A Winter Psalm
O God of all seasons,
your creative imagination is inspiring.
In your all-knowing goodness,
you formed everything that exists –
the earth spinning on its axis,
ice, rocks, mountains and valleys,
fresh air, jet streams, and billowing clouds,
fertile soil, frozen and resting ‘til spring,
snow, sun dogs, and clear blue skies.
You brought to life all creatures,
including us fumbling humans,
and called it all good.
Everywhere I go I see evidence of your presence.
Beauty stops me in my tracks
and reminds me of your love.
When I walk through the wintery woods,
you are with me.
The expanse of freshly fallen snow surrounds me in all directions,
still, soft, and gentle.
The cold air kisses me on the cheeks and catches my breath.
When blizzards come, be my protection,
guide me on the road when whiteouts obstruct the way.
Grant me good footing on icy paths,
warm my heart when it shows signs of icing over.
In your great wisdom, you created the seasons,
ebb and flow,
activity and rest,
dormancy and growth.
All praise be yours, God of winter wonderlands!
- Wendy Janzen
A blessing for Epiphany ~
This journey is not over,
this journey toward the light.
But walk on, setting foot before foot
and keep your eyes open to the light:
Light that dances with darkness
Light that shimmers in all that has life
Light that fills your heart with hope
when you need it most.
May the Light bless you
and keep you,
May the Light shine upon your face
and be gracious to you,
May the Light of Life
dwell within you and
grant you peace,
this day and every day.
- Wendy Janzen, 2019
Reflections, poetry, prayers, photos, and resources written by Wendy Janzen unless otherwise noted.