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Anne Bruce
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Saints
In an attempt to pray and capture the swirling thoughts and feelings of my sleep-deprived brain; feeling the sting of missing worship at my church on All Saints Sunday, yet giving thanks for the new life I cradle in my arms - I offer these imperfect, yearni...

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A New Day
Isaiah 44:1-5; Joel 2:28-29 I have been doing a devotion titled "40 Days with the Holy Spirit" by Jack Levison.  Forty days has taken me all summer.  Today I read two entries in the book, days 35 & 36, and in my reflection time I wrote in the last page of m...

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A Prayer for National Day of Prayer
This year, as part of our community ministerial association, I participated in the National Day of Prayer.  I joined several other pastors in this community as well as hundreds around the country to pray for topics such as U.S. military & government, famili...

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Birdsong
Perhaps it is the birds, who paint their voices in the skies that shows us where you are When we look but cannot see. When we listen but do not hear. You are near, you are far. Your love stretches the movement of their song.

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Lent Week Six
"Prayer is not asking.  Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depths of our hearts."  Mother Teresa Six weeks ago was Ash Wednesday.  The ashes are no longer buried under my fingernails.  Haven'...

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Comfortable
How comfortable are we with the silence? When it sticks into our conscious like the cut of a blade Piercing our already noisy day with the shrill of quiet Does it hurt?  Does it sting?  Do we wonder What do I do? Now what do I say? I must pick up something ...

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Two
For Abbey - February 19, 2016, on her second birthday. "Two" I held out my hand and yours clutched around my finger. We stepped out onto the empty street Each step a careful new beginning; Unchartered territory. Looking down we watched our shadows lead us, ...

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Fingernails
I wonder how many days God had dirt and ash and mud under her fingernails After the work of that first creation. Where the soil of the ground sprang forth New life And being. I wonder if God picked at the tiny residue from underneath those rugged nails, Or ...

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Grace is Dust
If you have ever stood in the middle of a room in your house and been overwhelmed by the mess of it, you may relate to these scattered thoughts of mine.  Yesterday I was reading a short devotional on my phone and the commentator compared God's grace to dust...

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A Prayer for Anyone, Anytime, Any Day
God, Maker of Heaven & Earth, Creator of my soul Sculptor of my body. Be with me now. I am willing to listen, But I may not be ready to respond. (silence) Forgive me. Grant me peace. Teach me love. Show me compassion. In mercy and in courage, Bring me back ...
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