Category Archives: Prayers

A Lamentation for Violence (in Two Voices)

October 28, 2018 Spirit of Life and Love, Possibility of Mercy and Peace, Impulse towards Compassion, Yearning for Comfort in times of Fear, our hearts echo these words from the poet Warsan Shire: We lament the very fact of this … Continue reading

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Safety, Wholeness, Yearning (sermon)

November 19, 2017 The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick, NJ   A refrain that has been in my mind, over and over. Safety.  And wholeness.  And a deep yearning for it. I have finally noticed it this past week, but really … Continue reading

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Gratitude Flag Garden along the Mill River

Not long before I left Western Massachusetts last summer, I walked along the Mill River in an area I hadn’t visited for several years. Well, maybe even more than several, truth be told.   I was so lucky because I … Continue reading

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Prayer for the 15th Anniversary of September 11

Our human story began long before this Shattering of glass, metal, and human lives known by its date: September 11, 2001. We do a deep disservice to those lost and those forever transformed by what they took into their bodies … Continue reading

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Gather Together

Do not be alone right now. Gather together. Gathering together grows courage: in ourselves and in others who see the numbers swelling. It is a small thing, but it is a thing. Right now, it is an important thing. Great … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Those Lost in the Orlando Massacre

June 14, 2016 Shriver Job Corps Devens, Massachusetts I am sad. I am mad. I am afraid. These small words keep repeating in my head and heart. We are here to give voice to our grief because of the lives … Continue reading

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Blessing for a Pastoral Care Program

The blessing for this work is inspired by the poem, Kindness, by Naomi Shihab Nye: Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. What … Continue reading

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Prayer for this Day

January 3, 2016 I voice this prayer of thanksgiving and lament. I lift my eyes to it all: bright mornings, cloudy afternoons, disorienting twilights, darkened nights, and dawns of exquisite splendor: for what was I made? In this world where … Continue reading

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The Longing of Homesickness

What have you longed for with the intensity of homesickness? Of heart-sickness? Of both? Like a child who yearns for home but is at sleep-away camp for the very first time. Like a fleeing refugee, surrounded by the unfamiliar, by … Continue reading

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Interfaith Winter Blesssing

These are the gifts of this season, let us open our hearts to them: A joyful, hopeful conclusion to waiting and yearning A welcoming of the refugee seeking shelter amongst us Unexpected light in darkness May these be the presents … Continue reading

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