The Beekeeper by Dessa
with a cry and a summons:
where we can start again
and await the Spirit’s touch;
The Honey Bear
by Eileen Myles
Living at the End of Time
by Robert Bly
The beginning of the good news about Jesus Christ, God’s Child, happened just as it was written about in the prophecy of Isaiah:
Look, I am sending my messenger before you –
Who will prepare your way,
a voice shouting in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way for the Lord;
make the paths straight.”
John the Baptist was in the wilderness calling for people to be baptized to show that they were changing their hearts and lives and wanted God to forgive their sins. Everyone in Judea and all the people of Jerusalem went out to the Jordan River and were being baptized by John as they confessed their sins. John wore clothes made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist. He ate locusts and wild honey. He announced, “One stronger than I am is coming after me, whose sandal straps I am not even worthy to bend over and loosen. I baptize you with water, but the One to come will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
John Saw That Number by Neko Case
by Sister Joan Chittister
May our journey
through the universal questions of life
bring us to a new moment of awareness.
May it be an enlightening one.
May we find embedded in the past,
like all the students of life before us,
the answers we are seeking now.
May they awaken that in us which is
deeper than fact,
truer than fiction,
full of faith.
May we come to know
that in every human event
is a particle of the Divine
to which we turn for meaning here,
to which we tend for fullness of life hereafter.
The Lord’s Prayer
Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,
Source of all that is and that shall be,
Father and Mother, Parent of us all,
Loving God, in whom is heaven:
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom
sustain our hope and come on earth.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and testing, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.
For you reign in the glory of the power that is love,
now and for ever. Amen.
Out the Wilderness by The Be Good Tanyas
May the God who brings heaven close to earth
give truth to our judgement
and flame to our longing
that our hearts might be ready
to be born again in love;
and the blessing of God Almighty,
the Holy Parent, the Holy Child, and the Holy Spirit,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.