SHEPHERD

Guide us O God
Not to want more than we need
But to long for love
Love so powerful
So compassionate
Love that can change the world.
Yes, O shepherd.
May we long for that
Simply hearts overflowing with love
That changes the world.
Amen

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WONDER

And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1

O Creator God,
How you amaze!
Bugs that can jump 10 times as high as their length!
A species 250 million years old
Accelerating at a rate of 20G!
As we celebrate our earth,
Remind us to pause 
To notice
To explore.
May you find us standing
In awe and wonder
Saying
Wow
It is so very good.
Thanks be to God!
Amen

#earthday2019 #itsawonderfulworld

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ALLELUIA

On this night, we gathered,
we waited and watched.
Our stories were woven together
with those of your saints of every time and every place.
On this night, earth met heaven.
On this night, humanity met divinity.
And your love, dear God, dawned anew,
stretching out for all your people.
We pray that your love is born again in our hearts,
our homes, our cities
and in all countries around the world.
With gratitude, we sing Alleluia!
May a new day dawn for us all. Alleluia indeed!

Amen

From Open Our Hearts: Daily Prayers for Lent and Holy Week, Ann Gerondelis Author, Wild Goose Press 2018

#HeIsRisen!

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OVERFLOWING

In the days ahead
O God
May you find us 
Standing breathless
Awed by unexpected beauty
Moved by acts of compassion
Touched by tender love
Humbled by grace.
May devoted hearts overflow with
A love so generous
Love beyond measure
Love for all your people
Courageous
Honest
Powerful love 
That alone 
Can change the world.

Amen

#SpringCherryBlossoms


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TENDING

Below the surface
O God
You tend and nurture,
And then
Before us bursts
Love and beauty,
Beyond our imagination.
Calm our restless souls
That we may know you are near
That we may hear you and see you -
You

Imagining new possibilities,

You
Who've been here
All along.
Amen

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HOLY

O Lord,
In your mercy beyond measure,
Hear the cries of your people.
O Lord,
Hear our prayer.
O Lord,
Hear all our prayers.
Amen

#LoveAlwaysWins #StopTheHate

In response to the mass shootings this weekend in mosques in Christ Church, New Zealand.

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ANGELS


In the week ahead

We ask that you

Open our eyes

To angels in our midst

O God

For we are surrounded by your messengers

And we long to hear their voices

Calling our names

Inspiring us

With compassion

And love enough for all

Each and every one.


Amen

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MARKED


Marked

How grateful we are, O God,
that you call us,
that you claim us,
and that you mysteriously mark us in love.
We, your people - grateful indeed.
Amen

from Open Our Hearts: Daily Prayers for Lent and Holy Week, Wild Goose Publications 2018. ionabooks.com

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Connect

"Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated." MLK Jr

Why are we so afraid God,
Building these walls around us?
Brick by brick
We carefully construct illusions of protection.
We grow distant,
Hidden,
Alone.

Protected and safe.
No uncertainties.
No pain.
No gripping fear to keep us up at night.

No surprises.
No connection.
No glimpse of all that you are creating for us, O God.

This MLK day
We ask you to call us back to you.
Hear our prayers, even in the midst of suspicions of difference.
Nudge us to grow confident in standing shoulder to shoulder
Discovering together the power of the Beloved Community that you are calling us to become.

Lift the walls that separate us,
and give all your people that glimpse of a brighter tomorrow, O God.
Grant us the strength and the courage to work with each other and for each other,
Together
With you.

Amen

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PERSPECTIVE

Were you laughing too God? That day, just a few weeks ago When the autumn trees out my Philly window disappeared in the snow? This Georgia girl giggled with glee Took pictures Made sketches And went out to feel it, taste it, and listen to its quiet. In the background my colleagues laughed “Just wait till April…" And they’re right. But still I want to remember a bit of the joy of that day from the view out my window. I pray that you’ll always delight me, and all your people, with new perspectives In unexpected and wonder-filled ways. Transform the views out our windows throughout this season. Surprise us with delight and wonder in all that you are creating in our midst. Especially when we get into our grooves (and ruts) Remind us of the power of a pivot. May we courageously and boldly step into new places you are calling us - Places where your transforming love Is already eagerly waiting to make us smile,  and ready to make us whole.  Amen

