Words for the day ahead

Hey, beautiful morning, we’re singing your God song,

a psalm of seas and mountains, of empty roads

and houses yawning under a new blue bowl of sky.

It’s the song of the bellbird, of steaming cows in sheds,

of freckled trout quivering in deep dark pools,

and dew on cobwebs lacing trees.

Hey, beautiful morning, stay in our wakened hearts

so we can carry your God song into the busy day.

Remind us that newness is an ongoing gift

and that every moment is potential reborn,

but if our ears become full of other concerns,

and we lose the freshness of your song,

then comfort us with the knowledge

that you will sing with us again tomorrow,

oh beautiful morning, oh song of God.


from “Psalms for the Road,” by Joy Cowley, 2005 (2nd Edition 2014), Pleroma Press, Central Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

Printed with permission from the author.

Photo: sunrise on Holy Island, Northumberland, United Kingdom — by Ana Gobledale

Sunrise Lindesfarne Holy IslandLoving and Holy God,
it is such a privilege
to bring our honest prayers to you,
to open the Scriptures and discover not only that ordinary women and men,
but also Jesus himself, offer to you the gritty ‘stuff’ of their lives –
it gives us the permission we need to be that honest
not just ‘polite’ prayers,
… and even … not just the heartfelt prayers that come out of the needs we
experience and that we perceive in the lives of others –
but the questions and challenges
and anger and hurt
of our very human emotions
bursting from our hearts and minds and flung out at you.
Thank you for listening to these too.
And thank you for being in this day with us – with me – in whatever unfolds.

Whatever this day brings,
your will be done;
even if I’m struggling,
your will be done;
because I cannot believe otherwise
than that you will the good
of every single one of your children –
including me.

Praying with the daily lectionary* – Wednesday 27th January 2016
Written for Windermere on-line Festival 2016


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