Wednesday, October 13, 2010
You have been our refuge in all generations.
Before the mountain were brought forth,
before You had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting,
You are the Alpha and Omega.
When our days on Earth are ended,
You welcome us home to your Heart,
to the City of Light,
where time is eternal and days are not numbered.
You gather those who love You
as friends returning from a long journey,
giving rest to their souls.
You annoint them with the balm of understanding,
healing wounds of the past.
For our days on Earth are a mystery, a searching for You,
a yearning for the great Mystery to make itself known.
The years pass and soon the Harvest is at hand,
a time to reap the fruit of one's life.
Who has lived with integrity?
Who will reflect the Light?
Who can bear the radiant beams of Love?
Who have reverenced the Counselor,
and opened their hearts to the Spirit of Truth?
Teach us, O Beloved, to honor each day
that we may have a heart of wisdom.
Awaken us, O Holy One! Too long have we been asleep!
Have mercy on your people!
Help us to wait in Silence listening for your Word,
Strengthen us with courage to face the fears within.
O, that we might be converted in our hearts and walk together in peace and harmony!
Let your Word be known to the nations,
your Glory to our children's children.
Let the grace and gentleness of the Holy Spirit be upon us,
guiding our feet upon paths of love;
Increase the Light within us-
O Beloved, hear our prayer!
~from Psalms for Praying by Nan Merrill