Giver of life!

Giver of life, give me strength

that I may do my work with

consideration, true to the goal

to watch out for those whose life

have been entrusted to my care,

Keep my lips from

offending words, give me clear

eyes, to see the good in others.

Give me gentle hands, a kind

heart and patient soul. That

through your grace pain is

soothed, sick bodies are being

healed, the mind is strengthened,

may the living rise again.

~ Florence Nightingale

Text & image source: Johanna von Bernus @ The Celestial Sanctum


Lenten Thoughts #4 . . . . Praying with the Earth

May the angels of light
glisten for us this day.
May the sparks of God’s beauty
dance in the eyes of those we love.
May the universe 
be on fire with Presence for us this day.
May the sun’s rising 
grace us with gratitude 
Let earth’s greenest shine
and it’s waters breathe with Spirit.
Let heaven’s winds stir with the soil of our soul
and fresh awakenings rise within us.
May the mighty angels of light
glisten in all things this day
May they summon us to reverence,
may they call us to life.

~ John Philip Newell
in Praying with the Earth 

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Text & image source: Touch of Holiness

. . . . and Maya Prayed

For those who have no voice,
we ask You to speak.
For those who feel unworthy,
we ask You to pour your love out in waterfalls of tenderness.
For those who live in pain,
we ask You to bathe them in the river of your healing.
For those who are lonely, 
we ask You to keep them company.
For those who are depressed,
we ask You to shower upon them the light of hope.
Dear Creator, You, the borderless sea of substance, 
we ask You to give to all the world
that which we need most – Peace.

~Maya Angelou

Photo by E. Razdolina – The Garden of Morning Calm
Text & image source: Rivers in the Ocean

Prayer is like planting a seed.

“Prayer is like planting a seed. Don’t dig it up to see how it is doing!
Pray for it. Release it by giving thanks. Begin acting like you already have it!”

~ Iyanla Vanzant

Text & image credit: Iyanla Vanzant

It’s very very simple,

It’s very very simple, You sit,
either in a chair, prayer stool
or a mat and allow your heart
to open toward that Invisible
but always present Origin
of all that exists.

~ Cynthia Bourgeault, 
in Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening.

Art by Martta Wendelin
Text & image source: Touch Holiness

Evening Blessings ✨

O Lord support us all the day long, until the shadows lengthen and the evening come,
and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done.
Then, in thy mercy, grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last.

– From Saint Augustine’s Prayer Book 

Photo: Karien Buckler
Text & image source: Pebbles of Joy