Open to Mystery


Holy One, whose strength is present in this moment,
We inhale all that is good and are renewed. We exhale releasing the love and mercy you have given, into our world. When we face grief and pain, deliver us into a mystery that is larger than we can imagine. Shape our unique identities us as we navigate the complexities of faithful living. Keep our hearts open to you so that we can find rest and peace. Strengthen us for this day with your breath of life.  Amen.

Do you not know your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, who you have received from God?                                                                          1 Corinthians 6:19

5 thoughts on “Open to Mystery

  1. Thank you Janet. I am experiencing the tenth anniversary of the loss of Dustin. It feels like forever yet simultaneously it feels like yesterday. I thank God for the glimpses I get of his mercy and plan, but I often struggle with my sinful nature. As much as I attempt to do good, I struggle with being merciful to myself and others. When I read your prayers, I feel God’s calming presence. I know you are struggling with grief and I am sure it is still quite fresh. You are such a blessing and I truly miss your presence and leadership at our church. That said, I know you are called now to be where you are and you are providing a light to those you lead. Continued blessings Janet. 💞

    • Benita, thank you for your kind words and for sharing your journey with me. I remember that Dustin called you and I hope that one gesture reminds you how much he loved you, even when he was suffering. Ten years, I can’t even imagine. Much love to you and Wes.

      • I am sure that by now you know that just a week after I left that message, we lost Matthew. The cause of death is not known yet. It really doesn’t matter though because the pain is the same. There is going to be an ecumenical memorial service honoring his life on July 11th at the Church of the Epiphany in DC. I was told that their was to be a representative from Catholic Charities also speaking. Matthew was active in the ministries of both of these organizations. They have very active ministries and services for the homeless and mentally impaired. The Reverend Dr. Catriona Laing reached out to me and I was interviewed by the editor of a publication called Street Sense. There is an obituary they published as well some of what I knew of Matthew’s experiences living on the street. I also shared with them my fruitless efforts to get him help. I was asked if I wish to speak at this service. I am not sure I would know exactly what to say. I just don’t know sometimes if I just should be quiet. I sometimes wonder if I am discussing a subject that really is too sensitive and raw for people. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know about Matthew in the event you were not notified. Thanks again for your lovely voice calling out in the wilderness. 💞

  2. Thanks again, Janet. Your words and posts are always uplifting and help me get back to center. God Bless You!

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