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.
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This meditation can be sung to the tune of Let All Mortal Flesh (PICARDY) Let all weary souls find a pathway To a place where hope endures Not a path toward fleeting wishes But toward a persisting lure Drawn to goodness dancing in the dark and dim Hope and Guiding Light shine again. Let all humankind find compassion— Healing hate’s deep festering wounds, Walking in the paths of nonviolence, Standing for what’s sacred and good. Hear our prayer, O Lord, revive us for the task To live out your peace in this world. Let all God’s creation together Join in a most joyous refrain Singing of the goodness that’s rising Singing amidst hardship and pain Good and gracious God, supply us with the tone. Let us make your Spirit known. Let us all find loving kindness And pursue compassionate ways Giv’n to us by our Holy Maker Born in us again and again. God’s enduring love for us will never fade God with us forever, always.
A crowd singing together, A smile shared between strangers, A team parading in victory, Laughter shared among friends, Good news spreading far and wide Gratitude too great to be contained… Joy needs companions to reach its full potential. Joy flourishes in the context of community. God, you call us to be a community Where the good news spreads and joy flourishes. As we draw nearer to Christmas, help us live into that call.
God, I feel the season speeding ahead And the temptation to get swept away with it. I’m inclined to hold my many to-dos tightly in my hand, and I feel time is more of a competitor than a friend. God, I feel the season speeding ahead And I want to resist it. Help me resist it. Help me seek purpose over productivity And joy over efficiency, so I may savor the moments of this season, yes! …and attend to your wondrous work.
Let all God’s creation together Join in a most joyous refrain, Singing of the goodness that’s rising, Singing amidst hardship and pain. Good and gracious God, supply us with the tone. Let us make your Spirit known. This meditation can be sung to the tune of Let All Mortal Flesh (PICARDY)
This prayer can be sung to the tune of O Come, O Come Emmanuel (VENI EMMANUEL) O Source of Hope, supply us with the grace To see the places where your love resides, And when we see, O God, help us know That you are moving in our broken lives. With us, through us, your loving presence grows And gives us hope in what the future holds. O Source of Love, supply us with the grace To be like Jesus in this world of pain To love and let your goodness be known Responding with compassion from our souls In words, in deeds, in all the ways we live May we extend the healing love you give. O Source of Joy, supply us with the grace To sense your presence in this moment now, So we may come to know deep within The blessings of Emmanuel With us, in life, in happiness and grief “God with us” is our joy and our belief. O Source of Peace, supply us with the grace To see the sin that sharpens our divides And meet the hate and pain with your love, So we may join your reconciling song. The world, our life, is riddled with dis-ease But with your spirit we may foster peace.
Advent Intentions A.M. I awake, O God To another winter day A day filled with hope Noon I am here, O God Present at the mid-day hour Wanting to find love P.M. On this winter’s night When the moon appears above I pray for great joy Bedtime In these last few days Waiting for the light of Christ I reflect on peace
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.
A Song of Joy and Thanksgiving May I sing with joy, O Glorious God! Let my voice find the tune creation hums, May your musical pulse propel me in mission, And lead me to the harmony of community. Let your melody find resonance deep in my soul And your love ring and sing in all my endeavors. I give thanks to you, O Glorious God, For you are my joy and my song!