Winter Psalm of a Prayerful Pyromaniac

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As winter solstice comes and we cross through the longest night, I am mindful that many of my friends are being blanketed by the first snow of the season—some are facing blizzard conditions.  I really enjoy the spiritual linguistic work and images of Edward Hayes; be

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As winter solstice comes and we cross through the longest night, I am mindful that many of my friends are being blanketed by the first snow of the season—some are facing blizzard conditions.  I really enjoy the spiritual linguistic work and images of Edward Hayes; below is a psalm from him, “Winter Psalm of a Prayerful Pyromaniac.”

Winter Psalm of a Prayerful Pyromaniac

May the snow and cold of winter draw us to the fires of compassion and care

O Winter, from your wide mouth come the wild winds of arctic cold that swirl about my home.  You come stalking in the snow, like a giant prehistoric beast, to pound upon my roof with icy claws.

In less technological times, before the days of central heating, earth’s children gathered around a blazing fire to find warmth from your icy breath.  They found around those flames of fire another gift, the great blessing of family, the warmth of the circle of companionship, a never-dying firebrand that frightens away the worst beasts that haunt the human heart.

May the family feasts of this wintertide, the holidays and parties, and the festivals of inner fire be carnivals of community for me.  May my merrymaking be family-making and so be God-making for me.

God of thermostats and tinderboxes, make of me, during this cold winter season, your faithful friend and fire-maker.

~Edward Hayes,  Prayers for a Planetary Pilgrim

 

Read more http://whereheartandmindmeet.ccuccatl.com/2012/12/20/winter-psalm-of-a-prayerful-pyromaniac/

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