January 5 Prayer
‘Favor and blessing belong to the poor and lowly in spirit.’ Matt 5:1-3
When we are in need, when we recognize our own lack then we are able to live in truth and walk in love.
How do we know love and live in love?
In truth and action.
John tells us 1John 3:16-21. When our hearts condemn us, when we fall short and when we see our own darkness and lowness,He forgives us,
‘Whenever our hearts make us feel guilty and remind us of our failures, we know that God is much greater and more merciful than our conscience, and he knows everything about us.”
He looks upon us with compassion and then tells us to “go and give them what they need.” ‘Feed my sheep’
Jesus in the first blessing that he gives to his followers starts out with ‘blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’
So let’s start here, where we are real and true to ourselves and see our own needs so that we can be moved with compassion upon the world that lives in desolation, darkness and hopelessness.
Let’s begin again and return to truth in action, live a life that is a love offering, like Jesus did, willing to die to our old selves and live for love in the new.
Let us give away the gifts that have freely been given to us.
With Jesus everything changes.
When we give out of the little we have without scarcity, provision multiplies and we still have much more to give.
As we live in ‘a day of our reason in which truth becomes known’ in our hearts we return as ‘creatures subject to the creator, servants serving the redeemer.’ Thus we are delivered, birthed forth as a new true reflection of Love. (St.Bernard of Clairvaux)
Pause and let this truth settle in your soul to pray;
“Sweet Jesus, we cry out;
Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us in our condemning hearts.
We are in great need of a redeemer so we return to Love and desire to live in this love.
We ask for a fresh start to see others in the world the way that you see them, in need of you the only one that makes all things new.
For you are great and created beauty out of the dust.
We surrender to your way of love this day.
May we be your surrendered creatures to reflect the face of Christ as love in the world .”
January 4 Prayer
“What are you looking for? Come follow me and see, ….you are to be called…”
These are the words of Jesus to a pair of brothers that trailed behind him as he walked by. John 1:35-42
If you were to see Jesus walking by what would you want to do?
What would you want to say to him and he to you?
Bring all of your anticipation for the new year before him now.
Hold your scattered questions and all that you are looking for and place them before Jesus.
See every single piece of torn paper with all of your questions written on them as he takes each one to create a beautiful collage for you.
There is no waste in the kingdom of God.
Everything is useful, every pain, grief and sorrow, and every tear is precious in his sight.
He sees your longings, what you are looking for .
He calls you by a new name for a new season in your life.
Pause to wait in silence.
What is the word that you hear being spoken over you now?
Let us pray with psalm 119:73
“It was your hands that made me and shaped me;
Grant me insight to learn your ways,
Breathe your wisdom over me so I can understand you.
When others see me waiting for your Word,
May they take heart and be glad.
Help me to believe in You and know that I belong to You.
I give to you every single bit and piece of me and
let you make something beautiful.
Open my eyes to see that even the spaces between
are beautiful to you.
And where the pieces overlap,
may I see your love filling and calling me
to participate in what you are creating.
Let us all become a part of your artful collage in the world so others who do not understand you may be drawn to a beauty outside of themselves.
Make something beautiful today!
January 3 Prayer -Epiphany Sunday
“The mystery is made known to me through revelation.” Eph.3
The wise men came to follow the star to Jesus and being warned in a dream they went back home by another way. Matt.2
“Arise and shine for your light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” Is.60:1-6
Follow the star that leads to Jesus and when you get there bow down your knee
And when you rise let his light shine upon you
And take the journey ahead.
The way will be made known as you start walking
Take nothing with you but faith, hope and love.
You will only be lead where you want to go.
So let these three lead you.
And ask yourself where do you want to go?
Where do you want to grow?
Let the light of Christ arise in you,
Drink it, eat it and consume all the hope you can get
Until it will emanate from your very being
like moonbeams shooting forth in a black, dark night.
Let the mystery enfold you and empower you so you may be his light in the world.
For All will be restored when we rise tighter together as one.
We pray ,O Lord for you to go before us with you glorious light to shine the way.
May we always be willing to enter into the mystery of Christ in us,
To reveal your glory here on earth.
In the epiphanies that you reveal to us, may we be open enough to follow and go another way no matter how hard it will be.
We want to go where you want us to go and rebuild faith, hope and love in our families and community.
May we have a clear sight to perceive with true affection the mystery in which you have called us to participate through Jesus Christ, our lord.
January 2 Prayer
It is the second day after the first day of the new year.
We begin again and yet we are in the same season of winter.
What better time is there to spend in reflection and preparation for the spring to arrive.
The soil is beginning to soften from a few rains while the seeds lie beneath.
Here the words of our faithful saving God from Isaiah 45;
“I am the Lord and there is no other.
I created the heavens and the earth, put everything in place.
I made the world to be lived in, not to be a place of empty chaos.
