Sunday, April 11
Shadow

Daily Practice for 2016.01.06

Word

I am focusing on using people's vision words for 2016 for a few daily prayers. Today, I am using "solid" from Jane to guide my selections. If you share your word, I will use it over the next few days!

When I think of solid, I think of having a stable foundation, reliability, trustworthy, not easily tipped over!

Opening

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

BIBOLove: Breath In, Breath Out--shhhh

Music

We Shall Overcome, by Louis Armstrong

Oh, deep in my heart
I do believe
We shall overcome some day

Readings

 

Untitled ("when shall your wounds") by Uche Nduka 

when shall your wounds
welcome their scabs?

daily your kingdom squeaks
and leaps to the starlight

it wants all of you
you of all and the music

of the pastures of midnoon
a little boy's kaleidoscopticon

you are the one the music
has chosen and whom strings call

twilight moans behind you
all you are you are all

it is the boy in black talking
how civil is the civil war?

Source: Eel of Reef (Akashic Books, 2007)

Scripture on Solid

Genesis 1:1-2:4
Proverb 8
John 1:1-14

I was there when he established the heavens, when he marked out the horizon on the deep sea, when he thickened the clouds above, when he secured the fountains of the deep, when he set a limit for the sea, so the water couldn’t go beyond his command, when he marked out the earth’s foundations.

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

Prayers

2016.01.06

For the oppressed and weary
Especially for #blacklivesmatter and
for the LGBTQIAP community.
For signs of despair and violence,
for the declaration that N. Korea has a Hydrogen Bomb, 
for clerics sentenced to death in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia,
for those affected by the Lassa fever in Nigeria 
for sexism, genderism, and all forms of bigotry 
for US victims of gun violence in the last 72 hours, 256 incidents, 66 killed, 154 injured
For signs of hope and peace,
for movement on creating a safer world by President Obama
for the work of  Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association USA speaking about extremism
for those who seek to become more solid, especially Jane
For Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories
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 mote it be.

News Notes:

Mass shooting resource
Prayer cycle of the world's countries
Good news

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 01 06

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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