Days of Mercy + + +

“Father most merciful, we confess our faith in Christ
with our words,
Keep us from denying him in our actions.”
(From the Daily Office)
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Oh God,
How am I not being me today?
How am I not being my true self?
How am I denying the Christ who lives in me,
as me, through me?
Oh God,
Keep me from sabotaging all that you created me to be.
Help me to be my best self now!
May I have the patience of God for the mercy towards others
and towards myself.
May I be Christ-like in compassion and justice,
through Jesus Christ, my Lord, I pray. Amen

~ Prayers of Anna Lin

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Spirit Light

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Gracious God ~ ~ Holy One,

Lead us into the freedom of the Spirit through Jesus Christ . . .
Shining the Light out of darkness.

By your loving kindness free us from our choices
to go astray.

Give to us all that is needed to serve you faithfully.

Inflame our hearts with the fire of your love.

Fill us with the Light and Life of your Spirit
to be witnesses to your kingdom here on earth.

Help us to be loving in all we do and say.

Through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen

~ Prayers of Anna Lin

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With All Of My Life

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With all of my life
I shall praise You, O Lord;

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With all of my life
I shall worship in Your Holy Place;

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With all of my life
I shall honor Your words of life
and truth and grace;

With all of my life
I shall be servant to those in need.

With all of my life
I shall be all that You created me to be . . .
The hands, the feet, the voice of Christ
onto the world;

And then, at each day’s end
I shall lie down and rest in peace,
for I have gratefully given You fully
all of my life.

~ Anna Lin

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Where Silence Reigns

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“Holy Spirit, You brood over all the space
where silence reigns.”
~ Donna Schaper, in Stir Up Your Power

Let me fall into this space where silence reigns
to feel the breath of the Spirit resting upon me.
In this circle of silence there is safety . . .
There is peace.

In this circle of silence, how shall I prepare the
way of the Lord?
What shall be my spiritual practice today?
What ritual shall I use to focus on the
coming of Christ . . . to understand Your grace?
Shall I sing one song – as a mantra, repeating
the message over and over until the words overcome
the distractions of the world and sing through me?
Shall I gaze upon the beauty of the new fallen snow
on yonder mountain and rejoice in the purity of grace?
One thing I know . . . in the silence there is the
necessity of emptying . . . of cleansing the beggar’s bowl
so that something new can come to me.
Empty out the rubbish . . . the negativity . . . the abuse. . .
that God’s love may fill my soul. . .
and in the silent stillness all is peace.

~ Prayers of Anna Lin, Advent Journal 2002

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Remain With Me

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Remain with me, my Jesus,
Lord of all my life;
Stay to tend and bless me
in these hours of great strife.

For I am lost and weary,
and I need Your loving care;
Come to bless and keep me
in this hour of my despair.

All that You have promised
shall be given by God’s grace;
and so I trust You fully
in the arms of Your embrace.

Remain with me, my Jesus,
Lord of all my life;
Stay to tend and bless me
in these hours of great strife.

~ Prayers of Anna Lin
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and now ~ I AM

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Softening into Being . . . in Your Presence
my Lord ~ my Lady . . .

both sides now of God . . .
I come.

I melt into the gentle grace
and peace of ONE.

You are forever holding me
in Holy Stillness ~ ~ ~

for this I seek . . .
and now I know.

Your voice speaks through the silence
and now . . . I AM

~ Prayers of Anna Lin
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