Meditation: We share the Word
Since it has pleased the Almighty to bestow upon N1 and N2
the gift of a child, N3, let us now give thanks:
Heavenly Father, you have blessed us with your presence in this world.
We thank you for the life of this child, N3, entrusted to our care.
Help us to remember that we are all your children, and so to
love and nurture him, that he may attain to that full stature
intended for him in your eternal wisdom.
Lord, you have taught us that whoever receives a little child
in your name receives you. We give you thanks for the blessing
you have bestowed upon N1 and N2 in giving them a child. Confirm
their joy by a lively sense of your presence with them, and give them
calm strength and patient wisdom as they seek to bring this child to
love all that is true and noble, just and pure, lovable and gracious,
excellent and admirable, following the example of all who are blessed.
- Modified from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer: Thanksgiving for a Child
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Meditation: We share the Word
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Meditation: We must listen for God speaking through each other
The problem is:
In order to speak to you;
For you to understand;
It seems like I must speak as an adult.
But for me to tell you the truth;
For us to truly communicate;
For your heart to hear me;
I must speak as a child.
And it may very well be
that there are no words at all
that express what we feel.
In which case
I ask that you imagine
the tears in my eyes
and the way my face crumples
the other parts of our hearts
Today we can only
try and hope
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Meditation: Bring your sins to God's throne, and you will receive the peace of God.
Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved?
Who is this that cometh up as a flood, whose waters are moved as the rivers?
Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant?
Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah?
-This that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength?
Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass?
Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us:
this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Meditation: My Shepherd Is The Lord
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Daniel 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
Isaiah 26:19 Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.
John 14:23 Jesus answered him, ‘Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.
John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
John 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
If someone could show us a way back to joy from these hard, sad, dark places, would we not seize it and follow it, like a lover follows his or her beloved, like a bee follows the scent of nectar, like a bird or squirrel following a trail of seeds?
I have the way, but it means giving something up. Here it is, in six steps. Think of it as a half-price twelve-step program:
- Give Up
- Make Do
- Help Others
- Start Over
Monday, December 6, 2010
Proposed Antiphon: Deep in the forest, if you listen, You can hear faint hymns of joy among the trees