Prayers Blog Posts
From the time I was in second grade till I left home for University in the U.S., we lived in the same house on the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) campus. Perched on the foothills over-looking the Mediterranean Sea, ABTS was an ideal backdrop for childhood adventures, and I certainly had many!
Do you remember those WWJD bracelets that church youth groups passed out during the late 80s and early 90s? Their intention was to serve as an ever-present prompt for the young people to use to self-exam during questionable or difficult situations.
Do you feel imprisoned? Are you locked up by grief and pain?Read the story of Job again and figure out which character you are?
Are you finding yourself with more spaces for contemplation during this season of isolation?
I wept. Commiserative grief, survivor’s guilt, and all-consuming powerlessness pushed at my soul after listening to the news about all the plants full of COVID infected but non-symptomatic mothers and fathers. This drowning sadness triggered in me historical vignettes of the marginalized WWII prisoners dejectedly lining up to enter what they thought was a work camp, but for the old, feeble, or the very young, was a death march into the incinerators.
My youngest granddaughter called and we were face timing, a regular happening during this season of isolation. It’s killing her that she hasn’t been able to see her chickens that she picked out as babies and brought home. She likes for me to walk around our garden paths to see how “her” plants are growing: the green beans reaching with their first tendrils to climb the trellis and the eggplant and okra poking their heads out but waiting for the heat to really thrive.
What do home-made medical masks have to do with my missing church?
We all have resurrection stories. My ninth grade English teacher, Ms. Heath, emphasized that for a story to have impact, it must include:
I’m challenged by why temperance/self-control are the final bookends of the nine spiritual gifts listed in Galatians 5:22-23. What’s so special about self-control?
Gentleness is the 8th spiritual gift listed in Galatians 5:22-23. I’m ashamed to admit that the word gentleness brings to mind the oh so many times I reacted in anger or frustration to my mom. I was not always gentle! And her response was consistently one of listening first, speaking next.