laurelBlessed One, you are present to us in power and gentleness, in obvious places, and  crevices too often passed without a glance. Help us see you everywhere. Open us to hear the roar of your intention and the whisper of your healing. Connect us to one another through spirit and flesh, and draw us toward the mystery of you that is love, and light, laughter and tears, compassion and mercy, inspiration and acceptance.
We are in awe of the ways you encourage us to bloom, and tend the broken places of our being. Breath boldness into our timidness. Shake our complacent and stubborn tendencies free from the grip of fear and lethargy. Pipe the song of your desire into our veins that we might dance among the trees and splash in the brooks that weave through our inner landscapes.
Bless us as we fold from weariness and pain, and unfold in the joy that is your glory; For the sake of all that is holy, for the yearnings embedded in what appears unholy, and in accord with the wholeness that is the place of our being. Amen.

Anne Fraley is rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in South Windsor, CT. A life-long dog-lover, she escapes the demands of parish life volunteering for animal rescue groups. She occasionally succeeds at reviving her blog at reverent irreverence.
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