Prayer For Kumbaya

Do you remember “Kumbaya”? A popular campfire song in the 1950s, it also served as a tried-and-true protest song in the 1960s. Classified as a spiritual, it likely comes from, or at the very least through, the Gullah people, descendants of slaves in the Low Country of...

Prayer for Familiar Strangers

Anyone who routinely walks a dog knows the phenomenon whereby you recognize other dogs with their walkers, often knowing the dogs’ names even when you don’t know the owners’ names. Yesterday evening I had that experience again. On the sidewalk down by the river, my...

Prayer For America, The Beautiful

At the 7:45 a.m. Sunday service that I usually attend, music is rare. This week, however, at the end of her sermon and in anticipation of upcoming Fourth of July ceremonies and celebrations in our historic little village of Yorktown, our priest invited the...

Prayer for Photosynthesis

Believe it or not, every now and then I ponder photosynthesis. As you probably recall from a biology class in your past, photosynthesis is the process by which a plant turns sunlight into food—not only its own food, so that it can grow, but also food that humans and...

Prayer for the Meadow

It’s May, and I’m back watching the Eastern Meadowlarks in the national historical park near my home. I got involved in observing these beautiful birds four springs ago when someone noticed their presence on part of a Yorktown battlefield. I knew nothing about them at...

Prayer for Holy Week

Toward the end of March, a friend and I went about replacing a dogwood that had died. The plan was to locate the new tree about two feet from where we had cut down the old one—this to avoid dealing with the dead stump and roots. When we started digging, however, we...

Prayer for the Singing

There is a rookery of crows in the woods across the street from my house. I love the raucous, exuberant cries of the birds leaving their nests in the morning and returning in the evening. Get a good-sized “murder” of crows vocalizing together and you’ve got quite a...

Prayer for the Valentines

Last Tuesday I drove to Richmond to visit district offices of my two U. S. Senators. (Conveniently, their offices are in the same downtown building, three floors apart.) Frankly, I was on a scouting mission for several groups in my area that want to participate more...

Prayer from the First Monday of 2017

A steady soaking rain was falling this dark morning. The clouds were so thick and full that there was hardly any knowing when the sun rose. What a great day to sleep in! But it was also the first Monday in this New Year, and I’d promised to unlock the parish hall door...

Christmas: The Birth of God – Presence

Isaiah 9:6 For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. We know Jesus in a variety of ways. In the familiar birth stories of Matthew and...