. This is the time of year when the lure of the outdoors exercises a mesmerizing hold on those of us who love summer.”

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Morning Prayer in Ordinary Time

As if any day could be ordinary.

“As if time were as green and long as
the season after Pentecost,
as it glissandos like a penny whistle
   toward late November.”

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Greenwood and Not Losing Heart

“Mrs. Gibson embodied grace, generosity, and endurance. She had to. And so did so many of the people who refused to be driven out of Greenwood, either in the 1920s or the 1970s. Her faith, her grace, and her dignity helped us all to aspire for lives that would lift us up and widen her horizons.”

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Wonder at the Center

“How does one respond to such an awesome reminder of God’s wondrous might? The psalm reminds us that our proper response to God is ‘Wow!’ Listen, for in verse 9: ‘And in the temple of the Lord, all are crying, ‘Glory!’”

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Prayer in the In-Between Time

“In the gloaming of the glistening fields
waiting for the embrace the evening  
lead us into deeper faithfulness, O God,
as the Earth turn her face toward night.”

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Love Beyond Ourselves

“For the past several weeks of Easter in Year B of the Revised Common Lectionary, readings from the First Letter of John have emphasized that the greatest way the world will come to know Christ will be by how we Christians act. Our actions, especially as those who “wear” the name of Christ, will be the only testimony much of the world will have as to who Jesus is.”

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