Thank you, Jehovah-Rohi (the Lord is my Shepherd), for leading and guiding us on our journey. You provide companionship, rest, food, and refreshing water. You protect us from harm. We sing your praises.
We enter your sacred prayer space into a time of silent contemplation. We hear your voice whispering to us through the trees. They softly sing hymns of praise to you. We hear Mother Earth and Grandparent Rocks telling stories of ancient times. Their songs and stories hold mystical memories and wisdom; yet only in this contemplative silence with you can we hear their voices. Their voices are in the wind that does not blow except through Life-giving Spirit breathing into our innermost being.
Today, we invite you to ‘Reread, Rest and Reflect’ on the prayers of the past week.
Lectionary Readings for Today:
O loving God, you have been with us on this journey to the celebration of Jesus coming to our world. You are always with us, even when we do not acknowledge or listen to You. You fill us with your love and your breath. You are eternal; we are a moment. We are your creation, which you say is good and prove the goodness of creation and humankind by sending your son into our world. Your way brings peace and joy.
Way-maker, you are the way, the truth, and the life. You were with us in our past; you are with us in our present and future. Thank you for looking after our present needs and going ahead of us to look after our future needs. We look to you and follow you. We are in awe of you. Thank you for the secure fortress for ourselves and our families. Thank you for the gift of peace, which brings nourishment to our bodies and heals us.
Loving Divine Family,
We call to you from the wilderness. We see your light on the horizon. It quickly overtakes us and your voice vibrates the earth. “Where have you been? What are you doing here?” you ask. We have sought wisdom and folly in this world, Yahweh, and have tried to find meaning from the works of our hands. But we are lost! It makes no difference! But Life-giving Spirit wraps us like a newborn baby and you press your lips to our ears. You invite us to seek you with our whole heart, not with human wisdom.