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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.

Sojourners Verse and Voice – 20 May 2022

Verse of the day
Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?

– Isaiah 58:6

Voice of the day
It is our duty to fight for our freedom. / It is our duty to win. / We must love each other and support each other. / We have nothing to lose but our chains.

– Assata Shakur, Assata: An Autobiography (1987)

Prayer of the day
Let us set one another free in love. May our fight be for the liberation of all.

Reverence and Nature – Christine Valters Paintner

“Reverence is about seeing the Sacred in something. We practice reverence with nature when we honor the ways she reveals the Divine Presence to us.”

— Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, Earth, Our Original Monastery: Cultivating Wonder and Gratitude through Intimacy with Nature

Can you offer reverence by acknowledging the inherent dignity of something without concern for how it will serve you?

Sojourners Verse and Voice – 19 May 2022

Verse of the day
I cry to you, O Lord; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.”

– Psalm 142:5

Voice of the day
Faith is a force for good particularly when people are feeling beleaguered and in need of hope.

– Margaret Atwood

Prayer of the day
Be our refuge, you who are faithful to us in the land of the living.

Sojourners Verse and Voice – 18 May 2022

Verse of the day
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.

– Psalm 24:1

Voice of the day
God is Change— / Seed to tree, / tree to forest; / Rain to river, / river to sea; / Grubs to bees, / bees to swarm. / From one, many; / from many, one; / Forever uniting, growing, dissolving— / forever Changing. / The universe / is God’s self-portrait.

– Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Sower (1993)

Prayer of the day
God of change, may we follow your patterns of reshaping, and refining to make this evolving earth whole.

Listen to the Voice of Gentle Love – Henri Nouwen

Listen to your heart. It’s there that Jesus speaks most intimately to you. Praying is first and foremost listening to Jesus who dwells in the very depths of your heart. He doesn’t shout. He doesn’t thrust himself upon you. His voice is an unassuming voice, very nearly a whisper, the voice of a gentle love. Whatever you do with your life, go on listening to the voice of Jesus in your heart. This listening must be an active and very attentive listening, for in our restless and noisy world God’s so loving voice is easily drowned out. You need to set aside some time every day for this active listening to God if only for ten minutes. Ten minutes each day for Jesus alone can bring about a radical change in your life.

You’ll find it isn’t easy to be still for ten minutes at a time. You’ll discover straightaway that many other voices, voices that are very noisy and distracting, voices that do not come from God, demand your attention. But if you stick to your daily prayer time, then slowly but surely you’ll come to hear the gentle voice of love and will long more and more to listen to it.

Sojourners Verse and Voice – 17 May 2022

Verse of the day 
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. 

– Psalm 139:14

Voice of the day 
The disobedient body, the body which insists on being present and visible in ways which power would deny, is still, perhaps, the primary vehicle of justice. 

– Maggie Helwig, “The Disobedient Body”

Prayer of the day
Be with us as we strive to embody your love and justice in the world.

Pace e Bene – 16 May 2022

image and quote courtesy of Pace e Bene

“This is the way of Peace:
Overcome evil with good,
falsehood with truth
and hatred with love.” 

—Peace Pilgrim

Imagining Christ – Henri Nouwen

Contemplative prayer can be described as an imagining of God’s Son, Jesus, a letting him enter fully into our consciousness so that he becomes the icon always present in the inner room of our hearts. By gazing at Jesus, walking on the earth, we give him loving attention and we “see” with our minds and hearts how he is the way to the Father. Jesus’ life and work is an uninterrupted union with and contemplation of his Father. We, as followers of Jesus, try to enter into the same disposition. We welcome the discipline of contemplation, taking time regularly to enter into the life of Jesus to contemplate the incredible bond between Jesus and the Father. And we trust that in, through, and with Jesus, we, too, may live and bask in God’s unconditional love.

Evening Prayer – 15 May 2022

Don’t move Daddy, I’m snoozing 😻

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

It has been a long weekend

A long drive to Florence on Friday

Laying Denise’s dad’s ashes to rest

Sharing stories with family and close friends

A time to support each other as we mourn

A long drive back home today

There is still packing to complete

We pray for healing for Denise’s knee and my back

We pray for a good night’s sleep

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…

Evening Prayer – 14 May 2022

Sister Moon (98.5% Full Moon) over today’s celebration of life for Denise’s dad at Singin’ River Brewery in Florence, Alabama.

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

It has been a day filled with emotions

It has been a day of introspection

It has been a day to celebrate the life of my father-in-law Roland as well as to honor my mother-in-law Jeanne

There are so many memories to reflect upon

So many stories shared by family, friends, and friends who are family

I was honored to officiate at both Jeanne and Roland’s graveside services

They welcomed me into the family and fully embraced me

For that I am eternally grateful

As life’s journey continues

Embrace each moment as a gift from God

Give your family members and friends an extra hug and tell them you love them

Life, family, and relationships are precious

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…