Saturday, August 8
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Shepherd Me, O God – Prayerful Tuesday

anger, Blessings, Change, Chanting, Comfort, comforter, Compassion, conflict, courage, Creation, Creator, entering into suffering, faith, faithfulness, Fear, forgiveness, generosity, Grace, Gratitude, Grief, hate, Holy Mystery, Hope, inner peace, Joy, kindness, mercy, news, Pain and Suffering, peace, Poetry, prayer, Psalm, remembrance, Rest, Shepherds, spiritual practice, Stillness, Uncategorized, violence
Psalm 23:1-3 1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; 3 he restores my soul.*He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.  In the last several months I have been struggling to find the calm midst the shootings in Umpqua, the deaths of those fighting wild fires, more shootings (at least one a week), floods, earthquakes, and all of the other disasters that seem to be all that is ever reported by news media.  I know I will not find any meaning in any of these crises, so, I am looking for a way through the noise and pain I hear, read about, and feel within.  Yesterday I found my still point when I happened upon the following poem written by grandfather: Commentary on the 23rd Psalm “In pastures green?” Not alway...

A Difficult Task – Prayerful Tuesday

Blessings, Circle Prayer, comforter, Compassion, covenant, faith, Fear, forgiveness, Grace, Gratitude, Grief, Guns, Jesus, kindness, Love, peace, prayer, spiritual practice, Spirituality, Uncategorized
St Patrick’s Breast Plate Prayer Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in the mouth of friend and stranger. I have always loved this couplet of St Patrick’s Breast Plate Prayer.  In times of distress it has centered me and given me comfort.  But as I was reading it for the umpteenth time in light of the recent school shootings in Oregon, Arizona and Texas I felt if St. Patrick would mind if I added a couple of lines to his prayer.  You see this prayer says nothing of the compassion, mercy, or Justus we are asked to extend beyond ourselves and into the world.  So St. Patri...