Archive for the ‘Praise of God/Seeking God 2000s’ Category

Time and Vocations   2 comments

Above:  The Author, November 7, 2012

(Photograph by the author via the computer camera)

The weather becomes colder,

Daylight Savings Time has ended,

darkness falls before 7:00 PM,

and the year has entered its final stretch.

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Where has the year gone?

It seems to have passed so quickly,

more rapidly than winged Mercury,

with greater speed than the Road Runner,

with a dizzying pace.

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Yet here we are,

in November.

Yet here we are,

close to Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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May the rest of the year

be for all of us a time of blessings,

and may the  next year

be for all of us a time of even more blessings.

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May we all love God and each other actively,

behave charitably toward each other,

seek to understand each other,

and behave merely decently.

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May we act responsibly toward each other,

seek the common good,

upon which our own benefit depends,

and care for each other.

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May God bless others through us,

bless us through others,

and be evident in our midst,

in deeds more than in words.

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And may we be where we ought to be

when we ought to be there

doing what we ought to do

the way we ought to do it.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 9, 2012 COMMON ERA

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http://blogatheologica.wordpress.com/2013/06/17/time-and-vocations/

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Evening Prayer of Thanksgiving   1 comment

Above:  Sunset

Image Source = Geraldbrowne

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Knysnasunset.jpg)

Prayer Source = The Orthodox Study Bible (2008), page 1794

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Now that the day has come to a close, I thank You, O Lord,

and I ask that the evening with the night may be sinless;

grant this to me, O Savior, and save me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Now that the day has passed, I glorify You, O Master,

and I ask that the evening, with the night may be without offense:

grant this to me, O Savior, and save me.

Both now and ever, and unto ages of ages.  Amen.

Now that the day has run its course, I praise you, O Holy One,

and I ask that the evening with the night may be undisturbed;

grant this to me, O Savior and save me.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

A Prayer for the New Year   1 comment

Above:  Hourglass

Image Source = User:S Sepp

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Wooden_hourglass_3.jpg)

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http://www.disciples.org/OfficeoftheGeneralMinisterandPresident/SharonsBlog/tabid/758/EntryId/55/A-Prayer-for-the-New-Year.aspx

Here is a link to a prayer by the Reverend Doctor Sharon E. Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  I commend it to you, O reader.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 3, 2012 COMMON ERA

THE TENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS

A Prayer of Thanksgiving for Intelligence   3 comments

Above:  A Home Library

Image Source = User:Sbrools

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Old_bookshelves.jpg)

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Loving God, whose image we bear,

thank you for the gift of intelligence.

May we express our gratitude in several ways,

including making the most of our intelligence in ways in which you direct us

and by helping others to do the same as we are able.

May we do all this for our mutual benefit

–the building up of the body–

and for your glory.

Amen.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

OCTOBER 26, 2011 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF ALFRED THE GREAT, KING OF THE WEST SAXONS

THE FEAST OF SAINT CEDD, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF LONDON

THE FEAST OF DMITRY BORTNIANSKY, COMPOSER

THE FEAST OF PHLIP NICOLAI, JOHANN HEERMANN, AND PAUL GERHARDT, HYMN WRITERS

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Once I read a story about the late Associate Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.  He had arrived at the final stage of his long and illustrious life when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt visited him in the hospital.  Roosevelt was surprised to find Holmes studying a book of ancient Greek grammar.  So the President asked the retired Associate Justice why he was studying ancient Greek grammar on his death bad.  Holmes replied,

To improve my mind, Mister President.

I like that attitude.

KRT

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http://blogatheologica.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/a-prayer-of-thanksgiving-for-intelligence/

A Prayer of Thanksgiving for the Enjoyment of Music   5 comments

Above:  Gustav Mahler (1860-1911), My Favorite Composer

Image Source = Wikipedia

I am, as I type these words, melting into his Symphony #1.–KRT

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God of beauty,

when we melt into a symphony,

or an aria

or a concerto,

thank you.

When music transports us positively,

thank you.

When we find and experience beauty in music,

thank you.

Amen.

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KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

OCTOBER 8, 2011 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT BRIDGET OF SWEDEN, ROMAN CATHOLIC NUN,

THE FEAST OF ERIK ROUTLEY, HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM BLIGHT PORTER BLISS, EPISCOPAL PRIEST, AND RICHARD THEODORE ELY, ECONOMIST

http://blogatheologica.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/a-prayer-of-thanksgiving-for-the-enjoyment-of-music/

Thank You, God   2 comments

Image Source = Infrogmation

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Thank you, God,

for the rain

for the sunshine

for the clouds

for the morning

for the midday

for the afternoon

for the evening

for the night

for the moon and the stars

for friends

for family

for music

for peace and quiet

for good books

for good movies

for good food

for yesterday

for today

for help we have received

for help we have given

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Thank you, God,

for everything good.

Amen.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 26, 2011 COMMON ERA

PROPER 8, THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST, YEAR A

http://blogatheologica.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/thank-you-god/

Finding God in Silence   2 comments

A Trappist Monk Praying

Image Source = Daniel Tibi

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Dear God,

when the noises, frets, and other stresses of life

threaten to overtake me,

may I resist them successfully, by grace,

and find you in silence.

Amen.