Monday, March 1
Shadow

Daily Practice for 2016.01.08

Word

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

When I think of light, I think of one of my core beliefs, "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light." In other words, the higher ideals of compassion, love, mercy, and justice will prevail. Onward!

Opening

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

BIBOLove: Breath In, Breath Out--aaaah

Music

Lighthouse, by James Taylor

Couldn't we shine? I'm rolling all my golden moments into one.
Like to shine like the sun for one more summer day.
Like to shine like a lighthouse for one last summer night,
flashing on, flashing, fading away.

Readings

 

Untitled, by Hadewijch II

 

All things
are too small
to hold me,
I am so vast

In the Infinite
I reach
for the Uncreated

I have
touched it,
it undoes me
wider than wide

Everything else
is too narrow.

You know this well,
you who are also there.

Source: Women in Praise of the Sacred (Harper Perennial, 1994)

Sacred Text 

Daniel 2:24-49
Ephesians 5:15-20
Psalm 72

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

Sacred Quotable

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Prayers

2016.01.08

For the oppressed and weary
Especially for #blacklivesmatter and
for the LGBTQIAP community.
For signs of despair and violence,
for the deaths of 140 protestors since November in Oromia, Ethiopia 
for the bushfire in Western Australia,
for refugees struggling in sub zero temperatures
for the execution of more people by IS, especially Lena al-Qasem 
for US victims of gun violence in the last 72 hours, 225 incidents, 71 killed, 103 injured
For signs of hope and peace,
for Boston, Mass., reducing veteran homelessness by 85%
for the Shepherd's Closet, delivering clothes to the homeless
for those who seek to be light in a darkened world, especially Jamie
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 08

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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