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Answering the Calling

Did you know that poetry can be considered contemplative prayer on paper? Or in this case, contemplative prayer on a computer screen;) Dive a little bit deeper into your life of faith by pondering the meaning of the words below and reflecting on the questions afterwards. God bless you on your spiritual journey! 

This poem explores the beauty of following a calling from God, even though it takes us through times of trial. Enjoy! 

Answering the Calling

It’s like a little ball of light in your heart that glows
and gets bigger the longer you follow it.
Brighter
and bolder too.

It will help to know some things in advance.

While mesmerized by the brilliance of it,
You can fully expect to be led into dark places that terrify you
and make your soul scream with the heaviness of every emotion you’ve ever avoided.
You will ache deeply.

The light will be your only consolation until it’s gone.

One day after putting all your hope and trust in it for years and
letting go of everything else in the process,
it will disappear entirely from your view.
You will be left alone,
lost in the deepest woods to fend for yourself with no comfort.

Being prepared for this won’t make it any easier.
But please know in advance that this journey is worth the toll it takes.

You are going somewhere.
Your trust was not misplaced, and
when the light comes back it will be more radiant than the brightest dawn.

You will be illuminated with every love, joy and truth known to man.
The glistening purity will pierce your soul, and
You will know the difference between who you are and what it is

Suddenly, you will be free to do more than blindly follow:
You will become one with the light.
Others will sense something luminous in you and have an opportunity to decide for themselves.

Is there any other path to freedom?

Reflection: Have you ever thought about what your calling from God is before? Have you ever had a sense that God was nudging you to follow him in a particular way? Did you listen? Have you ever prayed to God for guidance? Do you have the courage to follow Him even if He asks you to do hard things? 

Prayer: God bless everyone reading this to hear Your calling for their life! Fill their heart with a sense of Your presence, adn give them the courage to follow Your voice, along with the strength to persevere through their highest calling from You. 

Spiritual Toolbox: If you’re still learning to tune into Divine Guidance, I encourage you to try Lectio Divina. It’s an ancient practice of diving into the Word of God in order to receive guidance from the Holy Spirit. Learn more here. 

Prayer for Healing Addictions

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old is gone, the new is here.”
-2 Corinthians 5:17

God bless and heal our loved ones, who are struggling to break free from addiction to harmful substances and behaviors.  

Sometimes it feels like we’re losing them to the darkness of their issues. They’ve changed so much it feels like their bright, beautiful spirits are fading away. We love them, and we’ve tried so hard to help them!

But Lord, our efforts have failed to heal this disease of substance abuse. We’ve learned that all we can do is surrender them with prayer into Your loving arms and hope for the best.

Only You have the power to break the chains of their addictions. Only You have the power to heal them and restore them into the loving people we once could trust. 

Please pour Your grace over every aspect of their lives!

Bring Your spirit of healing into any underlying issues, which made them vulnerable to addiction in the first place.

Help them experience Your love, which we know is what they’re really craving, even as they try to find comfort in dangerous substitutes.

Fill them with the supernatural courage it will take to find healthy replacements for every one of their addictive behaviors.

Strengthen the very essence of their being, so they can break free from all of the harmful patterns they keep repeating.

Surround them with supportive people, who have overcome similar issues and can lovingly walk them through every step of the recovery process.

Help them to realize how deeply they are loved and how very much they will be able offer others, when they are restored to health again. Open their hearts to realize they are totally forgiven by You for all of their mistakes, no matter what they’ve done: all they have to do is let go of their addiction.

Guide them to the perfect 12-step program, along with doctors and counsellors to address all their medical needs on their path to wellness.

Give them hope in You and a vision for a better life! Give them strength to persevere through the recovery process, no matter how long it takes.  

Please provide protection and healing for those, who have been hurt by the behaviors stemming from their addiction as well. Let this addictive pattern stop here, Lord.

We entrust them to the power of Your Divine Mercy, forgiveness and healing always! Thank you Jesus! Amen.

Do you have a loved one, who is suffering from a problem with addiction? Please share your story below, and we will lift them up in prayer right alongside you!  God bless.

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American Soul

Did you Did you know that poetry can be considered contemplative prayer on paper? Or in this case, a computer screen;) Dive into a deeper life of faith by pondering the meaning of the words below and reflecting on the questions afterwards. God bless you on your spiritual journey! 

