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March 31, 2021 :: Prayer Prompt

I Wake Close To The Morning
By Mary Oliver, Felicity

Why do people keep asking to see
God’s identity papers
when the darkness opening into morning
is more than enough?
Certainly any god might turn away in disgust.
Think of Sheba approaching
the kingdom of Solomon.
Do you think she had to ask,
“Is this the place?”

Submitted by Dez Valdez

Consider this reflection from lingeringonthemargins.com, “Can we look around, as Oliver does, at the natural world, at one another, and at the remarkable care and compassion we witness these days and know that yes, this is the place. This is God’s place, a place where the Spirit is moving, a place where we are loved and sustained. And, like the Queen of Sheba, we can know this and also ask questions of the powerful. We can bring our own wisdom, with confidence and good will, to challenge leaders in the Church and society to act with judgment and justice.

What questions do you want to ask the powerful in Church and society about their responsibility for justice for all people?

What wealth of wisdom do you have to offer in the Church about good judgment, justice, and love?”

For further reflection, today we’re reading John 19:23-24 in our community lenten reader.

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March 30, 2021 :: Prayer Prompt

Consider this prayer from E. B. Pusey (1800-1882), “Grant Lord, that I may not, for one moment, admit willingly into my soul any thought contrary to thy love.”

Submitted by Steve Sherwood

For further reflection, today we’re reading John 19:17-22 in our community lenten reader.

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March 29, 2021 :: Prayer Prompt

“Your goal, then,
is to live in obedience:

With the light of faith
burning in the furnace of generous love,
anointed with humility,
drunk on the sacrificial love of Jesus;

Choosing patience
and sober self-examination,
courage,
enduring perseverance,
and all the other virtues.

Receive all this;
receive your purpose
from Me,
your Creator.”

– Catherine of Siena (1347-1380, my paraphrase)

Catherine speaks with God’s voice, from God’s perspective, and she reminds me of my goal: obedience. The old tapes play in my head: duty, rigidness, properness. And if I read too quickly, she piles on in the third paragraph: “sober self-examination”, “enduring perseverance.” Sigh. Such a dutiful life.

But wait!

“The light of faith!”
“The furnace of generous love!”
“Drunk on the sacrificial love of Jesus!”

Life! Passion! Vitality! This also is the journey of Lent. This also is life with God. Spirit, may it also be birthed in me.

Submitted by Gregg Koskela

 

For further reflection, today we’re reading John 19:7-16 in our community lenten reader.

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March 28, 2021 :: Prayer Prompt

Psalm 143

 Lord, hear my prayer,
listen to my cry for mercy;
in your faithfulness and righteousness
come to my relief.

Do not bring your servant into judgment,
for no one living is righteous before you.
The enemy pursues me,
he crushes me to the ground;
he makes me dwell in the darkness
like those long dead.

So my spirit grows faint within me;
my heart within me is dismayed.
I remember the days of long ago;
I meditate on all your works
and consider what your hands have done.
I spread out my hands to you;
I thirst for you like a parched land.

Answer me quickly, Lord;
my spirit fails.
Do not hide your face from me
or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.

Show me the way I should go,
for to you I entrust my life.
Rescue me from my enemies, Lord,
for I hide myself in you.

Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
lead me on level ground.

For your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life;
in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;
destroy all my foes,
for I am your servant.

Submitted by Steve Sherwood

What words and/or images sparkle up at you from the text? May your good Spirit lead us on level ground.

For further reflection, today we’re reading John 19:1-6 in our community lenten reader.

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March 28, 2021 :: Prayer Prompt

Psalm 143

 Lord, hear my prayer,
listen to my cry for mercy;
in your faithfulness and righteousness
come to my relief.

Do not bring your servant into judgment,
for no one living is righteous before you.
The enemy pursues me,
he crushes me to the ground;
he makes me dwell in the darkness
like those long dead.

So my spirit grows faint within me;
my heart within me is dismayed.
I remember the days of long ago;
I meditate on all your works
and consider what your hands have done.
I spread out my hands to you;
I thirst for you like a parched land.

Answer me quickly, Lord;
my spirit fails.
Do not hide your face from me
or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.

Show me the way I should go,
for to you I entrust my life.
Rescue me from my enemies, Lord,
for I hide myself in you.

Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
lead me on level ground.

For your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life;
in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;
destroy all my foes,
for I am your servant.

Submitted by Steve Sherwood

What words and/or images sparkle up at you from the text? May your good Spirit lead us on level ground.

For further reflection, today we’re reading John 19:1-6 in our community lenten reader.

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March 31, 2021 :: Prayer Prompt

I Wake Close To The Morning
By Mary Oliver, Felicity

Why do people keep asking to see
God’s identity papers
when the darkness opening into morning
is more than enough?
Certainly any god might turn away in disgust.
Think of Sheba approaching
the kingdom of Solomon.
Do you think she had to ask,
“Is this the place?”

Submitted by Dez Valdez

Consider this reflection from lingeringonthemargins.com, “Can we look around, as Oliver does, at the natural world, at one another, and at the remarkable care and compassion we witness these days and know that yes, this is the place. This is God’s place, a place where the Spirit is moving, a place where we are loved and sustained. And, like the Queen of Sheba, we can know this and also ask questions of the powerful. We can bring our own wisdom, with confidence and good will, to challenge leaders in the Church and society to act with judgment and justice.

What questions do you want to ask the powerful in Church and society about their responsibility for justice for all people?

What wealth of wisdom do you have to offer in the Church about good judgment, justice, and love?”

