I am focusing on using people's vision words for 2016 for a few daily prayers. Today, I am using "yearning" from Gill to guide my selections. If you share your word, I will use it over the next few days!
I am inspired by the haunting music of Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley, the poetry of Robert Frost, and sacred words from Aldous Huxley.
Years ago, in a philosophy of anthropology class, we were attempting to define what it means to be human. To yearn for something beyond yourself became one of the cornerstones of what is constitutive of being human. There is something within us that allows us to imagine possibilities beyond what is quantitatively predicted. We have all heard the amazing stories of rags to riches! I have a friend who grew up in a difficult situation eventually becoming a drug dealer and gang member. If we went by the numbers, he would statistically be dead by the age of 30. But statistics do not define who we are. Because we imagine something more, yearn for something beyond the statistics, we have the possibility for transformation. Today, he is a successful person who has raised two kids and he advocates for youth. That is life beyond the numbers.
Let my heart rise up to meet mercy, my voice to meet compassion, my hands to meet action.
BIBO: Breath In, Breath Out--yum
Hallelujah, by Jeff Buckley
Well, I heard there was a secret chord
That David played and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
Well it goes like this:
The fourth, the fifth, the minor fall and the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah
The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
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
“But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.” ― Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
For the oppressed and weary
Especially for #blacklivesmatter and
for the LGBTQIAP community.
For signs of despair and violence,
for the deadly bombings in Chibok, Buhari
for Denmark's plans to seize the assets of refugees
for eight mass shootings in the US so far this year
for US victims of gun violence in the last 72 hours, 225 incidents, 55 killed, 137 injured
For signs of hope and peace,
for peace plan between Farc and Columbia
for ending of the standoff in Oregon
for court finding that first-nation children in Canada have been short-changed
for those who yearn, especially Gill
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