I continue to be surprised, O God, By just how much courage and strength it takes To be vulnerable. I know the value of vulnerability in theory. I’ve been moved because other people have dared to share from such a sacred place. But time and time again, I just want to hide. I struggle to embrace who I am, To be utterly authentic and real. I struggle to bear my soul and share the gifts you’ve given me. Help me change, O God. Turn me around. Let me repent of these limiting ways And dare to be the person you call me to be. Amen.
O God, tis the season for music, For special concerts, caroling, canned music, and sacred refrains, Some of it inspires service. Some of it inspires spending. Some of it sparks fond memories, and some of it seems shallow at best. But, God, there is another kind of music this season— Music not heard on a stage or in a store, Not recorded or performed, but rather welling up within. The music of this season is that sweet song of the soul. And so, O God, amid the Advent cacophony, as hopes of a shiny, perfect Christmas close in, Let us keep returning to that sacred song. May we hear your Spirit’s echoes within.
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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.
God, I give thanks for the dear woman Who taught me to look for the heavenly here, To see the sacred, the good, the eternal in the now, And to rejoice and give credit where it’s due. “We need not wait for heavenly blessings," she'd say "They come to us each day.” “So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of his heaven” (Phillips Brooks).
A prayer after reading Luke 1:39-45 Living and Moving God, You who inspire joyful movement from the inside out, Move us, we pray. Let us be moved physically, emotionally, spiritually. May your spirit and ours find unity in motion. Motion toward all that is sacred and just. This is our prayer, O God. Amen.
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. This meditation can be sung to the tune of Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (PICARDY)