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
A prayer after reading Deuteronomy 30:15-20 Spirit of Transformation, During this season of Lent And as we encounter death and adversity, Which feel very real to us today, Help us choose life. Again and again, may we choose life And endeavor to offer the fullness of life to others; So we may live into the ways you set before us— The ways of your blessed, collective reign, The ways of life and prosperity. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Three Prayerful Pauses Upon Waking God, sometimes I struggle to sleep in the morning. Sometimes I jump right out of bed. Sometimes I sleep peacefully, relishing in a time of rest. And other times, I awake with a headache, feeling groggy, and unready to meet the day. Today, I awake and pause, regardless of how I have arrived at this point. I pause, breathe in and say thanks for another day and this gift of life. Midday God, as I go about my day, may I grow ever more aware Of your Spirit of Goodness weaving its way through My life and the world beyond it. Before Sleeping As I prepare to go to sleep, O God, I give thanks for the special moments of the day. May they be for me a bedtime blessing to hold throughout the night; And may they motivate me in the morning, To give thanks and to seek again.
God of Transformation,
We give you thanks for the redemption story
of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.
May we know and grow in your transforming love.
- Jesus, we rejoice in your prophetic ministry.
- Jesus, we rejoice in your healing ministry.
- Jesus, we rejoice in your teaching ministry.
- Jesus, we rejoice in your servant ministry.
- …with us
- …in us
- …around us
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A Hymn Inspired by John 4:5-42 To the tune of EBENEZER Jesus speaks of living water What’s the meaning and who knows? Nicodemus, in the darkness, Came seeking answers and new birth. He left wondering, not understanding Jesus’ wisdom, spirit, and life— Came in darkness, left in darkness, Bound by doubt and unbelief. Jesus speaks of living water What’s the meaning and who knows? Could it be an unnamed woman Understood, and in full light? “Give me this the living water,” She responded, longing for life. And she found in Jesus the prophet Wisdom she could not contain. Jesus speaks of living water What’s the meaning and who knows? Jesus, by the well of Jacob, Met a woman, whose knowledge showed. “Come and see,” she told the people, “He has told me what I've done.” In the daylight, with her insight, She believes and longs to tell.  The tune to which O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus is commonly sung.
This prayer can be sung to the tune of O Come, O Come Emmanuel (VENI EMMANUEL) 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.
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 prayerful response to Isaiah 40: 28-31
Eternal God, you do not tire in the work of generating and sustaining life. Neither do you grow weary or impatient. But God, you know that we do. “Even youths will faint and be weary…” when work builds up, and rest takes a backseat, when our health is compromised, and family concerns arise, when our minds are on overload, and when the efforts for justice and reconciliation seem oh so ineffective. We tire, grow weary and impatient, God; and, waiting seems like an insurmountable feat. “But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,” and so we strive to wait. With your Spirit, O God, help us wait, so we “shall run and not be weary” as we respond to your call and do your work in this world. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen. *Quotations from verses 30 and 31, NRSV.