Listen. Do you hear it? Mercy. Mercy. Mercy. That’s what it sounds like as the wind blows through the chimes today. What do you hear?
Can you hear God’s tender mercy?
Your words of mercy echo in my spirit:
“I forgive you for what you have done.”
“You can start over. Begin again.”
“I’ll be there as you recover.”
“Trust that there’s a better way.”
“Try your best to not do that again.”
“I know you can change your ways.”
May I also speak your words of mercy
In my response to those who stray,
Fail and fall, and attempt to start over.
Bernadette farrell in Joyce Rupp. Fragments of Your Ancient Name: 365 Glimpses of the Divine for Daily Meditation. Kindle Edition.
Has the rain a father
who brought forth drops of dew?
Job 38:28 CEB
We look into the world again with the eyes of the Creator. May wonder be born anew with this day. ~dan
The whirlwind continues. There is softness to the sound today. What do you hear?
Luminous web that holds everything in place
Barbara Brown Taylor
You are like an exquisite spider web
With transparent dewdrops of dawn.
You sparkle like crystal in our hearts
Joining one wet bead with another.
Every part of the gossamer netting
Connects with you through the web.
Even though we feel apart from you
Or disengaged from one another,
We are the jeweled dewdrops of beauty
Joined as one with you, Luminous Web.
Today: I am joined to all in the Luminous Web.
Joyce Rupp. Fragments of Your Ancient Name: 365 Glimpses of the Divine for Daily Meditation (Kindle Locations 850-853). Kindle Edition.
Son of the elements, Son of Vapours Son of Wind Son of Air.
Son of the elements, Son of Light Son of Heat Son of Fire.
Son of the elements, Son of Rain Son of Waves Son of Water.
Son of the elements, Son of Land Son of Soil Son of Earth.
Son of the elements, Son of Stars Son of Planets Son of Moon.
Son of the elements, Son of Creatures Son of Man Son of God.
David Adam. Border Lands: The Best of David Adam’s Celtic Vision (p. 49). Kindle Edition.
Athrist for God
As the deer longs for the water-brooks, *
so longs my soul for you, O God.
My soul is athirst for God, athirst for the living God; *
when shall I come to appear before the presence of God?
We continue to consider the words of the Creator from the whirlwind. Let the sounds go with you into the week (and beyond). ~dan
The whirlwind continues. The chimes swirl differently. What do you hear?
Am l too independent to bow to you,
To admit to your sovereignty
Over my heart, over my entire life?
Am I too proud to acknowledge
Your ultimate powerfulness?
Am I too ignorant to recognize
Your authority in the cosmos?
Am I too blind to see your grandeur
Etched in the landscape of creation?
If so, shake loose my arrogance.
Today: I bow to Infinite Majesty.
Joyce Rupp. Fragments of Your Ancient Name: 365 Glimpses of the Divine for Daily Meditation (Kindle Locations 1087-1090). Kindle Edition.
Awaken me Lord
Awaken me, Lord, To your light, Open my eyes To your presence.
Awaken me, Lord, To your love, Open my heart To your indwelling.
Awaken me, Lord, To your life, Open my mind To your abiding.
Awaken me, Lord, To your purpose, Open my will To your guiding.
David Adam. Border Lands: The Best of David Adam’s Celtic Vision (p. 16). Kindle Edition.
God, the source and destiny of the cosmos
Author of creation: In wisdom you brought forth all that is, to participate in your divine being, and to change, adapt, and grow in freedom. You make holy the matter and energy of the universe that it may delight you and give you praise. We thank you for gathering all creation into your heart by the energy of your Spirit and bringing it through death to resurrection glory; through the One in whom all things have their being, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music of The Episcopal Church. “Liturgical Materials Honoring God in Creation and Various Rites and Prayers for Animals.” [2012 ‘Blue Book,’ p. 319]
God is our refuge and strength,
a help always near in times of great trouble.
That’s why we won’t be afraid
when the world falls apart,
when the mountains crumble
into the center of the sea,
when its waters roar and rage,
when the mountains shake
because of its surging waves.
Psalm 46:1-3 CEB
Here is today’s sampling of the music made by the Spirit in the Wind Chimes. What do you hear?
Fragments of Your Ancient Name
When things do not go as we wish,
When love falls out of our heart,
When death snatches our joy,
When goodbye outweighs hello,
When confusion alters our vision,
When what we knew no longer exists,
You stand by us as our strong support.
By now you may have seen this headline in some form at least once. Here is a video announcement from Harvard Divinity School and a short interview with the scholar, Karen L. King, who made the announcement of finding the sentence fragment, “Jesus said to them, my wife” on a 4th century fragment of papyrus.
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