Saturday, March 6
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Daily Practice for 2016.01.20

Word

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

Restraint is an amazing word! I wonder how many of us make claims to living a restrained life? What does restraint look like? Sometimes, I think restraint looks like not bopping someone on the nose! Reflecting on the political process in the world right now, our leaders (and potential leaders) could do with a bit of restraint. Restraint is holding back, controlling, or checking. What does it mean to have self-control? Restraint also has rolls in the ideas of prevention, safety, and security. So many thoughts to ponder!

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--shhhh

bibo

Music

How Many Miles Must We March, by Ben Harper

Exactly how much will have to burn?
Before we will look to the past to learn
We walk along this endless path
Which has led us in a circle so here we are right back
We can't let the future become our past
If we are to change the world
Won't you tell me? Tell me please

Readings

I Stand Apart, Like It's a Dream by Eric Halliwell

It’s strange when you stop
And think about it:
The grip things can have on your mind

On your heart
Without you being conscious of it
Or conscious of being conscious

If you know what
I mean like if someone violently
Grabbed your arm

You would notice
If someone had you in their grip
You would rebel

Take measures
Assess the situation and plan an escape
But with this seizure

Of your more important mind and heart
We or at least I stand apart like it’s
A dream but interestingly in this dream

I’m thinking about waking up
To the challenge of agency
The challenge of regency

From http://rumi-nations.com/self-control/

Sacred Text 

1 Samuel 24:1-22
Matthew 26:52-53
Psalm 78:1-8

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 best fighter is never angry.” ― Lao Tzu

Prayers

2016.01.20

For the oppressed and weary
Especially for #blacklivesmatter and
for the LGBTQIAP community.
For signs of despair and violence,
for the deadly attack at Pakistan University
for the destruction of the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq
for the death of Salah Farah of Kenya, a Muslim teacher injured protecting Christians 
for Gynnya McMillen who died in police custody in Kentucky
for US victims of gun violence in the last 72 hours, 224 incidents, 60 killed, 135 injured
For signs of hope and peace,
for signs of awareness including those speaking up regarding the Oscars 
for financial commitment to producing and distributing the ebola vaccine
for students in Detroit, MI that started a project to clean their neighborhoods 
for those seeking to live a life of restraint, especially Gaila
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.

Today's word is restraint.
Today's word is restraint.

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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