American Soul

I think my soul is getting too big for this place

It’s like trying to fit a magenta sunrise over the pacific ocean
with fluffy marshmallow clouds and the joy of leaping of dolphins

into a tiny
plastic
cup,

And I don’t want anyone to try and drink
a squished version of me
or even take a tiny sip that doesn’t reflect my diversity.

I know who I am
and how long it took for me to become this radiant, enormous being

How many times did the volcano have to erupt before it created this island of my soul?
I stopped counting and surrendered into the Fire bigger than myself,
flowing out of myself.

It wasn’t my plan, it burned.
But I survived,
and here I am like the radiant dawn herself.

Now that it’s time for palm trees, cool evening breezes and wild flowering trees,
I don’t even need time anymore
or ballot boxes,

at least not to tell me who I am.

I know
politics can’t contain this love in me,
this compassion.
That tiny list of who I can vote for is a joke.

As if I could choose between unborn babies and refugees or teenage mothers with no support, who are scared to death and make a choice. Don’t get me started about the prisoners on death row …

What happened to them to stunt their growth?

I just want them ALL to come to my shores.
I want everyone to feel the breeze of Truth and Mercy that blows here
and sustained me through my own trial-filled years.
I want them to be still and rest quietly,
listening to the waves of love crashing on my rocky coastline.
I want them to bask under the gorgeousness of my stars
and begin to get a sense of their own inherent vastness.

Will I erupt again?
I don’t know,
I am not in control of this life I’ve been given,

But I have noticed how much bigger I’m getting …
I don’t fit here anymore,
It’s like trying to squeeze the size of  purple mountain majesty into a tiny box
with a check mark on it …

I am open for more.

I’m outgrowing this,
but I’m not going anywhere,
And you can’t move me either.

I’m too big for politics
but just the right size for grace
and Truth that can move mountains and create whole new spaces.

You don’t need a plane ticket or freedom, food, water or shelter to rest on my shores.
You don’t even need to know about me.
My heart is open like an island rose,
and YOU are here in my prayers, which are powerful.

I look forward to watching you grow.

Reflection:
I wrote this trying to reconcile all of my feelings about the goodness of America in contrast to the the way our political landscape has divided our nation to such a dramatic degree. I invite you to reflect on where your own spirituality fits in with your politics. I also invite you to reflect on ways you can begin to help be a healer and a peacemaker in these troubled times. Are you willing to reach out to someone, whose beliefs are different than yours to try and find common ground? Are you willing to see the best in others, even when you don’t agree? Are there ways you can bring more of God’s healing love into our troubled world? 

Prayer: 
God please bless our nation to truly be guided by Your Highest Truth, Mercy and Unconditional Love always! Heal us, bring us together as one for the common good and Your Glory. Amen. 

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Do you know the feeling of being uplifted?

Christ Gave Me Wings

Did you know that poetry can be considered contemplative prayer on paper? Or in this case, contemplative prayer on a computer screen;) Dive a little bit deeper into your life of faith by pondering the meaning of the words below and reflecting on the questions afterwards. God bless you on your spiritual journey!

This poem explores themes of friendship, Christian community and taking leaps of faith. Enjoy! 

Christ gave me wings

Christ gave me wings even though I’m still on earth,
only they’re not made of feathers but friends.
They shimmer with inside jokes and thoughtful gestures.
They’re colored with personalities,
laughter and support.
If you look closely, you’ll see how glittering prayer and inspiration
are woven into their core,
strengthening them into communities and families that are powerful.
They lift me up and strengthen me to lift others too.

Christ gave me wings even though I’m still on earth,
not because I’m an angel though.
I think it’s because I stood on the edge of a cliff looking up at the stars and
down at the valley below sensing something more.
Alone and wondering what was next,
I believed in the very depth of my soul I had a future to soar to –
So I jumped,
and all these people appeared out of thin air.

I don’t have to be an angel to know the feeling of being uplifted.
It’s funny the way people can’t fly, but we do.
When we’re guided by our spirits;
When we’re brave enough to trust that invisible sense He gives us –
we find each other,
and we rise above it alldo-you-believe-god-has-a-plan-fo-ryour-life-are-you-willing-to-leap-into-the-unknown

Reflection: Do you have a strong sense of community in your life right now? Are you willing to step out of your comfort zone to surround yourself with supportive network of like minded people? I hope and pray that you are. Everyone deserves friends, who truly care about you and lift your spirits. I encourage you to keep the faith and keep searching until you find a strong sense of community!

Prayer: God bless anyone reading this to find a loving, supportive faith community to learn and celebrate life with!!

