God, help me find your rhythm in the irregularities of life. Let me find your steady beat In the strange. Free my mind and soul to ride The sound waves of your call. And give me the grace to improvise.
God, give me a faith that travels from my mind, down to my feet that lands in unfamiliar places and stirs up meaning in the mundane. May my faith hold up in trials And never tire when things look dim May it always have a community in which to stretch and rest and grow. God, give me a faith that travels, Breaks down barriers and brings a love that I cannot quite fathom yet But that’s transformative, no doubt. God, propel my faith to travel through My heart, my hands, my voice. Wherever next its needed, God, may it find its way there.
Prayerful thoughts after reading Matthew 21:1-17 O God, who in Jesus made grand entrances in the humblest form, Teach us to embrace celebration with humility, to oppose injustice, to resist evil, to offer healing, and to follow your lead. For these are the ways of Jesus, the blessed one, the sent one, Who reveals the unfolding reign of God. O God, who in Jesus made grand entrances in the humblest form, Prepare our bodies, minds, and souls to follow Jesus, So that we, too, may reveal your unfolding reign. Amen.
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.
God, it seems there is always a deadline, a destination, a driving force that accounts for our hurried lives; and we hold onto impatience, anxiety, depression, and stress far too often. O God, we confess that we charge ahead, when body, mind, and soul beg us to “slow down.” So we ask, God: help us slow down.
Oh, it can be so hard to slow our determined, hurried pace. Sometimes crowds force us to slow down, and we respond with frustration or anger. Sometimes art makes us slow down and engage our senses more fully. Then again, sometimes the crowd and the art come together, like the crowd that met Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem and the art of singing and dancing “Hosanna!”
Prayerful Thoughts Before Bed
O God, I’m tired. My body longs for rest, but my mind is full of thoughts vying for attention. Somehow, I do not think that quieting my thoughts makes sense right now, but I’m willing to let them drift into the thought-space of sleep. And I wonder if sleep is really the time when the brain gets to work and processes what we’ve observed? Does sleep really restore the human body so it serves as the repair shop for the stiffness or aches from the day? If sleep is so restorative, God, I must ask: what does sleep do for the soul?
God, with my mind fixed on going to bed at the end of this long day, I have prepared my body for this goal. I’ve brushed my teeth, washed my face, climbed into cozy pajamas, and crawled under the blankets on my bed. Now, I pause and prepare my soul through prayer, meditation, petitions, and praise; and I also pause to listen.
I trust you hear this prayer, O God, you who is so close. Am I listening and willing to hear from you? This is my evening contemplation.