Prayers for peace… Monday’s Door

Holy Week is filled with stories. How easy it can be to think these are stories from long ago.
The olive tree, the olive branch… symbols of peace – then and now.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, pray for the peace of Syria… pray for peace.

 


Door of the day… (Old City, Jerusalem Olive Tree, Pinterest)

Peace for the earth and its creatures

Peace for the earth and its creatures
peace for the world and its peoples
peace for our fathers
peace for our mothers
peace for our brothers and sisters.
The peace of heaven’s vastness
the peace of ocean depths
the peace of earth’s stillness


Quote – John Philip Newell, Praying With the Earth
Image – Pinterest, Mount Rainier

The eve of Holy Week

 

We are on the edge of Holy Week – a week in the Christian tradition filled with many doorways and transitions. If this is a journey you take each year, notice all of the doors of this coming week. Consider the choices made each day, each hour — which thresholds would be entered by Jesus and all the people surrounding him. 

Doorways and thresholds- facing risk and grace.


Door of the day… (Asturias, Spain)

Monday’s door – creation awakens

It is Spring. All around I watch people in their yards and gardens – tending and planting.
From one gardener I heard “gardening is a time when one is quiet.”
As if a sacred act – time with earth,
a reminder of our connection with creation.
May there be a moment when we can take in the beauty of this season
when creation awakens and calls us to do the same.

Door of the day… (Pinterest)

Holy threshold- Sunday’s door 

Intent- beauty, quiet, prayerful art. Doors carved with intent… to reflect sacred beauty, to prepare the seeker as they enter holy space.

Notice the doorways in your life. Where are you as you begin to step through their threshold – where do they lead you?


Door of the day… (Veurne, West Flanders) St. Catherine’s Chapel.

Exploring time off… Friday’s door 


Thankful for Friday, people awaken ready to look past the workday. Desks are cleared early and highways jam with hunger – hunger for freedom from the clock.

We are so accustomed to days that are filled with scheduled hours and minutes. So who is surprised that we often over-schedule ‘time-off’, leading us to places ‘familiar’. Places we find within our own circle of travel.

When you can feel ‘free from the clock’ take time to explore… never know what you might find!


Door of the day… (Bakery in Madrid, Pinterest)

Choose to be grateful 


Gratitude as a discipline involves a conscious choice. I can choose to be grateful even when my emotions and feelings are still steeped in hurt and resentment.
It is amazing how many occasions present themselves in which
I can choose gratitude instead of a complaint.


Quote: HENRI NOUWEN
Image: unknown