Posts tagged "prayer"

The Joy of Remaining and Watermelon

This summer has been marked by rhythms which are a bit off beat. Perhaps they are syncopated, mostly beautiful, but different. As women we establish routines and traditions, often following the seasons and the calendar as we make our life within our family and home. Our old normal, the paradigm we grew accustomed to when our children were young was one of embracing summer, racing headlong into the three month...

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Fighting Boredom with Loveliness

Every year this time of year, I find myself in a rut. The days are gray and I’m weary of cold weather. The buzz of the holidays has quieted and the change of routine that comes with summer seems far off. It’s a season filled with writing and work, causing the days to blur. My table becomes a metaphor for my life. In the past few months, my crockpot has...

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Merry Christmas

God asks us to give away everything of ourselves. The gift of greatest efficacy and power that we can offer God and creation is not our skills, gifts, abilities and possessions...In the end, when all other human gifts have met their inevitable limitation, it is the recollected one, the bold virgin with  a heart in love with God who makes a sanctuary of her life, who delivers Christ, who then delivers us...What...

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A Lifetime of Reconciliation

My luggage slammed into a row of seats as I tried to dash down the aisle and remove myself from the plane as quickly as possible. I had spent a week in Bolivia eating meals in the dirt, next to trash heaps, in a land scorched with drought and the threats of hopelessness. I broke bread and chiseled away at doubt. I tumbled out of the airport and started taking...

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No Force-Fed Invitation

When I was small, I attended an Italian preschool run by Italian Nuns. Despite the fact that is has been well over 34 years since I ran around in my little pastel smock, giggling and speaking Italian to my little friends on the playground, I distinctly remember several snapshot moments from my days immersed in another culture, speaking another language, as if it were my native tongue.  Of all the...

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Why I’m Praying Over the Fire Pit

I'm waking up this morning to the start of another work week, but my mind and heart are still with the weekend. It was full of some of life's best stuff: warm sunshine and blue skies, showering a soon-to-be mama with gifts, and celebrating the April birthdays of a certain three-year-old nephew and his dad. The first warm days of the year spent outside with friends and family are the...

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Saying Yes To God

Lent is nearly upon us. On Wednesday, many of us will go to church and be marked on our foreheads with the sign of the cross, a reminder of our mortality and a call to repentance.  During the weeks that follow, as we walk figuratively with Jesus to Jerusalem and death, many of us will fast, a reminder of the desert where Jesus fasted 40 days, where the Israelites wandered 40 years. ...

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Inheriting the Kingdom of Heaven with Small Prayers

Welcoming our first born into our family allowed my heart to stretch wide & open with more room.  With each subsequent child, it's like my spirit burst to overflowing.  If there is one thing that has taught me about the hospitable heart of God, it's the opening up my home to my children.   Our family gathers around the dinner table. We bicker, we shout, we ask for forgiveness and...

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An Invitation To Withdraw {A Letter To Our Readers}

The news has been hard to read lately. The suffering and loss, the mounting frustration and anger, the disappointments, grief, outrage and insensitivity--it can feel like a thick blanket smothering you in the middle of a summer scorcher. We are a mix of joy and despair. It's hard to breathe under all of this.  Here at GraceTable, we just completed our first ever summer book club reading of Tim Chester's A...

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Speaking Up On Charleston {Special Weekend Edition}

We don't typically post articles here at GraceTable on weekends, but we want to take a moment to acknowledge what happened this week in Charleston, SC.  When Dylann Roof walked into the prayer meeting at Emmanuel AME in Charleston, Rev. Clementa Pickney, Rev. Sharonda Singleton, Myra Thompson. Tywanza Sanders, Ethel Lee Lance, Cynthia Hurd, Rev. Daniel L. Simmons Sr, Rev.DePayne Middleton-Doctor and Susie Jackson welcomed him into their meeting. They...

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