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Evening Prayer – 18 May 2017

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow 

The snow continues to fall

Thankfully those in need are sheltered and warm

A day of pastoral work even in the storm

Thankful for a caring and compassionate community

Law Enforcement, Red Cross, & Crossroads Ministry 

So many who deeply care about community

Church members who reach out with love and compassion 

This night, O Lord, watch over and protect

Your children of all ages, especially the vulnerable 

For your creation, I lift this humble and heartfelt prayer

Dona Nobis Pacem et in Terra

Grant Us Peace on Earth 

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…

Evening Prayer – 17 May 2017

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow 

When you don’t know what to pray

Breathe and simply be still in God’s presence 

In that calm place, lift up your heart

Let the Spirit speak words of grace and peace

In that place I lift this humble prayer

Dona Nobis Pacem

Grant Us Peace 

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…

Listening to Creation – Christine Valters Paintner 

Interestingly enough, I have often experienced this here in the Rockies with our four legged neighbors…

“We might be tempted to think that creation cannot speak to us in language and so it has nothing of importance to say. Rather than speak about nature, we might consider engaging in a conversation, addressing our speech to creatures, and know that they will respond in their own form of communication.”
— Christine Valters Paintner, PhD Earth as the Original Monastery~ A Self-Study Online Retreat
How much do we assume we know about the lives of animals, oceans, trees, or the wind? How much does this obscure our capacity to enter into loving relationship and receive their wisdom?

Listen To Your Mother

Excellent counsel from Ronnie…

Ronnie McBrayer

A longtime friend of mine says there are only two kinds of real music: Country and Western. His pun aside, there is plenty of what might be labeled “Country Music” out there today, though most of it is just drivel with an Oklahoma accent. “Western Music,” however, is a bit more difficult to locate. It has become almost extinct in the mainstream, though in the niche market there remains some outstanding talent.

One of the last truly Western songs to top the American music charts was a tribute to motherhood, and a mom’s desire to protect her son. It was Johnny Cash’s 1959 hit, “Don’t Take Your Guns to Town.” It is a simple, mournful dirge about a wide-eyed, impetuous, cowboy named Bill. He ignores his begging mother’s advice and rides into town with his six-shooters on his hips.

Those guns, with a dose of youthful anger, strong whiskey, and…

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Evening Prayer – 16 May 2017

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow 

The wonders of your creation never cease to amaze

The beauty and intricacy of it inspires awe

Yet far too often we look the other way

Consumed by our own selfish ambitions

Lord, help us to not only be good stewards of your creation

Help us to be instruments of your peace

Dona Nobis Pacem et in Terra

Grant Us Peace on Earth 

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…

Slow Down – Christine Valters Paintner

“The body loves slowness. Slowness creates more space for greening to enter our being, allowing us to experience the lushness of the body. Of course, the contemplative loves slowness as well. For me, the heart of the contemplative path is slowing down and paying attention, becoming fully present. When we get anxious we become disconnected from ourselves; our thoughts start to race and grasp. When we are always running from one thing to another, we lose ourselves and a fundamental connection to the body.”
— Christine Valters Paintner, PhD The Wisdom of the Body: A Contemplative Journey to Wholeness for Women

Evening Prayer – 16 May 2017

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow 

Thankful for dear friends and table fellowship 

Thankful for the opportunity to serve

Thankful for wonderful serendipitous moments

Lord, what a blessing dear friends are

Thank you for family we are given

Thank you for family we inherit

Thank you for family we choose

Thank you for family who choose us

For all these gifts we give our thanks and praise

Lord. In your mercy, hear our prayer 

Dona Nobis Pacem et in Terra 

Grant Us Peace on Earth 

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…