O God, I begin this week with the intention To be still and know that you are God. When I sense your Spirit near… Be still… When things don’t go my way… Be still… When my body holds stress… Be still… When gratitude enlivens my spirit… Be still… As I share time with others, As I worship, As I pray, As I join in conversation, As I go about my day, I will try, Oh, I will try to remember, To breathe, be still, and know, That you, O God, are God, Infinitely knowable God. I begin this week with the intention To be still and know that you are God. Psalm 46:10
God, thank you for the capacity to dream, to imagine what could be, to look beyond ourselves and this time—the now. God, teach us to live in gratitude for this gift, so we may not only dream but also realize and come to know more loving ways, the flourishing of creation, your justice and peace— a world more reflective of your beautiful reign.
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, thank you for the little joys, Which sometimes go unrecognized. And forgive my tendency to forget That you’re with us, working all the time. God, thank you for your divine love, That fills this world in wondrous ways, And catches my attention more and more.
Gentle Spirit, source of inner peace, I rejoice in the moments when I sense your presence And feel a sense of calm. Even when my mind is so full of thoughts, Even when my days are so full of tasks, You whisper to me. You’re whispering in the words of friends, the kindness of another, the warmth of a community, and the creativity within me, In musical phrases, joyful celebrations, deep conversations, and moments of laughter. I hear your whispers in the tranquility of raindrops landing gently upon the ground. You draw me into the present moment, God, and oh, am I grateful. Amen.
Before I go to bed tonight God, hear my thankful prayer For life and love and little things That shimmer with your love and care. God, hear my recollections Of moments I’ll call gifts Of beauty, love, and wonder, and the poetics that uplift. Before I go to bed tonight I offer you this prayer In a spirit of deep gratitude For your presence in my life. O God, I trust you’re with me I sense your presence here. I go to bed in joy and peace And awaken in your care.
Words for the Morning (Originally written on 8/3/15)
Oh how I long to awaken slowly
And gently awaken my muscles with a stretch and a stroll
To greet the morning sun with gratitude
And savor the soothing smell and the dark delicious taste
Of freshly brewed French roast
Such is a gift that some do not receive
Such is a gift that I must first awaken to see
Such is a delight that extends from the loving Creator Being above
Such is a late summer morning
And for this, O God who created the senses,
I offer sincerest thanks!
O God, I’m on a treasure hunt, searching for the tools you’ve placed in my surroundings. Undoubtedly I already use some of these tools, and so I pray I won’t take advantage but instead, use them generously with gratitude and humility. Some other tools, I hardly use, and so I pray I may rediscover these tools at my disposal, and that I may learn or relearn how to use them effectively.
There’s another set of tools, somewhat hidden in this world. These tools seem to lie beyond my reach, or out of sight in some way. Help me persevere in the hope of finding and using these tools effectively for your glory. And please help me avoid complacency or lack of inspiration for the search. But God, may I progress with attentiveness and depth as an instrument of your good work in this world. In your blessed name I pray, Amen.