Happy Anniversary!

Prayer is always said before God and in the company of faithful seekers, and I welcome your company.

O Lord, Grant me to greet the coming day in peace. Help me in all things to rely upon thy holy will. In every hour of the day reveal thy will to me. Bless my dealings with all who surround me. Teach me to treat all that comes to me throughout the day with peace of soul, and with firm conviction that thy will governs all. In all my deeds and words guide my thoughts and feelings. In unforeseen events let me not forget that all are sent by thee. Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering and embarrassing others. Give me strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day with all that it shall bring. Direct my will, teach me to pray, pray thou thyself in me. Amen. (Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow, d. 1867. From A Manual of Eastern Orthodox Prayers, Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1991, p. 20)

It’s been a year and more words than I can count since this opening post. I still pray this prayer, and I still believe that prayer is always said before God and in the company of others.  Thank you for being my companions in prayer and partners in seeking God’s presence.

This blog is meant to begin conversation – between you and me as well as between you and others. As I begin year two, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Blessings and Peace, Johnna

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I am a Christian educator and writer.I have worked in churches, denominational offices, and seminaries. I have a PhD in Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, with a focus on Practical Theology and educating in faith. In 2010, my book, "How the Other Half Lives: the challenges facing clergy spouses and partners," was published by Pilgrim Press. I believe that words can build doorways that lead to encounters with God through the Spirit.

2 thoughts on “Happy Anniversary!”

    1. Thanks, Bill! It’s hard to believe this venture/adventure began a year ago. Thank you for being a conversation partner through it all! Peace, Johnna

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