Prayer for the Saints

O God, we praise you for your saints and servants. Their faith transcends all mortal time and space. Their witness in the world reveals your glory. Their wisdom and devotion bear your grace. May marigolds keep blooming in their gardens. May places where they prayed...

Prayer for Time Apart

  A friend and I have set for ourselves the goal of staying at all six of the original Virginia State Parks. Last week we made it to our fourth, Douthat, in Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains. The trees there are beginning to take on autumn colors sooner than those...

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...