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And what about God? God remains
like the perfume of a beautiful woman who once passed
them by and they did not see her face.
But her perfume lingers, all manner of perfumes,
Creator of all manner of perfumes.
- Yehuda Amichai

For Inner Reflection

Each Man has a name
Given to him by God
And given to him by his father and mother.
Each man has a name
Given to him by his height and the way he walks
And given to him by the cloth....
Each man has a name
Given to him by his sins
And given to him by his longings....
Each man has a name
Given to him by the sea
And given to him by his death.
-Zelda (20th century Israel)

Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross
that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace:
So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love,
may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you;
for the honor of your Name. Amen

A Blessing

May God's breath stream within you.
May God's breath renew you.
May God's breath invigorate you.
Walk with confidence into this day.
And the Blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be with you now, and always. Amen.

All will be well and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well.

The Journey with Jesus
Scott Cairns (b.1954)

A psalm of Isaak, amid uncommon darkness.

O Being both far distant and most near,
O Lover embracing all unlovable, O Tender
Tether binding us together, and binding, yea
and tenderly, Your Person to ourselves,
Being both beyond our ken, and kindred, One
Whose dire energies invest such clay as ours
with patent animation, O Secret One secreting
life anew into our every tissue moribund,
afresh unto our stale and stalling craft,
grant in this obscurity a little light.