Were you laughing too God?
That day, just a few weeks ago
When the autumn trees out my Philly window disappeared in the snow?
This Georgia girl giggled with glee
Took pictures
Made sketches
And went out to feel it, taste it, and listen to its quiet.
In the background my colleagues laughed “Just wait till April…"
And they’re right.
But still
I want to remember a bit of the joy of that day from the view out my window.
I pray that you’ll always delight me, and all your people, with new perspectives
In unexpected and wonder-filled ways.
Transform the views out our windows throughout this season.
Surprise us with delight and wonder in all that you are creating in our midst.
Especially when we get into our grooves (and ruts)
Remind us of the power of a pivot.
May we courageously and boldly step into new places you are calling us -
Places where your transforming love
Is already eagerly waiting to make us smile,
and ready to make us whole.

Amen

TOGETHER

How long, O God?

How long?

Amen

In response to the tragedies at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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GIFTS

O revealing God, 
Day after day
You open our eyes
To your presence in our midst.
For you are where we are.
You are here.

You are
A kindness whispered
A breath-taking beauty glimpsed
A smell triggering forgotten memories
A soft fabric to warm us
A delicious bite that brings pause.

Remind us this week
That though you are everywhere
You are not distant.
You are here.
Though you are forever
You are not later.
You are now.
Though you are in all
You are not out of reach.
You are in us.

With you,
All that we have
Is all that we need.
The gifts we encounter are enough.
Enough.
Enough here.
Enough now.
Enough to change the world.

Amen

Today’s quick sketch captures a daily sight out of my urban living room window. I like to imagine the angel atop the temple not reminding the people of a holy event yet to come, but to remind all of us that here in this place, in this city, under this bit of the sky, that today, we have gifts aplenty. And if, we open ourselves to recognize them, and are generous enough to share them, our collective gifts can indeed change the world.

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Labor

O God of work and rest,
On this Labor Day
We ask you to open our eyes
To the invisible community of laborers
That support and sustain us every day.

We pause to consider the simple t-shirt
And all those who worked to bring it into being

Hands that drew and
Imagined its design possibilities

Hands that
Planted cotton
Watered the fields
Baled the cotton
Ginned it
Separated the seeds
Cleaned the cotton
Inspected it
Loaded it
Shipped it

Hands that
Designed the fabrication machines and
Maintained them so that they could
Spin the fibers
Knit the threads
Weave the fabric
Wash and dye it

Hands that held tools to
Cut the fabric
Stitch the fabric
Finish the shirt and
Stitch the label

Hands that
Drove transport trucks
On highways and winding roads

Hands that
Designed store displays
Rung up sales and
Bagged purchases

Hands that carried shirts home
Folded and washed them
So that we may be clothed.

On this day,
May we share our collective gratitude
For the work of these many hands.

May we work to ensure just labor systems
That invite balanced work and rest
Fair pay
For all.

May this be a day of joy,
Of rest and rejuvenation
Of heartfelt gratitude
For the loving labors of all your people.

Amen

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WALK

O God of all
We wake
We walk
We drive
We greet
We work
We return again.
But not in South Sudan.
They wake
They huddle for protection
Gunfire
No food in sight
Innocent masses
Economic free fall
Trauma
4.5 milion displaced by war
85% women and children
Abandoned.
O God whose love stretches beyond our imagination
Bring glimpses of safety
Relief from hunger
Dignity
Honor
To these, your people.
Walk with them.
Point the way ahead
That hope and healing
Greet them on the path today.
Amen

#PrayforSouthSudan

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LOVE

Free us
O God
To courageously
And expectantly
Practice love
Together.
May we fumble
And fall
And get up again.
Let love grow
In the spaces between us all.
Amen

 

OPEN

Open our hands, O God,
That we may find you everywhere we are.
Amen

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POWER

O God,
It's hard to feel
My heart change.
Somehow day after day
Repeated struggles for power
In the public sphere
Take a toll.
It hurts.

Repair our hearts,
Dear God,
With glimpses of generosity.
Heal us all.
Heal our union,
That we may see you in each other
And work together
To listen,
Building spaces of love -
Houses
Neighborhoods
Countries
Fueled by love’s power.

Amen

#istandwithdaca

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