God, I give you thanks For communication and validation Expressed without the restraints of words, For the nod of a head, an empathetic groan, For a well-timed hug, For eye contact that seems to hold another’s story in loving embrace, For silly exchanges Emanating a more profound joy, For tears flowing from a place deep within. I so often find you in the wordless moments, God. And these moments feed my soul.
When I awaken, May I face the dawn, Receive your grace, Revive my soul, And set out in faith and prayer. And, when I set out, May I let you lead me To where I need to be, To work you call me to do, To people, connections, and community. And, when the day is done, May I really retreat— Resting in your presence, Releasing my cares, Resigning myself to a deep and peaceful sleep. And, when I drift off to sleep, And my body heals, My mind processes, And my spirit dreams, May I surrender to that blessed moment. And when I awaken, Again and again, Moment by moment, Day by day, May I live a song of gratitude. O Generative Spirit, Giver of Life, Source of Connection, Divine Love, I offer my heartfelt thanks. Amen.
God of Transformation, bring healing into our lives. Bring doctors, bring counselors, bring the faithful, bring the teachers, bring the spiritual guides and the law makers, bring fresh new voices and wisdom from experience, bring souls who desire loving transformation, bring your beloved community together. God, bring healing into our lives, so we may see your work taking hold in this hurting world, and so that we may begin to see ourselves as people who together can further your healing love, your reconciliation, your peace, your truly transformative ways. Amen.
A prayer after reading Ezekiel 37:1-14 O God, when death seems more real to us than resurrection, Lead us to the messengers who can speak to your life-giving Spirit And breathe new life into any dry bones we might have. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
In this moment, I feel the warmth of the Sun Inviting souls to join the community outdoors, Lifting the weight of winter (if only for a moment), And healing the distressing darkness deep within. In this moment, I feel the warmth of the Son Inviting broken souls to join the kin(g)dom of God, Lifting the weight of hopelessness, And healing the unlit places in our lives. In this moment, I feel the sun shower upon me sensations and reminders of Divine Grace; And as I look ahead, I expect to see clouds, rain, snow, And still more sensations and reminders of God’s grace. For, God does not rise and set with the sun, But speaks through all seasons and remains for all time.
A trio of Haiku Poems God of the darkness Rich, mysterious, deep Speak to our darkness Spirit who lingers Remaining with, sustaining Reveal your presence God of renewal Restoring, enlivening, Breathe life into us
I once learned to pray with my hands clasped, Head bowed, feet on the floor, feeling grounded, connected to the abiding presence of God. I also learned to open my hands, To open my eyes, and to open myself, To the Spirit of God all around me. And still, I learned another way to pray, To assume a posture of compassion and solidarity, And to stretch out my arms in service to others. I commit myself again to living out this Trinitarian prayer: To be rooted in the love of my Maker, Open to the Spirit all around me, And to be compassionate and in solidarity with others like my servant Lord.