Pages on Prayer

For any who struggle to pray,
I offer these thoughts
I found along the way
Grace and peace to you…dw

The same, in list form…

Resolved to read?

Did anyone out there make a resolution to read the Bible in 2021? (If you want, you can try out this fancy poll.) I want to share a few thoughts over the coming weeks about the Bible and the experience of reading it. Not that I’m an expert or anything: I’m not. But maybe my […]

With prayer

With prayer, one can go on cheerfully and even happily, while without prayer, how grim is the journey. Prayer is as necessary to life as breathing. It is drink and food. Day, Dorothy. The Reckless Way of Love: Notes on Following Jesus (Plough Spiritual Guides: Backpack Classics) (p. 40). Plough Publishing House. Kindle Edition. Prayer […]

Prayers for Perilous Times

We live in a perilous time, a time we need to pray through so we can act with honesty, courage, and love…after we listen with honesty, humility, and love. Listen to the Spirit within us, in the pages of the Bible, and in those we may or may not agree with. Act by following Jesus […]

A prayer when reading scripture

Yesterday I looked back at one of the earliest posts on this site. It describes a habit I formed back then and still practice now when I read the Bible. I added some current thoughts, extended the section that invites reflection, and spruced up the design a bit. I offer it again to anyone who […]

Forced prayer

If you have to force yourself to pray, those prayers are of far more account with God than any prayers which bring comfort with them. Day, Dorothy. The Reckless Way of Love: Notes on Following Jesus (Plough Spiritual Guides: Backpack Classics) (p. 49). Plough Publishing House. Kindle Edition. Prayer (en)forced by discipline Better than no […]

when I feel awash

When I feel awash, untethered, I often look to my ‘go-to’ prayers to anchor myself again. I find this prayer especially helpful when lies and truth are mixed together so thoroughly…so thoroughly…I start to wonder how our society can ever find a truthful footing for an honest discussion. Grace and peace to you… dw Holy […]

I found myself praying

I found myself praying, praying with thanksgiving, praying with open eyes, while I watched the workers on the beach, the sunset, and listened to the sound of the waves and the scream of snowy gulls. “BUT,” I REASONED with myself, “I am praying because I am happy, not because I am unhappy. I did not […]

This is what we pray for

  Hope seeks not only God in Himself, not only the means to reach Him, but it seeks, finally and beyond all else, God’s glory revealed in ourselves. This will be the final manifestation of His infinite mercy, and this is what we pray for when we say “Thy Kingdom come.” — Thomas Merton, No […]

We have the greatest weapons

We have the greatest weapons in the world, greater than any hydrogen or atom bomb, and they are the weapons of poverty and prayer, fasting and alms, the reckless spending of ourselves in God’s service and for his poor. Without poverty we will not have learned love, and love, at the end, is the measure […]


I’m so distraught today over how people are treating each other in our world. I pray that God would ‘change the prevailing winds’ – in my heart, in the hearts of his people, in our culture, in our politics. I’m overwhelmed and at a loss for words. In the past when I’ve felt the way […]

A prayer for truth telling

Holy God, who entered our world as the Word, the Word of truth, of love, of light, and of life, When we speak words of error, hatred, darkness and death have mercy: May those listening see our lies for what they are, And may you awaken our conscience and grant us repentance; may you change […]

Never confounded

  Better than hoping for anything from the Lord, besides His love, let us place all our hope in His love itself. This hope is as sure as God Himself. It can never be confounded. — Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island, Sentences on Hope It doesn’t matter what we do, you and I, […]

Lamb of God

Music video of a setting of Agnus Dei (Lamb of God).

Prayer for when we mess up

Create in me a clean heart, O God,and put a new and right spirit within me.Cast me not away from your presence,and take not your holy Spirit from me.Restore to me the joy of your salvation,and uphold me with a willing spirit. Psalm 51:10-12, Ignatius Bible I mess up. All the time. Each time is […]

A Prayer when parting

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you : wherever he may send you;may he guide you through the wilderness : protect you through the storm;may he bring you home rejoicing : at the wonders he has shown you;may he bring you home rejoicing : once again into our doors. Claiborne, Shane. Common […]