Shine upon all who are in darkness

A prayer of expectation from a child-like faith.

Darkness and light in the wilderness

Lord Christ, shine upon all who are in the darkness of suffering and grief, that in your light, they may receive hope and courage and in your presence, may find their rest and peace, for your love’s sake.

Alan Warren in Christopher Herbert, Pocket Prayers for Children, (Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd, Kindle Edition).

Even in the “darkness of suffering and grief” the Risen One is present. Light will overcome the darkness. Hope is possible. Courage can be summoned to defeat fear and sadness. Rest and peace will return in the presence of the Risen One. A child-like faith is the entrance to such a prayer and such a hope. ~Fr. Dan

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

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Rejoicing in the hope of eternal glory

What do you pray? Why?

Butterfly: a symbol of resurrection

Collect for Tuesday in Easter Week

O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that we, who have been raised with him, may abide in his presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be dominion and praise for ever and ever. Amen.

The Book of Common Prayer, p. 223

Once again I find myself interrogated by the Collect: how deeply do I embrace what I pray: that “Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light”? Why do I hold this to be true? Who has convinced me? The questions lead to a rich meditation and further prayer. May this Collect provoke you to the same. ~Fr. Dan

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

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Where there is darkness, light

May we be what we pray

Burning candles dispelling darkness

Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, union;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that we may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive; it is
in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen.

A Prayer attributed to St. Francis in The Book of Common Prayer, p. 833

As the Lenten Journey continues, Jesus comes closer and closer to his death. Yet along the way he continues to share peace, love, and pardon. He shows the Way to faith, hope, light and joy. And, finally, the Way passes through death to life. ~Fr. Dan

Be well. Do good. Pay attention. Keep learning

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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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Collect: Second Sunday after Epiphany

A light shining in the darkness

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer, 215

Many Collects begin by addressing God and include an additional recognition of an attribute of God. Today we acknowledge that the Son of (Almighty) God is Jesus Christ, Savior, and “the light of the world.”  We are beloved daughters and sons of God and kin to Jesus Christ. Consider, today and throughout the week, what we ask of God: that we, kin to Jesus, “illumined by [God’s] Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory.”

As this part of our prayer is granted we pray that, through us, Christ “may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth.”

Let us humbly make our prayer and with humility and compassion shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory this week and always. ~Fr. Dan

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