Theme for December 2018: Prepare

Looking forward looking back

Looking forward looking back

  With 2019 around the corner, let me share an overview of the posts that attracted the most visits to the Prayer Matters website over the past year. For some reason, these blog posts keep on giving. Top 10 3 Prayers for endings and beginnings Give me a heart of flesh Theme: God makes all … Continue reading "Looking forward looking back" ...
Ding! Dong! Curiosity

Ding! Dong! Curiosity

come on in …   My Christmas reflection from the lessons and carols service in Rotterdam on Sunday, 23 December 2018.   I love books, especially books full of ooh! and aha! moments. This book, How to be an explorer of the world is one of them. It’s full of practical projects designed to reconnect … Continue reading "Ding! Dong! Curiosity" ...
In the clouds

In the clouds

(Photo: Irene Bom)   Let me encourage you with these words, as Paul suggests:   Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose … Continue reading "In the clouds" ...
More to come

More to come

Rotterdam café in festive mode  (Photo: Irene Bom)     Peter writes,   “… prepare your hearts and minds for action! Stay alert and fix your hope firmly on the marvelous grace that is coming to you. For when Jesus Christ is unveiled, a greater measure of grace will be released to you.”   (1 … Continue reading "More to come" ...
Prepare = action

Prepare = action

(Photo: Irene Bom)   A prayer that reminds us that prepare is a verb. Make us count Lord, we have pulled out the Advent wreath, the Christmas tree, the poinsettias. We dusted off the hymns, unsung for a year, and unearthed the words of your prophets. Yet, in your eyes, these efforts are for nothing … Continue reading "Prepare = action" ...
Baby steps

Baby steps

Markthal, Rotterdam  (Photo: Irene Bom)   “Baby steps build the   strongest foundations.” (Michelle Ward, life coach)     Call to Worship for Advent   What will set us journeying in search of the Christ this Advent? How far are we prepared to go out of our … Continue reading "Baby steps" ...
3 Prayers for Advent

3 Prayers for Advent

  To kick off this month’s theme, Prepare, here are 3 short prayers to ready our hearts for Christmas and for Jesus’ Kingdom to come, now and in the future.   (Links to additional resources for Advent included below.)   Prayer of Invocation (inspired by Matthew 11:3-5) O God, we come today echoing John the … Continue reading "3 Prayers for Advent" ...