Category Archives: Prayer

The Year of Simplicity

As I wrote earlier this month, I wanted to try choosing a word to focus on and guide me through the year. I loved the idea of having a word that would serve as my intention through 2015. It provided a nice alternative to setting resolutions that I might otherwise ignore, and a practice that… Continue Reading

Sabbath Opportunities

This week my friend, J. Dana Trent, invited me to write a guest post for her blog. Dana is the author of Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk, published by Fresh Air Books (an imprint of Upper Room Books). She and I have become friends over the… Continue Reading

The Path to Peace is Unhurried

One of the best things about The Academy for Spiritual Formation is that you develop deep, abiding friendships with some great folks. One of my dearest friends is a woman who was in my Academy covenant group. The thing about Lana Johnson that you would notice right away – were you to meet her – is that… Continue Reading

Free Webinar on Ancient Prayer Practices

If you haven’t already seen it, the September/October 2013 edition of Interpreter magazine (published by United Methodist Communications) features an article titled “Practices of the Ancients Aid Modern Prayers.” It is a wonderful article that talks about the benefits of contemplative prayer, and includes an interview with me on prayer beads. As a follow-up to… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: Be Still

I’ve packed up an entire household and moved to a new town, and a new home.  I’ve said heartfelt goodbyes to one church and hopeful greetings to a new one.  I’ve written a 76 page public policy paper on the housing needs of people with disabilities.  I’ve continued to work on the book I’m writing, which… Continue Reading

Another Advent Gift

Here is another Advent gift for you, one that’s in keeping with the theme of this week’s prayer bead devotion, which encourages us to show mercy to our neighbors in preparation for the gift of Mercy we will receive at Christmas.  It’s another great video from You Tube, whose primary message is to spend less on… Continue Reading

Prayer Tool: Focusing on – and with – the Trinity

Again, my apologies for my extended absence from this blog!  I had no intention of being gone for so long but have recently been very busy.  As I reported previously, I am currently writing a memoir for a good friend of mine, and that is taking a lot of time and creative writing energy!  I love… Continue Reading

Good Friday Prep: Let’s Talk About Evil

On February 4th, 2010, little Aubrey died in the arms of her parents after a long battle with Rhabdoid cancer.  She was just 9 days shy of her 2nd birthday.  That same month, a disgruntled employee walked into a school in Knoxville, TN and shot two administrators, paralyzing one of them.  Recently, the Catholic church has… Continue Reading