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2012-12-09_15-01-32_912 Near Christmas a year ago I posted a beautiful picture of fresh show falling on lighted trees near the Mississippi River. This week we had several inches of beautiful snow and I went out to capture the essence of it in photos. This one made me chuckle. However if I had to ride this bike home I’m not sure I’d be quite so humored. For those of you in sunny climates; look what you’re missing!

Reflections on this photo:

When nature stops you in your tracks, what does it allow you to do differently?

What do you like best about the winter (or your wet season-for those not in snow country)?

How do you deal with living in the darker months of the year?

How do you experience God in the dark?

O God,
let something essential happen to me,
something more than interesting
or entertaining,
or thoughtful.

O God,
let something essential happen to me,
something awesome,
something real.
Speak to my condition, Lord,
and change me somewhere inside where it matters,
a change that will burn and tremble and heal
and explode me into tears
or laughter
or love that throbs or screams
or keeps a terrible, cleansing silence
and dares the dangerous deeds.
Let something happen in me
which is my real self, God….

O God,
let something essential and joyful happen in me now,
something like the blooming of hope and faith,
like a grateful heart,
like a surge of awareness
of how precious each moment is,
that now, not next time,
now is the occasion
to take off my shoes
to see every bush afire,
to leap and whirl with neighbor,
to gulp the air as sweet wine
until I’ve drunk enough
to dare to speak the tender word:
“Thank you”
“I love you”
“You’re beautiful”
“Let’s live forever beginning now”
and “I’m a fool for Christ’s sake.”

Ted Loder

Reflections on this poem

What is the essential something that is happening in you, or needs to happen?

What is the dangerous deed you need to do?

How will you become aware of burning bushes and gulps of sweet air?

Which of the five ending phrases do you need most to speak?

Consume Me

 

My God, consume me in your flame

Let our fire bring warmth and light

Have mercy on me as we embrace

Fill me with your love

 

Let our fire bring warmth and light

My one desire is to dance with flame

Fill me with your love

We two becoming one

 

My one desire is to dance with flame

Have mercy on me as we embrace

We two becoming one

My God, consume me with your flame

 

Janet Hagberg, 2013.

Reflections on this poem

What is your reaction to this poem?

What does it mean to dance with flame?

Where in your life if God coming close?

Today, I give you a lovely Celtic prayer in honor of St. Brigid of Ireland, who was a gifted woman in Celtic history. Her saint day was yesterday. So let your heart be open to yet another story of God’s consuming love.

This morning, as I kindle the fire upon my hearth, I pray that the flame of God’s love may burn in my heart, and the hearts of all I meet today.

I pray that no envy and malice, no hatred or fear, may smother the flame.

I pray that indifference and apathy, contempt and pride, may not pour like cold water on the fire.

Instead, may the spark of God’s love light the love in my heart, that it may burn brightly through the day.

And may I warm those that are lonely, whole hearts are cold and lifeless, so that all may know the comfort of God’s love.

Reflections on this prayer

Are you able to ask God to kindle the flame of love within your heart?

What envy or malice, hatred or fear need to leave your life?

What pours cold water on your flame?

How can you allow the spark of God’s love to burn brightly through your day today?

How do you feel the comfort of God’s love and give it to others?

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