Pause for Prayer: SUNDAY, Jan 25

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So busy we are
about so many trivial things...

Perhaps that's why, Lord,
you spent yesterday
blanketing us with snow,
slowing our steps,
hitting our pause button...

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

Let your snow fall upon our upturned faces, Lord,
and as a child catches snow flakes on the tongue
so let us taste the sweetness
of your wintry advent...

Are we too old, Lord,
for making angels in the snow?
Then send some snowy angels
to make of us
what you would have us be...

Even as the snow chills our limbs
let your touch melt our hearts
and draw us all inside
to where the fire of your love
burns for us always,
crackling, bright and warm...

Remind us, Lord,
of those burdened by the weather
and call us to empty our pockets and purses
in support of those
who serve and shelter the homeless...

And later, Lord,
when the snow's been shoveled
and our pace has quickened once again:
keep us mindful of the moments
when the blanket of your presence
calmed and warmed our hearts
and brought us close to you...


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