Contemplative songs and simple contemplative practices for these times of social distancing.

Praying with Thomas Merton

A prayer from Thomas Merton:

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you
does in fact please you and I hope that I have that
desire in all that I am doing.
And I know that if I do this, you will lead me
by the right road although I may know nothing about it.

Therefore will I trust you always,
though I may seem to be lost
and in the shadow of death,
I will not fear, for you are ever with me
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

A song based on his prayer:

I desire to please you,
I desire to go where you lead.
I can’t know for certain,
But this is my desire.

I don’t know where I’m going,
Where this pathway will lead.
And I’ve no way of knowing where it ends.
In my doubt and confusion,
When I’m tempted to fear.
I will not be discouraged,
I know you are there.

I desire.....

Always We Begin Again

Always we begin again,
Every moment new.
Giving back the good we have received from You.
Waking up with grateful hearts,
As we greet the day.
All creation sings with us a song of praise.

We will arise and seek the common good and welcome all in love.
Offering grace to all humanity as reflections of above.
Living with sacrifice, simplicity, and wisdom till the end.
Because always we begin again.

Living in Uncertainty and Mystery

Let mystery live in you.
Be content to be in the unknown.
God is greater than all you see.
Let mystery live, let mystery live,
Let mystery live in you.

Let mystery live in you.
Let your questions come guide you along.
Love sees more than the mind can know.
Let mystery live, let mystery live,
Let mystery live in you.

Let mystery live in you.
As you wander a path you can’t see.
You cannot journey outside of God.
Let mystery live, let mystery live,
Let mystery live in you.

A prayer and a sung blessing for the Spring Equinox

May you have enough sun to keep your heart smiling
May you have enough rain so your spirit can grow
May the storms that you weather,
Be dim distant memory,
God speed wherever you go.

With the wind at your back may you walk to tomorrow
May the sun and the moon guide your way day and night
Though the road may get rocky,
We look to eternity
Trusting that God shines a light.

Let the sun shine down,
Let the sun shine down,
Let the sunshine guide you
God speed wherever, wherever you go

Let the sun shine down
Let the sun shine down
May your journey find you
Trusting that God shines, that God shines a light

May the voyage you've begun
Lead you straight to the one
Who will fill up your journey with sun.

“All Shall Be Well” & Hand Washing as Contemplative Practice

This song, based on the writings of Julian of Norwich is a reminder of God’s goodness and the chorus is the perfect length for hand washing.

Just as God is our Father,
God is our Mother,
And She rejoices in us.
With His power and goodness,
Her wisdom and kindness,
With light, and grace, and love.
Light for our darkness.
Grace filled forgiveness,
And love as a balm for the soul.
When doubts gather round us,
Troubles surround us.
There is a calm that we know.

For all shall be well,
And all shall be well,
And all shall be well,
All manner of things shall be well.

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