Gorgeous Chaos

Did you know that poetry can be considered contemplative prayer on paper? Or in this case, contemplative prayer on a computer screen;) Dive a little bit deeper into your life of faith by pondering the meaning of the words below and reflecting on the questions afterwards. God bless you on your spiritual journey! 

This poem explores the benefits of letting go of control to trust God with our lives. It also encourages us to live in the present moment and have gratitude for the little blessings life offers us. 

Gorgeous Chaos

There are some things we want
that we can’t work for to get.

Snow falls down from the sky on a Tuesday
and stops
that night without ever asking if we had enough
or even if we wanted it in the first place.

Of course, we did.
at least a part of us did;
the part that likes to gaze out the window at fluffy beauty raining down like joy …
the open part of us,
the awe and wonder.
The stalwart core of us that’s willing to embrace the cold and bundle up
to experience magic first hand at a moment’s notice,
oblivious to the bitter chill in the air.

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There are things we can work for too.
we can set goals and accomplish them.
we can make money and keep things orderly.
we can stick to the plan no matter what’s falling from the sky.

I think we have a choice to make when snow comes.
It makes sense to decide it’s too cold and wet to go outside;
There really will be too much laundry.
But will we reject an outpouring of gifts from the heavens because of a little mess?

Who created this gorgeous chaos anyway?
Don’t you think He wants us to experience it?

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I opened up the deepest chamber of my heart and made a choice.
Then suddenly, I felt something in my soul hop on her sled.
She slipped down to the edge of the yard faster than she expected.
I found her beaming at the bottom of the hill
with fluffy flakes swirling around her face like a picture frame,
expressing the purest joy.

Reflection: This poem is not about the snow!  It’s about accepting God’s grace, which isn’t always easy or practical. We all know God’s plan for our lives is more amazing than we can imagine, but we don’t all have the courage to follow it. Are you open to the gorgeous chaos of God’s vision for your life? Or are you missing the blessings because you’re so focused on being in control?

Prayer: God, give us the eyes to see the gifts and guidance you give us and the courage to accept them with open hearts and minds. Amen. 

 

Prayer After Loss of Father

God, please uplift those who are grieving the loss of their father today.

Help them capture favorite memories of him.

Crystalize his most distinctive characteristics in their minds.

Help them to experience the essence of who He is in their hearts, so they realize that He will always be with them in a spiritual way.

Quickly bring healing to any painful memories and bring forgiveness to any mistakes he made in his humanity.

Fill their hearts with confidence they’ll see him in heaven someday.

Through this time of loss, help them gain a deeper realization of Your love, which will always be with them.

Draw them closer to You, and surprise them with experiences of Your fatherly love here on earth.

Support them powerfully through friends and family members as they grieve.

Strengthen their relationships through this difficult time.

Inspire them to make the most of their own precious lives.

Bless their father on His journey to heaven.

In Jesus name, we pray.

Are you grieving the loss of your father today? Please share your story, and we’ll lift you all up in prayers too. 

Prayer for Unity in America

Prayer for Unity in America

For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall. – Ephesians 2:14

“We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond.”  – Gwendolyn Brooks

As a nation, we are hurting. We’ve been through so much together through this election cycle, and we’re all processing it in different ways.

God, help us begin to heal and move forward.

Where the sting of grief weighs down our souls, bring Your comfort.

Where fear of discrimination disturbs our peace of mind, fill us with trust in You.

Where unfair judgements shroud our ability to see the good in each other, help us connect at the heart of our common humanity.

Where the darkness of hatred hides within us, bring it to light and replace it with Your love.

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Remove the blinders of predjudice from our eyes; help us to see each other clearly as Your beloved children..

Give us the courage to be accountable for our actions and attitudes which harm others, and give us the strength to forgive those, who have wounded us.

Open our hearts to be kind to one another, as we learn and grow.

Strengthen us in our most broken places; Make something beautiful out of our pain.

Illuminate our minds with Your Truth.

We need Your justice, mercy and love more than ever, Lord.

We need Your wisdom, guidance and vision for the future.

We need You to create a new path for us, and fill us with the grace to follow it.

Though it feels like we’re being torn apart at the seams, we know You are with us.

Help us to rise as a stronger, more empathic people.

Awaken a Holy passion and conviction of what is right in us.

Help us unite in our desires for peace.

Give us the strength to work together for the common good.

We praise You, we thank You and we aspire only to do Your will!

In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Please share your prayers for unity below, and we will lift them with you!