I’ve had Gunilla Norris’s book, Becoming Bread, on my bookshelf for years. Paging through it – the first time in years – I found this meditation inspired by the rising process where the yeast “breathes out” carbon dioxide that is trapped in the dough, expanding and so transforming it. “The kingdom of heaven … Continue reading "Full of air"
This blog usually features the prayerful writings of others. One major exception is the series, “The Gift”: 12 meditations with readings and original prayer poems on the Holy Spirit that I published between Ascension Day and Pentecost last year. As a gift to you for Pentecost 2018, I’ve repackaged the 2017 series as a … Continue reading "The Gift revisited"
Tulliallen Castle, spring 2018 (Photo: Irene Bom) “Again Jesus said, ‘Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.’ And with that he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’” (John 20:21-22) Prayer Holy Spirit, the life that gives life, You are the cause of all movement; … Continue reading "Life that gives life"
Have you heard? A worldwide prayer initiative called “Thy kingdom come” starts today, running from Ascension Thursday to Pentecost. Originally a Church of England initiative, it has now been embraced by many other denominations. For more information, see the official website. It’s not too late. Officially or unofficially, we can all join this global … Continue reading "Pray: ‘Thy kingdom come’"
Floating ‘islands in the stream’, Rotterdam (Photo: Irene Bom) With Pentecost around the corner, I’ve selected “breath” as our theme of the month for May. To launch this series of posts, here is a prayer by Amy Loving that engages our breath to help us better connect with the gift and the gifts of … Continue reading "Pause for breath …"