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Homegrown Prayer—Day 49: July 19

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster This prayer speaks of the expansive nature of God: every time we go to God, it is possible to be opened up to the more of who God is and can be for us. That phrase, “you are a deep sea,” brings to mind the fact that scientists [...]


Homegrown Prayer—Day 48: July 18

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Did you see Julia Dale’s stunning rendition of Another Hallelujah last week? The persistent melody will walk with you the rest of the day. The echoed Hallelujah literally translates “Y’all (pl.) Praise Yah (God),” and yet Leonard Cohen places a mournful tune among that language of praise, word, [...]


Homegrown Prayer—Day 47: July 17

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster I’ve long been wondering how to pray, and along the way I picked up Sybil MacBeth’s Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to God. The most obvious premise of this book is that a box of markers, a spiral notebook, and 15 minutes a day can [...]


Homegrown Prayer—Day 46: July 16

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Browning’s poem above points to the ordinary nature of the presence of God. Everything—the couch where you sit, the bed where you sleep, the table where you eat, the bush you pass on your way to walk the dog, all of it—is “crammed with heaven.” It is only [...]


Homegrown Prayer—Day 45: July 15

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster The line below is from Theodore Roethke and part of a poignant poem “In a Dark Time” about night and shadow—the stillness, longing ,and thoughtfulness that darkness brings. Roethke grew up in Saginaw, Michigan in the early 1900s when the town was shifting from a lumber town [...]


Homegrown Prayer—Day 44: July 14

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Amid the growing number of COVID cases across the country and globe, there was a news article this week entitled “Beyond the Milky Way, a Galactic Wall.” With the whole world scrambling at a life or death pace for a viable solution to this pandemic, it seems like [...]


Homegrown Prayer—Day 43: July 13

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster I have long been drawn to Romans 8:26 which says that the Holy Spirit intercedes for us with “sighs too deep for words.” Sometimes holy wordlessness is all that we have. The weight of what we want to bring to God is too overwhelming to speak aloud. [...]


Homegrown Prayer—Day 42: July 12

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Our bodies are a portable sanctuary, a holy of holies, a place in which we can know and meet and be in the presence beyond God who is beyond all knowing and yet who seeks to know us. Try a meditation exercise called “palms up, palms down.” [...]


Homegrown Prayer—Day 41: July 11

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster What hymns live inside you these days? Can you summon tune and text to mind without a bulletin in your hand or a hymnal by your side? I find myself humming “Immortal, invisible, God only wise,” which might be proof of my church-nerd status, but I also think [...]