You are here

Daily Meditations

Daily Meditation June 27, 2018

"For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish." Jeremiah 31:25   If you are a parent of school age children, the above verse should resonate well with you. It is the end of the school year and I am exhausted - lunches, homework, practices, games, lessons and after school activities. I love it all, but also love it when it is done for a time. I look forward to replenishing my strength, spirit and soul throughout this summer. When I'm at the beach, there is a feeling of wonder and awe at the creation we are fortunate to be part of. It brings me peace. I get the same feeling on my morning walks, kayaking on a beautiful NH lake, hiking up any one of our local mountains, smelling my flowers, or catching a glimpse of a hummingbird darting about. Get out! Enjoy God's peace and His wondrous creation...replenish yourself.   Kelly Kennerson (reprinted from June 2014)
Kelly Kennerson

Daily Meditation June 26, 2018

Growing up in Worcester, Mass., who would have thought Isabell Florence Hapgood would be noted for her ability in foreign languages? Born in Boston in 1851, she was raised in Worcester, completing her education at Miss Porter’s School in Connecticut, one of the few places a woman could receive a classical education at that time. There she discovered her passion for Russian, Polish, and Church Slavonic (the language used in Russian Orthodox churches), along with other languages. In the 1890’s she traveled to Russia a number of times, writing columns for the New York Evening Post. Through her travels, Hapgood became friends with a number of Russian Orthodox bishops and developed an appreciation for Orthodox worship and music. Hapgood translated the Russian liturgy and a number of Russian hymns into English. Through her work we have a window into another part of the Christian tradition. Perhaps the best known is the Jesus Prayer: “Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.” Said repeatedly it is a way to be in continuous prayer. (For more information check it out herehttps://oca.org/orthodoxy/the-orthodox-faith/spirituality/prayer-fasting-and-almsgiving/the-jesus-prayer) To get a taste of Russian Orthodox music you can listen to it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUohUrWlJeE.  

Daily Meditation June 25, 2018

  The Birth of St. John the Baptist Bartolomé-Esteban Murillo (Spanish, 1617-1682)   The feast day of The Nativity of John the Baptist   The collect: Almighty God, by whose providence your servant John the Baptist was wonderfully born, and sent to prepare the way of your Son our Savior by preaching repentance: Make us so to follow his teaching and holy life, that we may truly repent according to his preaching; and, following his example, constantly speak the truth, boldly rebuke vice, and patiently suffer for the truth's sake; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Daily Meditation June 24, 2018

God, War, and Providence" by James A. Warren tells the story of the early relationship of the Pilgrims and New England's Indian tribes. How the initial hospitality on both sides gave way eventually to war due in part to the Pilgrims playing one tribe off against another as well as the Indians coveting of European tools, pots and, of course, the musket. In 1631 Roger Williams arrived to challenge the Pilgrim requirement that voting was restricted to church members only. Williams believed that civil authority was not divine and that sovereignty "lies in the people". His universalism reflected the love of God for all people which opposed the Pilgrim belief that tolerance would lead to depravity and sin. All of which resulted in William's removal to present day Rhode Island where the Indians gave him a tract of land that he named Providence, the present capital of that state. Of course, there is much more to this story but religion and politics continue to be an issue in American life even today .   Bill Gannon
Bill Gannon

Daily Meditation June 23, 201

I thought since this was the first official weekend of summer that I would find a poem about the season. This poem isn't a favorite, in fact the first time I read it through I had a difficult time with the prose. However, the author is a favorite. My favorite book series as a child was Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. It is summer and while most of the time we are overwhelmed with our social media and screen time, I suggest that you revisit a favorite book of your youth. I decided last month to reread the Harry Potter series (and am happy to report I'm on Book 5 of the 7 book series!) Let me know what some of your favorites were. I'm always up for a good read through a kids book. -Kelly Kennerson     A Summer Day - Poem by Lucy Maud Montgomery   I    The dawn laughs out on orient hills  And dances with the diamond rills;  The ambrosial wind but faintly stirs  The silken, beaded gossamers;  In the wide valleys, lone and fair,  Lyrics are piped from limpid air,  And, far above, the pine trees free  Voice ancient lore of sky and sea.  Come, let us fill our hearts straightway  With hope and courage of the day.      II    Noon, hiving sweets of sun and flower,  Has fallen on dreams in wayside bower,  Where bees hold honeyed fellowship  With the ripe blossom of her lip;  All silent are her poppied vales  And all her long Arcadian dales,  Where idleness is gathered up  A magic draught in summer's cup.  Come, let us give ourselves to dreams  By lisping margins of her streams.      III    Adown the golden sunset way  The evening comes in wimple gray;  By burnished shore and silver lake  Cool winds of ministration wake;  O'er occidental meadows far  There shines the light of moon and star,  And sweet, low-tinkling music rings  About the lips of haunted springs.  In quietude of earth and air  'Tis meet we yield our souls to prayer.   

