I get up early every day and the first thing I do is sit with God and my coffee.
Every day. Without fail. Before anything else.
I read The Bible following the Daily Lectionary.
I read Richard Rohr.
I read Oswald Chambers.
I pray the Divine Hours with Phyllis Tickle.
I pray for you. Our church. Our congregation.
And, I read J. Philip Newell.
Today’s Philip Newell prayer speaks to us, you and me, as your session processes the State of the Presbyterian Church of Madison assessment we received last Saturday. It’s full of your voice: your joys, your hopes and prayers for our church, and your dissatisfactions, too. All of it.
We have tough decisions to make. Opportunities to explore. Session has issues to address about what’s right, wrong, and missing. And I have a number of things to address as pastor so I can grow, too!
Here’s this morning’s Philip Newell. Breathe it in as I do…
All things come from you, O God,
and to you we return.
All things emerge in your great river of life
and into you we vanish again.
At the beginning of this day
not as separate streams
but as countless currents in a single flow
the flow of this day’s dawning
the flow of this day’s delight
the flow of this day’s sorrows
your flow, O God,
in the twistings and turnings of this new day.*
You’re in the flow.
I’m in the flow.
Our world is in the flow.
All of us.
God is always at work with us—always in all ways, as countless currents in a single flow. No matter what.
Come Holy Spirit, come.
Even so, come Lord Jesus!
Grace & Peace,
*from Praying with the Earth: A Prayerbook for Peace.
—J. Philip Newell