I publicly proclaim bold promises.
I, the Lord, speak only what is true and declare only what is right.”
As you look back to look forward, what are the questions that arise within you?
What place are you in now and where are you being asked to go?
Breathe in the name of Jesus.
Jesus, the holy name of Jesus.
The one who saves’
The anointed One has come to anoint you this day
with His presence, by His name, with the oil of His Holy Spirit.
“We proclaim Christ, crucified. Christ the power of God, the wisdom of God.”
“The Lord has made his salvation known, all the ends of the earth have seen it.
His justice, His Kindness, His faithfulness.”
This is where we may begin again.
Let him anoint you with His calling to remain in Him.
For God is with you, for you and dwells within you.
This is His creative work in you that calls you forth into the new.
Not of your own imagination but beyond what you have known.
What does love look like in 2021?
Begin to discover it within your very own self.
What do you want it to look like for you?
Be the person you have always wanted to have in your life.
The one you needed when you were younger.
You belong to Love and you are the beloved.
‘We breathe in your name, Jesus, the one who saves!’
Is.45:18-19, Ps.98:1-4, 1Co.1:23-24, 1John 4:12
January 2021 Prayers
A Blessing for the New Year
The first day of a new year,
clear and bright outside my window
light shines on the blue and white
sea that calls come and see;
Come and venture out into the vast open space
where your soul has grown and your heart has shifted
Spread out you arms expanse
to live cruciform
Allow your feet to take those new steps of an unknown dance
Release your vocal chords to sing out a new melody
never sung before
Let your full humanity resonate with God’s divinity
waiting to empower
you from on high,
to be a ‘Theotokos’
faith, hope and love, these three
wrapped up into one
One Father, One Son, One Holy Spirit
Come and see and let the waves of the three wash over you
Come and take a look at the treasures
that you found tossed upon the shore
from the passing storm
Don’t be so rash in throwing it all away to enter something new
for darkness and light are a part of it all
even this past year of 2020
Lean into where your soul has grown and
where you find yourself now wanting to go
Hold them together for no matter how
hard you try to leave your struggles behind
they will travel with you
So take the time and welcome them as treasures before the One
that holds your future
Walk boldly and humbly into the new year
knowing that you are human,
knowing that you are beloved
of the Divine~
‘Holy Spirit we ask you to be the one that fills us and empowers us and
sends us out into the new year.
May we see things both as they really are and also as they could be
through your wisdom,
may we grow even more into your image
Through Jesus, the holy one
December 30 Prayer
‘Fill us with wonder’
Anna waited and worshiped her whole life as a young widow in God's house.
I wonder if she lives inside or next to the church and what her duties were.
What were her prayer habits and conversations with God like?
As she grew old did she ever grow weary in waiting ?
Then the Promised one arrives at her door to be presented to the Lord.
How her heart must have overflowed with joy and wonder to actually see what she had been waiting for all of those 77 years.
So much joy that she told everyone she met about Jesus.
As we sit at the threshold of a new year allow the spirit of God to fill you with wonder.
Present your whole self to Him now with everything you are wondering about and worrying about.
Breathe deeply and slowly to receive his presence of peace, healing and joy for the future.
God’s path ahead is an open space for you to freely walk on.
Lay aside the past and throw off anything that would hinder you from moving forward.
His way is right, steadfast,
His way revives the soul,
Gives wisdom to the simple,
Gladdens the heart,
Gives light to the eyes,
Abides with us forever -
So let us have a simple heart like Anna
to seek the way of the Lord and see the promised One before us now as we prepare for a new year.
Present your hopes before The Faithful One,
And let your heart begin to fill with the joy of wonder once again.
“I shall walk freely upon your spacious path for me for I will seek your ways and will not be ashamed.”
I receive every good and perfect gift to walk with You, O Lord.
December 29 Prayer
Holding a long awaited promise….
Simeon was old now and had waited his whole life to finally get to see the foretold promise before his own faded eyes.
And all the while he had kept this blessing inside him ready to declare over the promised one.
I wonder, as I look into my own heart, for the long awaited for promises to be fulfilled through me.
Simeon had been waiting, praying and hoping for the promise of salvation and consolation for his people.
How am I praying and hoping for consolation for my own family and land?
Can I place my desires for what is best for them ahead of what I think is best for me?
Take some time to reflect upon this past year and where God has been calling you to lay down your own agenda and opinions for the sake of others.
Be aware of the feelings inside of you, your thoughts, memories, desolations and distresses.
Offer them now to the promised One who offers to you his consolation and salvation.
Breathe deeply in a new hope and promise to hold within you.
We pray with this hope from Psalm 119;57-60,73,76-77
‘You are my satisfaction,
Lord, and all that I need,
so I am determined to do everything you say.
With all my heart I seek your favor,
pour out your grace on me as you promised!
