Those of us who are hikers know what a cairn is, right? A cairn is a little pile of stones that we sometimes see along the trail — or maybe a marker of some sort — that marks a turning point, or a crossroads in the trail, a decision point.
One foot in front of the other, we are walking
It is our very prayer to move your way.
So if you can, oh God of love, leave the light on
and the front door unlocked.
Leave a fire in the hearth and food on the stove.
And when we start to get lost or doubt our dreams,
Give us the will to persevere.
We are walking toward you, O God.
So like the parent that throws open the door,
Open the door to us and welcome us in.
Amen. Join us as we begin the new year together, this Sunday in worship!