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Homegrown Prayer—Day 64: August 3

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Maybe you read Alan Paton’s “Cry, The Beloved Country,” or followed his work as an anti-apartheid leader in 1960’s South Africa. His prayer below is full of the longing for justice, a challenging prayer that looks out for the poor and the oppressed and seeks to let our [...]


Homegrown Prayer—Day 63: August 2

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Sunday mornings at Kenilworth Union in a normal year typically involve the crush of the crowd, the doorways a complicated matrix of families and individuals entering for worship and Sunday School, ushers, greeters, joyful friends all saying hello, and updating one another on their lives. I miss that [...]


Homegrown Prayer—Day 62: August 1

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster We are drawn to water, our most ancient vehicle of transportation, our daily necessity, our place of sacred and common bath. This water poem reads like a prayer, reminding us of the way earth’s porous boundaries are so unlike our geopolitical ones, river after river running through culture [...]


Homegrown Prayer—Day 61: July 31

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster I have loved reading “Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History” with my son this year (well, we usually read the board book version “Dream Big, Little One”). The artist and author Vashti Harrison says that she was "inspired to share the stories of Black women in particular, [...]


Homegrown Prayer—Day 60: July 30

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster This prayer is several of my son’s prayer books, sometimes accompanied by a picture of a little child in a yellow rain slicker and boots splashing around a puddle, playing with a small toy boat. Maybe you have this prayer at your lakehouse or on the front of [...]


Homegrown Prayer—Day 59: July 29

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Frank Topping calls them “arrow prayers,” short one liners that shoot straight from our heart to the heart of God. Topping spent 30 years as a radio BBC radio host, and his program, “Pause for Thought,” sounds like a combination between Krista Tippett’s “On Being” podcast and [...]


Homegrown Prayer—Day 58: July 28

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Barbara Crooker wrote this autumnal poem of praise, a season I hardly want to emphasize here in the depth of summer (sweater weather is fine, but I love long stretches of sweltering summer days). That being said, the poem has a rhythm of praise that we can easily [...]


Homegrown Prayer—Day 57: July 27

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Published in the 1971 November edition of Poetry Magazine, this poem called “Prayer After Eating” is by Wendell Berry, to whom I once wrote a fan letter (he lives a life of such isolation, it’s hard to know if I addressed it to his actual Kentucky farm, but [...]


Homegrown Prayer—Day 56: July 26

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Jan Richardson has long been an inspiration to me in the task of approaching God in prayer. Her prayer below, whether read aloud or not, has the capacity to calm the chaos that is so ever-present these days. The way she uses the enter key to elongate the [...]


Homegrown Prayer—Day 55: July 25

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster I love evening prayer. There’s something about the way night sounds, smells, feels. Night curves toward rest, and the evening light makes prayer feel distinctly different as the sun sets than it does in the bright light of Sunday morning worship. The prayer below is clearly a prayer for [...]