Welcome to the Pilgrimage of Prayer ~
Day 12 of a 40-day journey of prayer leading us to General Council 42.
As the commissioners to GC42 prepare to make a physical pilgrimage to Corner Brook, Newfoundland, we invite the entire United Church of Canada into a prayer pilgrimage.
This is the twelfth day of 40 days we will pray together. The following prayers have been prayed, written, and shared with us as a daily prayer practice. As you pray each day, please hold in your heart our whole United Church. Think of the power of all of us praying together. So “May it be so.” Amen.
You are invited to say the following prayer out loud each day in the 40 days of the Prayer Pilgrimage leading up to General Council 42, along with the specific prayer for the day. We also invite you to pray this prayer during each day of General Council.
May I love this day and all that it brings
The dust, stones or mud beneath my feet
The air I breathe, food I eat, water I drink
May I open my heart to mysteries along the way
Greet fellow pilgrims with welcome and grace
Move lightly and simply through the day
May I give thanks for the Earth, our fragile home
For all my relations who have gone before me
And for all who will follow… I am not alone
May the spirit and blessing of the One who is love
– Holy One among us, all around us, and within us –
Be with me today, and surround me with love
Allison Rennie and Diane Ransom, Naramata, B.C. Created in 2010 by Allison Rennie and Diane Ransom and said aloud each day while walking the Camino de Santiago.
Prayer for Day 12 – Friday, July 10
On being rooted in a spacious present
There’s something about space, O God –
about being in a place where we have room,
to live, and to explore, and to feel your presence.
So, we take a moment to feel ourselves surrounded by your space.
We look around, and see expansiveness unfolding.
We close our eyes, and hear the echoes of our being.
We smell the goodness of rich, fertile soil,
seeds planted long ago, waiting for the right time of tending.
We feel our hearts open to those callings that linger in our bones –
the whispers that are so easy to ignore,
when they’re cramped and weighed down, by
But not now.
Not when we truly take time to be rooted in a spacious present.
Here, we give thanks for the gift of spaciousness,
as here you invite in a more wondrous present.
So, we take a deep breath, in and out,
connecting with you,
Our Source, Inspiring Spirit, wind of change,
and offer our deep gratitude for space.
And we ask you to make us brave,
and keep us tender.
Sarah Chapman, Willowdale U.C., Willowdale, Ont.
Photo: Lisa Jacobs, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)