In this month between winter and spring, I am keenly aware of longer days, the warming of the earth, of budding trees and greening grass. The promise of new life is everywhere.
Where I now live, newly hatched salmon have begun long journeys downriver through multiple dams and locks, making their circuitous passage out to the sea.
Together with Saint Francis, a 13th century monk who revered nature and all living things, we stand in awe over the astounding presence of God in the world around us. Reverence and awe are forms of prayer, responses to the wonder and sacredness of life and all of creation.
Today we remember Perpetua and Felicity and companions, martyrs at Carthage, died 202. This message was adapted from Let us Pray: Reverence as Prayer by Julie Aageson in the March 2016 issue of Gather magazine.