Theme for July 2019: Embrace

3 Prayers for my soul

3 Prayers for my soul

Bumble bee feasting on catnip, Wydale Hall, Yorkshire  (Photo: Irene Bom)   Addressing “my soul” is common practice in the psalms. Here are some examples: Psalm 42:5 Why, my soul, are you downcast?       Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God,       for I will yet praise him,       my Saviour and my God. Psalm … Continue reading "3 Prayers for my soul" ...
Guest post: Reflections on the word ’embrace’

Guest post: Reflections on the word ’embrace’

“to love and to cherish” by Ian Evans-Boiten   (Photo by Willem Wilstra)   On the Feast of Pentecost 2019 I (Irene) was privileged to take part in the dedication service of a Christian retreat in the south of France, Colomba le Roc. Located a few kilometers from the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, … Continue reading "Guest post: Reflections on the word ’embrace’" ...
Welcome ~ embrace

Welcome ~ embrace

  The Welcoming Prayer Welcome, welcome, welcome. I welcome everything that comes to me in this moment, because I know it is for my healing. I welcome all thoughts, feelings, emotions, persons, situations, and conditions. I let go of my desire for security. I let go of my desire for approval. I let go of … Continue reading "Welcome ~ embrace" ...
Embrace the cities and towns

Embrace the cities and towns

York Minster  (Photo: Irene Bom)     Here’s a thoughtful meditation by Ann Bell Worley, based on Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7, Jeremiah’s letter to the exiles headed for the city of Babylon. The meditation is taken from the Cities and Towns issue in a series of publications on faith and ethics produced by Baylor University (and … Continue reading "Embrace the cities and towns" ...
Bend down low

Bend down low

Artwork, Gorinchem Museum  (Photo: Irene Bom)   Our theme for July is EMBRACE. May you know the embrace of God today, and draw others into the circle of embrace by your prayers and by acts of loving kindness. A Prayer for Others Lord Jesus Christ, when you walked on dusty roads or sat by glistening … Continue reading "Bend down low" ...