Treasure Valley Prays

Reimagining Church Together
SHARING STORIES AND EXPLORING SPIRITUAL CONNECTION

We are ELCA leaders and pastors from the Treasure Valley
and Northwest Intermountain Synod.

Devotions – Monday and Friday

Topical Reflection – Wednesday

Please Fill Out Survey for Future of TVPrays.org

Beginning in March 2020 and continuing until the present time, the Treasure Valley Cluster of ELCA congregations has sponsored a website we call TVPrays.org.  We are thankful to Lin Carlson who has served as our volunteer Web Master and Designer and Keith Hammer who has been the volunteer scheduler for the Daily Devotions.  As we

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newborn baby

Wonderfully Made

I will give thanks to You, because I am awesomely and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. (Psalm 139:14) New American Standard Bible I was awakened from sleep quite recently with tears slowly going back into my hair. There was this calm feeling of relief and release within

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worn down

“I’m Weary”

What is it we are looking for these days of the hottest summer in my memory? The heat has sucked all my energy and driven me to give up walking until it breaks. I know I’ve been looking for several things. A return to normal just might be one of those items we’d all like

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blalock nice dishes

Hoarding

A friend recently expressed dismay about a family member’s hoarding habits. This made me reflect on my father’s parents. My grandparents were not hoarders in the reality TV sense, as their home was always neat and clean. However, it was stuffed with various collections of objects they treasured, but rarely used. Where they hit the

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sharing stories

The Practices that Sustain Us

I am mourning the loss of two family members in recent weeks.  My mother Mary died following a stroke in Tucson, Arizona on May 29th.  My brother-in-law Geoffrey died following a massive heart attack in Meridian, Idaho on June 3rd.  My husband Glenn and I have been through every emotion since these events and there

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different colored hands

“I-Thou” OR “I-It”

“ Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, in his book Love is the Way, borrowed from Martin Buber as he talked about two kinds of relationships. First are the “I – Thou” relationships … ones where you think of and experience others as treasured, loved, respected, cherished. Second are the “I – It”

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knitted yarn

Handiwork

CO 200 1-6,K1 P1 around 7 – *K1, YO, K3, Sl1 K2, PSSO, K3, YO; rep from * to BOR 8 and all even– K around 9 – K2, *YO, K2, Sl1 K2, PSSO, K2, YO, K3; rep from * to BOR This looks like another language at first. It’s confusing, and frustrating. I want

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little wooden house

A place to Abide

The 2 Corinthians reading from last Sunday has really stayed with me. The passage speaks about our plenty, allowing us to share with those in need and vice versa. One verse in particular has given me extra pause for thought (8:15) : “The one who had much did not have too much and the one

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ironing

Ironing a Messy Life

This spring, I purchased a new linen shirt to wear as the weather warmed. As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing quite like linen in the summer. The fabric breathes and stays cool in the hottest weather. That was true even in Northern Virginia, where we lived for over thirty years. The summers there are

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Survey for Future of TVPrays.org

Beginning in March 2020 and continuing until the present time, the Treasure Valley Cluster of ELCA congregations has sponsored a website we call TVPrays.org.  We are thankful to Lin Carlson who has served as our volunteer Web Master and Designer and Keith Hammer who has been the volunteer scheduler for the Daily Devotions.  As we

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it is well

Keep Faithing It!

On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the

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helping another

Rising to Life’s Challenges

Some of you may remember Ed Sullivan (this dates me and others who do). He hosted a weekly TV variety show in the 50s and 60s. He also did live shows for charities. Once he asked Jimmy Durante, a well-known entertainer of that era, to join him at a veteran’s hospital to entertain some of

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family around a table

Come to the table

It’s summer again, the time of family gatherings. This is the time of year we put extensions in the table and dig folding chairs out of their dark corners so that there can be room enough for everyone at the table. Our table never quite meets the Norman Rockwell dream. There is always a bit

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seeds in the wind

The Workbench that Faith Built

Last night I was cleaning out the garage. I vowed to clean out a messy drawer in the workbench that has stood in our garage since we bought our home 25 years ago. The workbench was left by a previous owner, and with its strong metal frame, broad wood surface, handy pull drawer, and red

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stars in sky

Thanksgiving for Night Sky

Last week I spent a few days at Luther Heights Bible Camp, between Stanley and Ketchum, with a friend. We were there to contribute, specifically to lead staff training sessions. But there are always gifts received while at camp and this time was no different. On our second night, we stepped out of the cabin

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aspens

Seek Silence

In his book Money Enough, author Douglas Hicks references 1 Kings 19, the familiar story of the prophet Elijah, harassed by Queen Jezebel and her

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helping others

How Can I Help?

Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not

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children at peace camp

Peacemaking

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your

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man and woman shaking hands

Signs of Kindness

…add to your goodness, knowledge; to your knowledge, add self-control;to your self-control, add endurance; to your endurance, add godliness; toyour godliness, add kindness and to

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Food

Food/Life for Everyone!

Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much

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river of doves

Fluttering of Paper Wings

This past week I was in Washington, DC, where we had lived for over 31 years. I visited friends, attended a lovely retirement party for

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road to unknown

In it for the Long Game

Like several congregations in our cluster, my congregation of Immanuel Lutheran is about to start the process of calling a new pastor. I serve on

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reading a story to a child

A Story to Tell

The stories we tell about ourselves and others matter. The stories we tell about our God matter. Stories are how we build relationships and cultivate

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