Personal Devotion words

Words resting  in the silence of our hearts

Words spoken into eternal presence

Word felt

Words uttering our deepest need and strongest faith, our doubts and uncertainties

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Prayers for today, words for you:

Women taught me to pray.
Fold your hands
Bow your head
Close your eyes
were their gentle Sunday instructions.
I was a child in the company of women planting seeds.
For years I folded inward and prayed.
In the dark
Chin lowered
Hands together
I was tightly sealed,
Yet there was life: the seeds became a bud waiting to flower.

One day I lifted my head during prayer.
Hands tightly clasped
And eyes closed
I turned my face upward
And felt Light shining in me.
Caressed by warmth the flower began to bloom.

My hands are unfolded now, breaking with tradition.
Placed gently on my lap
My face and my palms turn up
Waiting for God to touch me
I am not disappointed.
I am a flower, beautiful and blooming, preparing to seed.

In Reflection:
1. What is your normal posture during prayer?
2. How have your times of prayer changed over the years?
3. If you were to assume a different prayer position, what would it be?
4. Take a moment to sit quietly with your face turned upward. Imagine the Light of God shining on you. What is the message that God is speaking to you?

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father [sic] in heaven. – Mathew 5:16 NRSV

from Prayers for Women’s Week in the United Church of Christ USA, Common Lot, 2011, Page 13, www.ucc.org/women.commonlot

The action prayer “A Prayer for Openness” by Joyce Rupp invites the reader into a place of gratitude and trust with the Holy One. The illustrated pdf is posted on the International Spiritual Directors website for your personal use.

I first encountered this prayer when I received it from a friend who is a Spiritual Director in Melbourne, Australia. She enclosed this message, “Sending with gratitude to a loving God who opened a door in my life and let you in!” I have kept her handwritten copy all these years, for the feeling is mutual.

Consider when God has opened a door in your life to let someone special in.

We pray for peace in our world, our nations, our communities and our homes. The Disciples Peace Fellowship offers weekly Peace Prayers relevant to the concerns of today. It is easy to subscribe so the prayers pop up in your email each week. (The Disciples Peace Fellowship is connected to the Christian Church – Disciples of Christ USA which is an international partner with the United Reformed Church UK.)

Winchester CathedralO HOLY SPIRIT, SPIRIT OF GOD

YOU ARE LOVE.

FILL OUR HEARTS SO THAT WE MAY KNOW

HOW TO FORGIVE. HOW TO UNDERSTAND.

HOW TO CHERISH AND HOW TO LET GO.

HOLY SPIRIT, YOU ARE TRUTH.

TEACH US THE WAY OF CHRIST.

EXPOSE ALL FALSENESS IN OUR VALUES.

AND CLEANSE US FROM PREJUDICE:

GIVE US A HOLD ON REALITY,

TO KNOW OURSELVES AND KNOW SALVATION.

HOLY SPIRIT, YOU ARE POWER.

ENABLE US, ENCOURAGE US, LIFT US UP;

MAKE OF US MORE THAN WE HAVE BEEN.

FREE IN SERVICE,

AND HELD IN COMMUNITY.

LOVE, TRUTH, POWER,

HOLY SPIRIT, COME AND RENEW OUR LIVES.

by Bernard Thorogood, printed in “Inside Out” the magazine of the Council for World Mission, Singapore.

Mr Thorogood served in the Cook Islands (1956-1963) with the Council for World Mission, then the London Missionary Society.

*Originally printed in capital letters

Where do you live, God?

Where can I find you abiding?

I find you in moments of awe – breathing in the odor of lavender

I find you in moments of wonder – looking across the icy waters toward the snow-covered hills

I find you in moments of anxiety—lighting the flame of a devotional candle

I find you in moments of searching– inspired by a preacher’s words

I find you in moments of connectedness — walking over worn steps of an abbey

I find you in moments of delight—dancing a reel on a straw-strewn barn floor

I find you in moments of assurance – singing ancient melodies in worship

I find you in moments of seeking–sitting in prayer in the dark recesses of an ancient cathedral

I find you in moments of risk—witnessing for justice at the feet of power

I find you in moments of sorrow—words of memory flowing over me at a funeral

I find you in moments of insecurity—reciting memorized words of ancient prayers …I shall not want

Where do you live, God?

Where can I find you abiding?

Your house is my house.

Your world is my world.

Your being abides in me and my being abides in you.

Open my heart to find you everywhere I find myself.

by Ana Gobledale, United Kingdom

Year A: Third Sunday of Easter (30 April 2017)

Luke 24:13-49 The road to Emmaus

Stay with us
Spirit of new hope and promise…

Stay with us in our places of hopelessness and despair.

Spirit of joy and delight…

Stay with us in the shadows of grief and terror.

Spirit of forgiveness and mercy…

Stay with us in the morass of our guilt and shame.

Spirit of abundance and fruitfulness…

Stay with us when we feel lacking and barren.

Spirit of truth and trust…

Stay with us in the mazes of dishonest and deceit we create.

Spirit of wisdom and inspiration…

Stay with us in our fogs of ignorance and dullness.

Spirit of love and comfort…

Stay with us, as you stayed with the disciples, in our eating and our sleeping.

In gratitude for your steadfast presence in our lives,

Empower us to distribute the fruits of your Spirit to others.

by Ana Gobledale, United Reformed Church in Great Britain

 

How might a cup guide you on your faith journey?

Joyce Rupp’s book, The Cup of Our Life: A Guide for Spiritual Growth,invites the reader to use a favourite personal cup or mug for the focus item Cup and Saucer in a series of meditations. In her friendly and trustworthy tone, Joyce guides the disciple along a journey of reflection and faith development.

Experience: I used 5 of the meditations with a group of church website managers attending a website development residential course, providing a selection of chalices from which each participant chose a chalice for their focus cup.

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~from Prayers for a Planetary Pilgrim

To You, O Divine One, from whose hands
comes the work of creation, so artfully designed,
I pray that this work I am about to do
may be done in companionship with you.

May the work that I will soon begin
sing praise to you, as songbirds do.

May the work that I will soon begin
add to the light of your presence
because it is done with great love.

May the work that I will soon begin
speak like a prophet of old
of your dream of beauty and unity.

May the work that I will soon begin
be a shimmering mirror of your handiwork
in the excellence of its execution,
in the joy of doing it for it’s own sake,
in my poverty over ownership of it,
in my openness to failure or success,
in my invitation to others to share in it
and in its bearing fruit for the world.
May I be aware that through this work
I draw near you.

I come to you, Beloved, with ready hands.