Friday, April 16
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Daily Practice for 2016.01.18

Word

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

I am pricked by the concept of the Wounded Healer. I learned of wounded healers from Parker Palmer's writings. He drew on Henri Nouwen and I'm sure the Nouwen drew on the work of Carl Jung defining the wounded healer archetype. It is an archetype, so it shows up in many cultures and stories through time. I am going to make the claim that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was a wounded healer. Hurt so much by the racist systems of the United States, he became a healing balm. Unfortunately, the work he stepped into is far from complete. Consider this to be a tribute both to healing and to Dr. King.

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--sigh

Music

A Dream, by Common sampling Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dear Self, I wrote a letter just to better my soul,
If I don't express it then forever I'll hold, inside
I'm from a side where we out of control,
Rap music in the 'hood played a fatherly role,
My story's like yours, yo it gotta be told,
Tryna make it from a gangsta to a godlier role,
Read scrolls and stow slaves,
And Jewish people in cold cage,
Hate has no color or age, flip the page,
Now my rage became freedom,
Writin' dreams in the dark, they far but I can see 'em,
I believe in Heaven more than Hell,
Blessings more than jail,
In the ghetto let love prevail,
With a story to tell, my eyes see the glory and well,
The world waitin' for me to yell "I Have a Dream"

Readings

MLK by unknown

Treat people kindly.
Do what is fair.
Work for all people
Show that you care.
Change what is wrong,
but please, do not fight.
Think of new ways
to change wrong to right.
These are the ways
if we work as a team
to remember the man
who said, "I have a dream".

Sacred Text 

Jeremiah 17:14-17
Matthew 11:28-30
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

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ― Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

Prayers

2016.01.18

For the oppressed and weary
Especially for #blacklivesmatter and
for the LGBTQIAP community.
For signs of despair and violence,
for all the 66 places of war, and 681 active militias, especially hotspots including
Nigeria, Libya, Somalia, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Iraq, Israel, Palestine, Syria, and Yemen
for inequity, separation, and brokenness in race and ethnic relations
for US victims of gun violence in the last 72 hours, 213 incidents, 65 killed, 129 injured
For signs of hope and peace,
for coalition between Mali and Burkina 
for the election of 20 women to political office in Saudi Arabia
for investment in renewable energy resources 
for those wounded healers, seeking to heal and to be healed, especially Brian
For Cyprus, Greece, and Turkey
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.

News Notes:

Mass shooting resource
Wars in the World
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 18

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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