From the Pastor's Pen

Pastor Sally’s Devotional 10/23

| October 23, 2020

Dear Friends,

I saw this prayer posted on Facebook today.  I like it a lot and thought I’d share it with you today.

A prayer as I put on my mask:



As I prepare to go into the world,

Help me to see the sacrament

In the wearing of this cloth—

Let it be “an outward sign

Of an inward grace:–

A tangible and visible way of living

Love for my neighbors,

As I love myself. 



Since my lips will be covered,

Uncover my heart,

That people would see my smile

In the crinkles around my eyes.

Since my voice may be muffled,

Help me to speak clearly,

Not only with my words,

But with my actions.


Holy Spirit,

As the elastic touches my ears,

Remind me to listen carefully—

And full of care—

To all those I meet.

May this simple piece of cloth be

Shield and banner,

And each breath that it holds,

Be filled with your love.


In your Name and

In that love,

I pray.



— Rev. Dr. Richard Bott, Moderator of the United Church of Canada

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