Today I did my first morning devotional using the SDF liturgy (see previous post). As soon as I opened the blinds, I saw a cardinal resting in the tree outside my window. I grabbed my camera, but when I went to take a picture, it was gone. I was thrilled to see a cardinal just before my morning devotions.
I filled my Well, sat in front of my nightstand, and hesitated. I’m not sure why I did. I reminded myself that I really wanted to do this, and so I began in a loud and clear voice.
I read the first half of the devotional about “greeting the sun,” which is what inspired me to get up so early in the first place. I then paused for a bit and just enjoyed watching the sky become lighter, as it continues to do while I write this. I noticed my cat seemed mesmerized by the candle’s flame.
I decided to take an omen. I asked, “Kindreds, what blessings do you have for me today?” I drew three runes for an idea.
Berkano is “Birch; strength, flexibility, resourcefulness,” according to Michael Dangler’s ADF Dedicant’s Path Through the Wheel of the Year. Uruz is “Auroch, drizzle; strength, dross.” Ehwaz is “Horse, easy and joyful travel, help.” Obviously the common meaning is strength, which I think means that I was strong in getting up early this morning to do this devotional. Ehwaz is saying the practice will help me, I believe.
I watched the sun rise for a few more moments, then read the second half of the prayer. I looked at each of the Fire, Well, and Tree as I mentioned it.
After reading the prayer, I shut off my Kindle that I had been using, and watched the sun rise a few moments more. I blew out the candle and proceeded to type this post!
I do recall a feeling of peace during the entire ritual. I feel very blessed by the Kindreds to have been able to experience this.
May you all have such a beautiful start to your morning, Victoria