SLASH OF LIGHTNING GOD

Lenten Practice: Centering Prayer
Daily Act: Extend grace to yourself and others throughout the day. When distracted or unaware, feel God’s assuring presence with you. When others are not their best selves, surprise them with a response of grace and love.
Weekly Prayer Phrase:

I DWELL IN YOU AS THE SOURCE OF ALL LIFE.

Today’s post is written by Dave Brock, Community of Christ Presiding Evangelist. Who is this God in whom we dwell? How do you approach the divine mystery?

Slash of Lightning God
By David Brock

Slash of Lightning God,
sparking flame in aged Pine.
Shaft of Sunshine God,
flaring dust motes
afloat in lonely rooms.
Beam of Harvest Moon God,
bobbing for ripples in a mountain stream.

God in laser’s precision cut
burning to heal.
Quickened Insight God
crossing exhausted mind.
God Light through all things,
giving life to all things.
God Light now shining,
enlightening our eyes.
Presence proceeding, filling
immensity of expanding space.

Some days we savor You,
slowly. The couple on a porch swing
at the farm, memorizing every change
in sunset’s color; turning away
only as last light grays, fades,
and slips horizon’s grasp.

Some nights we are the criminal,
or the coward, hiding in shadows,
holding still, holding our breath.
Freeze framed in black,
we pray to escape
the steady, unwavering probe;
the searchlight
of Your pursuing love.

Maybe tomorrow we will seek You,
like the night watchman
on a tall tower,
eyes straining,
heart longing there in the dark
for the first sign of dawn.

We Wait: An Advent Poem

by Brittany Longsdorf

As a child watches the window
for signs of first snow
we wait
for you
oh, infant Christ

We have stooped low at the river Jordan
with John the Baptist
plagued by uncertainties,
our world in turmoil,
tempest-tossed days

We have been righteously called out,
over-taxed, burdened,
found wanting
on our journey

We have knocked at the Inn,
found rejection,
uncommon hope,
deep warmth
in the unlikely places

We have gathered here
compassion and community
sifting through the darkness
for one white flake
one flurry of light
for the world

We are watching at the manger
we wait
for you
oh, infant Christ.

Brittany Longsdorf is a University Chaplain at Boston University who specializes with international and interfaith students. With an undergraduate degree in Religion from Graceland University and an M.Div in World Religions from Princeton Theological Seminary, she has a passion for multicultural ministry, interfaith work, and spiritual formation of Young Adults. Brittany is currently an Elder in the Community of Christ church.