Deep Peace to You

Blessings of words and music this day.

The Sundays in Lent are not counted in the 40 days of Lent. On the Sundays in Lent we share words of blessing. Be blessed ~Fr. Dan

Deep Peace is today’s blessing:

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

For the beauty of the earth

Beauty is all around us. Slow down. Enjoy. Give thanks.

We give you thanks, most gracious God, for the beauty of earth and sky and sea; for the richness of mountains, plains, and rivers; for the songs of birds and the loveliness of flowers. We praise you for these good gifts, and pray that we may safeguard them for our posterity. Grant that we may continue to grow in our grateful enjoyment of your abundant creation, to the honor and glory of your Name, now and for ever. Amen.

The Book of Common Prayer, 840

Enjoy the beauty of creation. As you do, give thanks, and do what you can to “safeguard [this beauty] for our posterity.” ~Fr, Dan

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

Write a letter to God

One woman’s experiences of writing a letter to God.

5 Marks of Love Study 2017

The activity for the first week: write a letter to God.

“Slowly writing out our words of love for another person can be a meditative practice that connects us in a deep way. This week, spend some time hand-writing a letter to God. What would you say? How might you express your love for God in words?”

Here is one response to the activity, posted today (3/4/17). Hannah Tadros was asked to share her experience with the activity of writing a letter to God (described above). May her experience (of writing four letters) give you encouragement in your letter-writing activity:

[The four letters] were all over the place. My reluctance, my fear, and after I sat with it a little bit my nostalgia, and kind of longing, and that feeling of missing God, and missing that intimacy that I feel like I have run away from a lot. So that’s where the exercise went for me. It went all over the place. I found many different responses in me to the thought of being God’s beloved, and I kind of put them all down and left them up to God. Read the entire response.

– Hannah Tadros

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

Use the “Leave a Reply” section to add your thoughts and comments. ~Fr. Dan

Ambassadors for Christ

A quick thought in the early days of Lent …

5 Marks of Love Study 2017

So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20 (NRSV)

Are you using the Lenten Resource 5 Marks of Love led by the Brothers of the Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE)? If yes, what did you take with you on Week 1 |Day 3? For me it was this:

Our mission will not often be grand. It’s the little things, the small ways that we serve, a smile, a handshake, a hug, being kind to someone in customer service, especially when things aren’t going our way. Each and every day we’re acting as ambassadors of Christ…

As I write my letter to God (the activity for Week 1), I keep coming back to the sentences just quoted. Use the “Leave a Reply” section to add your thoughts and comments. ~Fr. Dan