A Lenten Journey + 40 Days of Mercy + + +

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Dear Friends,

Tomorrow, as the season of Lent begins, I invite you to walk the path of Jesus with me + which is all love, compassion, and grace . . . .  40 Days of Mercy + + +

During Lent it is customary to give up something, as a sign of penitence.
Therefore, let us give up hatred, anger, meanness, gossip, bullying,
bitterness, arrogance and self-pity.

May we be empowered by the Spirit and filled with the Love of God
to heal ourselves and heal the world through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Lord, in your mercy, may it be so.

Anna Lin +

Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling
and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another,
forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.
Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children,
and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us,
a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 4:31-32; 5:1-2

Morning Song

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Morning Song ~ ~ ~

Gracious God,

How wonderful it is to BE in your Presence ~
to worship you with Songs of Praise this morning.

I don’t have to DO anything ~
just BE in stillness ~ ~ in peaceful quiet of my soul.

I am filled with all Love and Wonder for this moment
in which we are ONE in the Spirit.

Your power flows through me to strengthen me
for this day ~ ~
~ ~ like streams of living water you restore my soul.

From here I go forth to heal the world ~ ~
through my very being ~ ~
as the temple of the divine you have created me
to be.

May it be so unto me.

~ Morning Prayers of Anna Lin

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WHAT IS YOUR WORD FOR 2017?

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WHAT IS YOUR WORD FOR 2017?

Many of us have the delightful practice to be guided by
a particular word each year. My year actually begins
with Advent . . . when I sit in silent retreat time and listen
for a word to be given.

My word (s) for 2017 is SPIRIT and TRUTH.

My intention is to be guided by the Spirit each moment of my life
in the Truth of Christ . . . which is all love and joy and peace.

Each week perhaps I’ll share a bit from the in-sights I am given through this spiritual practice, and I’d love for you to also share what the Spirit is revealing to you as well . . . that we might encourage one another and build up the body of Christ.

What is your word for 2017?

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
Psalm 119:105

 

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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O Great Spirit

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O Great Spirit
Whose whispers we hear in the winds,
To inhale the morning air giving life to All
We pray our simple words are heard.
Allow our footsteps to be light and full of beauty
Our eyes to see the miracle of flight.

Allow our ears to hear the songs of your winds,
Our hands open to receive all that you gift.
Allow our souls to experience the eternal love
That our heart may share it with all we meet.

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O Great Spirit
Whose whispers we hear in the winds,
Gift our spirits your strength
That we may be strong in faith.
Gift our spirits your wisdom
That we may be clear in vision.
Gift our spirits your grace
That we may be compassionate to all.

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We ask as the sun rises to cross the skies
May we experience all the joy of all your creations.
May you receive our prayers and petitions
As we offer them in humble gratitude

~ Carla Goddard

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Arms of Prayer

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Arms of Prayer,
Reaching out to bless the world in peace.
This my heart knows
as it silently recites the sacred whisper God bestows.
Hushed, in solemn splendour of an awe-filled realm,
the Spirit touches deep
to tell the soul of loveliest grace and mercy given onto thee.

There is no sorrow now among this distant sea
where white wings send the breath prayers back to God.
This altar of Divine bliss sweetens any darker thought
into a song;
In praise the temple of this space resounds.

O Holy Soul that might be given such depth
of majesty to behold;
Stand in the shadow for too much is Light:
The Radiance streameth on,
and you are kept upon the earth
to wonder at its brilliant sight.

~ Anna Lin

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Gentle Spirit

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Spirit of Gentleness,

Flow through each moment of this day with me.

Whisper the words of grace and peace that will
calm my fears and heal my soul.

Fill me with hope to see a future bright with promise
for my life.

Nurture my dreams to grow stronger in Christ-like love.

And may I ever listen to your guidance through this day,
trusting that God’s will on earth shall now be done.

Amen

~ Morning Prayers of Anna Lin

 

Arise

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I sit now in the silence as the darkness turns to light,
aware that this new day shall now begin.
Into the quiet stillness your Spirit calls to me: “Arise!
For you are meant for greatness on this day.”

I humbly bow in reverence to accept the tasks you’ve given,
in honor I shall serve you to the end.
Through your power and your glory
we shall live in one accord;
with mercy freely given, graciously.

May your will be done – – –
Your kingdom come to all throughout the world,
that love and peace shall reign upon the earth.

~ Morning prayers of Anna Lin

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Healer Of Our Every Ill

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Healer of our every ill,
light of each tomorrow,
give us peace beyond our fear,
and hope beyond our sorrow.

You who know our fears and sadness,
grace us with your peace and gladness;
Spirit of all comfort, fill our hearts.

You who know each thought and feeling,
teach us all your way of healing;
Spirit of compassion, fill each heart.

~ Marty Haugen

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By the tender mercy of our God,
the dawn from on high will break upon us,
to give light to those who sit in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Luke 1: 78-79

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