I am focusing on using people's vision words for 2016 for a few daily prayers. Today, I am using "real" from Lisa to guide my selections. If you share your word, I will use it over the next few days!
Real has two understandings
- actually a thing, measurably existing and
- being authentic, keepin' it real.
I think there is a third aspect of keepin' it real. That is entering into the life of others and really seeing what their reality is. Not wearing blinders that separate us from them. Lisa and I work with incarcerated youth. In our process it is sometimes necessary to understand the real circumstances the youth find themselves in. I remember the first year I was blessed enough to hear one of the youth's stories. He told me of when he was in first grade and walked to school through gang-infested territory. To walk to school, he had to affiliate with a gang in order to have safe passage. That was his first grade choice. My difficult first grade choice was whether I would keep my head down on my desk at nap time.
I tell you this story so you can enter into the reality of this youth that was incarcerated at age 16 for gang-related activities. I worked with him for over a year. His greatest pleasure while incarcerated was coloring Winnie the Pooh pictures. He was a gentle giant who never had a solid foundation.
Let's keep it real and understand the privilege we have when we are able to walk to school without fear.
Let my heart rise up to meet mercy, my voice to meet compassion, my hands to meet action.
BIBO: Breath In, Breath Out--shhhh
Pleeze, by Dom Kennedy, featuring Nipsy Hussle
*warning: explicit lyrics*
Please make it home safe
Please make it home safe
Please make it home safe
Just make it home safe
Excerpt from The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"
"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but Really loves you, then you become Real."
"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.
"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."
"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"
"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get all loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."
Please bring your own sacred readings to the daily pattern. Those selected here are chosen from the Christian scripture cycle of daily readings, the Daily Lectionary, at commontexts.org
“Everything you can imagine is real.” ― Pablo Picasso
For the oppressed and weary
Especially for #blacklivesmatter and
for the LGBTQIAP community.
For signs of despair and violence,
for Kenya troops leaving Somalia because of terrorist attacks by al-Shabab
for the deadly violence, especially the no-win situation in Syria
for the 13 Indonesian refugees drowned off the coast of Malaysia
for US victims of gun violence in the last 72 hours, 214 incidents, 63 killed, 141 injured
For signs of hope and peace,
for the Supreme Court decision regarding life imprisonment for youth
for new rules from President Obama for those put in solitary (federal level),
especially the ban on youth in isolation
for Cori Salchert, a woman who adopts and loves hospice babies
for those seeking to keep it real, especially Lisa
For Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Western Sahara, and Tunisia
For those who suffer, are homeless, or are 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 may it be.
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.
"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