Maybe it’s not about having a beautiful day, but about finding beautiful moments. Maybe a whole day is just too much to ask. I could choose to believe that in every day, in all things, no matter how dark and ugly, there are shards of beauty if I look for them.
— Anna White from Mended: Thoughts on Life, Love, and Leaps of Faith
For One Who Is Exhausted — A Blessing
When the rhythm of the heart becomes hectic,
Time takes on the strain until it breaks;
Then all the unattended stress falls in
On the mind like an endless, increasing weight.
The light in the mind becomes dim.
Things you could take in your stride before
Now become laborsome events of will. Continue reading “Blessing Prayer: For One Who Is Exhausted (Evening Prayer) …”
In the early centuries of the church, as Christianity continued to find its form, women and men who sought to follow Christ began to move into the deserts of Egypt, Palestine, and Syria. Leaving behind the familiar landscapes they had known, they went into the wilderness to divest themselves of all that separated them from God. Continue reading “Desert Day 09: A Way In The Wilderness …”
Every night before I go to sleep
I say out loud
Three things that I’m grateful for,
All the significant, insignificant
Extraordinary, ordinary stuff of my life.
It’s a small practice and humble,
And yet, I find I sleep better
Holding what lightens and softens my life
Ever so briefly at the end of the day. Continue reading “Three Gratitudes …”
I’ll let you in on a secret
about how one should pray the sunset prayer.
It’s a juicy bit of praying,
like strolling on grass,
nobody’s chasing you, nobody hurries you.
You walk toward your Creator
with gifts in pure, empty hands.
The words are golden
their meaning is transparent,
it’s as though you’re saying them
for the first time.
Continue reading “Praying the Sunset Prayer …”
While it’s easy to think about the Examen as being oriented to the past, this prayer helps us to pay attention to where God is in the past, present, and future. The prayer begins with God Continue reading “The Examen: Prayer of Hope …”
Contemplative prayer allows you to fall into the safety net of divine silence, which alone is big enough to contain all the contradictions of life.
— Richard Rohr (from Daily Meditations for September 7-13, 2014) Continue reading “Examen Prayer …”
I come to you now, Lord, at the end of my day.
This time is just for me – the quiet time that I save for myself.
Continue reading “Prayers for Singles: Evening Prayer …”
We give thanks for the darkness of the night where lies the world of dreams.
Guide us closer to our dreams so that we may be nourished by them.
Give us good dreams and memory of them so that we may carry
their poetry and mystery into our daily lives.
Grant us deep and restful sleep that we may wake
refreshed with strength enough to renew a world grown tired.
We give thanks for the inspiration of stars,
the dignity of the moon
and the lullabies of crickets and frogs.
Let us restore the night and reclaim it as a sanctuary of peace,
where silence shall be music to our hearts
and darkness shall throw light upon our souls.
Good Night. Sweet Dreams.
— Michael Leunig from A Common Prayer
Lord, it is night – the night is for stillness.
Let us be still in the presence of God.
It is night after a long day.
What has not been done, has not been done.
Let it be.
The night is dark.
Let our fears of the darkness of the world,
and of our lives rest in you.
The night is quiet.
Let the quietness of your peace enfold us,
all who are dear to us, and all who have no peace.
the night heralds the dawn.
Let us look expectantly to a new day –
new joys, new possibilities.
In your name, we pray.