An Arrow Prayer

Arrow prayers are found in many places. Here is one from the Psalms.

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And now that I am old and gray-headed, O God, do not forsake me, * till I make known your strength to this generation and your power to all who are to come.

Psalm 71:18 The Book of Common Prayer

“‘Arrow Prayer’ is a term used to describe a prayer which is offered quickly in the moment. Prayers of thanksgiving often come in the form of arrow prayers. Arrow prayers are also helpful in times of distress. ‘Help me, God!’ ‘Holy one, watch over me.’ ‘Walk with me Jesus, for I am afraid.’ These arrow prayers are also prayers of praise and thanksgiving for they recognize God’s on-going presence in daily life.”

Be well. Do good. Pay attention. Keep learning.

“Arrow Prayer” source: From a paper written by Jane E. Vennard “Exploring a Life of Prayer” Retrieved from the internet 23 Jan 2010: http://www.religion-online.org/showarticle.asp?title=296

To serve with wisdom, patience and courage

Wisdom, light, love, and Good News. How do you fit in?

Comforting the sad

Heavenly Father, whose blessed Son came not to be served but to serve: bless all who, following in his steps, give themselves to the service of others; that with wisdom, patience and courage, they may minister in his name to the suffering, the friendless and the needy; for the love of him who laid down his life for us, your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

Be well. Do good. Pay attention. Keep learning.

Source: Edward Lambe Parsons (1868-1960) in Michael Counsell (2002-08-01). 2000 Years of Prayer (Kindle Locations 8344-8347). Church Publishing Inc. Kindle Edition.

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Teach us wisdom

Wisdom, light, love, and Good News. How do you fit in?

 

A forest trail

Earlier today I posted the Collect for the Commemoration of John Henry Newman on Hear what the Spirit is saying (a companion to this Blog). In that prayer we ask the “God of all wisdom” to “Grant that, inspired by [the words and example of John Henry Newman], we may ever follow your kindly light till we rest in your bosom, with your dear Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, where heart speaks to heart eternally; for you live and reign, one God, now and for ever. Amen..” It reminded me of a contemporary prayer I saw on Sojourners. May our prayers be answered this day as we follow Wisdom’s kindly light. ~Fr. Dan

God of wisdom,
you sent your son
to set us on the path of knowledge,
so that it may lead us to share
your divine love with those around us.
Teach us wisdom to embody that love
and shine the light of your son. Amen.

Sojourners, Verse and Voice Dec. 17, 2013

Be well. Do good. Pay attention. Keep learning.

John Henry Newman (Holy Women, Holy Men)

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Stir me, O Lord, to care

A prayer for the caring heart.

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[Jesus continued teaching],  “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.…” Matthew 5:43-44

Richard J. Foster is a teacher and mentor for prayers and praying to many, including me. Here is a prayer of Richard Foster from his book, Prayers from the heart. ~Fr. Dan

Stir me, O Lord, to care;
for a world that is lost and dying,
for values that are rejected and scorned,
for enemies that hate and malign me.
Amen.

Be well. Do good. Pay attention. Keep learning.

Source: Richard J. Foster, Prayers From the Heart (San Francisco, CA: HarperSanFrancisco, 1994) p. 75

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Just hang up

If A Telemarketer Or Robocall Asks “Can You Hear Me?” Just Hang Up; It’s A Scam

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If A Telemarketer Or Robocall Asks “Can You Hear Me?” Just Hang Up; It’s A Scam” was originally posted on Consumerist.

Begin quoteIt’s a bad idea to ever use the word “yes” when talking to any telemarketer, but with the latest version of an old scam, saying “yes” can quite literally come back to haunt you.

Here’s how the scam works: you may receive a phone call from an automated system (a robocall) or a live person, but the common thread will be that the caller will ask, “Can you hear me?”

“Yes,” you respond, because you heard the question. Now, according to police departments across the country, that means that the scammers now have a recording of your voice saying “yes.”

Please keep reading, there’s more

2017 Lenten Study

Come. Join us on the Way during Lent. Explore the 5 Marks of Love.

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The Brothers of the Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE) have once again put together a very fine study for use during Lent. In their own words:

begin-quote-purple-x7152This six-week series provides the opportunity to observe and to reflect on the ways in which the Divine Life expresses itself in and through us; individually and in our faith communities, as well as in the world around us. Each week will explore the Anglican Marks of Mission (Tell, Teach, Tend, Transform and Treasure) through videos, questions and exercises so we can speak more clearly and act truthfully, motivated always by hearts marked by God’s love.

The Marks of Love are not simply a list of tasks to be checked off one after the other; they are signs that our life is rooted and grounded in the Being of God. The Brothers of SSJE will draw on their own monastic spirituality to help us balance action with contemplation, so that our words and deeds proceed from the deepest places of our hearts, where God dwells. The resource encourages us to reflect on how we should live, not what we should do.

This series is designed for use by individuals or small groups. In small groups, facilitators will guide the growing process as participants discuss and learn together. For individuals, daily videos and reflections will lead them through a similar process. Ultimately participants will learn to offer themselves, body and soul, to God’s Mission, and to live for God’s glory. Materials and videos are free online and as downloads.

Please join me in this Lenten Study. Sign up with the Brothers to receive a daily email and links to other materials. Let us speak with and listen to each other using this Blog. Each day that you are able, inspired, or otherwise moved, you are invited to comment and to read the comments of others as we respond to the daily emails from the Brothers. ~Fr. Dan