“Longing is like the rosy dawn. After the dawn out comes the sun. Longing is followed by the vision of God. “ -Ramakrishna
This psalm is often used in funeral celebrations, and yet it fits so well with the possibilities that each new day brings. Every morning we have an opportunity to lean into that longing for God, longing for wholeness and holiness. We long for connections, for healing, for hope, and for love. We long for peace in a world that at times seems mad. Mad with car bombings, hate talk, violence, trafficking the young, and sending our young women and men into war. When will there be an end to the suffering we witness and experience? “Oh God, you are my God, and I long for you.”
My answer to this is found in the quiet mornings alone with my God –that is where my confidence lies. I carry my burdens to God; lean into Him and discover God’s presence in the gentle motion of my rocking chair and the beauty of nature outside my window. God is in the Sacred Scriptures spoken each day. God is sometimes in the anguish of my prayer and in the gratitude of my simple thanks. God is in a cup of coffee and in the prayers of our community.
Oh God, come to us, your people and give us the hope of a new day, a new year. Give us the courage to reach out to the broken within us and among us; to the immigrant, the enslaved, and the bullied. Help us finds ways to make life more beautiful.
Blessings and Peace, Sister Clare Carr, Prioress