I am focusing on using people's vision words for 2016 for a few daily prayers. Today, I am using "forgiveness" from Paula to guide my selections. If you share your word, I will use it over the next few days!
Actually, Paula requested empathy/forgiveness so perhaps that is a clue to how we think about forgiveness. Opening our hearts to the other so we can let go of the anger that they have caused and move into forgiveness. One of the most difficult tasks in the empathy/forgiveness circle is forgiving your oppressor. But it is necessary for personal growth to move beyond punishment and into mercy. How do people of color forgive their oppressor? How does the LGBTQIAP, etc., community forgive their oppressor? How do female gendered people forgive their oppressor? This is a constant, hard, difficult work. But forgiveness isn't about the oppressor, it is about changing our own hearts. Moving from punishment to mercy. One last note, forgiveness and empathy does not mean that you let harmful people back into your life. You can forgive and still have a healthy boundary that does not allow the oppressor to repeat their harm.
Let my heart rise up to meet mercy, my voice to meet compassion, my hands to meet action.
BIBOLove: Breath In, Breath Out--sigh
Wings of Forgiveness, by India Arie
You're only human
Let's shake free this gravity of resentment
And fly high, and fly high
You're only human
Let's shake free this gravity of judgment
And fly high on the wings of forgiveness
An excerpt from an interview with Maya Angelou.
“I don't know if I continue, even today, always liking myself. But what I learned to do many years ago was to forgive myself. It is very important for every human being to forgive herself or himself because if you live, you will make mistakes- it is inevitable. But once you do and you see the mistake, then you forgive yourself and say, 'Well, if I'd known better I'd have done better,' that's all. So you say to people who you think you may have injured, 'I'm sorry,' and then you say to yourself, 'I'm sorry.' If we all hold on to the mistake, we can't see our own glory in the mirror because we have the mistake between our faces and the mirror; we can't see what we're capable of being. You can ask forgiveness of others, but in the end the real forgiveness is in one's own self. I think that young men and women are so caught by the way they see themselves. Now mind you. When a larger society sees them as unattractive, as threats, as too black or too white or too poor or too fat or too thin or too sexual or too asexual, that's rough. But you can overcome that. The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don't have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as hell we should never teach.” from GoodReads.com
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
"To forgive is to abandon your right to pay back the predator in his own coin, but it is the loss that Liberates." -- Desmond Tutu
For the oppressed and weary
Especially for #blacklivesmatter and
for the LGBTQIAP community.
For signs of despair and violence,
for war in Somalia and loss of an army base to militants
for the raping of women in Barundi by Barundi soldiers
for the port fire in Brazil releasing toxic gas into the environment
for victims of five mass shootings in the US in 13 days
for US victims of gun violence in the last 72 hours, 262 incidents, 56 killed, 126 injured
For signs of hope and peace,
for "Our Coupons Care" a non profit that shops for items for the homeless using coupons
for officers in Mt. Pleasant, TN, who brought a hungry man a month's worth of groceries
for my friends, making a car payment for a homeless young couple
for those who empathy and forgiveness, especially Paula
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 may 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.
May Peace Prevail on Earth. Amen. So mote it be.
"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