Category Archives: Current Events

A prayer from a place of anger

God, I am angry[1] today.
I have been angry before.
I fear I will be angry again.

God, I am an angry
because of the shooting
at Club Q in Colorado Springs.

God, I am angry
on behalf of your beloved children
who were killed.

God, I am angry
on behalf family and friends
who grieve the death of individuals they loved.

God, I am angry
on behalf of your beloved children
who were wounded in body, mind, and spirit.

God, I am angry
at the hate that some people carry
and the violence it can inspire.

God, I am angry
at how your LGBTQIA+ children, made in your image,
are marginalized, harassed, discriminated against and targeted.

God, I am angry
to hear that Club Q was one of the few safe spaces for your LGBTQIA+ children.
Where the [colorful metaphor deleted] were the followers of Jesus?

God, I stand in awe and give thanks for
the patrons of Club Q
who stopped the shooter.

God, I am grateful
for first responders
who provided care to individuals in need.

God, I ask guidance and strength
for medical personnel
who will co-operate with you to bring about healing.

God, I recommit
to work to overcome hate
and to seek to address gun violence.

God, I will act,
but for today,
I am angry.

Amen.


[1] Substitute your favorite “colorful metaphor” each time “angry’ is used – or whenever you choose to express your anger more bluntly.

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11 November 2022

Walking. Rolling hamstrings. Stretching. Gym in the Apartment.
Veterans Day. Remembrance Day. Armistice Day.
Nimrod by Elger – Royal Philharmonic ORchestra
All the Fine Young Men – Eric Bogle
1916 – Motorhead
The Band Played Waltzing Matilda – The Pogues
Harry Patch – Radiohead
Paschendale – Iron Maiden
On Battleship Hill – PJ Harvey
Pipes of Peace – Paul McCartney
Soldiers – Julia Turner
The Green Fields of France – Dropkick Murphys
Blewu – Bella Bellow
Keep the Home Fires Burning – Steven Isserlis & Connie Shih
Elegy: In Memoriam Rupert Brooke – Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
In Flanders Field – Sabaton
The Last Post – Band Of The Royal Regiment Of New Zealand Artillery
Taps – United States Marine Band

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An inadequate prayer in the face of tragedy in the Itaewon area of Seoul

God –

our minds stagger,

our hearts hurt,

our spirits sink

as we hear the news

of tragedy unimaginable

in the Itaewon area of Seoul.

Understanding falters,

words prove inadequate

and still we turn to you in prayer.

Comfort your children who grieve

for loved ones who died.

Work healing in your children

who are injured.

Support first responders,

medical personnel, and all who

provide care.

Guide the people of Itaewon,

of the Republic of Korea,

of the world,

as our spirits rage in anger,

and our minds flounder to process

to find appropriate responses.

Even in this time of profound grief,

perhaps especially in this time of profound grief,

help everyone – all your children – wherever we might be,

help us to love.

Amen.

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A prayer for the children of Iran

We pray, God,

for the children of Iran

who demonstrate incredible courage

by joining protests against the government.

Watch over children who take a stand.

Protect children taken into custody.

Work healing in children who are injured.

Comfort family and friends

who grieve for children who have been killed.

Speed the day when justice which leads to peace

prevails in Iran—for the children and all the people.

We pray in the name of Jesus who welcomed children. Amen

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11 October 2022

Walking. Gym in the Apartment.
National Coming Out Day.
True Colors – Cindy Lauper
Proud – Heather Small
Freedom! ’90 – George Michael
Born This Way – Lady Gaga
Girls and Boys – Blur
Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
I Am Her – Shea Diamond
I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross
Elton’s Song – Elton John
That’s What Friends Are For – Dionne Warwick with Elton John, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder
I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
Q.U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monae, feat. Erykah Badu
Take Your Mama – Scissor Sisters
Silent Legacy – Melissa Etheridge
Constant Craving – k.d. lang
This Is Me – Angel Haze

Rest in peace, Angela Lansbury, with thanks
Beauty and the Beast
A Little Priest
Rose’s Turn
Everything’s Coming up Roses

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10 October 2022 – playlist two

