Reflections from your Co-Pastors
May 25, 2021
May 25, 2021, 12 days post Pentecost
By the time you get to read this, it will surely be past your morning waking prayer or prayers today. So here is an evening prayer for Spring that we can ‘intend’ to join with our sisters and brothers, with the ‘intention’ of bringing us to wholeness within ourselves and Wisdom. The Evening Prayer is from 'Prayers for a Planetary Pilgrim' by Edward Hays.
Beloved God, Eternal Womb from which all life has come,
I greet the arrival of night with gratitude and faith in you.
As this part of the Earth turns away from the sun and darkness shadows us,
dawn is breaking in golden light on the other side of this small planet.
One of those who are now awakening,
united with all who are preparing to enter into sleep,
I pause to reflect on how I have used the hours of daylight that you have given me.
I am filled with gratitude that your love is unconditional and that you have forgiven me the moment I have stumbled in my journey to be your living presence in my world.
Grant me the grace to forgive others as you have forgiven me.
One with your Spirit, who prays continuously in my heart,
I now enter into the prayer of silence.
period of silent prayer or meditation
This night is filled with the sounds of life.
To all those sounds I now join my voice in a prayer of devotion.
A psalm, spiritual reading, or personal prayer
With faithfulness, this planet Earth has traveled over a million miles In its orbit around the sun since I last slept.
Because of its life-path,
this planet flourishes with living beings,
plants and animals.
I pray that my path this day
has also enriched and given life
to all with whom I have come in contact.
As I prepare to enter into the sacrament of sleep,
I lift up into your divine heart these intentions _________.
I pray as well for my brothers and sisters who have no roof over them this night and for those who are imprisoned by the chains of fear, doubt, and addiction.
Grant me a restful sleep, and if it be your will,
May I rise tomorrow to the gift of a new day of life.
With trust I place myself in confidence
In your holy name
And in the name of [Jesus our Christ]
And of the Holy Spirit, [Sophia].