Evidence of God’s Care

Friday, May 31

5.31By Colleen LeRoy of Layton, Utah, USA

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.

—John 14:27

 One morning while I was walking to catch my bus, the Creator caught my breath as I stopped to watch a hawk fly from one tree to another. She had food for her little ones. As I watched her preside over her nest, I became aware of God’s constant presence and care for us. God sees our needs and provides food for our nourishment. God knows our concerns—we need not fear. We need only be vulnerable to God’s grace. We are blessed with divine generosity and love.

God’s arms gather me in—
reaching far as hawk can fly
tenderly hold me safe
as we sweep across the sky
from dawn to fading light
companions through the night

 God’s love sends me out—
to gather and embrace
to soar with every hawk in flight,
a fledgling falters, needing grace
draw me safe within the nest,
then send me out to feed the rest.

                                     —Lu Mountenay

Prayer for Peace
We open ourselves to you, our ever-present Companion. We open ourselves and pause in the middle of our busy day. We are mindful from where the wind beneath our wings comes, and to where that wind blows us. We are mindful of where you send us and with whom we will share. We pray this journey leads us in pursuit of Christ’s peace.

Spiritual Practice: All Living Things
Take a walk and find a tree where you can sit (or imagine walking and sitting beneath a tree). Lean against the tree and feel the texture of the bark. Listen to the wind move through the leaves. Sit quietly and sense God’s presence flowing through the tree and all creation. Offer a prayer of gratitude for your connection to all living things. Ask for grace to discern and carry out one small act of justice or healing that creates greater wholeness for the plants, animals, trees, waters, air, and land that are part of the community of creation.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will look for those near the risky edge of the nest and bring them to the center of the community.

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1 Comment

  1. Jewell

     /  31 May 2013

    Thanks for your thoughts, Collen and
    Lu, what an inwardly soaring poem!

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