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Prayer: A conversation with The Higher Other who lives within each of us. An invitation to vent, to re-think, to ask, and to rest.

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Meditation Moment in Lent ~ Day 18, Give Up, Take On, Pray

   ~ Vida Dutton Scudder 1861-1954*

   A paradox of Creation is that it is complete but not yet finished. God in the Trinity, as Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier, calls us into a spiritual relationship and as earthly co-creators, acting in us to give us all we need to continue the work of salvation, mercy, social justice, and simple kindness ~ loving our neighbors as ourselves in this world, and caring for the Earth itself. So, do you feel more special now, or, more scared? A little of both?

Holy God of Mystery and Majesty,
       I feel overwhelmed at all You have entrusted to me to be and accomplish. I want to live up to all of Your expectations even while I'm not sure of the hows, the whats, and the wheres to begin. For today, I will give up the pursuit of material satisfaction as a principal goal of life. I'll take on trying to truly see Your Creation and consciously participate in it, creating relationships with the world around me and all who are in it, the street I live on, the people I know and those I don't, and by my everyday thoughts and especially my words and actions everywhere I go ~ as You have created me to do. I pray to always know that You are within me, I pray to remember to keep praying, and that I will move through this life with intention and purpose, caring and carrying Your love through all that I do. amen.

*Vida Dutton Scudder holds October 10 on the US Episcopal Liturgical Calendar as a Feast Day.  Professor of English Literature at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, she was one of the first two American women admitted to the graduate program at Oxford University. In addition to teaching, she was an author and a welfare activist in the social gospel movement. She was a founder or organizer of many groups involved with Christian socialism, trade/labor unions, and Boston's Denison House, the third settlement house in the US. In 1888 she joined the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross, Episcopal women dedicated to intercessory prayer and social reconciliation. At her retirement from Wellesley she was given the title of Professor Emeritus and among other honors went on the become the first Dean of the Summer School of Christian Ethics at Wellesley and the first woman to be published in the Anglican Theological Review.

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