Monday, December 12, 2011

The gift of catching my breath


Advent is a particularly busy time of year for me. I find myself getting frustrated when I can't keep up with my regular tasks. December kicked off with flu having its way with our whole household - just as I was recommitting to refocus and blog every day for the last month of the year. Needless to say, I have not kept up with that goal.

Each year, for about 11 years now, I have been working through Sacred Space's yearly prayer book. Sacred space provides both online, kindle version, and old-school book form of this prayer book.

Just as other things have seemed to fall behind already in December, I did not think to order my new church year prayer book until last week - but thankfully it's arrived today.

Here is the Celtic prayer I found as I first opened it's pages:

Deep peace of the running waves to you,
deep peace of the flowing air to you,
deep peace of the quiet earth to you,
deep peace of the shining stars to you,
deep peace of the shades of night to you,
moon and stars always giving light to you,
deep peace of Christ, the Son of Peace, to you.


There was no pressure, no strain, and no disappointment waiting for me as I started my "new year" in my devotional life.
Peace - deep peace - was the gift in those pages and the pages to come.
Prayer
Now, I can catch my breath.