By Father David Fisher
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from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed
kindle in the hearts of all people the true love of peace
and guide with your pure and peaceable wisdom
those who take counsel for the nations fo the earth
that in tranquiltiy your kingdom may go forward
till the earth is filled with the knoweldge of thy love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
-- The Church of England
O Christ, the Light of heaven
And of the world true Light,
You come in all your radiance
To cleave the web of night.
May what is false within us
Before your truth give way,
That we may live untroubled,
With quiet hearts this day.
Read more: A Hymn
They say that God lives very high!
But if you look above the pines,
You cannot see our God. And why?
And if you dig down in the mines,
You never see Him in the gold,
Though from Him all that's glory shines.
Read more: A Child's Thought of God
“A Franciscan Benediction” is attributed to the earliest followers of St. Francis. It is worth considering this year, and every year.
May God bless us with discomfort
At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships
So that we may live from deep within our hearts.
May God bless us with anger
At injustice, oppression, and exploitation of
So that we may work for justice, freedom, and peace.
Read more: Divine Discomfort
It is easy to imagine people celebrating, like this young woman dancing or these comfortable Flemish burghers partying. But what does it mean to exchange sorrow for rejoicing and celebration? Emerging from deep sorrow into exuberance may seem callous, uncaring.
Read more: Exchange Sorrow for Rejoicing and Celebration