Monday, April 26, 2021
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
— Jellaludin Rumi
Friday, April 16, 2021
Wednesday, April 07, 2021
You have created in me
a unique expression of Divine love.
May I know that I am blessed,
loved, and cherished, exactly as I am.
May I step into the fullness of my being.
May I learn to trust in You, in the
same way You trust in me.
May I be alert and open-hearted,
so that I may hear Your voice,
O Divine Beloved,
calling me to bring my unique gifts,
to a world in need of care and healing.
Help me to know, in closeness to You,
that which is mine to do. Amen.
(†Vocare is Latin for “to call.”)
Tuesday, April 06, 2021
“Jesus invites us into a story that is bigger than ourselves, bigger than our culture, bigger even than our imaginations, and yet we get to tell that story with the scandalous particularity of our particular moment and place in time. We are storytelling creatures because we are fashioned in the image of a storytelling God. May we never neglect the gift of that. May we never lose our love for telling the tale.”
–Rachel Held Evans, Inspired, p. 164
Monday, April 05, 2021
Sunday, April 04, 2021
Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord's resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Saturday, April 03, 2021
O God, who made this most holy night to shine with the glory of the Lord's resurrection: Stir up in your Church that Spirit of adoption which is given to us in Baptism, that we, being renewed both in body and mind, may worship you in sincerity and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Friday, April 02, 2021
Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.