|A Prayer Diary||
To follow a God who moves and who expects us to move with him is a risky undertaking. It means not playing safe, and it asks for confidence in God’s hidden purposes.
Esther de Waal
Glory be to the God who is in the fire, who is in the waters, who is in the plants and trees, who is in all things in this vast creation. Unto that Spirit be glory and glory.
Book of Kells
Poetry—psalms and hymns—can be a remedy for the human tendency to take refuge in indifference.
The wide pond expands like a
The heavenly light and cloud
shadows play upon it.
How does such clarity occur?
It is because it contains the
living stream from the
Jesus’ paradoxical position endeavors the release of truth in its perfection; a truth that shows us that nobility of soul is what is truly imperial, that realized humility is indeed palatial and that love links us with the universal nature and eternal power of God.
And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.
Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.
Today you will be with me in Paradise.
Woman, behold your son. Son, behold your mother.
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
It is finished.
Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.
Luke 23. 46-49
On Maundy Thursday it is good to abandon the pretence that there is no vestige left in us of resistance to being served and loved…. Jesus comes to us bearing all the unnerving signs of life lived within the embrace of unconditional love.
Marin L. Smith