Autumn Prayer

We are approaching that in between time, God, the blending of two seasons. It must be fun for you to gradually unveil to our eyes your creative presence in your creation. What an artist you are, with your thoughtful placement of color and hue. Golden, ruby, and jade peeking through the summer green leaves, showering…

God is Human Prayer

God of bone and flesh, of sweat and blood. Of breath and of life. How often we forget that you knew the human experience of the body, we put your divinity on such a high pedestal, glimpses of your humanity often escape us. But you knew of creaking and aching bones, of calloused skin. You…

Longing for Home

“Home” is something we’ve been talking about a lot in my family lately. My wife Jessica recently made a trip to Texas to say goodbye to her childhood home while helping her Dad and his wife pack up for their move to another state. She went through boxes of childhood memories, pictures, and even junk…

Sacred Space

Last Saturday my wife Jessica, my dog Zeke and I spent a day at the Morton Arboretum. Four times a year the arboretum allows dogs to spend the day roaming the trails and we take full advantage of it when it rolls around. The day was perfect. The trees danced in the wind as if…

A Prayer for When Everything Hurts

We come here this morning Oh God, with some pretty nasty bruises. Our souls come here with tender muscles and fragile bones. Our hearts come here this morning with cracks and breaks. Our whole selves are fractured into many pieces, having left parts of us across the landscape of this week. Stones can really do…

Palm Sunday Prayer

We don’t get too many opportunities like we do this morning to wave our hands in the air, to parade through the aisles and shout in joyful praise to you Oh God. Forgive us if we look a bit rusty and out of practice. Forgive us if our hosannas are more of a hushed whisper….

Mary’s Song Prayer

Mary’s song of joy leaping within her might be just what we needed to hear this morning, God. This season of Advent has presented us with so many words of a promise of something to come, of the joy we hope for in a far off future, that we easily forget where to find joy…

A Prayer When All Seems Broken

We, your beloved creation, come into this place this morning in shattered pieces Oh God. Giver of life, it has been difficult to see your face in the midst of news stories and cell phone videos, in the senseless and violent deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Philando Castille in Minnesota, police officers in…

A Breathing Prayer

God of breath and beating heart, May this moment of slowing down, of sharing of joys and concerns be a time to turn inward. May we feel the rhythm of this moment as a communal inhale and exhale. In and out. In and out.In and out. The peace that comes in just being mindful of…

A Prayer at the Vigil for Elijah Sims

On August 31, 2016 Elijah Sims, a 16 year old Oak Park River Forest Highschool student was shot and killed. I was invited to pray at the vigil held in Scoville Park. I hope I never have to pray this prayer again.   God of endless names and of all peoples, Scripture tells us that you…

A Psalm for Sojourners

I just returned from vacation with friends in the mountains of Colorado. I had forever thought the sunny beach was my retreat environment of choice, but this trip changed that completely. I fell in love with the view outside of my window when I woke up each morning. I guess it’s easy to say that…

A Holy Place

On Sunday morning, the news and magnitude of the shooting in Orlando was just unfolding as we sat together in the pews for worship. At the same time that we were reading Psalm 139, a creation Psalm, radio journalists were also reading the rising casualties of death count and releasing details of the attack on…