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Prayer for December 6, 2021

Prayer for December 6, 2021: Please pray with me. God of the normal, don’t let us see what is common as normal. Common just means that something happens an awful lot. Abuse, oppression, and exploitation are common – sadly so. They are destructive. And they happen far too often....
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Common is not the same as normal

Often we think that because something happens a lot that it must be normal. But just because something is a common occurrence does not mean it is normal. Far from it. Maybe it helps if I use a definition. Normal is something that conforms to a standard. Sometimes those...
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Prayer for December 3, 2021

Prayer for December 3, 2021: Please pray with me. God who cares. You care so much that you give us ways to live, if only we would listen. Not some pie high in the sky abstract stuff either. Real practice stuff. Like if something keeps getting in the way...
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Cut it out…

Matthew 5:29-30 states the following: “If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to...
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Prayer for December 2, 2021

Please pray with me: Prayer for December 2, 2021. God who created us in your image, often we become confused. While we claim to believe that we are made in your image, we try far too often to live believing that we make you O Lord in our own...
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Theology informs our politics

I signed up for a daily faith reflection by Richard Rohr some time ago. It’s one of the best things I read each morning. A recent email reflection included this statement: “Good theology makes for good politics and positive social relationships. Bad theology makes for stingy politics, a largely...
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Prayer for December 1, 2021

Prayer for December 1, 2021: Please pray with me. God of imagination. You project amazing things onto creation. Teach us how to project the way you do – projecting something innovative, creative, and life giving. Teach us to make our swords into ploughshares so that life my be nurtured....
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Projection

Psychology Today has an unofficial definition for the term projection – “attributing one’s own unacceptable urges to another.” (Source) In recent times, I’ve been noticing a great deal of projection going on in the public sphere. I’ve heard politicians and other public figures project onto opponents the very things...
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Prayer for November 30, 2021

Prayer for November 30, 2021: Please pray with me. God of goodness, how are we to look at evil and how are we to respond? Are we to see it for what it is? That is what Luther called a Theologian of the Cross. Are we to fight it?...
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