Daily Practice for 2016.03.10

Word:

Yesterday's graduation in detention was amazing! The youth we have worked with for about 4 years now was the only one graduating. They did an entire celebration just for "K." Four speakers spoke hope into their life. One youth sang a beautiful song. The consistent message from everyone was, "If there is a person, plant, or animal that is hurting, "K" will take nurture it back to life." All the young people from K's residential unit were present along with teachers and even an individual message from the Issaquah School District that runs the high school within the detention center. K will be leaving for the real world next week. It sounds like they have found stable housing. I hope they will be able to hang onto the hope while facing the harder things to come.

Also, just a warning, I have super sketchy internet today and am using my phone as a hot spot. The storm last night knocked out our cable. Thankfully, it left our power! Also, today marks 7 days since I had some medical testing done. I should receive the news today. Please offer thoughts or prayers for patience as I continue to wait.

Today, I start with music by Colby and Awu, a poem from Wendell Berry, and wisdom from J.K. Rowling along with scripture from several traditions.  I have also been reading the devotional from Reconciling Ministries Network. Today, my friend Chett Pritchett who reminds me of how many of us are in diaspora, exile, away from the land that calls to us. For Chett, it is Appalachia. For the ancient Israelites, it was (of course) Israel. For still others, it can be Somalia, Syria, Russia, Ireland. So many places that are the roots of who we are that families have left because of reasons ranging from safety to economic opportunity.

Some of us are successful in diaspora and would never go back. While others long for a return. As Chett says, "It may not be easy for us to return home – to the places and structures we hold dear – but with God’s grace, we continue the work so we can bring the harvest home, a harvest filled with eventual joy and hope and love."

#itstime to live into joy, hope, and love.

Onward!

Opening:

Let my heart rise up to meet mercy, my voice to meet compassion, my hands to meet action.

BIBO: Breath In, Breath Out--roar!!

Music:

Don't Quit by Colby and Awu

Readings:

How long does it take to make the woods?
As long as it takes to make the world.
The woods is present as the world is, the presence
of all its past, and of all its time to come.
It is always finished, it is always being made, the act
of its making forever greater than the act of its destruction.
It is a part of eternity, for its end and beginning
belong to the end and beginning of all things,
the beginning lost in the end, the end in the beginning.

What is the way to the woods, how do you go there?
By climbing up through the six days’ field,
kept in all the body’s years, the body’s
sorrow, weariness, and joy. By passing through
the narrow gate on the far side of that field
where the pasture grass of the body’s life gives way
to the high, original standing of the trees.
By coming into the shadow, the shadow
of the grace of the strait way’s ending,
the shadow of the mercy of light.

Why must the gate be narrow?
Because you cannot pass beyond it burdened.
To come in among these trees you must leave behind
the six days’ world, all of it, all of its plans and hopes.
You must come without weapon or tool, alone,
expecting nothing, remembering nothing,
into the ease of sight, the brotherhood of eye and leaf.

Berry, Wendell (2013-09-16). This Day: Collected & New Sabbath Poems (Kindle Locations 1026-1037).

Sacred Text
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Ezekiel 1:1-3; 2:8-3:3
Revelation 10:1-11
Psalm 130
Quran Surah 2.177
Daily Buddhism Reading

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, from the online Quran at clearquran.com and also at quran.com, and from the Daily Reading at dailyzen.com.

Sacred Quotable

"If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals." J. K. Rowling

Prayers:

2016.03.10

As I cannot get online to read the news, I offer a prayer from Desmond Tutu's "An African Prayer Book"

AN AFRICAN CANTICLE

All you big things, bless the Lord.
Mount Kilimanjaro and Lake Victoria,
The Rift Valley and the Serengeti Plain,
Fat baobabs and shady mango trees,
All eucalyptus and tamarind trees,
Bless the Lord.
Praise and extol Him for ever and ever.

All you tiny things, bless the Lord.
Busy black ants and hopping fleas,
Wriggling tadpoles and mosquito larvae,
Flying locusts and water drops,
Pollen dust and tsetse flies,
Millet seeds and dried dagaa,
Bless the Lord.
Praise and extol Him for ever and ever.

