A Simple Valentine

Paul's rosebud

Divine Promise,
who generates strength within and amongst us,
Your Presence permeates the air we breathe, effortless on our part. You deliver us through a myriad of daily choices, some of which are less than faithful and still you bring forth beauty from our flaws. May our focus be on Love this day, assured only with your capacity to heal and restore every life in yours. Amen.

 

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Mysterious Brightness

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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.

Simplify our Desires

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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.
Ps 18:19

Arms of Love

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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.

Noticing Love

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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.

Vehicles of Love

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Lifter of Souls, who brightens this day,

Open in us new space to take in your love. Awaken us to the invitation of traveling creatively through our circumstances. Bring us to consider what is needed by the ones beside us and amongst us. Rebuild and repurpose our lives to be vehicles that deliver new patterns of relationship offering hopefulled acceptance that heals the broken hearted. Make this day ever more beautiful through the gentle strength  of your love and peace.  Amen.

Wounded by Mercy

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Force of Life, who emerges in times of trial,
We admit our resistance to your power, and yet, we allow the pressures of the world to split us open. We invite you in this time of silence to enter into our hearts and wound us by your mercy and love. Break us open to receive your goodness that your light might shine through us into dark spaces. Change our minds about the things we need most so that we find our struggle satisfied by relieving the needs of others. Make us stubborn and steadfast in our love for you. Amen.