NIGHT PRAYER: Saturday 1/29

O, Lord!
You've spent the day
snowing us in, 
slowing our steps
- and hitting our pause button...

Truth is, we sometimes need that, Lord.
We need to be interrupted,
inconvenienced, stopped in our tracks
by the pure, soft beauty of your presence, 
settling gently, flake by snowy flake,
dressing us and all around us
in a garment of pure grace...

Let the snow fall on our upturned faces, Lord,
and like children catching snow flakes on the tongue,
we'll taste the sweetness of your wintry gift...

Photo: Jeff Holmes

And snow angels, Lord!
Have we grown too old for making angels in the snow?
Send some snowy angels, then, to make of us 
the children you made us all to be...

As the snow chills our limbs
let your touch melt our souls
and draw us to your heart, Lord,
where the fire of your love
burns with snapping, crackling beauty,
bright and warm, this wintry night...

Remind us, Lord,
of those burdened by the weather
and those who serve and shelter them,
and those who plow and clear our streets
making safe our way from here to there
and back to home again...

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

Protect us on this snowy night,
keep vigil while we sleep, Lord,
that awake, we might keep watch with you
and asleep, rest in your peace...


(Two musical offerings tonight: the first as playful as snow angels,
the second, more reflective, like prayer...) 
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Winter Solitude by Ekaterina

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