Tomorrow! Sharpen your writing-sharing-chops! The event, 100,000 Poets for Change (100TPC) begins. This is a worldwide event of local poets and artists coming together to share their work regarding peace, sustainability, social justice, or similar topics. Beguine Again and The BeZine will have the live event at https://thebezine.com. You can put your work on your own blog and link it through at The BeZine or you can simply add your work in the comments at The BeZine.
There is so much crazy in the universe right now that it seems any topic of social justice or sustainability is on the table. Instead of advancing forward in a more compassionate society, we are regressing. Healthcare is a battle. Climate care is a battle. Living wage is a battle. Clean water is a battle.
I think the saints in the world right now are the water protectors. Those folks that have been on this land for 13,000-23,000 years. They have the simple phrase, water is life. They are trying to protect vital waterways for the benefit of all of us. They put their bodies on the line. They exemplify bravery and perseverance. And let us remember, that they are their own nation(s). Independent and sovereign.
And yet we vilify them. Ignore them. Arrest them. Trample on their rights. Force pipelines through their territory when the white folks in the city say they don't want the pipeline near them. It is a shame. Yet another one of the Jungian shadows of the U.S.
I wish to hold the water protectors in prayer today. For their journey is sacred.
Who are you holding today?
The complete practice today includes:
- centering with BIBO,
- breath prayer,
- music from: Water Is Life - Mni Wičoni (song for Standing Rock) SARA THOMSEN
- a reflective quote from Margaret Atwood
- links to scripture in the Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim traditions
- prayers for the world, and
- a photo by Biel Morro on Unsplash
Let my heart rise up to meet mercy, my voice to meet compassion, my hands to meet action.
BIBOLOVE: Breath In, Breath Out--sigh
Breath prayer (repeat as many times as possible):
(inhale) Mother Earth,
Buddhist Daily Reading: Daily Zen
Jewish Daily Reading: Daily Study from Chabad
Christian Daily Reading: Revised Common Lectionary Daily Reading
Muslim Daily Reading: Daily Verse from The Only Quran
Please bring your own sacred readings to the daily pattern. If there is something else you'd like to see, please share!
― Margaret Atwood,
Weekly prayer focus comes from the World Council of Churches prayer cycle. We know the world needs to be surrounded with prayer and positive thought. This allows us to work through the world country by country. We focus on one set of countries per week with the same prayer, lifting them up. I encourage you to fill this in however you see it.
Let us pray.
We know that we fail to live up to being makers of peace. Let us bring in rather than push out, be invitational rather than confrontational--seeing signs of life while mourning for the desecration of hope.
This week we pray for the countries of Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Peru.
For signs of hope and peace, we pray for
the mercy workers caring for the many affected by hurricanes
those poets and artists who take a knee every day
the rains that come to refresh the land
the water protectors standing strong for the earth
For the oppressed and weary, we pray for
those seeking food and shelter, especially the Rohingya
those affected by hurricanes, especially Puerto Rico
those who have been harmed by violence, especially the innocent
those who suffer in systems of domination, especially the earth
For those we love, those we hate and those we are indifferent to, we pray.
For the transformation from ME to WE, we pray.
Let peace prevail on earth.
So mote 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.