O! O! O!
At our service last Sunday night I said that "O!" could well
be the first word of faith; the first religious word; the first word of
ritual. "O my, did you see that?" "O, look at how beautiful she is!" "O no, please, don't let him die." Therein is faith, hope, trust in something we
can barely imagine, and yet can speak to with ease. "O please, God, let there be peace. Hope.
Love. Let her live. Give him purpose." It's all one big prayer, even if that one
word only whispers through us like a breath. St. Paul said that we pray without even
knowing it, and I think that every "O" is an unknown prayer from the heart.
O Thank You!
Feel your prayers today.
Put a hand over your heart, feel that simple beat, and whisper the
word. And if you need more inspiration,
page through the prayers and poems in the artful bulletin from Sunday night's "O
Antiphon" service. O, it was a good
night to be at Grace-to sing, and to pray, and to hope.
And an Important PostScript:
You may have heard that we suffered some frozen pipes and
water damage at Grace. And we did. Water pouring through light fixtures in the
office and in the Women's Restroom. Three different pipe breaks and sprinkler heads blowing. There
was some drama as we frantically tried to protect computers and copiers. The damage is done, and is being fixed. Ceilings and walls are torn out, new pipes
going in, new (warmer!) insulation.
Insurance companies engaged. The
short-term pain is that the front office is out of service and we are less
responsive than we like to be, especially without Candee's bright smile
greeting folk as they come through the door.
We'll be grateful for your patience and understanding. Phones and email are slowed as we share office space. Publications delayed a bit. The long term problem? There isn't one! O my, and O Good!