Category: Spirituality

Happy Thanksgiving

Prayers of Thanksgiving

In the words of Meister Eckhart, a Dominican mystic: If the only prayer you pray in your life is thank you, it will be enough.

Giving Thanks is Preaching

As I express my gratitude, I become more deeply aware of it. And the greater my awareness, the greater my need to express it. David Steindl-Rast Friends of Silence newsletter, December 2008 – from Gratefulness.org

Sometimes Poetry Is Preaching

This morning a poem by e.e. cummings provided a sense of gratitude. Timely, any time, but even more so this week of Thanksgiving. i thank You God for most this amazing day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream… Continue Reading “Sometimes Poetry Is Preaching”

Do We Live like We’re Looking for an Escape Clause?

No Christian escapes a taste of the wilderness on the way to the promised land. “No Escape” by Evelyn Underhill I’ve been thinking about this as I witness and experience the fragility of life all around me. I wonder how it is that we… Continue Reading “Do We Live like We’re Looking for an Escape Clause?”

Appreciating Beauty as Prayer

Last week Gratefulness.org published this quote. What is real prayer? Praise to God. And the meaning of praise? Appreciating; thus opening the heart more and more to the divine beauty one sees in manifestation. – Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan Bowl of Saki

Can We Discern the Artisan from the Beauty that Surrounds Us?

More from today’s selection from the Book of Wisdom All  were by nature foolish who were in ignorance of God, and who from the good things seen did not succeed in knowing God who is, and from studying the works did not discern the… Continue Reading “Can We Discern the Artisan from the Beauty that Surrounds Us?”

Wisdom – the Image of God’s Goodness

Since Sunday, we have had lovely readings from the Book of Wisdom In Wisdom is a spirit intelligent, holy, unique, Manifold, subtle, agile, clear, unstained, certain, Not baneful, loving the good, keen, unhampered, beneficent, kindly, Firm, secure, tranquil, all-powerful, all-seeing, And pervading all spirits, though they be… Continue Reading “Wisdom – the Image of God’s Goodness”

Let God’s Glory Be over all the Earth

From today’s Morning Prayer: Psalm 108 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!

In Awe of the Simple Gifts of LIfe

The following is the closing prayer from Vespers for this evening. O gracious God, open our hearts and our eyes to the wonders of your presence among us. May we see the signs of your beauty within and about us and ever be in… Continue Reading “In Awe of the Simple Gifts of LIfe”