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FreshPrayer

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Want to pray but don’t know how or even where to start?

Would you like to connect with the ancient traditions of spirituality but can’t seem to find your way through the maze of religion and rules?

FreshPrayer is a collection of audio recordings that you can take with you wherever you go to experience the structure and simplicity of the monastic habit of the Daily Office of Morning Prayer from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer and The Message version of the Bible. You can experience FreshPrayer wherever you are – car, cubicle or classroom.

Click here for today’s Daily Office of Morning Prayer

New prayers will be added regularly, as well as the complete Monthly Psalter.  Look on the right sidebar to subscribe to blog updates and receive FreshPrayer automatically in your inbox.

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Coming soon…Evensong, Compline and Prayers of the People.

FreshPrayer is a ministry expression of the Reverend Kelli Summers Sorg

StoneWritten: There’s Enough

Slow down long enough to sit and savor these words.  Not just for today at the beginning of the year. May we still be sipping the sweetness of God’s abundance 12 days, 12 months, 12 millienia, 12 eternities from now…..Kelli+

THERE’S ENOUGH, SWEET GIRL.

January 1, 2016 · by Emily Stone

It is a shiny new year and I want to tell you something. It is just this very simple, but incredibly important thing.

Here it is.

You have time, sweet girl. You have time.

There is enough…and you have time.

Listen to me for just a minute. Just a tiny moment. There’s enough time for us to have this little talk, I promise.

There is a vicious lie coursing through humanity. It is a lie built on a bed called “scarcity”. On that bed of lies you will find a cold blanket sewn out of a fabric called “not enough”.

The threads of this fabric intertwine covering you with a mantra intended to protect, but patterned to steal, kill, and destroy.

There is not enough.

There is not enough.

There is not enough.

There is not enough space. Not enough hours. Not enough money. Not enough friends. Not enough others to help. Not enough grace. Not enough room. Not enough time.

For love. For dreams. For memory making. For journeys toward wholeness. For health. For prayers. For holy conversations.

For YOU.

It…everything…is running out. It will be over soon. Look how it flies by already. It is like sand through your fingers. You’d better hurry. You had better work harder.

Faster.

More.

Because there is not enough.

When we lay on this bed of lies…the bed of scarcity…we pull that blanket called “not enough” tightly up over our heads and we hear God through its fibers so that His words of love and abundance are muffled until we hardly hear Him at all. We hear a muffled, warped version of our Father.

There is not enough.

So we fling pieces of ourselves in different directions hoping to catch the world (and His favor? “Their” favor?) with a net, but all we have left are holes in our fragmented souls.

We live on the brink, on the edge…right where scarcity tells us that we stand and standing on that edge, we are just a hop, skip, and a jump from a break down. Holding things together by a thread, by a pinch, by the skin of our very teeth becomes common. Because that’s normal. That’s how you survive. That’s how you make it. That’s how you do good…how you succeed….in this world.

Isn’t that how we are supposed to live? Scarcity tells us so. Because there isn’t enough.

They mean well. IT means well…this bed of lies. The lies of scarcity and the cold cover of “not enough” try to protect us from falling short of some mythic standard in our society (and churches?). Mythic and shifting. Always moving the moment you step up to it.

It is all lies. All made up.

No matter the empirical evidence.

No matter what the “facts” seem to say.

No matter how REASONABLE it all seems.

No matter how RESPONSIBLE it seems to live this way.

Scarcity is a mirage.

Yesterday I was listening to my devotional podcast and I heard a sentence in German: “Ich habe genug”.

I have enough.

In my head I heard myself add: “Ich bin genug.” I am enough.

“I mache genug.” I do enough.

And? I habe genug Zeit. I have enough time. One decade, one week, one day….

Whatever is left for me here in this life…is enough.

THAT is when you and I really start to live.

Out of His Truth of abundance.

When we believe that there is not enough we scurry. We flail…and we fail to notice the signs around us. We don’t HEAR…the Word calling out to us every day in a hundred different ways through every crevice of our lives. We don’t EAT…we skip breakfast…the Bread of Life…to hurry up so we don’t miss…what? Ultimately, I don’t know. I am sure it is always some very good and noble thing, though.

I’ll tell you a secret. No, it isn’t a secret. It is just too often ignored.

The bed of lies of scarcity? With the cover of “not enough”? It is held up by box springs called “trust only in yourself and in what you can do”.

Listen. Just a few more moments. You DO have time. I promise.

The bed of abundance with a covering of “enough” is held up by box springs called “trust in Him”.

When we rest on this bed of abundance we truly REST. On the bed of lies there is no true rest. You know what we all do when we haven’t had a good night’s rest. We get edgy and hurried. All that we DO we do in a FRENZY. We cling and covet…because there’s not enough…We hold on so very tight…until we realize that it is all gone, has all passed us by… and we seemed to have missed it all anyway.

Breathe.

Slow down long enough to step into His rhythms, to walk to His beat of grace.

There is enough. There is enough. There is enough.

There is enough time to take care of yourself. Enough time to love. Enough time to allow others to say “yes” when you say “no”. Enough time to listen. Enough time to see. Enough time to be still.

Enough time to make memories. Enough time to have adventures. Enough room to fail. Even…ESPECIALLY…enough grace to make mistakes along the way and to get back up.

There is enough. Enough to share, to help, to offer, to give. For the rest of your days…however many there may be. No need to squeeze everything into one day. I promise.

You have enough time to take the long way home.

No, sweet girl. You DON’T have to lay in any bed you have made.

Get up.

Cover yourself with truth this year. This night. Tomorrow when you wake up.

There IS enough.

Du hast genug. Du bist genug. Du machst genug.

You have enough. You are enough. You do enough.

This past day? You DID enough. You WERE enough.

So go on to sleep. On your bed of abundance with a foundation of trusting in Him.

Sing yourself to sleep…to peace…with these words this year…with this covering.

I am enough. I am enough. I am enough.

I did enough. I did enough. I did enough.

There is enough. There is enough. There is enough.

Blessing for a New Beginning

Blessing for a New Beginning

John O’Donohue

from his book Blessings for the Space Between us

 

In out of the way places of the heart
Where your thoughts never think to wander
This beginning has been quietly forming
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

 

For a long time it has watched your desire
Feeling the emptiness grow inside you
Noticing how you willed yourself on
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.

 

It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the grey promises that sameness whispered
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent
Wondered would you always live like this.

 

Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream
A path of plenitude opening before you.

 

Though your destination is not clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is one with your life’s desire.

 

Awaken your spirit to adventure
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.

Grace #renovare #nccumc

Love... by Tiziano Giumelli

 

Twentieth-century Presbyterian theologian and writer Frederick Buechner has written,

“The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn’t have been complete without you. Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid. I am with you. Nothing can ever separate us. It’s for you I created the universe. I love you. There’s only one catch. Like any other gift, the gift of grace can be yours only if you’ll reach out and take it. Maybe being able to reach out and take it is a gift too.”

From Common Prayer

He has a good memory #renovare #nccumc

sunrise with tree

Jeanne Jugan has written, “Go and find -Jesus when your patience and strength give out and you feel alone and helpless. He is waiting for you.

Say to him: “Jesus, you know exactly what is going on. You are all I have, and you know all. Come to my help.’”

And then go and don’t worry about how you are going to manage.

That you have told God about it is enough. He has a good memory.”

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