Egg Nog and Other Quiet Mysteries

Thank you that we had a good day. Help us to have a good day tomorrow.” … “Thank you for this food.” … “Help Derrin not to get sick from drinking so many cups of egg nog.” It’s the stuff of kids’ prayers. Simple. Honest. Straight-forward. Would that all of us could imitate the simplicity of children in our own prayer life. Yet while simplicity and honesty are staples of prayer, so is a commitment to growth deeper into Christ through our prayer practices. I sometimes wonder if I’m helping my kids understand that. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about children and prayer. I’ve realized that though I’ve personally explored and made a practice of many forms and experiences of prayer, when it...

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The Voice That Sings in Silence

The Voice That Sings in Silence

The founding pastor of my church spoke Sunday on spiritual revival, and what stuck with me most strongly were his words on prayer. Revivals in history have always begun in prayer. If there is an answer to violence, greed, despair, ego, and brokenness, it lies in prayer. Time spent with the Maker, asking him to fashion new life in the dying. Hands outstretched before the Giver, asking for saving grace. Lives humbled before the Healer, health only  possible by his touch. Today, let’s consider prayer again, through the words of some who have prayed. When prayer fades out, power fades out. We are as spiritual as we are prayerful; no more, no less. E. Stanley Jones And this by Dietrich Bonhoeffer: I need a firm discipline of prayer. We like to pray according to...

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Simple December Gifts: Whispered Prayer

Simple December Gifts: Whispered Prayer

When Christmas is shattered by grief, the word simple takes on a meaning all its own. I collected laundry this morning and whispered a prayer of thanks that I am, today, still doing laundry for my kids. The simple gift of laundry. My  kids are still getting dirty. Whispered prayers. Another simple gift… to God and to this world. I had planned to write today about how much I have been moved to pray differently for our world through another magazine article on poverty and its changing landscape (http://www NULL.christianitytoday NULL.com/ct/2012/february/best-ways-to-fight-poverty NULL.html) in recent years. Numbers in developing countries have fallen from 50 percent living in poverty to less than 16 percent in thirty years. The reason? “Sheer economic...

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