Prayers, Seasons

A Prayer of Hope For the New Year …

God as this new year dawns, Let us see the newness you are birthing. May we not be blinded by darkness, Or paralyzed by the fear. That consumes our world May we remember: Out of winter's night you bring forth light, Out of winter's death new seeds emerge. What is dormant will spring to life,… Continue reading A Prayer of Hope For the New Year …

Prayers, Seasons

Prayer for a Year of Blessings …

Sometimes I need only to stand wherever I am to be blessed. ― Mary Oliver from "It Was Early" in Evidence May this [year] be a [year] of blessings: blessings of goodness, blessings of joy, peace and kindness, friendship and love, creativity, strength, serenity, fulfilling work and dignity, satisfaction, success, and sustenance, physical health and… Continue reading Prayer for a Year of Blessings …

Prayers, Seasons

For Those Who Have Far to Travel (A Blessing for Epiphany) …

If you could see the journey whole, you might never undertake it, might never dare the first step that propels you from the place you have known toward the place you know not. Call it one of the mercies of the road: that we see it only by stages as it opens before us, as… Continue reading For Those Who Have Far to Travel (A Blessing for Epiphany) …

Seasons

The Work Of Christmas (New Years Meditation) …

“The light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 5) I love the confident note of hope this verse sounds. On the one hand, it is the declaration of a state of fact: light is stronger than darkness. At the same time, it is also a promise: even when… Continue reading The Work Of Christmas (New Years Meditation) …