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How Marvelous is the World that You Have Made, O God — poem from South Africa

One of my favorite poets is Isobel deGruchy from South Africa. This poem is from her chapbook “Walking On,” a book of her poetry, watercolor and photographs. This photograph of the moon over Maurituris accompanies the poem. Calm sea in … Continue reading

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For Nelson Mandela

Now let your servant, this prophet, this Nelson Mandela depart in peace – after the tumult and the confinement, the things he did, the wisdom and farseeing that he spoke, the truth and reconciliation he held and blessed. He saw … Continue reading

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Assurance of Grace for Confession of what we have done to creation

Yesterday I posted a prayer of Confession for human failure in creation care and culpability in damage to the earth and invited anyone who would wish to share what it might be liturgically to offer an Assurance of Grace for … Continue reading

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Prayers for Justice and Care of Creation from South Africa

Today with great pleasure I share two prayers by Isobel Degruchy of South Africa. The first is a confession of both damage done and arrogance in attitude of human beings who should be caring for God’s creation. My challenge to … Continue reading

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For Nelson Mandela

Praying as Nelson Mandela lies in critical condition, I revisited a poem I wrote the day after he was freed from prison. I winced! But it is a photograph of how I was feeling at that time. And then I … Continue reading

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Good Friday words — New Zealand, India and South Africa

Reflections for Good Friday (again early for those who may want to use them in planning worship) include a hymn by New Zealand lyricist Gordon Piesse, a poem by Eyingbeni Hümtsoe of India, and a poetic reflection by Isobel de … Continue reading

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Lenten poem and prayer from South Africa

One of my favorite poets is Isobel deGruchy from South Africa. Following is a poem and a prayer for Lent. Her book reflecting on Julian of Norwich came out in December. Was it Easy for You, Jesus? We want to … Continue reading

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Three Prayers from South Africa

This morning I share three poems from Isobel de Gruchy a wonderful poet and liturgist from South Africa. Morning Prayer As I open the door and step out into a new day, Father/Mother God, be there with me: To guide … Continue reading

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The Ghost of Christmas Past — Poem from South Africa

This wonderful new poem of Isobel DeGruchy from South Africa has touched me deeply. I am the Ghost of Christmas Past “I am the Ghost of Christmas Past; I will stand at your side, here in Christmas present , and … Continue reading

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Another character in the story — a poem for Advent from South Africa

This poem that presents to us all another character of Advent, one whose name we do not know, one whom we do not wish to be. It is found in Gifts in Open Hands and is written by Isobel De … Continue reading

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