To feel vibrate the enraptured
waterfall flinging itself
unabating down and down
to clenched fists of rock.
Swiftness of plunge,
hour after year after century,
O or Ah
spray. The smoke of it.
of steelwhite foam, glissades
of fugitive jade barely perceptible. Such passion—
rage or joy?
Thus, not mild, not temperate,
God’s love for the world. Vast
flood of mercy
flung on resistance.
O God, you love us like a good parent, and are present in every aspect of our existence. May your nature become known and respected by all. May your joy, peace, wholeness and justice be the reality for everyone as we live by the Jesus Way. Give us all that we really need to live every day for you. And forgive us our failures as we forgive others for their failures. Keep us from doing those things which are not of you, and cause us always to be centered on your love. For you are the true reality in this our now, and in all our future. In the Jesus Way we pray. Amen. (David Sorril)
Jesus “rebuked” the wind and sea by saying, “peace, be still.” Mark 4:35—41. Christ Jesus, rebuke the storms in my life. Command my worries and anxieties to be still, and grant me your peace. Make be willing to be yoked with you and let you be the one to do the heavy lifting, the hard pulling as I give you my life freely and fully.
“The Presence of the Lord was at my side and I could live with trust, not fear, again.” Psalm 118:6, from Ancient Songs Sung Anew
“The root of prayer is interior silence….Deep prayer is the laying aside of thoughts. It is the opening of mind and heart, thoughts and feelings—our whole being—to God, the ultimate mystery, beyond words, thoughts and emotions.” Fr Richard Keating
“We must become aware of the sacred in every single element of life. We must bring beauty to birth in a poor and plastic world. We must restore the human community. We must grow in concert with the God who is within. We must be healers in a harsh society.
“We must begin to do life, to be with people, to accept circumstances, to bring good to evil in ways that speak of the presence of God in every moment.” Joan Chittister
“Remove the heavy yoke of oppression. Stop pointing your finger and spreading vicious rumors! 10 Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. 11 The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.” Isaiah 58: 9-11
“The value of compassion cannot be over-emphasized. Anyone can criticize. It takes a true believer to be compassionate. No greater burden can be borne by an individual than to know no one cares or understands.” A. Stainback
We can march, we can protest, we can accept, but how do we touch? How are we going to act personally with our neighbors?
Despite societal fears and frustrations, we know Christ’s light can never be dimmed or destroyed. Let us move into the new year with courage and compassion, reflecting that light within us, and seeing it in our brothers and sisters as well. We are shepherds to others, not slaves to politicians.
“Surely this is not the time for trembling knees and pale faces among the sons and daughters of new creation. The darker the night, the brighter faith shines and the sooner comes the morning. Look up and lift up your heads; our redemption draws near.” AW Tozer