Nurturing Maker of Earth, whose creative work is revealed in each season,
Send us outdoors this day to be immersed by your loving Presence. Refill us with breaths of sunshine and color. Our hearts fling open to take in the beautify of your fields and sky. Our bodies are sustained by your summer fruit. Return our thoughts to your constancy and your bounty. Everywhere you recreate us with a goodness that is real right now, and forever. Amen.
Creator of Love, who inspires passion for living and serving,
Use this silent moment, giving us pause to consider the canvas of this new day. With each breath, fill us with promise for the fullness that is ahead. Thank you for providing for us and inviting us to live creatively. Use our words, like paint on the palate, to create light and shadow naming the reality in front of us. Give us courage to see truth and express ourselves in life giving ways, each a paintbrush that illuminates the need for one another in community. If one brushstroke goes beyond alignment, use it to become the foundation for an element of focus and beauty in our midst. Remind us there is no failure in love. Amen.
Mother Earth, whose renewing power enlivens, heals, and sustains us,
As the day begins, bring our breath into an unhurried rhythm. Focus all our senses on the natural world around us, thankful for the energy we receive from your creation. Open us again to the wonder of life unfolding after darkness, of new found activity in places of dormancy. Throughout this day, let us show our appreciation for the earth by making our footsteps gentle ones and our touch, caring and compassionate. Strengthen us to a further commitment for using only what we need and sharing our excess with others. We celebrate your goodness, today and everyday. Amen.
Revealer of Treasure, who gives us a glimpse of hidden things,
This new day begins with blue birds flirting on the window sill and flowering trees boasting of their beauty. Amongst creation’s commotion, we encounter your peace filled Presence. In the course of our responsibilities today, awaken our hearts to uncover the potential for love and emerging beauty you bring to every circumstance. Plant us as beacons in your garden so others might encounter your fullness where they thought there was nothing. Amen.
Home of our Heart, who endures trials patiently with us,
Fill us with gratitude in this silence for all that you provide. Bring to view things that go unnoticed and yet point us toward the reality of your love. Rather than managing our difficulties with cool calculations, guide us to positions of new vulnerability and openness to compassionate grace. Help us to become aware of your Presence in the collective company we keep, reminding us that together we can shelter any storm. Keep us faithful in our prayer for peace. Amen.
Strength of Today, whose arms carry us toward truth,
Use this silent moment to help us to notice the beauty that can be found amongst the shadows. Give us strong hearts willing to grow in difficult seasons. We begin this Lenten journey remembering that we all return to dust. Whatever our vantage point, help us to look closely for the connections that exist to encourage and support us. As we find our way through this day, cast light from our depths for the sake of the strengthening another. Amen.
Giver of Clarity, whose vast Spirit hovers over and around us,
In the quiet morning, we breathe in your fullness. Settle us under the light of your Presence. Help us to let go of anything too burdensome to carry into this day. Simplify our work to only that which brings strength to another. Reveal your compassion and peace when harmful actions interrupt goodness. Guide us by your mercy to engage whole communities in ways that encompass hope. Amen.
Architect of Increase, who builds a place of belonging for us all,
Today’s silence leads us to an inner room where our souls can begin to attend to your Presence. In the cold of winter; this inner place is warm, a place of fertile growth. Widen our seeking to find you both in the light and the dark corners. Guide us to hidden doors and windows, to the steps that lead us further into the mystery of your mercy and grace. Give us patience to remain in this inner place until your whispers expand our ability to love. Amen.
Sustainer of Grace, whose wisdom is found in the rhythms of the earth,
Draw us toward your active Presence as we set our intent for this day. No matter what is needed, move us away from self sufficiency to surrender. In each encounter and circumstance, open us to notice your beauty and truth. Use the interruptions to simplify our efforts to only that which is essential. Fill us with the kind of gratitude that reaches out to support those around us. When the day is over, help us to rest satisfied in all that You accomplished to bring your creation to new wholeness. Amen.
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