 

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 03 10

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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News Notes:
Mass shooting resource
Wars in the World
Prayer cycle of the world's countries
Good news

Today's Scriptures:

Ezekiel 1:1-3, 2:8-3:3

The Voice version

1-2When I was thirty years old, I was living near the Chebar Canal off the Euphrates River among the exiles. On the fifth day of the fourth month (during the fifth year of King Jehoiachin’s exile), the windows of the heavens were thrown open and I saw visions of the True God.

3The word of the Eternal One came to Ezekiel the priest (Buzi’s son) near the Chebar Canal in the land of the Chaldeans. It was there that the hand of the Eternal settled on him.

The Voice: 8Listen to what I tell you, son of man. Do not follow their rebellious ways. Open your mouth and eat what I give you. 9When I looked, I saw a hand extended toward me. In its palm was a scroll. 10As I looked on, the scroll was unrolled, and I could see that there was writing on the front and back. It was covered with words of lament, grief, and disaster.

The Voice (to Ezekiel): 1Son of man, eat what you find here— consume the scroll you see before you. Then go and preach to the people of Israel. 2So I opened my mouth, and He fed me the scroll.

The Voice: 3Son of man, swallow this scroll I am giving you, and let it fill your stomach. So I ate it, and these words of God tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth.

Revelation 10:1-11

The Voice version

 

 

1Then I saw another extremely powerful messenger descending out of heaven. He wore a cloud wrapped around him, and a rainbow was covering his head. His face shone like the sun, and his legs blazed like columns of fire. 2In his hand, he held a little scroll that had been unrolled. He placed his right foot on the sea and his left foot on dry land; 3then he shouted with a voice that sounded like a roaring lion. When he cried out, the seven thunders answered with their own rumbling voices. 4As I was about to record the thunders’ answer, a voice from heaven stopped me.

A Voice: Seal up all the seven thunders have spoken; do not write it down! 5Then the messenger, whom I saw standing on the sea and on the dry land, raised his right hand into heaven 6and swore an oath to the Eternal One— who always lives, who created heaven, earth, the sea, and all that is in them.

Heavenly Messenger: Time has run out. 7Whenever the days arrive and the seventh messenger sounds his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished just as He announced to His servants, the prophets.

8Again, the voice I heard from heaven addressed me.

A Voice: Go. Take the little scroll that is unrolled in the hand of the messenger standing both on the sea and on the dry land.

9I then went to the messenger and asked him to give me the little scroll.

Heavenly Messenger: Take it, and eat it. Although in your mouth it will be sweet to taste, sweet as honey, it will become bitter when it reaches your stomach.

10I took the little scroll from the hand of the messenger and ate it. In my mouth, it was sweet like honey, but my stomach became bitter after I swallowed it.

 

Psalm 130

The Voice version

A song for those journeying to worship.

1From the depths of disaster I appeal to You, O Eternal One: 2Lord, hear my cry! Attune Your ears to my humble prayer!

3If You, Eternal One, recorded each offense, Lord, who on earth could stand innocent? 4But with You forgiveness exists; that’s why true respect of You might flow.

5So I wait for the Eternal— my soul awaits rescue— and I put my hope in His transforming word. 6My soul waits for the Lord to break into the world more than night watchmen expect the break of day, even more than night watchmen expect the break of day.

7O Israel, ground your hope in the Eternal. For in the Eternal lives the most loyal love, and with Him comes the most abundant redemption. 8He will ransom Israel from all the sinful acts that stole you away.

 

Quran Surah 2.177

from ClearQuran.com

177. Righteousness does not consist of turning your faces towards the East and the West. But righteous is he who believes in God, and the Last Day, and the angels, and the Scripture, and the prophets. Who gives money, though dear, to near relatives, and orphans, and the needy, and the homeless, and the beggars, and for the freeing of slaves; those who perform the prayers, and pay the obligatory charity, and fulfill their promise when they promise, and patiently persevere in the face of persecution, hardship, and in the time of conflict. These are the sincere; these are the pious.

Daily Buddhism Reading 

from dailyzen.com

Bone-chilling snow
On a thousand peaks
Wild raging wind from
Ten thousand hollows
When I first awaken,
Deep beneath my blanket
I forget my body is
In a silent void.

Han-shan Te-ch'ing (1546-1623)

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