I am focusing on using people's vision words for 2016 for a few daily prayers. Today, I am using "home" from Terry to guide my selections. If you share your word, I will use it over the next few days! I will be taking a break from words during Lent to focus on Lenten words.
I am inspired by the music of Leon Bridges, the poetry of Nayyirah Waheed, and sacred words from Mother Theresa.
I have a friend who travels the world doing her work. When I say travel, I mean that she is away from home for months. She then returns home for a few days and launches onward towards her next destination. She is doing deep and important work. However, the question came up, when last me met, "What does home mean?" She explained that when she travels she only stays at one of two hotel chains so she is quite familiar with the hotels. Home is her vacation, her sanctuary. This is the opposite of what most of us consider home to be!
I wonder what would change if we capture a little bit of sanctuary for our home? What are the things that would make a home-sanctuary? Is this possible in the madness of daily living? I think it is. Home can be our sanctuary containing the things we love. The people we love. The symbols that inspire us. Coming home then is an existential process of returning to the place of peace and love. Joy and welcome.
I cannot even imagine what it would be like to be a refugee and to have all symbols and comforts of the home lost. Only to arrive at borders, spiritually battered and near hopelessness, looking for true sanctuary, and to be told that they are not wanted. It is heart breaking. My hope is that all refugees can find a home, a place of sanctuary.
Let my heart rise up to meet mercy, my voice to meet compassion, my hands to meet action.
BIBO: Breath In, Breath Out--sigh
Coming Home, by Leon Bridges
Baby, how I'd be grieving
If you wanted to leave me all alone now
By myself, I don't want nobody else
The world leaves a bitter taste in my mouth, girl
You're the only one that I want
from salt by Nayyirah Waheed
you broke the ocean in
half to be here.
only to meet nothing that wants you.
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
For the oppressed and weary
Especially for #blacklivesmatter and
for the LGBTQIAP community.
For signs of despair and violence,
for the inmates in Flint, MI, forced to drink leaded water
for the people affected by the earthquake in Taiwan
for mass of Syrian refugees at the border of Turkey
for US victims of gun violence in the last 72 hours, 203 incidents, 13 mass shootings, 57 killed, 107 injured
For signs of hope and peace,
for France banning supermarket produce waste
for the halting of the death penalty in Florida
for the banning of child marriage in Zimbabwe
for those who seek home, especially Terry
For Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden
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