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A Winter Prayer

 

IMG_2862A time of stripping back,

Of lifeless leaves and dead wood

falling away,

Their latent energy absorbed and embraced

by mother Earth,

A necessary season

in the cycle of life

As old makes way for new

That all may flourish.

 

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In the silence of my soul,

To welcome winter seasons

Stripping away lifeless leaves

of false self, the dead wood

Of quick fix and falsehood

That my true self may live and breathe

In the presence of the One,

A vital investment for springs

And summers to come,

When “flowers appear on the earth

And the season of singing has come”.

 


(All photos mine)


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A Prayer For All Seasons

Creator of the Seasons,

Help me to remember that you are to be found not only in the noisy exuberance of summer

But also in the passive introversion, the understated delicacy, of winter,

In dying as well as in living

In darkness as in light.

In happy times and our deepest sorrows.

In our successes, and our struggles. Our failures, even.

When our popularity is at an all-time high, and when all the world seems to be against us.

Perhaps particularly then.

In our church we sing a kids’ song that includes shouting a line that you are “louder than this song”

Yet I’m far more inclined to seek and find you in the silence, in the stillness, in solitude.

Help me to remember that you are in both.

In noise, in peace. In isolation, in crowds. In quiet contemplation, or raucous worship.

In nature, and the city.

On muddy paths and dusty trails.

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One of my favourite woods

There is nowhere you cannot be found

If we have ears to listen, eyes to see, mind to be aware, a heart to connect

With all that you are

In all that you’ve made.

Help me to remember.

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Common Blue Butterfly

So enjoying this long hot summer. Enjoying the weather, the wildlife, the nature photography – especially after the drudgery of trudging day after day after day through the mud of last winter, our first winter with Gorka, our adopted dog. Feeling like I want this summer weather to go on forever and not to have to face winter, I found myself articulating a prayer along these lines. (Photos all my own.)

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Gorka

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