Dirt Road in Barmasia, Bihar, India

A Prayer for Ash Wednesday

Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. Precious Lord, Our world is a wilderness of dust and ash. The flames of poverty consume. Deserts engulf forests and grasslands. Drought, famine and food shortages blow through an ever more hopeless world. Yet amid the ashes and dust, we know that you are […]

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A Quilt for Jesus (Devotion)

The following devotion was written for an Advent devotional booklet, published for its members by St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Ithaca, Ohio. Cross-posted here by permission of the author, Jane Morris Brown. In the last couple of years I became a fan of Facebook. I really like the interaction with many friends each day, learning [...]Read More...

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What do Jesus’ Death & Resurrection Mean for LWR’s work?

“This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19) At the Last Supper that we remember this week, Jesus could have simply said, “Your sins are forgiven. Remember me.” But instead he broke bread and passed it to his disciples. “This is my body,” he said. “Given [...]Read More...

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What are We Waiting For? (A Reflection on Advent)

Advent. Season of waiting. Season of hope. Season of peace. Maybe. I’m not sure about that last one. Maybe even the last two. It’s hard work these days to align our minds, bodies and spirits with the deeper themes of this brief season of the liturgical year in the midst of so much noise, hustle [...]Read More...

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Good Friday is a Good Time for Lament

O Lord, God of my salvation, when, at night, I cry out in your presence, let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry. -Psalm 88: 1-2 There are times in life when all one can do is to cry out. Those times when the broken reality of our world comes crashing in. [...]Read More...

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What Did Luther Say About Loving Our Neighbor?

“It is not forbidden but rather commanded that by the sweat of our brow we should seek our daily food, clothing, and all we need and avoid destruction whenever we can, as long as we do so without detracting from our love and duty toward our neighbor.” -Martin Luther In Martin Luther’s time, society’s affliction, [...]Read More...

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A Prayer for Those Affected by Typhoon Haiyan

[UPDATED] On Friday, November 8 Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines with sustained winds of nearly 150 miles per hour. It is the strongest typhoon in the world this year, and possibly the most powerful ever to hit land. Local officials estimate loss of life could reach 10,000 people, and it is estimated that up to [...]Read More...

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Meal Time Prayer

God of Promise, Your Word is as sweet as honey, and your promise fills us with life. As we gather around the table to eat and drink, we remember all those who go without the nutrition needed to sustain them. Bless the farmers who work in the fields, helping them produce what is needed for [...]Read More...

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