Wednesday, April 21
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Daily Practice for 2016.01.19

Word

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

Traveling again tonight but we are trapped in the airport in Newark (sigh). And I thought, now is the time to work on a daily prayer liturgy for Lana. And then I heard the news that Glenn Frey has passed away. It seemed fitting that I could combine Lana's focus word of creativity with honoring the work of Glenn Frey.

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

Desperado, by the Eagles (cowritten by Glenn Frey and Don Henley)

Desperado, oh, you ain't gettin' no younger
Your pain and your hunger, they're drivin' you home

And freedom, oh freedom, well that's just some people talkin'
Your prison is walking through this world all alone

Readings

Spring Giddiness by Rumi

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don't open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don't go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don't go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don't go back to sleep.

I would love to kiss you.
The price of kissing is your life.
Now my loving is running toward my life shouting,
What a bargain, let's buy it.

Daylight, full of small dancing particles
and the one great turning, our souls
are dancing with you, without feet, they dance.
Can you see them when I whisper in your ear?

All day and night, music,
a quiet, bright
reedsong. If it
fades, we fade.

Sacred Text 

Exodus 35:30-33
1 Timothy 4:14-15
Psalm 104

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

“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.” -- Mary Oliver

Prayers

2016.01.19

For the oppressed and weary
Especially for #blacklivesmatter and
for the LGBTQIAP community.
For signs of despair and violence,
for violence in Iraq--at least 18,800 killed and 3.2 million displaced since 2014
for the use of child labor by Apple, Samsung, and Sony 
for banning Palestinians from occupied territories
for US victims of gun violence in the last 72 hours, 227 incidents, 64 killed, 137 injured
For signs of hope and peace,
for those delivering water to Flint, Michigan 
for a unity government forming in Libya
for Portland Community College educating about the social construct of whiteness 
for those seeking to create not destroy, especially Lana
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 19

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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