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Stay close to the cracks: A reflection

inspired by Leonard Cohen’s song, ‘Anthem’

Stay close to the cracks,
to the broken places,
where people weep
and cry out in pain.

Stay close to the cracks,
where God’s tears fall,
and God’s wounds bleed
for love of us.

Stay close to the cracks
where the light shines in,
and grass pushes up
through concrete.

Stay close to the cracks
where wounds
open doorways
to healing and wholeness and life.

~ written by Christine Sine, posted on

From the blog
A new nature
Prepare a way
Theme: He heals the brokenhearted  [prayer sheet]

The empty cup


Meditation on the cup of emptiness

Hold the empty cup in your hands.
Look at all the room the cup has for filling.
Picture the inner part of yourself.
Notice how much room there is for filling.
Hold the cup out before you in the gesture of a beggar.
Ask God to fill you.
Arise, go and slowly pour something in your cup (coffee, tea, water).
Come back and sit down.
Receive and enjoy the contents of the cup.

excerpt from The Cup of Our Life: A Guide for Spiritual Growth by Joyce Rupp, found on

A prayer

God help us to live slowly:
To move simply:
To look softly:
To allow emptiness:
To let the heart create for us.
by Michael Leunig
from The Book of a Thousand Prayers by Angela Ashwin, #624

From the blog
From a grateful heart
Wonder-full psalm
From parched to satisfied

Make space: release and receive

Schouwburgplein, Rotterdam, after the rain (Photo: Irene Bom)


An evening prayer

Gracious God,
We place ourselves in your presence.
Our minds and our spirits are cluttered.
Help us make space for you.
Help us to be fully present here, now.

We release to you all that we have done today –
whether for good or for ill.

We release all that we feel like we should have done today,
but did not do.

We release all of the people
who weigh on our hearts and minds this evening.

We release our fears.
We release our anxiety.
We release our impatience.
We release our pride.

All of the thoughts,
all of the feelings that pull us away from you, O God,
we release.


And now with open hearts
we receive what you offer us now:

We receive the gift of this space and this time.
We receive the gift of being with each person here.
We receive the Holy Spirit’s presence within us
for guidance and healing.
We receive the sacred words that will be spoken and thought.
We receive the holy touch of hand and heart.
We receive the silence.
We receive the music.

Fill us now with the peace of your deep, abiding presence.
We offer all of ourselves to you,
our One God, Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer.
~ written by Joanna Harader, and posted on Spacious Faith.

From the blog
Evening prayer #1 ~ written by St Augustine of Hippo
Evening prayer #2 ~ attributed to St Patrick
Evening prayer #3 ~ written by Dag Hammarskjöld

A holy space

A “Black Lives Matter” protest march, Rotterdam, June 2020 (Photo: Irene Bom)


“All life is a parable … listen to it.”
Frederick Buechner, from a Rewrite Radio podcast

As humanity reels from one crisis to another, let us pay attention to what God is saying to us in and through the particulars of our lives and our times.

Clear a Holy Space

inspired by Isaiah 11: 1-10

Laboring God,
with axe and winnowing fork
you clear a holy space
where hurt and destruction have no place,
and a little child holds sway.
Clear our lives of hatred and despair,
sow seeds of joy and peace,
that shoots of hope may spring forth
and we may live in harmony
with one another. Amen.

~ from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers

From the blog
Healing at a cost
Grace notes
In the school of prayer with Ignatius of Loyola (featuring The Examen)