matarikiIn New Zealand we are celebrating Matariki.  Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars known as the Pleiades. When it rises in the north-eastern skies in late May or early June, it signals to Māori that the New Year will begin. (information from Te Ara).  

Oh God,
my words,
my worrying,
my planning and hustling,
my thinking
shrink my perception of you,
forgive me.

Lead me outside
to gaze again
at all the glory,
all the wonder,
all the beauty we see written in the night sky.
Enlarge my imagination.
Enlarge my view of you.



Who made the Bear and Orion, Pleiades
    and the southern constellations;
  does great and unsearchable things,
    wonders beyond number?      (Job 9: 9 – 10)


Jemma Allen is a priest in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.  Her ministry is currently both in a parish where she works with children and young people and as a counsellor and spiritual director in private practice.

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