Category Archives: Prayers & Meditations

A Prayer for Our Prisoners (for the Manchester, CT National Day of Prayer Observance)

Precious and loving God: So often the prophets have asked us to remember and care for our prisoners. So often the prophets have implored us to set our prisoners free. Mindful of their timeless message, we pray for our prisoners—the … Continue reading

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Take a Pebble. Drop it in the water. Watch the ripples on the water.

From Hoots and Hollers, the OVEC Blog, January 26, 2014 On January 21, in the midst of a statewide snowstorm, around 200 people gathered for an event: Honor the Waters Candlelight Vigil. Outside the West Virginia State Capitol, alongside the Kanawha … Continue reading

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Meditation for the New Year

Now that the holidays draw to their close . . . . Now that the lamp oil has lasted beyond all expectations, now that the temple has been cleansed and purified, now that the Yule log has burned down to … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Immigration Reform – November 26th, 2013

Holy God: Thank you, thank you, thank you for this day. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the gift of life, for the opportunities we receive each day to live our lives to their fullest, to breath, to move, … Continue reading

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May We Feel Pride

On this beautiful late spring weekend, as people around the nation begin celebrating pride for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people, let’s pause. Let’s fill our lungs with the fresh morning air. Let’s rest in the embrace of this … Continue reading

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Easter Lingers as Spring Arrives

Morning breaks. Blackbird sings. The grass is damp. The garden is wet. Dew moistens everything as the sun rises on early April mornings, announcing, finally, “spring is here.” The warm April sun on our backs; the soft, dark smell of … Continue reading

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Edge Times (On the Coming of Spring)

We’re right on the edge. Spring has come so close.  Snow, when it falls, melts quickly now. Thermometers now read forty, even fifty degrees at mid-day. Morning bird song, though sparse, is unmistakable now. Sharp green shoots will break through … Continue reading

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A Meditation on Imbolc

We’ve come to the middle of New England winter. We’ve come to a cross-quarter time—halfway between solstice and equinox. In the ancient Gaelic calenders, this is the time for the feast of Imbolc or Oimelc. Imbolc meaning ‘in the belly,’ pregnant, … Continue reading

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Sharp Shards Glistening (a poem for Kristallnacht, 2012)

Broken glass littering the streets; sharps shards in the cold November morning, a thin layer of frost, wet now, glistening as the sun rises on cities and towns in shock at what has happened, cities and towns embarrassed at inhumanity, … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Courage

Blessed Spirit of Our Lives: There are times when we have no choice\u2014circumstances change and we must change too.\n This is how life works. We settle into patterns. We settle into routines. We settle into habits. We move along with … Continue reading

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