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Evening Prayer – 15 June 2019

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

It has been an amazing week, Lord

A time for silence

A time for reflection

A time to Be Still and know

As we prepare for tomorrow’s Lord’s day

As we prepare for fellowship and worship

I lift this humble prayer to you

Dona Nobis Pacem

Grant Us Peace

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…

Silence and Connections

It was a wonderful time of silence

Time spent with Our Lady

Time spent with Our Mother

Time spent with you, Mother of our Lord

Silence, Prayer, and Awe

We transitioned to times of conversations

We are spending time with dear friends who are family

We are spending time embracing community

The tapestry of love, light, and community

What a sacred blessing you offer us, Lord

Our Mother, Our Father, Our Lord and Brother, Our Blessed Sister Spirit

Speak to our hearts

Challenge our minds

Equip us and send us forth

Lord, in your mercy, hear this humble prayer

Evening Prayer – 14 June 2019

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

After just over three days in silence

It was difficult to come back to the world of noise

The sounds we experienced in silence

The singing of the birds

The blowing of the wind

The sound of your voice, Lord

Such a wondrous beauty to behold

As we re-engage in the world

As we continue to listen for your voice

As we continue to discern your calling

Remind us of the sound of friendship

Remind us of the sound of family

Remind us of the sound of laughter

All gifts from you, Lord

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 Enemy Within – Ronnie McBrayer

Wise words from Ronnie!

Your neighbor is not your enemy. Neither is your co-worker, your ex-wife or husband, your former business partner, your brother, or sister. Nor is the immigrant who lives down the street, or that person of a different race, religion, political persuasion, or ethnicity whom you view with suspicion. The enemy is far closer than any of these. The real enemy is you.

— Read on ronniemcbrayer.org/2019/06/10/the-enemy-within/

Silence, God and Letting Go…

As we await our flight to the Retreat Center, I am reflecting on some words of Thomas Merton from a little book (Silence, Joy) which Denise gave me for Christmas.

Our idea of God tells us more about ourselves than about God. We must learn to realize that the love of God seeks us in every situation, and seeks our good… I must learn therefore to let go of the familiar and the usual and consent to what is new and unknown to me. I must learn to “leave myself” in order to find myself by yielding to the love of God.

As I seek to follow God who is love, may I have the courage to let go. This isn’t in some sort of bumper sticker way either. In a real and life-giving, life-changing way may I let go.

Silent Retreat

Today we will begin our Ignatian Silent Retreat. It will be a fast from words (only talking will be with our Spiritual Director) and all Social Media… as I look to this time, the following words bubbled up within my heart…

Be Still and Know
Be Still
Be
Breathe

Evening Prayer – 9 June 2019

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

A long day of worship and meetings

Yet in the midst of it all

Your Spirit blew, Lord

Your Spirit renewed, Lord

Your Spirit challenged, Lord

Pentecost challenges to our daily living

Tonight as we prepare for travel

Tonight as we prepare for a Silent Retreat

Tonight 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…

If you look closely on the Elk’s shoulders, there is a hitchhiker who earns its way by de-bugging the Elk!