Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Life on the 20th

This happened yesterday.
I went to the bus stop expecting to catch a bus then take a train to downtown to watch the inauguration. I had just missed one bus when another one pulled up. It said “Special” on the side and the bus driver yelled out “Hop on, free ride” So I got on and so did everyone else. The bus was full yet I had no idea where I was going. The bus pulled away and stopped at a light and allowed a family to cross the street and get on too.
The bus then gets on the highway which was empty of cars and drives us straight into the city and drops us all off 1 block from where I wanted to be.
What a wonderful start to the day. It was something that the day gifted me.

God of gifts.
Would I know that I need to get on the bus when it comes by?
Would I see the joy and excitement on the faces of your children?
Would I have faith to go where it takes me?
Lord I pray that I can always trust so much.
For you lead me to places that are wonderful.
Your grace keeps me warm.
Your children surround me with excitement.
I just need to be willing to get on.

Friday, January 02, 2009

A prayer for prayer 2 January 2009

Gifts: Prayer
Prayer and love are learned in the hour when prayer becomes impossible and the heart has turned to stone.
   - Thomas Merton
Lord God,
I thank you for the gift of prayer,
The gift of conversation with you.
The gift of you answering in ways I understand
In ways I seek to understand.
And to be understood.
I pray that my words are  enough
My actions are with my prayer,
My love, grace and peace, fitted to service in you.
Today and tomorrow.
May it be so.
I am on hiatus for a few days.  I will be in Israel.  If I am able, I will send out a prayer.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

A Prayer for the New Year

Gifts: Wonder

Mark 9:15  As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him.

Holy and Loving God,
I thank you for the wonder given to us, for us.
As I
Wonder about your love,
Wonder about your grace,
Wonder about why you love even me.
I wonder about what keeps drawing me to you.
And I know it is irristable grace.
A reason for wonder.
As I start this new year I am full of wonder.
Wonder for peace.
Wonder for love
Wonder for joy.
And I am thankful I have this wonder