Preparing for Silence

Still my body from its work, Lord,
Still my body.
Hear my silent prayer.
Still my mind from its worry, Lord,
Still my mind.
Hear my silent prayer.
Still my heart from all grievance, Lord,
Still my heart.
Hear my silent prayer.
Still my spirit from all anguish, Lord,
Still my spirit.
Hear my silent prayer.
Lord, bring me to silence and stillness
Lord, bring me to silence and stillness
Lord, bring me to silence and stillness
Into the restfulness of my body, bring your healing.
In this silence, be with me.
Into the quiet of my mind, bring your thoughts.
In this silence, be with me.
Into the stillness of my heart, bring your love.
In this silence, be with me.
Into the peace of my spirit, bring your holiness.
In this silence, be with me.
Amen
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On the Birth of a Child

Making a decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ~ Elizabeth Stone
You finally made it, then, my baby,
So pleased to have you with me,
Now revealed safely in my arms,
Finally disembarked from the mother ship.
I’ve so much to tell you,
So many things to show you,
Friends to introduce, relatives to meet,
Books to read, songs to sing,
And to share the secret of God’s love for you.
But first things first.
And just now, my heart wells with joy
And brims with love
For the gift of you,
Sweet child of God.
Seed of my life,
For you, I will give my all,
And much more besides.
 God bless you, child,
As angels sing praises for your life,
I give thanks to you, our Creator God.
 Amen
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A Prayer for Alzheimer’s

It seems that when you have cancer you are a brave battler against the disease, but when you have Alzheimer’s you are an old fart. That’s how people see you. It makes you feel quite alone. ~ Terry Pratchett 
Lord Jesus Christ,
One of those I love is now lost to me.
Their mind is muddled
Their memories destroyed
Their vistas distorted.
They cannot remember,
They cannot recall.
Lord Jesus Christ, help me to remember the person. 
Lord, it is hard to answer the same questions
They ask me again and again.
And it is hard when they ask me who I am.
And it is hard when they cannot remember
The good times we spent, the hard times we overcame.
And it is hard when they are aggressive or unloving.
Lord Jesus Christ, help me to remember the person. 
Lord, if it were their body that was weakened,
I would still think they were themselves.
Help me to see that they are still there
Deep in their soul and being, they live on intact.
And it is only the filter of their mind that distorts.
They are still there.
Lord Jesus Christ, help me to remember that they are still there.
 Lord, bring your angels to surround them,
Your Holy Spirit to fill them,
Your love to encase them.
Touch all who care for them;
Uphold and bless their work.
Lord Jesus Christ, help me to remember that they are still there.
Lord Jesus Christ,
Bring me the patience to deal with their brokenness,
The heart to love them as they were,
And the vision to see through the mist of their demented lens.
Lord Jesus Christ, help me to remember the person.
Lord Jesus Christ, help me to remember that they are still there.
Amen
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Enfold Me

GOD is breath, for the breath of the wind is shared by all, goes everywhere; nothing shuts it in, nothing holds it prisoner. ~ Maximus the Confessor
Your sunlight
Filtered through stained glass.
Your stone, by human hand ennobled.
The softness of the day
Shadow and reflection,
Lightness in darkness.
The peace of silence,
The smell of prayer,
The taste of hope,
The touch of silken love.
My life
My story
Mystery.
Enfold me, Lord.
Enfold me, light and dark,
And hold me in your loving hand.
Amen
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Universal God

If God can work through me, he can work through anyone ~ Francis of Assisi
Cherubim and seraphim,
Flotsam and jetsam,
Saints and sinners,
Ebony and ivory,
LGBT and LSD,
You love us all the same, my God.
Amen
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