Praying through Advent: Praying our Desires

Desire is a popular emotion in Advent.  Advertisers use our superficial desires in the hope that we will want and buy things we (and our gift recipients) probably don’t need. This prayer looks at our deeper desires—the ones that come from God and inspire us to fulfill God’s desire. This is a good prayer to [Read More…]

Praying through Advent: Dialogue with Scripture

When Jesus begins a story with “What do you think?” we are invited to share exactly what we think about the story. The following is an illustration about what it means to be faithful. So, what do you think? The Practice Matthew 21:28-32 The Parable of the Two Sons 28 “What do you think? A [Read More…]

Praying through Advent: Journaling

Advent is a time of reflection. Paying attention to what has been, what is and what we hope will be in the future. Just as Mary pondered the mystery of what God was doing in her life, we ponder the same. It may not feel as dramatic as Mary’s experience, but it is still very [Read More…]

Praying through Advent: Prayer Walk

Advent heralds the beginning of winter, a time when many of us seek comfort and warmth inside our homes. This prayer invites you to bundle up and go outside for a little while. It’s a great practice for people who find they need to be doing something active in order to focus on God. Mindful [Read More…]

Praying through Advent: Imagining Shepherds and Angels

As we pray our way through Luke’s narrative of the birth of Jesus, today we meet the shepherds who encounter an angel announcing the birth of Jesus. We are only praying with three verses from Luke chapter 2, so it will be up to your imagination to create all the action here!   The Practice [Read More…]

Praying through Advent: Praying like St. Francis

Here’s a prayer for busy people in the busy season of Advent. It’s easy, portable and has a beautiful history. Francis of Assisi (13th century) never set out to found an order. He simply wanted to restore an old church in his town and to live as Jesus did—as a wandering preacher with as few [Read More…]

Praying through Advent: Healing Prayer

While everything around us screams “holly, jolly Christmas,” this Advent season is not  joyful for everyone. Many of our friends and family seek healing of the mind, body and spirit. The best way we can help is to offer healing prayer for them. There is no one way to pray for healing. I like this [Read More…]

Praying through Advent: Praying for Others

Want to give a really meaningful gift to someone this Christmas? Pray for them.  You don’t have to tell them you are doing it. Nor do you have to forgo giving them a material gift if you really want to do that. Begin to think of intercessory prayer (praying for others) as part of your [Read More…]

Praying Through Advent: Focusing Prayer

You’ve probably heard people say “your body has wisdom.” And maybe you’ve wondered how to tap into that wisdom before the body gets cranky and pitches a pain fit. Focusing prayer is a great way to step back from holiday stress this Advent. This prayer allows your body to show you what optimal health feels [Read More…]

Praying through Advent: Praying Questions

Advent invites us to embrace the mystery of incarnation—God’s action of dwelling in and among us. Because so much of our faith involves mystery, it can be helpful to acknowledge that and sit with it, even if it is uncomfortable. We can pray with this holy discomfort. We can pray our questions. For this practice I [Read More…]