Lent 26

Rain down on me, blessed Creator,
rain down with mercy and grace
for the living of these days.

Rain down on me, blessed Savior,
rain down with love and strength
for the walking of this journey.

Rain down on me, blessed Breath,
rain down with holy fire and faith
for the empowering of your disciple.

Lent 25

Where are you going in such a rush, child of mine?
Today I am having lunch at your home.

Today I am spending the day with you.

Today I’ve planned to sit with you and listen to your thoughts.

Today it’s just you and me, reflecting together on life
as good friends do.

What are your thoughts? Where is your heart today,
child after my own heart?

Lent 24

In praise of the I AM who was and is and will be:

On the wings of the eagle I soar to the high reaches of the mountains, to the desolate snows of Mount Everest and the trembling sides of Redoubt Volcano—and your fierce love is there.

On the currents of the ocean I sink past the bright and busy coral reef to the deep canyon of unimaginable glowing sea creatures—and your startling beauty is there.

On the rising steam of hot ugali and stewed goat meat I laugh with the crowd of bodies dancing and children weaving throughout—and your brilliant music is there.

On the pulsing beam over Cape May Point I marvel at the seasons changing across land, bay, ocean, land, bay, ocean, land, bay, ocean—and your steadfast light is there.

How precious is your steadfast love, O God.
With you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.

(Psalm 36:5-9)

Lent 23

Gideon felt dew on the fleece of wool.
Noah saw the bow of color arched in the sky.
Thomas touched the scars from the nails in Jesus’ side.

We pray for signs.

The psalmist observed the deer at the stream.
Peter dreamed of animals, reptiles, birds lowered in a sheet.
Deep in Egypt, the Hebrews marked their doors with blood.

We pray for signs.

For Hezekiah’s reassurance and healing, the shadows retreated.
A young woman bore a son for the hope of the people.
Daniel interpreted the handwriting on the wall.

How great are God’s signs,
how mighty God’s wonders.
The kingdom of the Most High God is an everlasting kingdom,
and God’s sovereignty is from generation to generation.

We pray for signs to this generation, to this world,
for the sake of your holy reputation in these days.

(includes Daniel 4:3, adapted)

Fourth Sunday in Lent

The prayer that remains constant,
on my lips at dawn and at dusk,
is simply: Please be here.
Please be here.
Here, with me.
Here, wherever there is crying.
Here, in the halls of power.
Here, in places of drought.
Here, with my loved ones.
Here, where a child’s eyes are filled with terror.
Here, where the great blue heron is wading.
Please be here.