Category Archives: Reflections

Speak Your calm

Drop Your dews of quiet rest

Till all our strivings cease;

Lord in our soul

Still the strain.

 

Through these storms that rage

Speak calm small still voice

That from this holy ground

Our lives speak—

 

The beauty of Your peace.

 

Improvisio; adapted from “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind,” by John Greenleaf Whitter (1872).

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May God give you

May the Lord Himself give you peace

May He in all places give you hope

May He in all times give you joy.

 

May God Himself sanctify you

May He save you all the way

Through and through

 

May His Spirit fill you

May He power you

With love.

 

Make yourself an ark

“‘Make yourself an ark . . .
For my part, I am going to bring a flood of waters on the earth . . . ’”
Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.”
 
I’ve been pondering Noah’s faith. He built the ark, though it was a long time before the rain fell. I then remembered that’s just what Hebrews says: “By faith Noah . . . built an ark . . . .”
He built the ark on the “conviction of things not seen.”
 
Sometimes God nudges us to build “arks,” though there’s no present show of coming rain.
 
Come Holy Spirit, Lord, Giver of Life.
 
Remember the poor who hope in You.
Renew all dreams birthed in the footprints of Jesus.
Resurrect all fallen seed— with the hundredfold blessing.
Amen.

Give us more than dreams

In the Bible we read You hear prayer and open closed wombs.

Hear our our prayers.

Give us more than dreams.

Give us more than vision.

Give us open wombs.

 

Sprout fruit on all our trees;

Overflowing; more than enough.

Enrich the ground where we stand.

Send Your rain.

 

Amen.

 

Open closed wombs, with more than enough

In the Bible we read You hear prayer and open closed wombs.
Hear our our prayers.
Give us more than dreams.
Give us more than vision.
Give us open wombs.
 
Sprout fruit on all our trees;
Overflowing; more than enough.
Enrich the ground where we stand.
Send Your rain.
 
Amen.