Breath Prayer: “letting go” “into God”
Throughout this past week we have been paying close attention to our hearts and to all that matters within it and in it. This practice can be an awakening to springtime in brand new and life-giving ways. Here in these beginning-again days, we reclaim the daily possibility of being surprised by grace. As we listen again for the Spirit in our lives, we catch a glimpse of the Prodigal’s return.
This day Eckhart’s words invite us to release our burdens. This release is not as some gesture of giving up; it is not in any way suggesting defeat for something done or something left undone. But this invitation invites us into the great freedom of God’s vast, eternal loving presence.
Will our hearts be able to stand it? We know it matters, we know our lives depend upon it. This invitation is given here, now: Enter into this Matter of the Heart. What say ye?
Prayer: Calling God, you throw back your arms of love and kindness and welcome us to return to you. We invite us to begin again this day, living into this one, precious life ~ one heartbeat at a time. You call us by name and we are truly blessed. We give you thanks, Amen.
(Thanks for this picture, Susie ~ did anybody guess it was a turtle shell?)
Working in Family Experience at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Lesley is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. A Candler School of Theology graduate, Lesley has just published her second book, Grief and the Psalms: Companioning the Moon for 29 Days (available on this website). She and her partner, Linda Ellis are raising their two sons, Brogan and Sam in Decatur, GA.