Daily Practice 2016.03.07

Word:

It is Monday. Tonight we are doing something new in detention: a vocation workshop! We will have two rooms full of people. In one, they will talk about how they got their job and how they recognized their own gifts and talents.In the other room, they will be working on filling on job applications and creating beginner resumes. I worry a bit about how this will be received by some of the kids in detention. The normal route to employment seems a very difficult path for some. Even one young woman who wishes to be a hair stylist when she is an adult...for her, that path is forbidden because certificated career paths (like stylist, barber, tattoo artist, etc.) are not allowed for those with felony records. Her only chance is sealing her record and that can be pretty dicey. This is why I continue to work not only on personal transformation for incarcerated youth, but systemic transformation for the world.

Today, I choose for my inspiration, the youth that I work with. I start again with music by The Game, poetry by a prisoner from Washington, and sacred words from Bryan Stevenson along with scripture from several traditions.  I have also been reading the devotional from Reconciling Ministries Network. Today, 16 year old Oakley Neel reminds me to persevere. Oakley says,

"It is often easier to turn away, back down and play dumb to one's surroundings than it is to stand up for what we believe to be true."

So true. I do not believe that people, in general, want to see the worst in other people. So when we are in surroundings that are anything less that merciful and just, we cringe, lower our head, and walk quickly through it. #itstime to stand up and be counted. To stand for truth. Stand for goodness. Stand for kindness. Stand for love.

Onward!

Opening:

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

BIBO: Breath In, Breath Out--sigh

Music:

Don't Shoot sung by The Game feat. Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Diddy, Fabolous, Wale, DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz, Yo Gotti, Curren$y, Problem, King Pharaoh & TGT

Time to take a stand and save our future
Like we all got shot, we all got shot
Throwin up our hands don't let them shoot us
Cause we all we got, we all we got
God ain't put us on the Earth to get murdered, it's murder
God ain't put us on the Earth to get murdered, it's murder
Don't point your weapons at me
Stand up

Readings:

Casualties of War
By a Washington prisoner

From the tower shots ring out,
From the eyes tears cry out,
From the heart blood flows out,
and as the body hits the ground
life dies out.

Killed by a police sniper for a
fist fight, never had a chance in
America's Penal vortex.
Government and Correctional
corruption at its highest level.
Civilians and convicts, brain-washed in
chaos with no unity.

Plutocracy, and stolen presidential
elections go hand and hand.
It's time for the third world nations,
urban ghettos, indigenous natives,
proletarians, lumpens to make a stand.

A Global class war is on the
horizon. The struggle for human
emancipation continues.

From the Prisoner Poetry Page at PrisonCensorship.com

Sacred Text 

Isaiah 59:9-19
Acts 9:1-20
Psalm 23
Quran Surah 2.148-157
Daily Buddhism Reading

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.

Sacred Quotable

“Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.”― Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Prayers:

2016.03.07

For the oppressed and weary
Especially for #blacklivesmatter and
for the LGBTQIAP community.
For signs of despair and violence,
for attacks against Tunisia from Libyan militants
for the laptop bomb explosion in Somalia
for truck bomb explosion in Iraq
for US victims of gun violence in the last 72 hours,
213 incidents, 55 killed, 148 injured
For signs of hope and peace,
for the memory of Amelia Boynton
for the work of Bryan Stevenson on behalf of those on death row
for those that patrol the Mediterranean in hopes of saving refugees
for volunteers at Stop Hunger Now who packed 100,000 boxes of food Saturday
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.

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.

2016 03 07

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

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News Notes:
Mass shooting resource
Wars in the World
Prayer cycle of the world's countries
Good news

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