Category: ADF

Prayer a Day 2018 – Gebet für Schnee

2. Dezember 2018

In English:

A prayer for snow

Frau Holle, shake your cushions,
let it snow for us,
so that you snowflakes form a blanket,
white, soft and airy,
hiding all the dirt,
so that eye and mind can focus on the beautiful things in life again.

Frau Holle, shake your cushions,
let it snow for us,
so my children will make the experience
how nice it is to play in the snow,
white, soft and airy,
tho throw snowballs and build a snowman.

Prayer a Day 2018 – Gebet zu Hypnos

2. Dezember 2018

In English:

Prayer for a restful sleep

What a chaotic day!
Appointments that were delayed or overlapped
Unexpected news that turned everything upside down…

When I go to bed now
my head will still be full of chaos:
Thoughts and feelings,
plans and processing
won’t let me find peace.

Hypnos, you who brings sleep, I ask you:
Fill my head with silence!
Give me the relaxation and rest I need
to have a fresh start tomorrow.

Prayer a Day 2018 – Genieße den Moment

2. Dezember 2018

 

In English:

Outside sunlight is sparkling on dewy grass,
glittering like little icicles.
Inside there’s music on the radio:
Ed Sheeran singing ‘Photograph’, effervescing, caressing, relaxing.
I am rattling with my pans, humming along and enjoying the moment.
Thank you, kindreds, for this moment!

Prayer a Day 2018 – Wintergebet

2. Dezember 2018

 

In English:

A winter prayer

Winter is here!
Frost silvers the rooftops.
Frost patterns decorate the windows.
Snow covers the meadows.

Father Frost is going around the houses,
Nikolaus and Santa Clause,
the sun child and Mithras,
Odin and Frau Holle!

We build a snowman
to greet them,
to welcome them among us,
hospitality, community and gifts!

Flames dance in the open hearth,
cocoa and punch scent well in our cups,
cookies are baking in the oven.
Winter is here!

Prayer a Day 2018 – Wurzeln und Äste

2. Dezember 2018

In English:

Roots and branches

I don’t need populism to tell me where I come from.
I don’t need nationalism to tell me where I belong.
I don’t need dogma’s to provide what I have to think.
I don’t have to define myself through what I am not.

I know my roots, but my branches reach far.
I define my own values and take care of my personal borders,
but they are not set in stone
because you never stop learning.
And those who believe to know everything
have just given up.

Kindreds, with you by my side
I have a whole universe to explore!

Gottheit der Woche 48: Die Matronen

24. November 2018

Einen Apfel bringe ich euch – für Gesundheit

Getreide bringe ich euch – für Fruchtbarkeit und Wohlstand

Eine Nuss bringe ich euch – für Weisheit

Matronae Nersihennae,

Mütter der Niers,

Mütter meines Stammes,

meine Gaben für eure Gaben!

Hüterinnen meines Volkes,

Wächterinnen meines Herdfeuers,

Lenkerinnen, weise Ratgeberinnen,

lasst eure Stimmen erklingen!

Aus der Vergangenheit, der Gegenwart und der Zukunft

lasst eure Botschaften hören!

 

In English:

For the Matronae

An apple I bring to you – for health
corn I bring to you – for fruitfulness and prosperity
a nut I bring to you – for wisdom

Matronae Nersihennae*,
mothers of the river Niers,
mothers of my tribe,
my gifts for your gifts!

Keepers of my folk,
guardians of my hearth fire,
guides, wise counselors,
let your voices sound in our minds!

From the past, from today and from tomorrow
let your messages be heard!

*I was very happy when I found evidence that the river behind my garden did (and does) have her own set of Matronae.

Gottheit der Woche 52: Janus

24. November 2018

Ich blicke zurück auf ein turbulentes Jahr.

So vieles ist passiert:

Altes, Vertrautes ist gegangen

Neues ist gekommen,

ein stetiger Wandel,

nicht immer erwünscht, nicht immer erhofft,

aber ohne Wandel bliebe nur Stagnation,

und so wachsen wir an neuen Herausforderungen.

Ich blicke aus auf ein neues Jahr.

Noch ahnungslos, was es bringen wird,

nur hoffnungsvoll, was es bringen könnte,

nur voller Hoffnungen und Wünsche.

Janus, du kennst diese Situation,

denn du blickst ständig in beide Richtungen,

kennst die Vergangenheit und siehst die Zukunft,

den rechten und den linken Weg.

Du rätst mir nicht, dieses oder jenes zu tun.

Du nennst nur die Optionen.

Die Entscheidung muss ich selber fällen.

Bei dir

an diesem Punkt

habe ich die Freiheit.

Und so sehe ich dem neuen Jahr entgegen,

im Vertrauen darauf, die richtige Wahl für mich zu treffen.

 

In English:

A new year’s prayer

I look back on a turbulent year.
So much has happened:
Old, familiar things are gone,
new ones have come,
a regular change,
not always wanted, not always hoped for,
but without it there would only be stagnation,
and so we grow with new challenges.

I loof forward on a new year.
Yet unknowingly what it will bring,
just hopeful what it might bring,
just full of hopes and wishes.
Janus, you know this situation,
always looking in both in directions,
knowing the past and seeing the future,
the reight and the left path.

You don’t counsel me to do this or that.
You merely sum up the options.
It’s me who has to decide.
WIth you
at this point
I have the liberty,
And so I look foward on this new year
trusting that I will make the right choices.

Prayer a Day 2018 – Mein Kind

16. November 2018

 

In English:

My child

You conjure a smile upon my face,
you lighten my heart,

when you proudly show me something you have painted
or do breakdance in the living room
when you insist on your snuggling session in the evening
or crawl into my bed in the early morning

when you tell me of your epic fight at Minecraft
or we talk about the last book we both have read
when you are humming you favourite melodie endlessly
or construct some weird machine from Lego

Then I know how happy I can be
to have such a treasure* in my life.

* First instinct was to write ‘precious’ but then I thought that sounded too much like Gollum.
I am talking about two different children here btw., even if that’s not mentioned.

Prayer a Day – Nie wieder

16. November 2018

In English:

Never again!

9th November 1938: Reichskristallnacht
The synagogues were burning.

9th November 2018:
All around us political parties gain power and influence
that like back then are agitating, polemicising, segregating.
Those who call the Third Reich a ‘flyshit in history’.

Divine powers: I call for your support: Never again!

You, for who time truely doesn’t play a role:
Don’t let us forget what happened back then,
don’t let it happen that those incidences get trivialized,
give us the strength to be there for eacht other,
to be strong for those who can’t stand up for themselves,
as a majority not to stand by in silence
when stupid, weak ignorants want to take the power in their own hands.

Because this is our time, and what happens now
will be what we are judged by in future.
And I don’t want to be asked sometime:
Why haven’t you done something?

Prayer a Day 2018 – Zuneigung

16. November 2018

In English:

I spread my arms,
I reach out to you:
More than just a handshake,
more than just some nice words,
more like a sweet kiss,
more like a strong hug.
They are passing the veils between the worlds,
signs of my affection for (?) you.