Daily Prayer 365


Prayer in Uncertainty

This Monday, November 7 at 7 p.m., join friends and neighbors in the Culbertson Room where Katie will share experiences of her project: Prayer in Uncertainty, and how she’s applying the new knowledge to her real-life situations and problems. This program is in-person and livestreamed.

Day 67
Sunday, November 6, 2022


Out of the north the Lord comes in golden splendor;
    God comes in awesome majesty. —Job 37:22

The weather was so dramatic today that I cleared all the plants off my broad windowsill and crawled up there, sitting knees to chest, so that I could have a front row seat to the tremendous show of power…. People parked their cars on the city street below and ran for the shelter of nearby buildings. As I watched this scene of nature’s power and human life unfolding outside my window, the words of thirteenth-century mystic Meister Eckhart came to mind. Eckhart said that God’s very being saturated all of life itself: ‘God’s being is my life… God’s is-ness is my is-ness, and neither more nor less.’ Twelfth-century abbess and mystic Hildegard of Bingen reflected on this same interconnectedness of God and life when she wrote, ‘God is life, that nurtures every creature in its kind.’ In another poem she addresses God as the life of the life of all creation and goes on to say, ‘O current of power permeating all…you bind and gather all…together. Out of you clouds come streaming, winds take wing from you, washing the ever-green globe.’ But sitting in my window, gazing down at the people rushing along the sidewalk holding newspapers over their heads in a vain attempt to stay dry, I wondered, Where is God in this? I was reaching for a bigger awareness of divine power and presence than we generally do from day to day. Words can’t really convey the majesty and mystery of this vast and powerful God. The very word God is sometimes so overlaid with limiting concepts that it is difficult to get beyond the word to an authentic awareness of a real sacred presence in daily life.  —Nanette Sawyer, Hospitality: The Sacred Art

Sacred Presence, find your way to us, take wing with us in the busy-ness of this day, intertwine your spirit with ours, nothing more nothing less. Amen. —The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster

November 6, 2022

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