Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Year's end: All Hallows' Eve

Ready for the beginning of the Celtic year (according to some, anyway) tomorrow. What has come to fruitfulness? What needs to be carefully stored against lean times,  and what needs pruning or even burning away in a November bonfire?  The beginning of winter; the beginning of the new year in the darkness of growth and gestation. A lovely thought in all my busyness: the new year is born in a time of rest, renewal and dreams...

Bird and pumpkin in a market in Stockholm, Hallowe'en 2010

A Compline prayer for tonight:

Lord Jesus Christ, light in our darkness, peace in our storms, protection against all that frightens us, calm our hearts that we may rest in peace in your presence through this night, who live and reign with God the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.


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