Friday, April 26, 2013

"Borderlands" (Sunday, April 14, 2013)

Meditation for Sunday, April 14, 2013
Perhaps it is that which we keep hidden in fear
that is our true light; 
perhaps it is the one we fear the most
who is our truest, deepest friend.

Wake the old lion, and let him out of the cage;
uncover your light from under that bushel. 
God is trying to tell you something
in every aspect of the life you hide,
in every fear that you apprehend.

Life is not lived on the surface of things:
Swimming in familiar, stagnant waters;
the truest discoveries are made around 
the borders; on the edge; at those 
magnificent boundaries where our souls explode.

I’ll meet you at the border, then, my friends,
out on the edge of our imaginations; 
in the dark essence of these lives we lead. 
There may we yet burst forth as new light 
to one another, and light the way, perhaps,
for other struggling pilgrims who’ll come after us.  
Who knows what truly heavenly discoveries
may come to us there in that sacred borderland
we once derided as worthless?
2/3/03     2/16/03     4/14/13

Monday, April 1, 2013

Easter Prayer 2013 (Sunday, March 31, 2013)

Easter Prayer 2013

The good news of the Resurrection calls us to rejoice:
Love did not die on Calvary,
and it does not die in the face of the countless crucifixions
innocent men and women suffer daily
at the hands of a broken and fallen world.
Wherever the hungry are fed, love is alive.
Wherever the naked are clothed, love is alive.
Wherever the sorrowing are comforted, love is alive.
Wherever children are taught, love is alive.
Wherever the broken are healed, love is alive.
Love lives in me.
Love lives in you.
Love lives in our neighbors, and in men and women of goodwill and good hearts the world over.
By the grace of love and the miracle of new life,
we are set free.
Blessed be God forever.
Blessed be the Spirit of Life, who holds us in everlasting arms.
Blessed be the Spirit of Life, who lives within our hearts,
and transcends all distinctions among us, and all barriers between us,
and transforms our little lives
into reflections of Divine Glory.

Based on Mary Ann Niedzielski, alt.