If You Change Your Mind by Rosanne Cash
whose questions challenge
the powers of this world:
teach us to look
to see your royal rule
in cross-stretched arms,
through Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten, the humble Servant.
A Story Can Change Your Life
by Peter Everwine
In the Event of Change
by Tsering Wangmo Dhompa
I am saying primroses lined the pathway of toothless hedges.
I am saying the ocean shimmered like corrugated steel in the
The context of my story changes when you enter. Then I am dung
on the wall of the nomad’s field. Then the everyday waking person.
I am nodding in your direction like fissures between dandelion fur.
Seeing in your manner.
I am speaking your pace. Slippage of silk slippers.
I say you are losing sight. I say your breasts are dry shells.
I am afraid of what I am capable of doing.
This is all a manner of stating how I prepare myself to be loved.
When Jesus entered the temple, the chief priests and elders of the people came to him as he was teaching. They asked, “What kind of authority do you have for doing these things? Who gave you this authority?”
Jesus replied, “I have a question for you. If you tell me the answer, I’ll tell you what kind of authority I have to do these things. Where did John get his authority to baptize? Did he get it from heaven or from humans?”
They argued among themselves, “If we say ‘from heaven,’ he’ll say to us, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ But we can’t say ‘from humans’ because we’re afraid of the crowd, since everyone thinks John was a prophet.” Then they replied, “We don’t know.”
Jesus also said to them, “Neither will I tell you what kind of authority I have to do these things.
“What do you think? A landowner had two children. The landowner approached the elder and said, ‘My child, go and work in the vineyard today.’
“‘No, I don’t want to,’ the first child replied. But afterwards regretted it and went.
“The landowner said the same thing to the second child, who replied, ‘I’m on my way,’ but never went.
“Which one of these two did what was wanted?”
They said, “The first.”
Jesus said to them, “I assure you that tax collectors and prostitutes are entering God’s kindom ahead of you. For John came to you on the righteous road, and you didn’t believe him. But tax collectors and prostitutes believed him. Yet even after you saw this, you didn’t change your hearts and lives and you didn’t believe him.
Why Does my Heart Feel so Bad? by Moby
by Miriam Therese Wint
God our Parent,
River of Mercy,
Source of Life,
in whom we live
and have our being,
who quenches our thirst,
refreshes our weariness,
be for us always
a fountain of life,
and for all the world
a river of hope
springing up in the midst
of the deserts of despair.
The Lord’s Prayer
Holy Presence, your name is truly sacred.
May your vision for the world be realized,
and may your will be done in our lives as it is in heaven.
Provide us with the goodness of food
and remind us to enjoy it mindfully.
Forgive us for the times that we have rushed through life,
not noticing the small miracles around us.
And please forgive those who haven’t had enough time to notice us.
Lead us all into abundant life
in the here-and-now of our lives,
and lead us away from the busyness
that makes us live too far in the past or future.
For the here-and-now Kin-dom,
and here-and-now glory are yours this moment and forever. Amen!
Let It All Change by Lighthouse Family
Saranam (Refuge) Blessing
All that we love
into your keeping.
All that we care for
into your care.
Be with us by day,
be with us by night;
and as dark closes
the eyelids with sleep,
may we waken
to the peace of a new day.
And may the blessing of God – the Parent, the Child, and the Womb,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.