|Photo by Janelle Sietsema, OSB|
This November night when the full moon is luminous, the squash are waiting to be baked and the cucumbers are safely shelved in pickle brine, it’s hard to keep the heart from raising a grateful shout of delight. Gratefulness often seems to bring the words of the Our Father to my lips. But as I’m typing this blog a 2016-version of this familiar prayer keeps rising in me. Tonight, these grateful words form yet another expression of our precious Our Father.
Our Ever-creating Father and Mother,
calling on your holy name connects heaven and earth.
In you all of creation becomes a kin-dom.
Resting in you, we know and do your will.
Then earth and heaven are one.
Give us today the nurturing bread of your presence.
Salve our wounds with your forgiveness.
Open our hearts to be salve for other’s wounds.
Alert us to the destructive temptation of judging others.
Gently draw us into your unconditional-love.
Invite us to rest within it,
until all evil loses its power.
As you continue to birth kin-dom energy,
all creation is empowered and set free.
Then in the now and forever
your glory and praise will be sung.
Mary Rachel Kuebelbeck, OSB