“EL” is the first name given for God.  This name holds the image of God — male and female, all encompassing, diverse, many faces, many names.    And so I use “EL” as I speak of God today. 

But who am I , and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this?  Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.

1 Chronicles, 29: 14

Hands, Lord —

Your gift to us.

We stretch them up to You.

Always You hold them.

Your hands,


became a sign

of Your love

no time can erase.

Your hands

which have us

inscribed on their palms,

pour down blessing

on the details of our days.

Laurel Bridges
from the Celtic Daily Prayer
Posted:  July 14, 2020
Rev. mary Ann Tourjee