Increase our Humility

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Persistent One, who acts daily to provide for our deepest needs,
Capture our attention in this silence. Use each breath to reconnect our bodies and souls. Bring our intent for this day into focus, Help us to notice what we too often overlook, increasing our humility before your grace. Rather than respond impatiently to what seem to be interruptions, remind us that your Presence might be found in the mundane. Make it so that our best work today is that which goes unnoticed. Amen.

Photo-Incheon, Korea, October 2014 JPS

Lengthening Shadows Ending this Year

Shadows of the year

Holy One, who fills both lightness and darkness with mystery,
As the shadows lengthen on this year, we attend to the fullness of your Presence. Your love comes at us so fully, and so often we either shy away, or are too distracted to notice. Right here, we have all that is needed; somehow we are enough, right now. We count on you to continue to make us tender with compassion and to further our trust in the ways of mercy and forgiveness. Our deepest desire is for peace with all people. With this last dusk of the year, propel us into the unknown future trusting that you are already there, preparing for our next moment. Open us to receive all that you provide with gladness. Amen.

Divine Messenger

Messengers of Love

Messenger of Love, whose whispers often go unnoticed,
Help us to stop and listen for you. Remind us that this gift, of attending to your Presence, allows ourselves to become lighter and more joy-filled. Don’t let busy-ness prevent us from the reality that we truly have all the time we need to be aware what is going on around us, and so recognize the real Presence of your Love. And each time we encounter the fullness of your Love, our voices are transformed to be messengers for your world, to whisper your love to others with simple acts of kindness. Amen.

Every Blessing

DSC04017Giver of Every Blessing, whose constancy offers exactly what we need,
In the early morning light, we pause to consider the goodness you are already revealing. Rather than moving too quickly into the challenges of this day, fill us with a sense of quiet calm. Remind us that any frustrations or disappointments we encounter hold the hidden blessing of guiding and directing us in becoming who you created us to be. Reassure us that your light is ever brighter when it passes through dark spaces. Turn our longings into blessings amongst our families, our communities and our world. Amen.