A Blessing for When You Find Space to Write

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Bless you for noticing. Noticing the small space in your day to write and create. This opening that’s barely noticeable in your hurried day is here. So what do you do? Bless you for the messy scribbles on the backs of receipts, half-used post-its, and old grocery lists. Bless you for the voice memo— the…

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A Prayer for Vacation Bible School

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A Prayer for Vacation Bible School or Summer Camp God of delight, Bless our week together, our playing, singing, learning, and creating together. Open our ears to hear your word. Open our eyes to see the needs of our world. Open our hearts to serve with love. May we grow in love for you and…

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A Blessing to Lighten Your Load

A Blessing to Lighten Your Load

“I will help you,’ says the Lord. You shall winnow [my fears] And the wind shall carry them away.” – Isaiah 41:14,16 Bless you. Bless your list too long to remember, to complete, to carry this day. Everyone around you keeps telling you to slow down and breathe. And what if you actually did? May…

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Blessings for Hand-Me-Downs

Blessings for Hand-Me-Downs

For Giving God of abundance, of life and growth— How did these wee ones get so big? How are their once-new clothes Already short or tight or small? As I wash and fold these favorites One last time, Ready to pass on To a new family, I give thanks for all the life Lived in these…

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A Prayer for the Mental Load of Motherhood

A Prayer for the Mental Load of Motherhood

God—Perfect Parent, I carry my children—body, mind, heart, emotion, and mind. I carry the privilege of loving them well. I carry the burden of leading them well. When the mental load is tremendous, keep me from trembling. When the fears are many, calm my body systems. When the confusion is heavy, illuminate the next step.…

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A Prayer for the Mess of Motherhood

A Prayer for the Mess of Motherhood

Creator God, Who gave life to dear ones, Who knows the deep pride and frustration that commingle in the heart of a parent, Who breathed life into dust, Who feels the sting of disappointment in your children. Pour out grace on my family. Grant me perspective to see the world from two feet high, From…

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Easter Prayer

Easter Prayer

Spring seems especially brilliant this year, as does Easter’s promise of resurrection. Perhaps, though, I’m attuned to it differently. More alert. More awake. More present. Or maybe the darkness, death, violence, and grief has been much too prevalent. In the bright purples, the wild flowers dotting the grass, a chorus of birds, a flowing stream,…

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Still, Slow, Stoke, Save My Anger

Still, Slow, Stoke, Save My Anger

Still my anger, Lord over milk spilled toothpaste wasted urine everywhere but the toilet Slow my anger, Lord when I am constantly interrupted my plans are thwarted my children misbehave and I feel embarrassed when I go without sleep without food without a moment of quiet Stoke my anger, Lord when children go without food,…

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A Prayer for Caregivers

A Prayer for Caregivers

God of boundless love, your care for us comes through the hands of others. Today we pray for all who do the hands-on work of love: those whose daily labor is in the home, those who care for young and old, those who tend bodies, minds, and hearts in need. We pray in a special…

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A Prayer for Traumatic Birth

A Prayer for Traumatic Birth

O God who sees my suffering,     who was present as my little one was brought forth     in the confused mixture of my great joy at their birth     and my great grief as our bodies spiraled out of control,  Your strength [can bring / has brought] [me / us] back from…

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A Prayer for the Mothers Who Have Lost a Child

A Prayer for Mother's Who Have Lost a Child

Abba Father, Our eyes are filled with tears, our bodies are weary, our hearts are angry, and we’re just so sad. We can’t seem to put together the incomplete pieces of a life that is so broken without our children.  Lord, help us to remember that You hear our cries, You see our tears, You…

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