Saturday, March 6
Shadow

Daily Prayer and Thoughtfulness Practice

Opening:
Let my heart rise up to meet mercy, my voice to meet compassion, my hands to meet action.

BIBOLove: Breath In, Breath Out--Yumm

Music:
Another World, by Antony and the Johnsons

I need another place
Will there be peace
I need another world
This one's nearly gone
Still have too many dreams
Never seen the light
I need another world

The Instinct of Hope by John Clare

Is there another world for this frail dust
To warm with life and be itself again?
Something about me daily speaks there must,
And why should instinct nourish hopes in vain?
'Tis nature's prophesy that such will be,
And everything seems struggling to explain
The close sealed volume of its mystery.
Time wandering onward keeps its usual pace
As seeming anxious of eternity,
To meet that calm and find a resting place.
E'en the small violet feels a future power
And waits each year renewing blooms to bring,
And surely man is no inferior flower
To die unworthy of a second spring?

Scripture Readings

Isaiah 66:7-11
Luke 13:31-35
Psalm 80:1-7 (Daily)

How often I wanted to gather in your children as a hen gathers in her chicks under her wings.

Please bring your own sacred readings to the daily pattern. These are chosen from the Christian scripture cycle of daily readings, the Daily Lectionary, at commontexts.org

Prayers

2015.12.19

For my Sabbath practice today, I am writing a prayer without the news today.

For the oppressed and weary
Especially for #blacklivesmatter and
for the LGBTQIAP community.
For despair of violence,
for language that does harm and dehumanizes
for the earth crying out for tender loving care
for ending continued war and violence seemingly everywhere
For the hope of peace,
for leaders negotiating peace
for generous hearts and kind actions
for 17 days, in the US, of no mass shootings
For the people of Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Togo
For those who suffer, especially the homeless and sick
For those we love, those we hate and those we are indifferent to
For the transformation from ME to WE

Let peace prevail on earth.
So mote it be.

News Notes:
Mass shooting resource: http://shootingtracker.com/wiki/Mass_Shootings_in_2015
Prayer cycle of the world's countries resource: http://www.oikoumene.org/en

Lord’s Prayer
Translation by Neil Douglas Klotz, Sufi

O Birther! Creator of the Cosmos,
Focus your light within us— make it useful:
Create your reign of unity now-
Your one desire then acts with ours,
as in all light, so in all forms.
Grant what we need each day in bread and insight.
Loose the cords of mistakes binding us,
as we release the strands we hold
of others’ guilt.
Don’t let surface things delude us,
But free us from what holds us back.
From you is born all ruling will,
the power and the life to do,
the song that beautifies all,
from age to age it renews.
Truly— power to these statements—
may they be the ground from which all
my actions grow: Amen.

May Peace Prevail on Earth. Amen. So mote it be.

Notes:
"Amen" means "may it be so."
"May peace prevail on earth." is an addition inspired by Michael Dickel 
BIBOLove is an addition attributed to the work of Soyinka Rahim, InterPlay practice, BIBOLove

2015 12 19

 

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