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Evening Prayer – 9 December 2019

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

As another day draws to a close

Thank you for times of fellowship, sharing, and laughter

As I ponder the beauty of your creation

Thank you for this sacred time

Thank you for the opportunity to Be Still

Refresh and renew us, Lord

Let your Spirit blow in our midst

Let your Spirit guide us and challenge us

In the midst of it all, hear this humble prayer

Dona Nobis Pacem

Grant Us Peace

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…

Embracing the Darkness – Christine Valters Paintner

“Embracing the darkness . . . does not mean carrying a light into the dark, it means walking right into the darkness and exploring its landscape so that our other senses become heightened and attuned to the sound of seeds jostling deep beneath the black soil, to hear the slow in and out breath of animals in hibernation, to feel our own heartbeats and the heartbeats of those we love, to experience the pulsing of womb sounds within us just before the water gets ready to break.”

 Christine Valters Paintner, PhD Sacred Seasons: A Yearlong Journey through the Celtic Wheel of the Year – A Self-Study Online Retreat

Evening Prayer – 8 December 2019

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

It has been a wonderful Lord’s day

A time of worship

A time of fellowship

A time to be with very dear friends

A time of stories and prayers

A time of reflection and fellowship

Most of all, a time of Love

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 Sounds of Advent -Howard Thurman

“May the sounds of Advent stir a longing in your people, O God. Come again to set us free from the dullness of routine and the poverty of our imaginations. Break the patterns which bind us to small commitments and to the stale answers we have given to questions of no importance. Let the Advent trumpet blow, let the walls of our defenses crumble, and make a place in our lives for the freshness of your love, well-lived in the Spirit, and still given to all who know their need and dare receive it. Amen”  — Howard Thurman — The Mood of Christmas

Evening Prayer – 6 December 2019

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

It has been a wonderful day with dear friends

It has been a time of laughter

It has been a time of reflection

It has been a time to share meals together

It has been a time to simply Be Still

Thank you Lord for this time of reflection

Thank you Lord for this time of refreshment

Thank you, Lord, thank you

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…

A Prescribed Burn

Wisdom from Jake Owensby! We have prescribed burns in the Rockies too…

Driving home one late afternoon I was puzzled to see what I took to be an enormous wall of cumulus clouds stretching across the horizon in the direction of my house. The forecast had called for clear skies all day.

— Read on jakeowensby.com/2019/12/06/a-prescribed-burn/

Evening Prayer – 5 December 2019

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

Thank you Lord for a wonderful day

A time to enjoy with friends

A time to enjoy the wonders of your Creation

A time to enjoy wonderful seafood

I also thank you for friends who are family

I thank you for the opportunity to walk with a very dear friend and Sister

For your healing, your guidance, your presence we pray

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…