Category Archives: Giver

31. Giver Prayer: Receiving Beauty


There are four major episodes of God imparting beauty to the Giver tribe. The first, of course, is at creation when the fish and the birds were graced with immense visual beauty as well as unparalleled grace in motion. The … Continue reading

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30. Giver Prayer: Aligning Beauty


She wasn’t beautiful by any physical standard.  Actually closer to plain than cute.  And her Airman Battle Uniform masked any feminine curves.  But her personality was so sparkly; she turned heads in the crowded train at DFW. She hardly said a … Continue reading

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29. Giver Prayer: Cleansing Beauty


I was riding with a guy from the Straight and Starchy Church.  He was irritating me, so I decided to go carnal and return the favor. We were in a rough neighborhood, and I spotted a woman who most likely was … Continue reading

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28. Giver Prayer: Joy in Community


Givers are an interesting paradox when it comes to joy in the community. Broadly speaking, Giver institutions and cities are not intrinsically joyful.  Take NYC for example.  I don’t think of bubbly, ebullient people on the street when I think of … Continue reading

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27. Giver Prayer: Receiving Joy


My wife loves extended family connections.  For a while we attended a church of largely El Salvadorians with large extended, cross-pollinated families.  It meant the world to her to find out that Sabina’s brother-in-law on her husband’s side was the … Continue reading

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26. Giver Prayer: Aligning Joy


The joy of the birds and the fish from the fifth day of creation was customized.  A mocking bird does not sound at all like a cardinal.  The joy of the salmon in fighting her way upstream through the rapids … Continue reading

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25. Giver Prayer: Cleansing Joy


We normally think of finding joy to replace sorrow or to overcome joylessness.  Those certainly are valid pursuits. But cleansing joy is necessary, at times, as we grow from one joy to another. For example, when I was a teen, I … Continue reading

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