I am focusing on using people's vision words for 2016 for a few daily prayers. Today, I am using "dwell" from Jennifer to guide my selections. If you share your word, I will use it over the next few days!
When I hear the word dwell, the first thing that pops up is an old piece of scripture, "The wolf shall dwell with the lamb." This is from a visionary piece in Isaiah 11 where a world of peace is described. In other translations, they use the word "live" rather than dwell. But isn't there really something more to the word dwell? The old norse meaning includes delay, tarry, stay. Middle dutch includes stun, perplex. And Olde English includes lead astray, hinder, delay. If we put all of that into one pot and stir it, perhaps we arrive at an understanding of dwell that includes going deep, tarrying, entering mystery, and traveling towards peace.
Let my heart rise up to meet mercy, my voice to meet compassion, my hands to meet action.
BIBO: Breath In, Breath Out--yum
Life Begins Again, by Jimmy Chamberlin Complex
*warning: hard rock ahead*
With every breath you take life begins again
And every time you whisper death starts to descend
You're all alone until you close your eyes and you can see the
Beauty in your life it begins again and again and again
I dwell in Possibility by Emily Dickinson
I dwell in Possibility –
A fairer House than Prose –
More numerous of Windows –
Superior – for Doors –
Of Chambers as the Cedars –
Impregnable of eye –
And for an everlasting Roof
The Gambrels of the Sky –
Of Visitors – the fairest –
For Occupation – This –
The spreading wide my narrow Hands
To gather Paradise –
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
“Good and evil are a great deal more complex than a princess and a dragon . . . is not the dragon the hero of his own story?” ― Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus
For the oppressed and weary
Especially for #blacklivesmatter and
for the LGBTQIAP community.
For signs of despair and violence,
for the Zika virus predicted to spread across the Americas
for those in east Asia suffering in the extreme cold, especially the homeless
for deadly violence, especially the suicide bombings in Camaroon
for US victims of gun violence in the last 72 hours, 215 incidents, 66 killed, 122 injured
For signs of hope and peace,
for the reopening of Pakistan University after attacks
for Cesar Espino, a diver who spent hours freeing a whale caught in fishing gear
for Greek Islanders nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for rescuing refugees
for those seeking to dwell, especially Jennifer
For Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Western Sahara, and Tunisia
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