Hello dear Readers,
Thank you for visiting this page. I’m a writer of short non-fiction stories, prayers and reflections. Carol O’Connor has invited me to offer some to St Peter's Bookroom website.
Collects in a time of virus
In the last couple of weeks, I have been writing ‘collects’ – an ancient form of short prayer which addresses an aspect of the Divine and makes a plea. I learnt this practice in a workshop with my friend, Pádraig Ó Tuama, last year. ‘Collects’ gather up our prayers and state them in a terse brief form. There have been so many generous and beautiful offerings of artistry, love and kindness in this awful time of Corvid19. These form part of my offering and more will follow, so please visit again.
Great God who calls us to belonging,
Who delights in curiosity, invention, ingenuity.
Praise be for minds that bend and flex despite restriction,
for bodies that signal love by staying apart.
Praise be for neighbours talking across fences,
calling from balconies, waving through windows,
for greetings that cross the space between us.
Praise be for strangers, careful on footpaths,
for children asking their questions,
for truth tellers who earn our trust and speak to our fear.
Praise be for friends who warn and chide and encourage,
for human warmth in time of distance.
Collects may be used freely if you acknowledge the authorship of Julie Perrin (2020). Please use/quote this link: tellingwords.com.au/blog
In this period of isolation, we also have a unique opportunity to notice our lives in a new way. So, I thought I would link you to some stories from my book Tender (MediaCom, 2019). These are stories that lean towards kindness and are listed on my Blog 'Telling Words' which you can access from this page.
I have a friend in the ministry who describes the Kingdom of God as ‘the Kindness’. And, I think there are many luminous moments, in ordinary life, where kindness reveals God-with-us.
Right now, much creativity is being shown by expressing love and neighbourliness-at-a-distance, as we adjust to the necessary isolation during Covid19.
Perhaps in reading some stories from Tender, you will recall, and notice again, moments of kindness in your own life and interactions with others.
I hope you enjoy the readings.