wordy, it’s hard to write liturgy at the moment. it’s easy to write poetic prose, hard to write prayers. most prayers are focussed towards someone who makes an event happen. take out the someone and prayers change their shape considerably.
and i wouldn’t write prayers, except i’m writing a pre-emptive funeral for a friend at the moment – she wants to sign off on it before she dies [which we don’t anticipate will be for a long time yet]. it’s not an easy task, for all the obvious reasons… but also because she loves the liturgical stuff i write, but wouldn’t mind a bit more trinity, the occasional mention of god, etc. etc.
she also doesn’t want it to be a memorial or even a celebration of her life, not to focus on her at all, but to focus on god. best case scenario, in her eyes, is that we don’t mention her name. i’m preparing her for disappointment.
you are the life that persists in making us new
the courage that takes us always one step more
the story into which we read our own
the adventure we need all our faith to begin…