O God, some see the sun. They recognize the beauty of the day. They set aside worries, concerns, busyness, Whatever they may carry with them And see the sun and the sunnier side of life. God, thank you for placing those people in my life. Thank you for gentle reminders to set aside concerns And bask in the light, to see the gifts of each day, And move through life with lightness and gratitude.
O God, it’s already the fifth of December. How can that be? I wonder. These five days have flown by so quickly. Was I even mindful? Was I present? Was I aware of your presence and the gifts of each day? This season of preparation can so easily become one of anxiety, Deadlines, countdowns, overloaded calendars, Lengthy lists of to-dos. This season of waiting can so easily turn into A season of rushing around, And then I wonder where the time has gone. God, I sense your Advent rhythm reminding me to slow down, Calling me back to the present, Challenging me to let go of that hurried drive. Light a candle, meditate on light and hope, Go about the day in a prayerful way. God help me live this Advent rhythm, may it mark my days.
Freeze and thaw, freeze and thaw— The heartbeat of a forest floor longing for spring. God, I long for it too and feel it drawing near, But I know the inevitability of more and more snow. The thought of the wintery wind that will soon blow our way Reminds me that this time of waiting is not over. But, oh how it stirs up an even greater longing Not just for light, fresh, greener springtime days, but for the chance to once again know your spirit of renewal.
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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.
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. This meditation can be sung to the tune of Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (PICARDY)
Creator Divine, I know you cultivate hope Even in the bleakest times. I know you sow love in unlikely places. I know your light touches all. I know the roots of peace first form beneath the surface. I know that lilies don’t just spring up from nowhere. I know you awaken new life. Even when spring hides beneath winter’s veil, I know you awaken new life. God, these things I think I know. Forgive me when I forget.
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.
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
A prayerful response to Luke 1:78-79 Guide our feet God, not just our minds. Let us know you more fully with each step we take. Light the path, Lord. Lead the way. Let us know your desire Let us step in that direction. Spirit of God, Loving Presence, From whence all peace comes, Encourage us on the long journey Help us move ever closer To your perfect peace.
Hope. We hold hope in our minds As we optimistically dream of what could be, and dare to believe that the dream is possible. Love. We hold love in our hearts As we experience God’s love for ourselves and others And are moved to loving kindness and compassion. Joy. We hold joy in our bodies Dancing, singing, leaping and shouting— Not hiding our joy but embodying, living, sharing it! This hope, this love, this joy is born of God But takes up residence in our whole being. Are we aware? Do we embrace this Spirit of God? O God, we pray that we may grow ever more aware And ready to embrace your Spirit within us, So we may shine your hopeful, loving, joyous light in this world. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.