Sunday, August 28

A Morning Devotional/Reflection Time

I absolutely LOVE my sister. While growing up there were a lot of years where I was the no-it-all, annoying older sister OR just completely self-absorbed in my own life's happenings, in our adulthood, my sister is one of my favorite people in the world and, according to her, feelings are mutual :). She is wise, introspective, smart, thoughtful, and unconventional. Since Alyssa came back from Paraguay especially (just in time for Selah to come home from Ethiopia 2 1/2 years ago!) our friendship has deepened and I often look to her to discuss what I'm pondering or for prayer...or for a much-needed babysitter! So, there's a little background on my amazing sister.

The picture is from this Spring when my mom was honored by the YWCA for being a nominee for their prestigious "Women of Distinction" award.  My sis is the one standing next to Mom.  My bro and sis-in-law from Chicago are sitting next to Karl and I.

On Saturday morning my precious sis and I went walking/running for 6 miles. She is my motivator for such distances as she has a decent amount of experience participating in half-marathons.  A mile was an accomplishment for me, but I have slowly gotten more motivated this year as I have seen/felt the positive mental impact of exercising.  I digress.  Alyssa handed me a copy of her morning devotional taken from a little book called Celtic Benediction by J Philip Newell.  As I read it, it was so meaningful that I wanted to share a portion of it with you.  May it draw you closer to your Creator:

"Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession
For the night followed by day
for the idle winter ground
followed by the energy of spring
for the infolding of the earth
followed by bursts of unfolding
thanks be to you, O God.
For rest and wakefulness
stillness and creativity
reflection and action
thanks be to you.
Let me know in my own soul and body
the rhythms of creativity that you have established.
Let me know in my family and friendships
the disciplines of withdrawal and the call to engagement.
Let me know for my world
the cycles of renewal
given by you for healing and health
the pattern of the seasons
Given by you for the birth of new life.

Pray for the coming day
and for the life of the world

Closing Prayer
In the busyness of this day
grant me a stillness of seeing, O God.
In the conflicting voices of my heart
grant me a calmness of hearing.
Let my seeing and hearing 
my words and my actions
be rooted in a silent certainty of your presence.
Let my passions for life
and the longings for justice that stir within me
be grounded in the experience of your stillness.
Let my life be rooted in the ground of your peace, O God,
let me be rooted in the depths of your peace."

1 comment:

paraguayalyssa said...

I just saw this post, D. You are so wonderful! Thank you for your affirmation and I'm DELIGHTED that that prayer was meaningful for you. Love much! (I always think of 2 year old BB when I say that and I smile:)