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Sojourners Verse and Voice – 18 March 2021

Verse of the day   Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. – Galatians 6:2she
Voice of the day 
True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost. – Arthur Ashe
Prayer of the day  
O God, we pray that you would cultivate within us a soul that finds joy in our service to others. May we always have eyes that see the needs of our communities and the will to strive to meet them.

Thoughts about the Moon – Thomas Merton

First Quarter Moon over our house

What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it all the rest are not only useless but disastrous. — Thomas Merton (Wisdom of the Desert Fathers)

Food for thought … I would add the abyss we have created between each other.,,

Evening Prayer – 17 April 2021

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

It has been a long day of study and writing

It has been a day of prayer and reflection

These words from Thomas Merton’s poem “Fire Watch” echo in my heart

The night, O My Lord, is a time of freedom.

I sit in darkness. I sit in human silence. I begin to hear the eloquent night.

In the darkness may we find rest

In the darkness may we find refreshment

In the darkness may we be surrounded by your loving presence

In the darkness may we finally be still

Now as my eyelids grow heavy

I lift this humble prayer to you

Dona Nobis Pacem

Grant Us Peace

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…

The Hours – Prayers Written for “Sacred Time” – An Abbey of the Arts Online Retreat

These prayers begin with Thomas Merton’s words from his prose poem “Hagia Sophia” and his poem “Evening Prayer” from The Collected Poems of Thomas Merton. Following his words are my own… the picture of the Azalea bush comes from our front garden.

Dawn – The Hour of Lauds

I am awakened, I am born again at the voice of this,
my Sister, sent to me from the depths of the divine
fecundity. — Thomas Merton (from Hagia Sophia)

The light gently peeks through the shutters
I roll over for just a wee bit more sleep
She is patient with me
A non-morning person
As I awaken I say to my beloved
This is the day the Lord has made
My beloved responds
Let us rejoice and be glad in it
The day begins
It is filled with possibilities
The coffee or tea brews
The morning ritual has begun

Day – High Morning – The Hour of Tierce

The Sun burns in the sky like the Face of God, but
we do not know his countenance as terrible. His light
is diffused in the air and the light of God is diffused
by Hagia Sophia. — Thomas Merton (from Hagia Sophia)

Work begins
Emails to reply to
Bulletins to be prepared
The sun is making its way across the sky
Sunlight spills in through the office windows
Too often I get caught up in the tasks of the day
A squirrel scampers and jumps from limb to limb
A robin chirps and sits on a branch
Spirit, Spirit of Wisdom, Hagia Sophia
You call me gently to simply be still

Dusk – Sunset – The Hour of Compline – Salve Regina

The shadows fall. The stars appear. The birds begin to sleep.
Night embraces the silent half of the earth. A vagrant, a destitute
wanderer with dusty feet, finds his way down a new road. A
homeless God, lost in the night, without papers, without
identifications, without even a number, a frail expendable exile
lies down in desolation under the sweet stars of the world and
entrusts Himself to sleep. — Thomas Merton (from Hagia Sophia)

We unwind on the couch
Denise, Pixie, Me
Relaxing after supper
Taking time to process the day
Writing, reflecting, contemplating
My prayer begins
The sun has set and the Vesper lights flicker and glow
Again She calls me to simply be still

Dark

Rising from my heart
Full of Care

I lift up my hands
In evening sacrifice
Lord, receive my prayer. — Thomas Merton (“Evening Prayer” from The Collected Poems of Thomas Merton)

Now, settling into bed for the night
We share one last prayer together
Thom Shuman’s Evening Prayer recording
Northumbria Community’s Compline
The lights are turned off
The day is done, gone the sun
Safely drifting off in the arms of Hagia Sophia, Lady Wisdom

A Long, Uneven Walk – Jake Owensby

A beautiful reflection from Jake ❣️❣️

Aside from playing catch and riding in the car, our dog Gracie enjoys taking walks more than anything. She loves the exercise, the sights, the smells. Especially the smells. But what she likes best of all is that we’re doing it together.

A Long, Uneven Walk

Pace e Bene – 16 April 2021

Image and quote courtesy of Pace e Bene

“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at the goal.”—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sojourners Verse and Voice – 16 April 2021

Verse of the day For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead. – James 2:26

Voice of the day
It doesn’t matter how strong your opinions are. If you don’t use your power for positive change, you are, indeed, part of the problem. – Coretta Scott King

Prayer of the day
Lord, keep us free from fear and selfish preoccupations that we may walk as you walked among those whom the world routinely neglects. – Adapted from Common Prayer

Pace e Bene – 15 April 2021

Image and quote courtesy of Pace e Bene

“For me, activism is about a spiritual practice as a way of life. I realized I didn’t climb the tree because I was angry at the corporations and the government; I climbed the tree because when I fell in love with the redwoods, I fell in love with the world. So it is my feeling of ‘connection’ that drives me, instead of my anger and feelings of being disconnected.” 

—Julia Butterfly Hill

Sojourners Verse and Voice – 15 April 2021

Verse of the day   Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. 
– 1 Peter 4:8
Voice of the day 
Those who build walls are their own prisoners. I’m going to go fulfill my proper function in the social organism. I’m going to go unbuild walls. We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world. 

– Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed (1974)
Prayer of the day 
Lord, may we always seek to build community. Let us walk humbly in grace and love as we walk beside one another.

Evening Prayer – 14 April 2021

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

For some reason I am exhausted tonight

The exhaustion runs deep

Perhaps it is the constant violence in this nation and world

Perhaps it is my concern that we have become callous and indifferent

These words of Thomas Merton ring so very true

Violence is not completely fatal until it ceases to disturb us. Thoughts in Solitude

Renew and revive our sense of justice and compassion

Challenge us to truly love our neighbor

In the stillness I lift this humble prayer to you

Dona Nobis Pacem et in Terra

Grant Us Peace on Earth

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre..,

Make Time for Love — Godspacelight

by Rev Sheila Hamil Of all the songs I’ve written, I’ve had the most positive reaction and feedback to this one called , ‘Make time for love’, which has this to say: You’re too busy, counting all the ripples in the sea,Running round in circles needlessly,Making all those plans so easily.And you’re swimming,floundering in a whirlpool…

Make Time for Love — Godspacelight