Luminous Presence, whose face reflects light in all directions,
We wake and pause to take in the mysterious brightness of your creation.
In this new day, with its unseen possibilities, order our lives. Provoke your mercy and peace to bring our weary souls relief from the error of our ways. Shine your love amongst us, stirring comfort into the hearts of all who need healing and hope so that your image can be established, throughout our world. Amen.
Wonder-full One, who is made known in silence,
Use this quiet moment to simplify our desires for this day. Rather than participating in the culture of mindless consumption and digital distraction, lead us away to a place of emptying. Hold us in this place long enough to encounter your Presence. Fill us again with the wonder of Love flowing freely through our lives. Amen.
He brought me out into a broad place, he delivered me because he delighted in me.
Holy God, who holds us in arms of love,
We come to be purified in this full and holy season, to be quieted long enough to take in your goodness of all that has come and will be. We long for your plan to be revealed and yet, we refuse to wait, grasping instead at lesser things. We long to be chosen and favored, to be part of your family and yet, we reject our brothers and sisters. Help us to have courage when our souls are pierced and remind us in this new year that you will raise us after each fall. Move us by your Spirit to follow in the ways of Christ. Amen.
Oh God, Unknown One, whose creation desperately needs redemption
Nothing makes any sense. We are not taking a breath, every cell in our bodies anxious with furious vibration, broken bones and torn flesh, every thought numbed. Lead us through this arid wilderness. Can the lost be found? Can the afflicted be comforted or the proud be convicted? Can we be sustained by your promise? Redeem the images seared in our memories. Embroider the names of victims on our hearts and in our minds until compassion brings us to new places of hope. Amen.
Creator of Seasons, whose fullness is revealed in time,
We breathe with gratitude for another day, and hope that you will help us to notice something new. In the beauty of a fading bloom, in the tenacity of a creatures web, there is wisdom and knowledge that we too often pass by. Included in this day, you provide what is needed to relieve every anxiety. Whenever we feel lost, uncertain and abandoned, open us to imagine your goodness. Amen.
Orchard Grower, who cultivates beauty amongst all the thorns,
We pause to receive all you pour out upon us through creation; the soft Spring air, the call of songbirds, the fruiting trees… Make us mindful of these gifts. Give us patience to wait upon your timing for whatever is not yet revealed. Help us to accept the wisdom of your ways. Bring us to places of expectant hope. Remind us that the fruit of your Presence feeds us all. Amen.
Living Strength, who overcomes the impossible,
We began this new day just as we do every day. Break open our resistance to your love with each breath. Flow freely into and out of our hearts. No matter what the challenge, help us to notice the life seeping out of the hardened spaces in our lives, in our world. Stir us to see all that you offer that goes unnoticed. Make us like you, aiming always to look more toward others than ourselves to realize emerging gifts. Amen.