Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Presence . . .


Kindred Spirit 

I want someone to love me just as I am,

someone who calls me when I need calling,

hugs me when I need hugging,

cries with me when I am crying,

laughs with me when I am laughing,

someone who dances with me

and matches my walk stride for stride.

I want a companion who sits companionably,

watching the world go by with me,

happy to be quiet or silly or thoughtful

as the moods chase us together.

Whether they live near or far,

I know they are with me in heart,

my bosom buddy, my kindred spirit.


God of great gifts,

grant that I may not so much seek to have kindred spirits

as to be a kindred spirit.

Give me ears to hear the needs of those around me,

arms to hold them when they need holding,

eyes to see their pain or their joy,

and a heart to feel it.


God grant that I may not so much seek

to be comforted as to comfort,

to be loved as to love,

to be enjoyed as to enjoy,

to be thought of, as to think of others.

And most of all help me know

that You are the Kindred Spirit

whose love we can count on,

time in and time out, time after time.


Carol Penner - A Mennonite Voice

A Blessing . . .


Let these words

lay themselves

like a blessing

upon your head,

your shoulders,


As if,

like hands,

they could pass on

to you what you most need

for this day,


as if they could

anoint you

not merely for

the path ahead


but for this

ordinary moment

that opens itself

to you - -


opens itself

like another hand

that unfurls itself,

that reaches out

to gather

these words

in the bowl

of its palm.


You may think

this blessing

lives within

these words,


but I tell you

it lives

in the reaching;


it lives

in the ache

where this blessing



it lives

in the hollow

made by the place

where the hands

of this blessing


From: Circle of Grace by Jan Richardson 

Pauline Hovey Preaches for the Thirieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Maureen O'Connell Preaches for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Pandemic Prayer


Spirit of Hope, can you hear us calling?
This is our pandemic prayer.
You see the virus, and chart its path.
You are with the sick and with those who die,
you are with the caregivers taking such great precautions;
you know our fears of the unseen.
We need your help to keep the virus at bay!
Help us stay vigilant, as we wash our hands
for the thousandth time, as we again mask up
and make choices not to mingle.
Guide our leaders to make good decisions
for public health and the common good.
Protect our children, and help them grow and learn,
even in these unusual circumstances.
Be with our seniors, and help us reach out,
with actions and loving words that show we care.
Our communities can grow and flourish, even in times like these.
We trust that we can emerge from this pandemic
with a strong commitment to care for the vulnerable,
and a desire for justice for the disadvantaged.
Give us a sense of humour in hard times,
and hope for the days ahead.
Most of all, God, we ask for a vaccine.
A vaccine soon, a vaccine for everyone, a vaccine that works.
Hear our prayer, and let it be so!

(Used with permission - Copyright Carol Penner

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The Sense of a Goose!


Our Wisconsin skies  are filled with migrating Canada Geese.  Thought it would be good to share this reading: 

In Autumn, when you see geese heading south for the winter, flying in a "V" formation, you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds at least 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. 
People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily, because they are travelling on the thrust of one another. 

When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front. 
If we have the sense of a goose, we will stay in formation with those people who are heading the same way we are. 

When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. 
It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs, whether with people or with geese flying south

Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. 
What message do we give when we honk from behind? 

Finally - and this is important - when a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshot, and falls out of the formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly or until it dies; and only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their own group. 
If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that. 
(Author Unknown)