Thursday, April 5, 2012

April 2, 2012

A Spiritual Practice for Lent and Holy Week

Trailing clouds of glory do come from God,
who is our home.
Those shadowy recollections,
be they what they may,
are yet the fountain light of all our day.
W. Wordsworth, 1807

All our day God comes to us in prayer, all through the day. As we move through this season we are praying all through the day. Each week you find a prayer for a different part of the day published here. At Easter you may put them together and frame the whole day in words of prayer. The first five prayers were on first waking, then just before launching the day’s activities, next noon, followed by grace before supper, and sunset.

For this week: preparing to sleep.

Deliver this day
into quiet sleep.
May today’s problems slip into shadow,
and today’s pleasures inspire my dreams.

May this beloved earth rest too:
persons and crowds,
fields and oceans,
all your Created Wonder.

Open my soul
to love
to wonder
to peace.

The Rev. Dr. Catherine MacLean

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