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Peace, When We Really Need It

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Sunday, June 12, 2016

instrument of Your peace, round

Peace, When We Really Need It

Thinking sober thoughts. Really serious, somber ones.

A horrific shooting happened this past weekend in Orlando, Florida. A senseless act carried out by someone hopelessly blinded by hatred and violence.

Yes, I am thinking about those who witnessed this tragedy as well as those who are fighting for their lives in the hospital. I am thinking about all those who died, as well as all those who have family members or loved ones struggling and grieving right now. I remember the LGBTQ community: so shattered, so stunned. Pray.

Pray. Pray. Keep on praying.

Whether in urban centers or small towns, thinking of LGBTQs across America, please pray. And if you cannot pray at this time, please send gentle thoughts of peace and reconciliation.

For God so loved the world. Period.

God willing, may I hold peace lightly, but at the same time, with hope and expectancy. Lord, in Your mercy, hear all of our prayers.


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Possibilities for Soul, and for Life

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Sunday, June 21, 2015

whatever you do, be happy

Possibilities for Soul, and for Life

I loved this chapter. Absolutely loved every word. And, Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross was an amazing author and an even more amazing doctor.

However, her short few pages in this collection of essays, Handbook for the Soul, struck a chord deep within me. She brought up issue after issue, situation after situation, and drew excellent learning from these situations.

I’ll highlight two.

Dr. Kuebler-Ross spoke of a fork in the road. Yes, yes. Many authors have taken “the fort in the road” as a somber, serious think. This lady chooses to make her fork in the road a decision of positivity, hope and opportunity.

The second idea is also one of perception. The doctor’s AIDS patients said the last year of their lives was the richest and most full. Instead of flopping down in despair and giving up, these patients have taken an opportunity. According to Dr. Kuebler-Ross, “Sadly, it is only when tragedy strikes that most of us begin attending to the deeper aspects of life. It is only then that we attempt to go beyond surface concerns—what we look like, how much money we make, and so forth—to discover what’s really important.” [1]

Her call to make our personal relationship with our Souls a high priority? All important. Excellent suggestion. God willing, I will try to follow it.


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[1] Handbook for the Soul, Richard Carlson and Benjamin Shield, editors. (Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1995.), 132.

Prayer Lessons from Improv? Yup.

matterofprayer blog post for Monday, May 12, 2014

baby and butterfly

Prayer Lessons from Improv? Yup.

Yes, it’s so easy to get all pessimistic and full of doubt. Show (or even think) lack of faith. I know, I know. You don’t need to tell me. Especially when things are rough and the going gets even harder, doubt and lack of faith loom large. That can happen to almost anyone, especially when bad, sad, or complex things get piled up. All on top of each other. Crushing people with their heavy, depressing, anxiety-ridden load.

I’ve been thinking about doubt and lack of faith. (On my other blog, A Year of Being Kind, I even wrote a post about doubt yesterday. http://wp.me/p4cOf8-8Z ) A shortcut way of description is pessimism, in a single word. I don’t care whether we call it doubt, lack of faith, pessimism, or some fancy, clinical-sounding, psychological term. But—what could I do about these big-downer, depressing thoughts?

I hadn’t even gone so far as to formulate a proper prayer about doubt and lack of faith when I was reminded of my two-year experience doing comedy improv here in Chicago, in the 1990’s. My first teacher, Charna, pounded into our heads the saying, “Never ‘No, but . . .’ Always ‘Yes, and . . !'” If, in improv, I say “No, but . . . ” in a sketch, I’m putting on the breaks. Stop! Hold it! <sound of car brakes screeching> The sketch runs out of gas, FAST! However, if I say “Yes, and . . . ” then the sketch gains momentum! It has the potential to go to further, greater heights. Being positive and moving forward helps everything.

I think you get where I’m going. This “Yes, and!” principle applies to everything! Even though I tend to be world-weary and pessimistic now, after several decades on this imperfect world, I still pray for God to make me a “Yes, and!” kind of person. Won’t you?

Let’s pray. Dear God, God of comedy, tragedy, and every other part of life, thank You for comedy and the ability to laugh. Thank You for Your promise to be with us even when we cry, or are lonely, or are feeling crushed by the weight of so much, too many things. Help us—help me to be a “Yes, and!” kind of person, positive, not pessimistic. Help us to get on board with You and go along wherever the journey takes us. Thank You for being with us, no matter what. In Your powerful, positive, life-giving name we pray, Amen!


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