All the forms arise and subside, dear hearts… winter dissolves to spring, then returns. Day and night revolve, our very lives are cycles within cycles, and greater than all these are the breaths of the Beloved. In His movements, entire worlds arise and subside.
Even though you and I are both reborn – recreated – each day and each moment, it is the special time of year to specifically honor that holy arising and subsiding. Whether you are able to honor it as it is embodied in the resurrection of Jesus or you prefer another expression, the turning of the seasons is reason enough to take a moment to deeply connect to the Infinite with gratitude, love, and peace. May these renewal prayers help you do so.
And may the return of spring bring all beings back to happiness, health, and wholeness. Blessings, dear hearts.
Come, My Light
Source: Dimitrii of Rostov via xavier.edu
Come, my Light,
and illumine my darkness.
Come, my Life,
and revive me from death.
Come, my Physician,
and heal my wounds.
Come Flame of divine love,
and burn up the thorns of my sins,
kindling my heart
with the flame of thy love.
Source: Joyce Rupp via joycerupp.com
O Dancer of Creation,
the earth awakens to an urgent call to grow.
In the hidden recesses of my wintered spirit
I, too, hear the humming of your voice,
calling me, wooing my deadness back to life.
My soul yawns, stretches, quickens,
as the energy of Spring revives my weariness.
I sit with wonder, observing the steady activity
of downy woodpeckers and newly yellowed finch.
I do so wait with the avid attention of a child’s first look,
savoring the colors and shapes of earth’s loveliness.
As the filtering patterns of early sunlight
lift the shades of green in every growing thing,
I enter into spring’s unlettered words of life.
For a while my doubts, anxieties, and worries
become like chapters in some ancient book
whose text no longer claims my full attention.
I am content to sit, watching Spring
turn the pages of this animated publication,
eager to discover the invigorating story
reflected in my own springtime revelation.
Tell me, Wise Awakener,
why is it easier to believe in a stem of new grass,
or the opening bud of a fresh purple crocus,
than it is to believe in the greening of me?
Source: Ralph Waldo Emerson via beliefnet.com
For flowers that bloom about our feet,
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet,
For song of bird, and hum of bee,
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!
For blue of stream and blue of sky,
For pleasant shade of branches high,
For fragrant air and cooling breeze,
For beauty of the blooming trees,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!
Prayer in the Native American Tradition
God, Great Spirit, we become aware of your presence with every breath. You are around us and within us, coming from east and south, from west and north, from without and within, and in the certainty of your constancy, we offer this prayer:
God, Great Spirit, with the rising of the sun in the east, you bless us with each new day, shining your light, illuminating all that is. May we work for the day when the light of your love shines in every heart, and the children of God in every land may live together in the harmony and peace that you intended from the very beginnings of time, at the very first dawning of light.
God, Great Spirit, like the warming breeze that blows from the south, your Spirit blows upon us and brings us the hope of growth and the promise of life. Open our hearts to the prevailing winds of change that encourage us always to build a better world for us and for our children. Bring us wisdom, bring us vision, and help the seeds of goodness that others have planted in us grow into great oaks of righteousness and mercy.
God, Great Spirit, who watches over us in the darkness, after the sun has set in the west, we give to you those places of darkness in our lives where we know fear, where we know temptation, where we know sadness, and where we know grief. Forgive us for the times we turn from your light and choose the darkness. And when we are lost, may your presence be a beacon that calls us home once more. Let us not despair in the midnights of our days, but wait for the coming of a new dawn.
God, Great Spirit, who blows with the freezing wind from the north, bringing winter to our lives and our world, help us in the fallow and cold times to reflect upon the still small voice within that calls us to see truth about ourselves that we would rather not see. Sweep clean our lives during our winter sojourns, but sustain us throughout with the bounty of your providence stored up from the past harvests, and prepare us for a new time of planting and growing and reaping.
God, Great Spirit, enveloping us as the sky envelopes the world, may we see the broadness of every horizon, and rejoice in the twinkle of every star, and give thanks for the rain and the sunshine that stream down from heaven to water and warm our world. Help us to be good and humble stewards of all the blessings of life.
God, Great Spirit, who dwells within our hearts, fill us with the fire of faith, and allows us to be your hands, your feet, your mouth, and your heart, as we live out our days in the company of all the children of God, in all of their variety. Give us confidence as we add our melody to the great symphony of God that finds voice in every expression of life and love. And may the lives we lead, the dreams we dream, and the love we share, always be pleasing to you, O God, O Great Spirit.
O Risen Lord,
the way, the truth and the life,
make us faithful followers
of the spirit of your resurrection.
Grant that we may be inwardly
renewed; dying to ourselves
in order that you may live in us.
May our lives serve as signs
of the transforming power of your love
. Use us as your instruments
for the renewal of society,
bring your life and love to all
and leading them to your Church.
This we ask of you, Lord Jesus,
living and reigning with the Father,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
Looking for more renewal prayers?
- 5 Easter Prayers was the collection of Easter prayers in 2014.
- 5 More Easter Prayers is last year’s collection.
- A Resurrection Prayer on christianitytoday.com is another lovely resurrection prayer.