Daily Meditation June 22, 2018

Here is the prayer that we read on the morning of June 19, as 100 of us walked 7 times around the Federal Building while 25 immigrants appeared for their hearing before ICE (Immigration Control and Enforcement). Many cars honked, gave us a thumbs up or yelled Thank You as we walked. One shouted telling us to tell the immigrants to not cross the border so their kids won't be taken away. How do we let people of this mind know of the horrors from which these immigrants are trying to escape. We were told this morning of the pastor who comes in support of her Indonesians and to interpret for them, can no longer enter the building with them. She came in peace and love. We also heard from an African man who, upon coming to the US, realized for the first time that he was a human being and deserving of his life and status.   Dear God, you are a God of love and you call us to love and to take care of each other so that we can build a society of love, peace and justice. In this country founded on principles of liberty and justice, millions of our brothers and sisters live under unfair laws that discriminate against them. Millions of our families are divided and separated. Parents and loved ones are deported. Every day, millions of people suffer the pain and anguish of not being able to live in dignity.   That's the reason why we are here today in this significant place that represents the wall of injustice that divides us. We know that you are a fair God and that you have listened to our prayers. We know that, in the fullness of time, you will bring down these walls of injustice. We know that you will help us to soften the hearts of our government, politicians and all people so that, very soon, we can have a new immigration law that protects the dignity of all. We pray you will give us all the courage and compassion to remain in justice, in solidarity and in truth. Amen.   Joan Alayne Stevens
Joan Alayne Stevens

Daily Meditation June 22, 2018

Here is the prayer that we read on the morning of June 19, as 100 of us walked 7 times around the Federal Building while 25 immigrants appeared for their hearing before ICE (Immigration Control and Enforcement). Many cars honked, gave us a thumbs up or yelled Thank You as we walked. One shouted telling us to tell the immigrants to not cross the border so their kids won't be taken away. How do we let people of this mind know of the horrors from which these immigrants are trying to escape. We were told this morning of the pastor who comes in support of her Indonesians and to interpret for them, can no longer enter the building with them. She came in peace and love. We also heard from an African man who, upon coming to the US, realized for the first time that he was a human being and deserving of his life and status.   Dear God, you are a God of love and you call us to love and to take care of each other so that we can build a society of love, peace and justice. In this country founded on principles of liberty and justice, millions of our brothers and sisters live under unfair laws that discriminate against them. Millions of our families are divided and separated. Parents and loved ones are deported. Every day, millions of people suffer the pain and anguish of not being able to live in dignity.   That's the reason why we are here today in this significant place that represents the wall of injustice that divides us. We know that you are a fair God and that you have listened to our prayers. We know that, in the fullness of time, you will bring down these walls of injustice. We know that you will help us to soften the hearts of our government, politicians and all people so that, very soon, we can have a new immigration law that protects the dignity of all. We pray you will give us all the courage and compassion to remain in justice, in solidarity and in truth. Amen.   Joan Alayne Stevens
Joan Alayne Stevens

Daily Meditation June 19, 2018

In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you. – Buddhist saying   It all boils down to love. And it’s not only about the end but about the now: how much you love all people and God’s creation now, how gently you live on this earth in this universenow, and how gracefully you share what you have with those who are in need now. Very Christian!   Joan Alayne Stevens (reprinted from June 2014)
Joan Alayne Stevens

Daily Meditation June 18, 2018

“Earth and all stars, loud rushing planets, sing to the Lord a new song!” (Hymn 412)   I left the office last week after a some rain fell and this caught my eye while walking through the parking lot. My first thought was “Starry Night” by van Gogh because of the way the yellow swirled. I found it quite lovely. I call my piece “Pollen in a Puddle”. It got me to thinking about how a couple of not very beautiful things – a giant pothole and lots of pollen, could combine with water to be beautiful. Your challenge for the day is to find the extraordinary in the ordinary.   Kelly Kennerson  
Kelly Kennerson

Daily Meditation June 17, 2018

Today is Fathers’ Day and we will be blessed AT OUR 9AM SERVICE to hear from three fathers/grandfather about faith and fatherhood: Mike Domingue, Leo Steffens, and Dennis Tennett.    One of the intercessions in the Lutheran liturgy this Sunday is this prayer for fathers and father figures:   O Most High, your steadfast love and faithfulness sustain your people. Bless fathers and all father figures with such love and faithfulness that children flourish and grow in uprightness and joy. Bless those who long to be fathers and those for whom this day is difficult. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.   For many, it is easy and joyful to celebrate fathers. For others, as this prayer acknowledges, “it’s complicated.” And if we are honest, our most intimate relationships can be complicated - at least at times.   What does love look like at those times? What is the loving way to be in relationship that honors “loving yourself” and the other?    I thank God for all the father figures in my life in addition to my own father. They have taught me what “steadfast love and faithfulness” look like.   Peace, Nancy
Nancy

Pages

Subscribe to Front page feed