Sunday Prayer

Delightful Breath,
merciful Relation,
generous Body,

We celebrate the gift of the new day
and the opportunities of community.
With the tall oaks we praise your strength;
with the winding rivers we sing the songs of heaven.

Behind and before,
beneath and betwixt,
You are here.

We pray over the mourning and the lonely
the struggling and the disenfranchised
in mind and body and spirit, that they — that we —
might not be crushed if afflicted, not despairing if perplexed.

Deepen our breath,
mend our relationships,
sustain our bodies for hope.

We stretch out to you and to one another,
honest about our transgressions and pains,
eager to be healed and to support healing.
We say in faith, “Here I am,” trusting that:

behind and before,
beneath and betwixt,
You are here.

cross-posted at RevGalBlogPals

Pentecost Praise

How good and generous you are, O Holy Potter,
to create us and equip us with diversity!

How wise and provocative you are, O Blessed Other,
to call us out when we would withdraw into!

How lavish and surprising you are, O Divine Vessel,
to pour spirit over us and and gush love on us!

Most Holy Potter, our Creator;
dear Blessed Other, our Teacher;
abundant Divine Vessel, our Sustenance;
we praise You!

Horses Speak of God

I’ve seen horses change lives. I’ve seen books change lives. A book about horses that reminds us to “sit centered and deeply” in God is sure to foster miracles.

In Horses Speak of God: How Horses Can Teach Us to Listen and Be Transformed, author Laurie M. Brock (and her horse Nina) demonstrate the importance of nurturing faith with our whole selves — in mind and body and spirit, in work and play and relationships. Like horseback riding, our lives and our faith require ongoing reflection, a willingness to listen, and the humility to stay engaged. When we neglect these spiritual disciplines, horses (among other friends) remind us:

“Relax your grip.”

“Work with me.”

“Try again.”

It could be a horse making its opinion known to a rider. It could be God nudging any one of us. The message could tell us something about our posture in the saddle … or about our fears in life. The experience might be a pleasant canter … or a hard fall.

In all, through all, is life. In all and through all is holiness.

Whether you ride or walk, love horses or prefer a nice indoor plant, Horses Speak of God is a beautiful book that will gently invite your self-reflection and encourage your spirit to (re)attune itself to God’s leading.

Go easy.

Trust the discomfort of unlearning and relearning.

Give up a little bit of control.

And let the intuition of horses teach you the good news of God’s mysteries.

(For more from Laurie Brock, follow her fabulous blog.)

Wilderness Roads

Jesus, dear Jesus,
we are not always certain of the road before us:
whether hope will meet us or hell will greet us,
whether strangers might guide us or friends might betray us,
whether your kingdom will dawn or the shadows lengthen for a while longer.

Jesus, dear Jesus,
on this wilderness road we long for direction:
for signs and symbols and secrets to guide our ways,
for wise company to love us and guard us against our fears,
for the curiosity to understand and the compassion for grace.

Jesus, dear Jesus,
the roads wind, the paths cross, the ways are full of obstacles:
hear the prayers of those who feel lost, those in grief, and those in crisis;
do not be unknown to those who are hungry, who are exiled, who are in danger;
humble our vanities & jealousies to make us good traveling companions.

Jesus, dear Jesus,
though the ways are long and the wilderness ever-changing,
no matter how far we roam or how uncertain we feel,
be our rock and our root, our center and our home.
Locate us always within your perfect love.

We pray, Jesus, in your name.

cross-posted at RevGalBlogPals

I Shall Not Want

By your name and your power, O Christ,
our lives are renewed
for the living of these days,
for the loving of all peoples,
for the leaping gladness of praise.

By your name and your power, O Christ,
our hearts are saved
for the laboring of mercy,
for the welcoming of peace,
for the shattering of injustice.

By your name and your power, O Christ,
our spirits are delighted
for the releasing of fear,
for the reviving of goodness,
for the restoring of faithfulness.

By your name and your power alone, O Christ.

cross-posted at RevGalBlogPals