For further reflection, today we’re reading John 19:23-24 in our community lenten reader.

By |March 27th, 2021|Categories: Prayer Journal|0 Comments

March 26, 2021 :: Prayer Prompt

You Are The One

Like a swimmer going under I cling to my ways

I gasp for breath and fight the weight pulling me down

My power and my strength have produced my life

If I kick, splash, and struggle I will overcome!

While all the time you are the one…

The one who gives me the breath I breathe

The one who offers hope in my flailing about

The one who hems me in,

                                                                                                                               before

                                                                                                                       and

                                                                                                        behind

The one who holds me close and whispers, “I am here.”

Even the ability to turn breath into tone, syllable, and meaning

…as the word “Help” comes to my lips…

is from you.

Without you I am lost

Without you I struggle in vain

Without you I am hopeless

Without you I will not survive.

And yet I believe you are the one…

So come and breathe into my life

Bring hope into my tired existence

Go before me as you have done before

Speak truth, with your gentle voice, anew

I calm my life and float in your love

Knowing you are the one who holds me up

The one who gives me breath

The one who saves my life

You are the one…

Submitted by Steve Fawver

 

For further reflection, today we’re reading John 18:28-36 in our community lenten reader.

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March 24, 2021 :: Prayer Prompt

“I asked for strength that I might achieve;
I was made weak that I might learn to humbly obey.
I asked for health that I might do greater things;
I was giving infirmity that I might do better things.
I asked for riches that I might be happy;
I was given poverty that I might be wise.
I asked for power that I might have the praise of others;
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life;
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I had asked for,
But everything that I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself my unspoken prayers were answered;
I am, among all people, most richly blessed.”

– Unknown Civil War Soldier

Submitted by Steve Sherwood

For further reflection, today we’re reading John 18:15-18 in our community lenten reader.

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March 23, 2021 :: Prayer Prompt

“You created us from nothing;
now, here we are, existing.

Please, take further action,
loving, kind, and merciful action.
Remake our bodies and souls,
the ones you have created;

Remake us
in Your image
in Your likeness.

Re-create us to live in Grace itself,
in your loving, kind mercy
through the blood of Your Son
Sweet Jesus Christ.”

– Catherine of Siena (1347-1380, my paraphrase)

Our re-making, our re-creation… this transformative journey through Lent is all done through the loving, kind, merciful action of Spirit. May it be, Jesus! May your sacrifice bring transforming power to your love that shapes me!

Submitted by Gregg Koskela

For further reflection, today we’re reading John 18:10-14 in our community lenten reader.

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March 22, 2021 :: Prayer Prompt

“Delusional fears are one thing, but real calamity is quite another. Fear makes sense, unless we know what the psalmists know. God is every-present (or “ever-ready”) to help in the face of trouble. The singers call on two powerful images from Israel’s faith, both of which point to God’s great power and loving purposes.

The first image pictures the great fortress city that is God’s dwelling place, the seat of God’s universal reign. At the center of the world and above all other mountains (see Isaiah 2), its Eden-like waters flow to give security against siege warfare, but also to give life to all that it touches. (We see this river again in Ezekiel 47 and Revelation 22 where abundance springs up constantly by its banks.) And the God who dwells in this city can melt creation with a shout as easily as establish it with a word.

The second image thrills to the marvel of God ending wars all over the world and piling their weapons on a bonfire. Certainly not all wars then or now have ended, yet God does end wars. Even more, God shares with us our longing for life and wholeness, shalom at its fullest, and has the will and the power to carry it out. For this reason, we can know that no disaster can overmatch God’s power, no calamity can outstrip God’s love. George Fox knew this, too, in his confidence that “the power of the Lord is over all” and that “an infinite ocean of light and love flow[s] over the ocean of darkness and death.”

So when our worlds are falling apart, in the face of puzzlement and pain, the psalmists urge, “Be still.” (Psalm 46:10 NIV) Pause a while. Step back. Take a deep breath. Don’t panic. Don’t conjure up frantic contingency plans. Don’t alarm the whole barnyard. Remember who you’re dealing with. Let God be God, “a bulwark never failing.” Trust that the God over all is with us among the icy chunks. Lean into God. Be still.”

[published in Howard Macy, Stepping in the Light (Friends United Press)]

Submitted by Howard Macy; for the entire excerpt see Lenten Reader, pages 96-98.

For further reflection, today we’re reading John 18:1-9 in our community lenten reader.

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March 21, 2021 :: Prayer Prompt

Psalm 130

Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;
Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy.

If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.

Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
for with the Lord is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.
He himself will redeem Israel
from all their sins.

Submitted by Steve Sherwood

What words and imagery sparkle up at you? Thank you God that your love is full and unfailing.

For further reflection, today we’re reading John 17:20-26 in our community lenten reader.

By |March 21st, 2021|Categories: Prayer Journal|0 Comments

March 20, 2021 :: Prayer Prompt

When I look back upon my life nigh spent,

Nigh spent, although the stream as yet flows on,

I more of follies than of sins repent,

Less for offence than love’s shortcomings moan.

 

With self, O Father, leave me not alone-

Leave not with the beguiler of the beguiled:

Besmirched and ragged, Lord, take back thine own:

A fool I bring thee to be made a child.

George Macdonald, 1824-1905

 

Submitted by Steve Sherwood

 

For further reflection, today we’re reading John 17:6-19 in our community lenten reader.

By |March 20th, 2021|Categories: Prayer Journal|0 Comments
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