Category Archives: Sacred Space

Prayers, Liturgies, Poems, Meditations.

Today

On this rainy Monday morning, when my bones are achy and my spirit yet undecided, I choose Life. I spread my arms, lift up my head, and inhale this sweet new day. I breathe in, remembering, remembering, and then breathe out, letting go, moving forward.

Oh God, help me move beyond the inner workings of this very busy mind to see the beauty and the pain around me today. Help me to give, and help me to receive.

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Labyrinth Walk tomorrow

If you’ve been hanging around Quest Christian Community you will have probably heard me rave about the Labyrinth as a tool for prayer and meditation. Tomorrow, March 26, St. George’s Anglican Church (on Church Street at the end of Carlisle in St. Catharines) is hosting a labyrinth walk from 9:30am-12pm. It is located in their gym which you can access from the back parking lot off of Raymond. Look for a very small sign on a door that says ‘labyrinth’. Finding it might feel like a maze, but remember the labyrinth is NOT a maze, but a single path that winds it’s way to the center and then back out. Check out www.veriditas.org for more information on what the labyrinth is and guidelines for walking it. Take some time to explore this ancient form of prayer.

What I have learned from my experiences on the labyrinth:

Every walk is different. In some ways I hesitate to share my experiences because of the fact that every person’s experience is so different and because one of the biggest barriers to walking the labyrinth can be expectations of what the experience will hold. So…remembering that this represents my very personal experience and is in no way a formula for walking I will share…..

Basically the walk is characterized by the way in, the center and the way out. Sometimes I take a particular issue/problem/concern with me on the walk and in the walking practice surrender and openness to the movement of the Divine. I usually find that the walk in to the center is a time for noting the thoughts that have been crowding my mind or lying in wait below the surface. I have found the safety of the path – not needing to make decisions about where to walk, comforting and purposeful, the twists and turns representing my experience of life. Usually by the time I reach the center I feel open and ready to sit in the Presence of the Divine and receive whatever is meant for me to receive. Sometimes a new level of stillness greets me, sometimes an insight, sometimes nothing, sometimes a strong sense of Presence and Love. The walk out is often a time of empowerment and clarity. I like to journal immediately afterward to remember the prayers, thoughts, insights that have come to me during the walk.

If you get a chance to try it out, please share your experiences!

Love came down

This is the hymn that we used tonight which is a Christina Rosetti poem put to music. Some of the lyrics have been modified and updated from the original poem, but the meaning remains the same.

Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, love divine;
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and angels gave the sign.

Worship we the Godhead,
Love incarnate, love divine;
Worship we our Jesus:
What shall be our sacred sign?

 

Love shall be our token,
Love be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and neighbor,
Love for pray’r and gift and sign.
Christina Rosetti

Defined and Resolute – by Steve Vanderform

Here I stand on a corner stone

But where’s the rest of this foundation

My heart looks on for this unknown

And I sit and worry about temptation

Don’t look for me, where I’ve gone

Just wonder why I went

On second thought look beyond

It’s not My truth that was lent

Whose was it then, this stone of stones

This one where to enlist

My heart, soul and being moans

For the truth to unclench my fist

Do stand up and share your thought

Your inquiries and such

I want to know what you’ve fought

Our something may bring much

Sense is not needed here

It boarders the insane

For the people would unite and cheer

If the truth was not refrained

So the muscles on my face relax

And the clenched become undone

Because even if there are no fact

That in itself is one

Floating – by Amanda Vanderform

The Spirit often communicates to me through images of beach, pebbles, water and other scenery. After taking a meditative walk through the labyrinth at Mount Carmel in Niagara Falls, I was presented this image of floating in water.  

I’m floating; I don’t know where I start or finish.

I’m surrounded; I’m safe.

My eyes are closed; the light is too bright.

Life is below and above.

Freedom is within and around.

Fear and tranquility dance.

I’m floating.

Sojourner of Faith

I ended our meeting last night at Collective with this prayer.  It seems to me to fit with the Quest community so well.  Let it be a reminder to you as you go through the week that you are not on this Quest alone.  Have courage in your convictions and hold fast to your uncertainties until they become something else – if they become something else.  Blessings to your week.  Your fellow sojourner, Tracie

Come along with me
         as a sojourner of faith.
Bring along
         a sense of expectancy
         a vision of high hopes
         a glimpse of future possibility
         a vivid imagination.
For God’s creation is not done.

We are called to pioneer
         a future yet unnamed.
As we venture forward,
         we leave behind our desire for
               a no-risk life
               worldly accumulations
               certainty of answers.

Let us travel light
         in the spirit of faith and expectations
         toward the God of our hopes and dreams.
May we be witnesses
         to God’s future breaking in.

Come along with me
         as a sojourner of faith
         secure in the knowledge
         that we never travel alone.

~Susan Gregg-Schroeder

Wooded Bridge

Prayer From “Thoughts on Solitude”

My Lord, My God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave to face my perils alone.

Thomas Merton

From “Thoughts on Solitude” 1956