Happy Birthday to the Courtyard!

Happy Birthday to the Courtyard — five years old this month!

In 2011, we added new liturgical prayers by Ann Raymond and poetry by Christine Hemp and Bill Maxwell, as well as prayers, poetry, reflections, and homilies by yours truly.

New voices joined with old friends on the Lectio+Haiku page, including retreat participants from The Priory Spirituality Center in Lacey, Washington and Stillpoint at Beckside in Bellingham, Washington. It’s always a blessing — and so much fun! — to introduce this creative spiritual practice to new people.

The Courtyard’s liturgical season pages have grown and now each one contains a rich array of resources for personal and community reflection and worship. I hope that you will be able to spend time in the coming weeks with themes of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, and Lent as they come to life here In the Courtyard.

Our policy is to make all the prayers and meditations on this site freely available for personal use. If something from the Courtyard is used in a service or newsletter, we ask the writer be credited, and also for a note of credit to www.inthecourtyard.com. (Unless noted otherwise with the piece, all the writing on the site is by me, Margaret D. McGee.) If something from the site is posted on another website, we ask for the same writer credit, with a link to www.inthecourtyard.com.

Occasionally a reader who has connected to a piece of writing in the Courtyard sends me an email or comment about it. I love getting that stuff! Thank you for all your feedback, and for your willingness to enter into a conversation about all our encounters with meaning in life.

I’m proud of the kid, and hope that you will be with us as we grow together.

Here’s wishing the Courtyard a Happy Birthday … and every mother’s child a Happy Birthday … and Jesus a Happy Birthday, too.

— Margaret

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  1. Brad Offutt says:

    How time flies! Margaret, thank you for making “The Courtyard” possible – for giving birth to it and for nurturing it as it grows. I visit nearly every day and am amazed at how much “the kid” gets into! My Greek buddies say “chronia polla,” “many years,” to you on your birthday. So, may both you, Margaret, and the Courtyard prosper for many years to come. And as for Jesus, yes, happy birthday, and thank You for bringing God among us so that we can always, always be with God. Talk about your gifts!