When I realize that I’m gone astray,
I turn back to obey your instructions.
I give my all to follow your revelation
light; I will not delay to obey.
Your very hands have held me
and made me who I am;
give me more revelation-light
so I may learn to please you more.
Now, let your unfailing love comfort me,
just as you promised me and
surround me with your tender mercies
so I may live..”
May these next days be ones filled with more revelation
and light to guide you into the new year.
December 28 Prayer
‘Follow another way back home’ Matt. 2:12
Walk in the light, for the light makes everything visible, and Christ will shine His light on you. Eph.5:8-10
For You O’ Lord are the fountain of LIfe, the light by which see.’ Ps.36:9
The wise men that followed the star to the Christ child were warned in a dream to find another way back home.
As we look to a new year ahead and reflect on this past year let us ask God for his light to shine upon us and reveal His way before us.
Holding all of the past struggles and challenges, losses, dreads and dreams, fears and fragilities, we offer them up to a God who knows and holds them for us now.
We ask God to help us follow another way
an unfamiliar way that with every step we will find a little
more wonder and see
a little more to ponder,
with every step to discern what this way will unfold
in the silence and the unease,
when everything is out of balance,
May we listen carefully and closely to the voice
calling us home by another way.
May we receive the promise, the guiding star,
to hold God and let him hold us.
Lead us the only way to find our true home
and be the light so that we might see
the perfect way ~
We receive your joy with thankfulness in our hearts,
all that you have prepared for those who love and follow you.
December 26 Prayer
The Holy Family - A promise fulfilled
Christmas is over, the gifts unwrapped, the mess is still left to clean up and yet Christmas has just begun.
We look to the holy family this day to recognize God's promise being fulfilled on earth. Lk.2:22-40
This year has been a trying year for all of the world and continues to be. Not the unlike the world Jesus was born into.
We were made to return to and stay in our homes with our families and close companions.
Some of us have been alone and felt that loneliness more than ever.
But it is here that Jesus comes.
Here where you find yourself today that He comes to dwell with you.
May we find the courage and strength to grow within our souls as we let Jesus come to us.
May we continue to unwrap the gift of salvation and life freely given to us.
May we be the ones like John to prepare the way for those living in darkness to see the rising sun come from heaven and shine upon them and give them the knowledge of salvation. Ps. 8
There is no other way but the way to trust in the promise foretold l.
As Joseph had to trust God and trust Mary to be true to their words and Mary had to trust in the Holy Spirit to birth the Christ Child within her.
And even Jesus had to trust in his earthly family to provide for him a home that would teach him wisdom and give him strength.
Pause to Pray;
We pray with thanks for the promises you gave to us to be fulfilled throughout our lives.
Help us to find the courage to trust and believe in what you have spoken.
May we believe in the impossible things that you have declared over us and may we participate in their fulfillment.
We offer up to you this past year with all of its struggles and challenges and reflect on how you have met our every need.
Give us eyes to see you on the road ahead and lead us on the path of peace.
May we find our hope within You and be the family of God within the body of Chrst.
From our home to yours, a Christmas Eve blessing.
#Waiting in the Dark
What is it like waiting in the dark?
inside behind closed doors,
Under a cloud covered night sky,
Waiting for the splitting open of the dark
Waiting for a light to break forth.
What is it like to wait in the dark?
Crawling through a damp, cold slippery cave
Listening for a crack
Searching for just a pinhole of white to appear.
What is it like waiting in the dark?
Walking along a path grouping a small instrument that beams a way forward
One step at a time, the landscape obscured ahead and behind
It’s hard to see the whole picture now.
But wait and search for what will appear before
you as you wait.
Never lose the wonder of waiting in the dark
For as you wait a yearning for light will grow
from within the cave of your heart.
In the dark abyss grows a space to
let this blessing come.
It comes then in waiting, anticipating,
in the fear of unknowing,
in the making of a space
in the darkness to enfold you,
and overshadowing you,
without pushing it away.
It will come suddenly as the strong offshore
wind blows against the coastal waves.
It comes gently in the ‘bleak midwinter frosty wind made moan,
snow on snow.’
It comes as a ‘silent night, a holy night, when all is calm,’
And the night grows old.
This blessing comes and calls to you as an annunciation
A greeting to awaken the dawn
The flame is inside you ready to ignite a fire so bright
To be birthed this night.
A calling for all to come and bow, on earthly stone,
where blood and straw and wood
a Lord, a humble king, a God-man
Birthed in darkness
Shrouded in humanity as one of us
Light comes and calls forth this blessing
Let us hold this moment of darkness
on this eve,
and let it linger and grow
in every breath
without grasping the air -
Let heavenly lightness fill your lungs and
grow the space inside you
To bring this blessing of
God beholding you
On this dark eve
This holy, Christmas night.