Weariness

Night Prayers

Night Lighthouse

A Sampling of Night Prayers from The Book of Common Prayer: For Freedom from Worry: O Lord, who hast pity for all our weakness: Put away from us worry and every anxious fear, that, having ended the labours of the day as in thy sight, and committing our tasks, ourselves, and all we love into thy keeping, we may, now that night cometh, receive as from thee thy priceless gift of sleep; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (from FormsRead more

Fairies in the garden, elves on the bookcase

Fairy statue seated on moss

We’ve all been there: Have you ever been through a rough patch and longed to read something that would speak hope into your life? Or have you ever tried to support a hurting friend, wanting to offer some reading material that would serve that same purpose? Perhaps you’ve longed for a way to speak peace and comfort into your friend’s life, but feared seeming presumptuous or saying the wrong thing. Or, if you’re like me, you’ve considered about ten heavyRead more

Struggling with God

Hand reaching for sky - listen

“Hard To Get” by Rich Mullins: You who live in heaven, Hear the prayers of those of us who live on earth: Who are afraid of being left by those we love, And who get hardened by the hurt. Do you remember when You lived down here where we all scrape To find the faith to ask for daily bread? Did You forget about us after You had flown away? Well I memorized every word You said. Still I’m soRead more

Weary in Well-Doing

Sad dog

“Weary in Well-Doing” by Christina Georgina Rossetti: I would have gone; God bade me stay: I would have worked; God bade me rest. He broke my will from day to day, He read my yearnings unexpressed And said them nay. Now I would stay; God bids me go: Now I would rest; God bids me work. He breaks my heart tossed to and fro, My soul is wrung with doubts that lurk And vex it so. I go, Lord, whereRead more

The dream, realized

African landscape

The dreams of childhood: I have always been a dreamer. As a child, I would become so engrossed in daydreams that one teacher, tired of calling my name and getting no response, sent me to have my hearing tested. (My hearing, it turns out, was fine). I remember imagining myself grown-up, and blissfully employed in useful work. All children play at being adults – and find joy in their make-believe housework or commute to the office. Somewhere along the road,Read more