Welcoming the Holy

Here we invite you to take time for yourself in personal prayer. The following spiritual reflection offers words and images which we hope will evoke for you an experience of God. 


Opening Prayer

Response: We have come to hear the word of God!

Blessed are those who murmur God’s promises, day and night, delighting in the law of God. Response
Blessed are the poor, the hungry, and those who weep. Response
Blessed are those whose hope lies in Jesus, the Christ. Response


Like a tree planted by streams
It bears fruit in due season
And it’s leaves never wither....
Psalm 1
See how spring opens with disabling cold,
And hunting winds and the long-lying snow.
Is it a wonder that the buds are slow?
Or where is strength to make the leaf unfold?
- Gerard Manley Hopkins


Sit quietly with the readings. Then ask:
What cold blasts threaten my hope?
What harsh winds make it difficult to be a Beatitudes believer this winter 2019?


Closing Prayer

We have come to hear your word, O God.
Let us be like the tree by the waterside, our roots reaching for your living water.
Help us to believe in your strength to make the cold buds unfold.
We are blessed to meet you in times of bitter cold and we reach out for you! Amen.