When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. – Lao Tzu
A Message From Our Minister
As we prepare ourselves to meet the many holy days of December, I found myself turning to my Celtic devotionals for prayers and intention-setting. I offer below two prayers found in A Contemporary Celtic Prayer Book, by William John Fitzgerald. Both touched me, and I hope they will be useful to you as well:
Prayer at Rising:
Bless our work this day, from morning’s waking till night’s folding.
Bless our comings and goings, the spinning of our labor and our lives.
May the ones we meet be the better for it.
Bless this day, bless this journey, bless the work.
Prayer at End of Day:
May the sun go down on anger, stress and worry.
May the sun go down on problem solving and planning.
May the sun go down on rush and deadlines.
May the sun go down on this day’s work, now done.
May the sacred circle of the sun frame our day in blessing.
May it signal bright days ahead, new energies and emerging hopes.
These winter holy days can be welcome or dreaded — sometimes a bit of both. In the midst of them, I wish each of you comfort and caring. May we all find our way to healing, with kindness and generosity as our guides, and perhaps, in so doing, may some of our innocence be restored.