Merianna Harrelson

I am the Pastor of Garden of Grace United Church of Christ in Columbia, SC and the Director of Consulting at Harrelson.Co. I am always looking for a good cup of coffee and a great book.

A Lenten Prayer

We enter into the center of Lent,  recognizing we aren’t to the end yet.   We stay in the darkness of Lent,  even though it’s uncomfortable. We trust you are here with us,  and that you will be revealed to us again.

A Prayer for Strength

We confess that we tire of doing justice. It feels like an uphill battle with too few people fighting alongside us. It is hard work! Renew our strength. Show us the light. Give us hope to keep working to bring your ecosystem here on earth.  So that all may be fed, all may be housed, …

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Epiphany Invitations

For so many of us, the Advent season is a rush of celebrating with friends and family. In that rush, we often miss time to wonder and awe at the incarnation of the Light of the World coming to dwell among us. As we move from one celebration to the next, we find ourselves weary …

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On Not Meeting Goals

This year, I didn’t meet my reading goal. I joined the Goodreads Reading Challenge and set my goal to read 100 books by the end of the year. I read 88. It would be easy to look at this picture of the quippy, “Better luck next time!” and feel disappointed or discouraged. It would be …

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A Year of Staying Open

Each year, I conclude the year with a word or phrase that has followed me throughout the year. I know for many it’s starting the year with a word that sets intention and purpose, but for me, the practice has always been powerful as a reflection on the last year. It reminds me that there …

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When Darkness Lingers

We have made it through the darkest night. Slowly, day by day, we will begin to add light to our days from here on. Even as we know this in our minds, what do we when darkness lingers? For many, this Christmas season brings the first one without a loved one or with a new …

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A Prayer for Advent

We cling to hope – Even when the world seems hopeless.  We rest in peace –  Even when the world urges us to hustle and bustle.  We find joy –  Even when sorrow and sickness surround us.  We bask in love –  The love you sent to this world, In the form of the Christ …

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