I took Saturday as a full Sabbath! I feel much better after a rest although I am still having an inflammation reaction to something. The trick with managing inflammation for me is my food. So I had a non-inflammation dinner last evening. Lentils with mushrooms cooked in vegetable broth, salmon, and cauliflower. Beyond cooking the salmon perfectly, it was quite yummy! And all of these items are on the list of foods that are good for counter acting inflammation. Ack. But enough of my food issues. By the way, the photo/art for prayer today is how I feel about inflammation in my body. 🙂
Today, I choose music by Public Enemy, poetry by Tukaram (the best poem-I laughed out loud!), and sacred words from Ta-Nehisi Coates along with scripture from several traditions. I have also been reading the devotional from Reconciling Ministries Network. Today, Dwight Curry reminds me that seeing people through "worldly" eyes only lets us see a caricature of the other person. It is how marginalized people are demonized by dominant cultures. When I listened to General Conference 2012's live stream and LGBTQ individuals were called dogs and worse from the microphone and the moderators, our Bishops, let it happen, my heart broke. #itstime to make a change.
I know that I often view some of our leaders with skeptical and suspicious eyes. But something I read recently reminds me that I have two choices. It's like wearing bifocals. I can see through the top of my glasses into the distance and I see clearly. Or I can see into the distance through the bottom and it is blurry. Where am I choosing to look? Am I using the right glasses for the right moment? Perhaps, I can see through the top and see a person as they could be while holding onto the blurred lines of behavior that makes them unsafe. Holding onto hope for each person.
Let my heart rise up to meet mercy, my voice to meet compassion, my hands to meet action.
BIBO: Breath In, Breath Out--sigh
By The Time I Get To Arizona sung by Public Enemy
warning: explicit lyrics about racism
They can't understand why he the man
I'm singin' 'bout a king
They don't like it
When I decide to mike it
Did God Really Say the Word Goofball?, by Tukaram (1608-1649)
really call that famous leader a
no need to worry about God anymore--
He is doing just
AND we are all a lot better off
than I earlier
Love Poems from God, translated by Daniel Ladinsky
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, from the online Quran at clearquran.com and also at quran.com, and from the Daily Reading at dailyzen.com.
“Racism is not merely a simplistic hatred. It is, more often, broad sympathy toward some and broader skepticism toward others...” ― Ta-Nehisi Coates
For the oppressed and weary
Especially for #blacklivesmatter and
for the LGBTQIAP community.
For signs of despair and violence,
for the growing conflict with N. Korea, S. Korea, the US, and the Philippines
for the seizure of an independent newspaper in Turkey by the government
for the sinking of yet another boat of refugees
for US victims of gun violence in the last 72 hours,
224 incidents, 53 killed, 130 injured
For signs of hope and peace,
for the drumming for peace ceremony in Burundi
for Cardinal Pell's (of Australia) promise to help abuse survivors
for new science developments, especially a wheelchair for quadriplegics that can be controlled with the mind
for a doubling of the estimated Orangutans in Sumatra
For Andorra, Austria, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino, and Switzerland
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