Pause for Prayer: SATURDAY 5/26

Yesterday's warmth, yesterday's heat
gently toasted my skin and seeped layers deeper 
into my body, into my bones - indeed, into my soul -
in just the way I need God's grace to touch me
to wrap me, to permeate my existence
with the life, the love I crave but fail 
to find the words to imagine or describe it...

Because of this I love the changing of the seasons:
the blessed, welcome climate change of God's grace 
in nature,
in the world
and in me...


Every Season
by Nicole Nordeman

Every evening sky, an invitation
To trace the patterned stars
And early in July, a celebration
For freedom that is ours
And I notice You
In children’s games
In those who watch them from the shade
Every drop of sun is full of fun and wonder
You are summer...

And even when the trees have just surrendered
To the harvest time
Forfeiting their leaves in late September
And sending us inside
Still I notice You when change begins
And I am braced for colder winds
I will offer thanks for what has been and was to come
You are autumn...

And everything in time and under heaven
Finally falls asleep
Wrapped in blankets white, all creation
Shivers underneath
And still I notice you
When branches crack
And in my breath on frosted glass
Even now in death, You open doors for life to enter
You are winter...

And everything that’s new has bravely surfaced
Teaching us to breathe
What was frozen through is newly purposed
Turning all things green
So it is with You
And how You make me new
With every season’s change
And so it will be
As You are re-creating me
Summer, autumn, winter, spring...


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