A Prayer for Autism

A Prayer for Autism

By Maureen McLaughlin | February 14, 2024

Creator God, Lover of diversity of all kinds, all made perfectly in your image. Remind me daily how perfectly we were made imperfectly. Help me. Help me ride the tides of my son’s moods. Help me savor the moments when his autism allows him to be as calm as the smallest waves, gently lapping over…

Our Lady of the Living Room Floor

Our Lady of the Living Room Floor

By Elizabeth Berget | February 8, 2024

By the low light of the baby monitor, she removes her makeup and recalls the shining successes of her friends as they gathered around the table that night: their new jobs and promotions, the annual review meetings, the conference next week in California. At the far end of the table, she’d sat silently recalling her…

god's fullness

Fill Us

By Kate Bluett | February 1, 2024

All-present God who fills all things beyond what they can bear and spans the spaces in between, now fill the empty here. You who sustain us, give us food; our hungry stomachs fill. You made us and you called us good: Now hold us in your will. For you do not desire the death of…

Mother-Artist Prayer

A Prayer for Mother-Artists

By Laura Kelly Fanucci | January 25, 2024

God, I come to you today With a thousand prayers— For peace, for quiet, For inspiration and motivation, For the chance to meet You In the sacred space of creation.  In this time You have offered And I have longed for, I come to create alongside You.  Let the work of my mind and body…

reflection pregnancy church

Reflections of a Pregnant Church

By Kelly Sankowski | November 15, 2023

I can feel myself stretching. There is tension in my skin, and soreness in my breasts as they usher life in. I am enlarging the space inside of myself; This Body made up of so many parts. They were all comfortable, all had their roles; An eye as an eye and an ear as an…

pregnancy after loss

Why Taking Prenatal Vitamins is an Act of Faith

By Ashley Holston | November 8, 2023

Because you’ve been down this road before, when the line turned more and more pink, leaving you without a shadow of a doubt: you’re pregnant. Because you’re struck by the wildness of it all — nearly a year since the miscarriage. . . and this?? Because you’d finally settled into contentment, not the restless back…

prayers for godchildren

Prayers for Your Godchildren

By Genevieve Mougey | November 1, 2023

A prayer for my godson(s) You are young. You reside in my heart, close to the others. Our relationship is unique. My deepest obligation to you is to pray for you. I would, anyway. I treasure the memory of your chubby arms circling around my neck and your little voice squealing, “Godmama!!” Now you grow…

a mother's litany

A Litany for Mothers

By Sarah White | October 25, 2023

From the belief that I am alone in my motherhood, deliver me Jesus. From the belief that my productivity lies within a completed checklist, deliver me Jesus. From the idol of business, deliver me Jesus. From the belief that my husband and I are the same, deliver me Jesus. From the self hate about all…

remembering others in wartime

Prayer for a Country Called War

By Cameron Bellm | October 18, 2023

Every time you kiss your children, Remember those who have lost theirs. Every time you take a sip of water, Remember those who have no food, no drink. Every time you call your parents, Remember those who have no way of knowing if their loved ones are alive or dead. Every time you flick on…

female friendship prayer

For Supportive Female Friendships

By Shannon Evans | October 11, 2023

Devoted Companion, At this and every stage of my daughter’s life, bring her female friends who will be faithful and true. Protect their hearts from jealousy and insecurity, betrayal and comparison. May they lift one another up, reveling in each other’s successes as though they were their own (seeing that, in fact, they are). May…

Caring God

What if God Called You Honey?

By Rachel Barga Simpson | October 4, 2023

What if God called you honey? Spoon-fed you chicken noodle, pressed a patchwork quilt across your lap before you thought to ask? Brimmed with proud tears when you got out of bed, sobbed like an earthquake when you couldn’t? Overlooked the stars, the wild flowered fields because He couldn’t stop beholding the birth shaking miracle…

raising teenagers

A Prayer for Raising Teenagers and Launching Young Adults

By Karianna Frey | September 27, 2023

Lord Jesus, through your death and resurrection, You teach us that it is only in letting go can we come to the glory of new life. Yet, as a parent, it is so hard to let go, especially when it comes to our children growing up. As our children develop into the people Our Father…