Friday, November 9, 2012

.how You consented to enclosure.


"...You have reminded me of my need
to anchor my soul in a place of prayer,
a place where we can come together
to worship [You].

Free me from my restless activity,
my slavery to the clock,
my habit of bobbing  along on the open sea
when You have called me to be still.

When I consider how You consented to enclosure,
in Mary's womb,
in a narrow manger,
in a carpenter's home,
on the wooden cross,
in the bread of Eucharist,

my heart is moved to seek enclosure with You.


-gloria hutchinson,
"A Prayer of Stability"

i push against being 'enclosed' to any will but my own;
yet i need to be
to know and honor Him, to love others.

so good to remember how He has consented to enclosure
to be with us.

i find all sorts of things to do to bob along
when He has called me to be still.

this prayer was what i needed to read today.

one way He helps me get to stillness and enclosure:
prayer books. grateful for this one this week.

1 comment:

joy.meeder said...

this is such a good one for Christmas coming up!!! Love ittt

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When confronted with scarcity, need, and inadequacy, may we be nourished by the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation. Abundance overflows from Your table, sustaining all who come in faith. Father, help us.

When monotony blurs our vision and dulls our senses, may we encounter others as Christ did, through intentional presence in daily life, submitting as clay to be formed into vessels filled with the Spirit. Christ, guide us.

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