This morning as we pray for one another, our neighbours, and our world, let us be assured and comforted knowing the Lord is near.
“Rejoice in the Lord always: again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ”
(Phil. 4: 4-7)
Beneath this morning’s blanket of snow, lies a spring that waits to blossom in all her beauty. What lies in wait within you? What seed is growing with new dimension? Following a fallow season, bulbs emerge from the cold earth with new life. Seeds need to crack open for new beauty and new life to appear. What’s growing within you with possibility? As the song writer pens, “Unrevealed until its season something God alone can see.”
A Morning Offering:
I bless the night that nourished my heart
To set the ghosts of longing free
Into the flow and the figure of dream
That went to harvest from the dark
Bread for the hunger no one sees
All that is eternal in me
Welcomes the wonder of this day,
The field of brightness it creates
Offering time for each thing
To arise and illuminate.
I place on the altar of dawn:
The quiet loyalty of breath,
The tent of thought where I shelter,
Waves of desire I am shore to
And all beauty drawn to the eyes.
May my mind come alive today
To the invisible geography
That invites me to new frontiers,
To break the dead shell of yesterdays,
To rise being disturbed and changed.
May I have the courage today
to live the life that I would love,
To postpone my dream no longer
But do at last what I came here for
And waste my heart on fear no more.
(by John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us p, 9)
May God’s peace hold you and all you love.
The Lord is near!
love & prayers,