Thursday, December 13, 2007

Evening prayer on a snowy day


Photo: Jeff Holmes

(With apology to those who live and pray in warmer climes)


Good evening, good Lord!

So busy are we
about so many trivial things...
Perhaps that's why
you spent the late afternoon
blanketing us with snow,
slowing our steps,
hitting our pause button
and grinding the traffic of our business
to a halt.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

I needed that, Lord.
I needed to be inconvenienced,
interrupted, slowed down
- stopped -
by the pure, soft beauty
of your presence,
settling gently, flake by flake;
dressing me and my world
as in a garment of pure grace...

Let your snow fall upon my upturned face, Lord:
as a child catches snow flakes on the tongue
let me taste the sweetness of your advent...

Am I too old, Lord,
for making angels in the snow?
Then send a snowy angel
to make of me
what you would have me be...


Even as the snow chills my limbs
let your touch melt my heart
and draw me inside
to where the fire of your love
burns for me always,
crackling, bright and warm...

Remind me, Lord,
of those who are burdened by the weather
and empty my purse and pockets
in support of those who serve and shelter them...

Later, Lord, in the quiet of night
the snow will slow and stop
and by morning our pace will quicken again.
Even then, keep us mindful of these moments
when the blanket of your presence
stills and warms our hearts
close to you.

Amen.

2 comments:

Teacher said...

Yesterday I was out snow blowing several driveways and the song I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas came to mind.- Gee, I wonder why ;) That's when I decided to thank God for all the good things in my life and spent some time praying while I was plowing. It was a nice time to connect with Jesus. Except for the sound of the snow blower it was quiet and still, the lighting was minimal with some white Christmas lights on some houses, and the snow was beautiful.

ConcordPastor said...

Oh, it warms a preacher's heart on a cold day to know that his homily may have lingered into the week and, with the Spirit's prompting, nudged someone to prayer...