Pause for Prayer: TUESDAY 5/31

    Photo by Mark Penta













Help me a find a place to meet you, Lord:
a shady place, a grove of grace,
where you and I might meet 
and sit together in the silence, in the shade, 
away from all the noise that fills my soul...

Help me find a summer refuge at the shore
or in the fields - or up atop some mountain:
a grotto of your presence, Lord, a haven
where I'll find with you the peace
my heart desires...

This summer, Lord,
help me find a place to meet you
down the road or out of town
or even right at home:
a place where you and I might meet 
and sit together in the silence, 
in the shade, in the prayer 
that makes us one...


You needn't travel far to find a summer place to meet the Lord and spend some time with him in prayer: your back yard or local park will do, your porch, your deck or just your favorite chair, close by an open window...  Wherever you are, he's with you; wherever you travel, he's by your side; wherever you go, he'll be there to meet you, whenever you arrive...

I doubt that Leonard Bernstein envisioned this piece from West Side Story as an invitation to prayer, but I think it serves our purposes here rather nicely...

Somewhere by Leonard Bernstein    
   arranged by Robert Edgerton
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There's a place for us
Somewhere a place for us
Peace and quiet and open air
Wait for us somewhere
There's a time for us
Someday a time for us
Time together with time to spare
Time to learn
Time to care
We'll find a new way of living
We'll find there's a way of forgiving
Somewhere... Some day...





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