Wednesday, March 3
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Daily Practice for 2016.01.13

Word

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

The practice of gratitude is one of the essential practices that sociologist Brené Brown lists as being essential to living a joy filled life.  Gratitude and joy are inextricably linked. Also, gratitude is an essential practice for us at BeguineAgain. It is our Friday focus! 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--yummm!!

Music

Time after Time, by Cyndi Lauper (sung here by Tuck & Patti)

If you're lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you, I will be waiting
Time after time

Readings

II, by Wendell Berry

A gracious Sabbath stood here while they stood
Who gave our rest a haven.
Now fallen, they are given
To labor and distress.
These times we know much evil, little good
To steady us in faith
And comfort when our losses press
Hard on us, and we choose,
In panic or despair or both,
To keep what we will lose.

For we are fallen like the trees, our peace
Broken, and so we must
Love where we cannot trust,
Trust where we cannot know,
And must await the wayward-coming grace
That joins living and dead,
Taking us where we would not go—
Into the boundless dark.
When what was made has been unmade
The Maker comes to His work.

Berry, Wendell (2013-09-16). This Day: Collected & New Sabbath Poems. (Counterpoint)

Sacred Text 

Lamentations 3:22-24
Colossians 3:12-15
Psalm 107:1-9

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

“Ordinary happiness depends on happenstance.

Joy is that extraordinary happiness that is independent of what happens to us.

Good luck can make us happy, but it cannot give us lasting joy. The root of joy is gratefulness. We tend to misunderstand the link between joy and gratefulness. We notice that joyful people are grateful and suppose that they are grateful for their joy. But the reverse is true: their joy springs from gratefulness. If one has all the good luck in the world, but takes it for granted, it will not give one joy. Yet even bad luck will give joy to those who manage to be grateful for it.

We hold the key to lasting happiness in our own hands. For it is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful." -- Brother David Steindl-Rast

Prayers

2016.01.13

For the oppressed and weary
Especially for #blacklivesmatter and
for the LGBTQIAP community.
For signs of despair and violence,
for the bombing in Pakistan near the polio center in Quetta 
for the continued tension between North and South Korea
for victims of five mass shootings in the US in 13 days
for US victims of gun violence in the last 72 hours, 227 incidents, 57 killed, 136 injured
For signs of hope and peace,
for President Obama's State of the Union Address
for the striking down of Florida's death penalty process
for Iran freeing US Navy sailors held and the continued work on a nuclear arms treaty
for those who wish to seek gratitude, especially Lynne
For Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen
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 13

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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