Pause for Prayer: SUNDAY 1/24

The old Celtic prayer above used to be prayed in the morning when stirring the embers on the hearth from the previous night's fire...  Here's my take on it:

Lord, when my trust is only dust 
and my confidence in ashes:
    stir the embers of my faith...

When I've lost the breath 
to fan the dying cinders back to flame:
    stir the embers of my hope...

When it seems the fire's out 
and the coals have all grown cold:
    stir the embers of my love...

Stir the embers of my heart, Lord,
into flames of love for you,
for my family, for my neighbor, for my foe... 



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