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 – Look for Monday and Thursday posts through the end of 2022

laughing boy holding an open Bible

Let the Celebration Continue

We live in a time when we are bombarded with information. With that comes the competition of who might yell the loudest for our attention. Coupled with that is a demand for our attention, which may be the most recent piece of information. Often the first casualty of an event is the headline that gets

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Grand Canyon

Leave It As It Is

Leave it as it is, you cannot improve on it. The ages have been at work on it and man can only mar it. What you can do is to keep it for your children, your children’s children, and for all who come after you, as one of the great sights which every American if

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Sanctuary of Asclepius

A Living Stone and a Holy People

Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built

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station 14

Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

Station 14 – Mortician shares photos of COVID-19 victim with family -of me. Emily Dickinson Gracious God, we thank you for thekindness of strangers, for the peoplewho live out the compassion and loveembodied in you, Jesus. Anoint withyour spirit of graciousness the peoplecaring for the dead and dying. Grantthem strength for their work andknowledge of

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woman feeling alone

That They Might Lovely Be

16th Street NW in Washington, DC, north of the White House and to the Maryland State Line, is sometimes referred to as the street of churches. There are Catholic and Orthodox churches; synagogues and a Christian Science Reading Room; just about every variety of Protestant churches you can imagine, as well as gathering places for

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Station 13

Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross

Station thirteen – A doctor hugs and comforts a patient It asked a crumb Emily Dickinson Holy God, we pray for healers and for the dying. Grant physicians and nurses strength and resolve in their care of the dying, hold in your loving embrace the ill and isolated. With your gracious compassion and care, alleviate anxiety,

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disciples weeping

Saturday

Several years ago—a lot longer than I want to admit–one of my favorite authors, Phillip Yancy, jolted my thinking about Holy Week, and Holy Saturday in particular. He wrote: Two days, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday, are perhaps the most significant days on the Entire Church calendar, and yet, in a real sense, we live

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woman holding a string of lights

Let Your Light Shine!

“This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God.” John 3:19 The Message I presided and preached at worship this past Sunday, the Fifth Sunday in Lent. The text for

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COVID- 19 patient lies in her bed communicating via video

Jesus Dies on the Cross

Station Twelve – A Covid-19 patient attempts to communicate via video.  Yet – never – in Extremity, Emily Dickinson Almighty God, the healing power of your love binds us one to another, no matter if our presence is virtual or in person. Give your angels charge over those at the boundary of life and life

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Midweek Lenten Service

Join a midweek Lenten service premiering on Wednesday, April 6 at 7:00 PM. The service is led by Immanuel Lutheran Church, Boise, ID. We will be following Holden Evening Prayer.

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station 11

Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

Station Eleven – A wife weeps while hugging her husband And on the strangest Sea Emily Dickinson God of compassion and consolation, be with us. Help us to confront the reality that this pandemic has laid bare a healthcare system malicious in its care of marginalized communities. We see that black and brown communities are

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children playing and laughing

Embodiment

“The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14) It is possible to grow up within the Christian tradition with little regard for bodies. Sometimes the gospel is interpreted as if the body

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daily bread

Give Us Our Daily Bread

Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger to all generations? (Psalm 85:5) One day Jesus was praying in a certain place.

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green pasture

Meditation on Psalm 23

Psalm 23 is perhaps one of the most recognizable passages of scripture. It is a passage that millions of people have committed to memory. It

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children at tree planting

Learning Peace

How beautiful upon the mountainsare the feet of the messenger who announces peace,who brings good news,who announces salvation,who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’ (Isaiah

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apples on branch

The Apple Tree

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6

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holding hands up as hearts

Children of God in Christ

This little gem, although well known, is hidden away in the writings of Paul; and is still timely today in the second decade of this

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older and young face reflections

“God Eyes”

“The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearances, but the LORD looks at the heart.”(1 Samuel 16:7) Several

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Gothic arches

Forever

A number of years ago, something very good happened in my family. I told my teenage daughters “I will remember this day forever…..” and then

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