To Give Ourselves in Love

You have shown us love, O Christ.

You have shown us God.

Show us also our true face

and the true face of every human being.

Show us the desire for love and the strength to give ourselves in love

that are woven into the fabric of our being.

For we are made in the image of love, O Christ.

We are made in the image of God.

John Philip Newell, Celtic Treasure: Daily Scripture and Prayer, 2005 (Eerdmans: Grand Rapids) 218.

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O Christ Who Died Yet Lives

O Christ who died yet lives

and who is among us as one who has returned to God,

your words speak to us from the centre of our souls.

Call us by name that we may recognize you within us and among us.

Show us your wounds that in the brokenness of life

we may glimpse your resurrection presence.

John Philip Newell, Celtic Treasure: Daily Scripture and Prayer, 2005 (Eerdmans: Grand Rapids) 208.

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Show Us the Way of Love | John Philip Newell | Prayer

At the very last, O Christ,

you remembered your mother and the disciple you loved.

Show us the way of love.

Teach us to remember one another.

And reassure us that it is when we give ourselves away in love

that we truly find ourselves.

Show us the way of love, O Christ.

John Philip Newell, Celtic Treasure: Daily Scripture and Prayer, 2005 (Eerdmans: Grand Rapids) 202.

In this Newborn Light | Prayer | John Philip Newell

_DSC5781For the freshness of this new day

thanks be to you, O God.

For morning’s gift of clarity

its light like the first day’s dawn

thanks be to you.

In this newborn light

let us see afresh.

In this gateway onto what has never been before

let our soul breathe hope

for the earth

for the creatures

for the human family.

Let our soul breathe hope.

-from Praying with the Earth: A Prayerbook for Peace

Photo credit: Chuck Summers

May the Angels of Light | John Philip Newell | Prayer

Firehole River 595May the angels of light

glisten for us this day.

May the sparks of God’s beauty

dance in the eyes of those we love.

May the universe

be on fire with Presence for us this day.

May the new sun’s rising

grace us with gratitude.

Let earth’s greenness shine

and its waters breathe with Spirit.

Let heaven’s winds stir the soil of our soul

and fresh awakenings rise within us.

May the mighty angels of light

glisten in all things this day.

May they summon us to reverence,

may they call us to life.

-from Praying with the Earth: A Prayerbook for Peace. Photo credit: Chuck Summers

For the Gift of this New Day | Prayer | John Philip Newell

_DSC3845For the gift of this new day

for waking again from the dreams of the night

for our bodies strengthened and our minds renewed

thanks be to you, O God.

You are the stillness of the night

You are the genesis of the morning

You are the moistness of new conception.

Let there be peace in the human soul

let there be wakings to new consciousness

let there be tears of love.

In the life of the world this day

and in our own hearts

let there be fresh tears of love.

-from Praying with the Earth: A Prayerbook for Peace. Photo credit: Chuck Summers

Shinings in Our Soul | Prayer | John Philip Newell

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Light within all light
Soul behind all souls
at the breaking of dawn
at the coming of day
we wait and watch.
Your Light within the morning light
Your Soul within the human soul
Your Presence beckoning to us from the heart of life.
In the dawning of this day
let us know fresh shinings in our soul.
In the growing colours of new beginning all around us
let us know the first lights of our heart.
Great Star of the morning
Inner Flame of the universe
let us be a colour in this new dawning.
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-from Praying with the Earth: A Prayerbook for Peace. Photo credit: Chuck Summers.

To the Home of Peace

“God invites you to the Home of Peace.”

(Quran – Jonah 10:25)

photoTo the home of peace

to the field of love

to the land where forgiveness and right relationship meet

we look, O God,

with longing for earth’s children

with compassion for the creatures

with hearts breaking for the nations and people we love.

Open us to visions we have never known

strengthen us for self-givings we have never made

delight us with a oneness we could never have imagined

that we may truly be born of You

makers of peace.

-John Philip Newell, Praying with the Earth: A Prayerbook for Peace

Peace Where There Is War | Prayer | John Philip Newell

IMG_1637Peace where there is war

healing where there is hurt

memory where we have forgotten the other.

Vision where there is violence

light where there is madness

sight where we have blinded each other.

Comfort where there is sorrow

tears where there is hardness

laughter where we have missed life’s joy

laughter when we remember the joy.

John Philip Newell, Praying With the Earth (Eerdmans: Michigan).

May Your Love Be Born Again In Me | John Philip Newell | Prayer

e_CES0556In my mother’s womb
you knew me, O God.
In my father’s birth
and in the birth of his father were my beginnings.

At the inception of time
and even before time began
your love conceived of my being.
As you have known me
so may I come to know you.
As you prepared my birth
so may I make way for fresh birthings of your Spirit. As you sowed all things in love
so may your love for all things be born in me,
so may your love be born again in me.

John Philip Newell, “Sounds of the Eternal: A Celtic Psalter”, 82. Photo by Chuck Summers.

 

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