Simple Moodlings \'sim-pѳl 'mϋd-ѳl-ings\ n: 1. modest meanderings of the mind about living simply and with less ecological impact; 2. "long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering" (Brenda Ueland) of the written kind; 3. spiritual odds and ends inspired by life, scripture, and the thoughts of others
Tonight is our annual Taizé Prayer for Peace. With
Remembrance Day on Tuesday, it’s important to reflect on our world’s past
conflicts, not to glorify our military, but to recall their sacrifices and to
pray that peace and justice come to the trouble spots around the globe, and
that they live in our own lives and hearts.
You’re invited to come and join us in our prayer for peace
this evening at 7 p.m. at Strathearn United Church (8510 95 Avenue). A friend of
mine was telling me yesterday that it has been proven that meditative
practice actually has the ability to alter the state of certain things – so Alfred
Lord Tennyson’s comment, “More things are wrought by prayer than this world
dreams of,” is truer than he knew.
Tonight we’ll be singing the beautiful chant in the video
below in its original Italian, reminding ourselves that God does not push us away, but restores us through holy presence. The icon you see in the video, taken from the
Bawit monastery excavation in Egypt, is now housed at the Louvre. It’s an image
of Christ and Abbot Mena. I love how Jesus has his arm around his friend the
Abbot, who was living in a dangerous time. I like to think that Christ has his
arms around all those living in dangerous situations today, bringing them peace.