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A Prayer when parting

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you : wherever he may send you;
may he guide you through the wilderness : protect you through the storm;
may he bring you home rejoicing : at the wonders he has shown you;
may he bring you home rejoicing : once again into our doors.

Claiborne, Shane. Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals (p. 50). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

My better half gave me this book for Christmas a few years back –

Cover of the book Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals

Working through it for a year was a profound experience for me. It introduced me to new perspectives on community, compassion, even church history. It’s where I first encountered the “become all flame” quote from the writings of the Desert Fathers; in that sense, it inspired this very blog (though I didn’t know it then).

I particularly like this prayer from the daily Morning Prayer devotion. It sparks my imagination of what family or community could be – a daily “sending off” with blessing and the longing to be together again, rejoicing in all that God has done.


  • Is being sent off with such prayer and blessing a part of your experience?
  • What does this prayer bring up for you, personally?
  • I encourage you to write out what you are thinking. It makes you pause and opens up space for new, fresh thoughts to spark.

Grace and peace to you…

dw

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Let there be light

Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.”

Genesis 1:3-4, NRSV Bible with the Apocrypha

Welcome to the very first post on becoming flame. As you may have already read on the About page, my aim is to share what I hope will encourage us all in our journeys to become who God means us to be, fully alive, “all flame”.

I encourage all visitors to use comments for discussion, sharing, community building.  Do remember though: this site is open to the public – anything you share will be out there for all to see.  (If you decide you’d like one of your comments removed, just let me know through the Contact page and I’ll remove it as soon as I can.)  I reserve the right to remove comments I feel are not appropriate.

I think that covers the logistics.  I hope you find becoming flame helpful – grace and peace to you on the journey.

dw

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