Walking. Gym in the Apartment.
Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Native North American Child – Buffy Sainte-Marie
Yo So Boricua – Taino
Red Dress – Amanda Rheaume, feat. Chantal Kreviazuk
No More – Fawn Wood
Standing Alone – Buddy Red Bow
Best of My Days – Indigenous
Hawai’i ’78 – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Rockin The Res – John Trudell
We Are Here – Sharon Burch
Golden Sun Goddess – Jesse Ed Davis
2 Live & Die on the Plains – Frank Waln
Shimmer, Prayer for Cleansing the Water – Joy Harjo
Wake Up – Pamyua
Chant: 13th Hour – Redbone
Retribution – Tanya Tagaq
Edge of America – Annie Humphrey
We Shall Remain – Kaolin Johnson
Indian City – A Tribe Called Red, feat. Northern Voice
Tana’ke – Jana
Know Better Do Better – Supaman

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6 October 2022

Walking. Gym in the Apartment.
Murder of Matthew Shepard. Birth of Fannie Lou Hamer.
Laramie – Magdalen Hsu-Li
Scarecrow – Deena Rae Turner
The Fence – Peter Katz
Matthew Shepard – Heather Lev
American Triangle – Elton John
Scarecrow – Melissa Etheridge
God Loves Everyone – Ron Sexsmith
Remaining songs by Fannie Lou Hamer:
Precious Lord
Run Mourner, Run
City Called Heaven
All the Pretty Little Horses
I’m Gonna Land on the Shore
Oh Lord, You Know Just How I Feel
I’m Going Down to the River of Jordan
Jesus Is My Only Friend
Pick a Bale of Cotton
Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning
Walk with Me
This Little Light of Mine
Certainly Lord
Woke up This Morning

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30 September 2022

Today, September 30, the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS), along with other Native American individuals, groups, and marks a National Day of Remembrance for U.S. Indian Boarding Schools. This aligns with the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation that is observed in Canada for residential school survivors. It is also called Orange Shirt Day to honor the story of one girl whose treasured orange shirt given to her by her grandmother was taken away from her at residential school in 1973/74!. The orange shirt has come to symbolize awareness for the children who died or went missing at these institutions. NABS has orange t-shirts available to purchase. Time for education and action.
Walking. Gym in the apartment.
Lost Souls – Tom Jackson
Residential School Song – Cheryl Bear
Child of the Government – Jayli Wolf
My Country ’tis of Thy People You’re Dying – Buffy Sainte-Marie
BEFORE – A Tribe Called Red, feat. Joseph Boyden
Warrior Heart – Shawnee
Apatapasiq – Mike Bern
Battlefields – Twin Flames
Save Mob – Snotty Nose Rez Kids, feat. Nooky & Birdz
open window – nehiyawak
Drums – John Densmore & Floyd Westerman
How I Feel – A Tribe Called Red, feat. Leonard Sumner, Shad & Northern Voice
Took the Children Away – Archie Roach
Take Me Home – Indian City
Spirit Horses – Annie Humphrey
He Can Fancy Dance – Cindy Paul
The Land of the Blind – Ira Provost
Why Us – N’we Jinan Artists

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A prayer poem as Roger Federer’s career comes to an end

All things end, God.

You alone are permanent.

All good things,

all bad things,

all things end, God.

Some endings we choose,

some are forced upon us,

all things end, God.

Some endings we welcome,

some we seek mightily to avoid,

all things end, God.

May the awareness of endings

lead us

to live fully in the moments we have,

to love boldly the people with whom we share life,

to enjoy wholly our experiences.

May our awareness of endings

inspire us

to love kindness – now,

to do justice – now,

to walk humbly – now.

And to do so in every now we have.

For all things end, God.

Amen.

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A prayer for Taiwan, Japan, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Alaska, eastern Kentucky, and all places dealing with disasters and their aftermath

God of all creation, 

when the earth shakes,

you are God. 

When the waters rage,

you are God. 

When winds howl and rains batter,

you are God. 

When floods rise and power fails, 

you are God. 

In all your children face, endure, and experience,

you are God. 

Present with us. 

Sharing our situation. 

Offering support. . 

When your children stand in need,

you are God

Provide comfort to those who mourn,

healing for those who are injured,

strength to those who respond first,

guidance for those who extend care,

and compassion and wisdom for all who help rebuild. 

Inspire all nations and peoples,

inspire us

to reach out in ways that help your children, our siblings, wherever they may be. 

In Jesus’ name we pray. 

Amen. 

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