Grieving Takes Time

Grieving Takes Time

*There is no one way to grieve. Despite any cues that might try to convince us that it is time to move on or that our grief “shouldn’t be that deep”, grief comes to us in many ways and at many times. Sometimes like a gentle caress and at other times like a torrential downpour. How we choose to mark time in these cycles of grief are sacred, beautiful, holy. Consider this ritual for when the waves of grief come to you. In my grief I recognize that something was cut off. Something precious. An expectation, a desire, a job, a loved one There is a chasm between where I am now And the object of my...

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Non-religious baby blessing in community

Non-religious baby blessing in community

This liturgy might be used at a one year birthday party, a special gathering of welcome of an infant at home or a meaningful location, or altered to be used at birth. What a joy it is to get to come together in celebration of a perfect little human, newly among us. [full name] [describe personality] [Example: James Joan Rushing, aka JJ, who was born on October 8, 2020, came earlier than expected and has been surprising their parents on the regular ever since. A few of their favorite things include: climbing - especially things they shouldn’t. Fine art - particularly, finger painting in blue....

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Praying to the God Who Dwells in Darkness

Praying to the God Who Dwells in Darkness

*Despite much thought and imagery around darkness being evil and something to be ashamed of, human testimony and sacred texts point to a God who is able to be with us in the dark. Consider this prayer that dances around the themes of Psalm 139. Where can I go that You don’t inhabit? Does the dark intimidate you? Are You afraid of the dark as I often am? Do the shadowy places cause You to take pause and carefully consider Whether You will help me, support me, and guide me? The words of the psalmist come to my mind as I remember that “Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night...

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Ritual for Black Joy

Ritual for Black Joy

Our joy can be summoned sometimes. At other times it can remain a distant stranger, far from us. For the in-between times, rituals can call us home. —-- I open my phone and scroll until I get to my favorite selfie. A selfie. I take in the screen. Surely I am no accident. Look at me. Good-Just How I am. Who I am. I look at my favorite pictures of my family. I soak them all in. Phone down now I turn on some of my favorite music. Sometimes I dance and at other times…like now I sit and let the music wash over me. Digable Planets floats on melodic wings all around me and enough tension is...

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A Prayer for Play

A Prayer for Play

This world is a lot. Perhaps too much. And in that much-ness I lose my way. Often I have lost count. The loss is sometimes gradual A growing numbness, And hardness that develops from the hours and years Spent pulling myself up “by the bootstraps” And being labeled “the Responsible One.” Well. God. Release the play. Release the joy. The joy this world definitely cannot confer to me. Spaces to lie down, And move around. Places of refuge that are marked by smiles and fun. Where I can co-create Play. With You. -Robert Monson

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Pet related

Pet related

Blessing When a Beloved Pet Dies What love we have for you, __________. Oh, that we could spend our whole lives with you by our side. Your affection, your warm bodily presence, has taught us connection and tenderness beyond words. You wove joy into our days and groundedness into our lives. We treasure the particularities that made you, your _______ (list favorite characteristics of your pet if you like). The floors of our home will long for the sound of your paws, our hands will ache for the feel of your fur, our days ahead will be filled with grief without you here— Spirit of the Bereaved,...

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