Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Met, and Wet, in Thee Tonight


Met, and Wet, in Thee Tonight

O little town of Monterey, how still your waters lie.
Above thy marine canyon steep and deep
The silent stars and sails go by.

Yet in thy dark waves shineth
The everlasting light.
The hopes and fears of all the years -
(And the hopes and fears of the world and the ocean and the fish and snails and sailors and babies and plankton and Mars and little churches and big nations and more children…)
Are met – and wet – in thee tonight.

It’s the Second Sunday of Advent, so we pour out a bowl of water for Peace, following, as last week, Rev. Maren Tirabassi’s fabulous liturgy using water rather than flame for this sacred season.

“We need peace in our lives and in our world.

“Every month we need healing,
but December can be the hardest time of year when we need rest from busyness
and gentle words for many sorrows.
Down by the Advent riverside
we follow the prints of Peace.
And there we meet the Prince of Peace.


“Last week we poured the water of Hope,
that quenches our doubts and fears.
This week is the Sunday of Peace,
and we celebrate still and peaceful water
and those who make it accessible in our days,
for the river of life is all of God’s children.
Emmanuel, God-with-us, when we leave this place help us to draw deeply on hope and drink our fill of God’s peace. Amen”


Water is still and water is still speaking, still birthing, still healing.  May water bring us peace.
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Monterey’s fabulous Lighted Boats Parade, a holiday treasure.  Water is still, peaceful, full of light.  Come visit us in Pacific Grove at the Blue Theology Mission Station and experience God’s Peace and Light.  Bluetheology.com.  I post these Wednesday devotions on ocean stewardship and spirituality here and at www.bluetheologytideings.blogspot.com