A note from the author: “Celtic Christians acknowledged God’s presence in every aspect of living—from waking to sleeping, from birth to death, from mundane chores to momentous celebrations. They perceived God’s creation as a holy gift. Gratitude characterized their way of being as they affirmed the source of life and gave thanks through blessings.”
So fragile, this nest,
Sitting on the electrical box,
Barely sheltered from the wind and the rain.
So fragile, these eggs,
Life growing within,
Nurtured by the warmth
Of a mother’s tiny body.
Life comes forth
From miraculous beginnings.
Shelter these lives,
Great God of creation,
Source of all that has been,
All that is,
And all that is to come.
Thank you, Creator,
For eyes to see
Delight of your creation.
—Beth A. Richardson, Christ Beside Me, Christ Within Me: Celtic Blessings (Upper Room Books, 2016)
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Look at the birds in the sky. They don’t sow seed or harvest grain or gather crops into barns. Yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than they are?
—Matthew 6:26 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me.
(From a prayer attributed to Saint Patrick)
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