October202014

Daily E-votion 10/20/2014

PRAYER IN OCTOBER

Commander of early frosts and biting breezes,

the days swirl by swiftly now,

and I beg you to cause them to linger.

I relish these autumn blessings,

revealing as they do a calmer glory

than the dazzlements of spring.

And yet, O God, I often pause and wonder,

in these twilit afternoons,

about the years that pile like piling leaves,

like yellow piling leaves

against the walls and fences….

….Teach me to behold this season

without fear or elation –

gust and cloud and raindrop,

the smell of the fallow earth,

the driven mist, the skin a-tingle,

the last red apple clinging to its tree –

and help me to be grateful

for the need to wear a sweater

and for my quickened pace against the chill.

Yes, help me to discover,

in the moods and shadows of October,

the deeper harvests of your turning world.

~Robert Jones; from Prayers for Puppies, Aging Autos and Sleepless Nights

October172014

Daily E-votion 10/17/2014

AUTUMN PRAYER

God of all seasons, we thank you for Autumn.

We thank you

for the touch of coolness in the air that gives us a new burst of energy,

for the coloring of trees that shows the creativity of the Divine Artist,

for the falling leaves that reveal the strength of the branches,

for the hues of fields that bring peace to our souls,

for the smiles on pumpkins that bring joy to children,

for the fall harvest which that brings us gratitude for the bounty of our land,

for this change of seasons that reveals the circle of life.

God of all seasons, as you transform the earth, transform us by your Spirit.

Amen

~Doug Leonhardt, S.J.; http://www.marquette.edu

October162014

Daily E-votion 10/16/2014

A seed only flourishes by staying in the ground in which it is sown. When you keep digging the seed up to check whether it is growing, it will never bear fruit. Think of yourself as a little seed planted in rich soil. All you have to do is stay there and trust that the soil contains everything you need to grow. This growth takes place even when you do not feel it.

 ~Henri J.M. Nouwen; Source:The Inner Voice of Love

October142014

Daily E-votion 10/14/2014

The Church is full of people
in the Autumn of their years.
Some have led colourful lives
leaves bronzed and golden
through exposure to the elements
their appearance the centre of attention.
Others have been exposed
to more extreme conditions
branches bowed and scarred.
Some go unnoticed,
yet stand tall and steadfast
against wind and rain.
All have a story to tell
all can offer support and shelter
for saplings which grow beneath
their leafy canopy.


~John Birch; Read more at: http://www.faithandworship.com/Prayers_Autumn.htm#ixzz3G84OElOD
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October102014

Daily E-votion 10/10/2014

The Problem of Pleasure

"You open your hand, satisfying the desire of every living thing." - Psalm 145:16

My father loved roller coasters. They terrify me. When I was eight we went to Busch Gardens. He enjoyed the brewery tour. I ate cotton candy. Then he made me ride a gigantic yellow roller coaster. I closed my eyes and gripped the crash bar so tightly my knuckles turned bone white. And I wondered “Why?” Why would anyone invent such an awful machine? Why would my dad drag me on it? Who thinks this is fun? Why did I eat that cotton candy?

It finally stopped. I teetered my way out of the cart. My dad looked into my twirling pupils and green face and said, “Let’s do it again!”

The second time I kept my eyes open. From the top of the ride I saw giraffes in the distance; their necks just long enough to eat the tops of trees just high enough to meet them. I saw a crowd of 500 people laugh as a killer whale leapt out of his pool to breach, grab a fish from his trainer’s hand and splash each one of them as he smashed back into the water.

Just as we hit the apex and started the plunge I saw my father smiling like a little child as the sudden rush of wind lifted the horseshoe fringe from the sides of his bald head. Everything I saw was beautiful. But the thing is, this time around I didn’t bother to ask why.

G.K. Chesterton’s prayer, below, is perfect.

 Here dies another day  

During which I have had eyes, ears, hands

And the great world round me;

And with tomorrow begins another.  

Why am I allowed two?”

Amen.

~ Matt Fitzgerald, Senior Pastor of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Chicago, IL

October92014

Daily E-votion 10/9/2014

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” To work for peace, you must have a peaceful heart. When you do, you are a child of God. But many who work for peace are not at peace. They still have anger and frustration, and their work is not really peaceful. We cannot say that they are touching the kingdom of God. To preserve peace, our hearts must be at peace with the world, with our brothers and our sisters.

Thich Nhat HanhSource: Seeking Peace

October82014

Daily E-votion 10/8/2014

It is better to allow our lives to speak for us than our words. God did not bear the cross only two thousand years ago. He bears it today, and he dies and is resurrected from day to day. It would be a poor comfort to the world if it had to depend on a historical God who died two thousand years ago. Do not, then, preach the God of history, but show him as he lives today through you..

Mohandas K. Gandhi; Source: All Men Are Brothers

October72014

Daily E-votion 10/7/2014

Jesus says, “Forgive, and you will also be forgiven” (Mt. 6:14). That is to say, forgiveness isforgiveness. Your forgiveness of another is your own forgiveness; the forgiveness you give is the forgiveness you receive. If you wholeheartedly forgive your enemy, you may dare hope for your own forgiveness, for it is one and the same.

~Søren Kierkegaard; source:Provocations

October62014

Daily E-votion 10/6/2014

Oh God!
Yesterday we considered your commands
And one is not to say “oh God!”

Forgive me when I utter your name
Without thinking about it
And help me to remember, that more often that utterance
Is a cry for help!

Oh God!
When I have no words
When fatigue and care
And the overwhelming busyness
Cause me to fill with panic
Hear my cry
Oh God!

Oh God,
Help me
Help us
Whose seventh day is a working day
To take other time
To rest
To renew
To reflect on you

Help us to remember the charge
Work 6. Rest 1
Every week….
And forgive me, when I consider just one small task won’t matter
Take my hands, my feet, my lips
That I may dedicate them to you
Oh God of my heart
This Monday
And all days

For me, and my sisters and brother I pray
Amen

~Julie Woods; http://revgalblogpals.org

September262014

Daily E-votion 9/26/2014

THE HOPE OF TOMORROW

O God, the alpha and the omega,
the first and the last,
the beginning and the end,
grace with Your presence
all our endings and our beginnings.
Give us joy in the newness of life,
humility in the moment of our accomplishment,
gratitude for all that we have been given.
You who now are,
and who was
and who is to come,
be ever present in our transitions.
Lift our hearts beyond the satisfactions of the moment
to the needs of the times,
and sanctify our now
with the memory of our then
and the promise and hope of Your tomorrow.

~George MacRae (1928-1985)

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