Daily Practice for 2016.03.18

Word:

One of the foundations to doing anti-racism work is knowing that whiteness is not a monolithic state of being. We all have ethnicities, cultures, and backgrounds that make us unique. To the US, I am white. But in reality, I am Irish, British, German, and a smattering of Mediterranean Sea countries including Spain, Italy, and one of the countries in N. Africa. I know this because I did the ancestry.com DNA test. 🙂 The furthest I can get my ancestors right now is into England and to Germany. I recognize that doing to work of ancestral research is a privilege. I am well aware that the practice of slavery makes it very hard for descendents with ties to Africa to trace their heritage. A dear friend, Karen Georgia Thompson writes in her blog:

"My visit to Jamaica and my desire to learn more about my grandparents and ancestors was itself a history lesson into life in Jamaica post-slavery under colonialism. The history books were a resource, as were the stories that required verification and the hours I spent on the internet searching through birth, death and marriage certificates accessible electronically, thanks to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Thanks to the Mormons, I could sit in front of my computer and scream rather than doing so in public, as the colonial past of Jamaica became very clear and real to me.

Perhaps one of the things we have lost in our current situations is the ability to have nuanced conversations. I can hold the history of slavery and its continuing affects while holding a celebration of my own personal history. Knowing who you are and where you come from is quite important. Understanding historical shifts throughout time is precious. Both the good and the bad.

So today, partly inspired by St. Patrick's Day yesterday and partly inspired by my 30% Irish roots, I share an all Irish daily practice. Today's practice is inspired with music by Aoife Ní Fhearraigh about St. Brigid, an Irish Blessing from Sharon Gariepy Frye, and sacred wisdom from John O'Donohue along with scripture from several traditions.  I have also been reading the devotional from Reconciling Ministries Network. Today, Kim Chapman reminds me that the struggle for hope is never ending. Kim shares these words etched onto a wall in Germany after the Holocaust: "I believe in the sun, even when it’s not shining. I believe in love, even when I don’t feel it. I believe in God, even when [God] is silent."

#itstime for our communities to step out of silence and be love in the world.

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--yum

Music:

Aabhaim Molta Bríghde - Haunting Gaelic song by Aoife Ní Fhearraigh

Gabhaim molta Bríghde, iníon í le hÉireann
[gaw-im molta breejya, inyeen ee leh herrin]
I give praise to Brigid, daughter of Ireland

Readings:

An Irish Blessing by Sharon Gariepy Frye

May your blessings in life
Abound as you praise
The creator and the provider
May the faith in your heart
Abide all your days
And only grow
Deeper and wider
May a promise of hope
Now cradle your soul
And carry you through
Every trial
May the warmth of God's love
Make your spirit feel whole
And smile on your lips
A long while

Shared with permission. 

Sacred Text
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Job 13:13-19
Philippians 1:21-30
Psalm 31:9-16
Quran Surah 2.208-215
Bhagavad Gita 2.18-22

Please bring your own sacred readings to the daily pattern. If there is something else you'd like to see, let me know!

Sacred Quotable

“If you send out goodness from yourself, or if you share that which is happy or good within you, it will all come back to you multiplied ten thousand times. In the kingdom of love there is no competition; there is no possessiveness or control. The more love you give away, the more love you will have.” ― John O'Donohue

Prayers:

2016.03.18

For the oppressed and weary
Especially for #blacklivesmatter and
for the LGBTQIAP community.
For signs of despair and violence,
for those in Algeria where the gas facility is being attacked
for the firing of a ballistic missile in North Korea
for all casualties of war, especially in Yemen
for US victims of gun violence in the last 72 hours,
252 incidents, 65 killed, 152 injured
For signs of hope and peace,
For Hanan al-Hroub who won Global Teacher of the Year for teaching about self-respect and non-violence
for the possibility of an agreement with the EU and Turkey regarding refugees
for the discovery of massive stars about 170,000 light years away
for the supercomputer simulation of blood moving throughout the human body
For Myanmar and Thailand
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.

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 18

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:

Job 13:13-19

Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures--The New JPS Translation According to the Traditional Hebrew Text

13Keep quiet; I will have my say,
Come what may upon me.
14How long! I will take my flesh in my teeth;
I will take my life in my hands.
15He may well slay me; I may have no hope;
Yet I will argue my case before Him.
16In this too is my salvation:
That no impious man can come into His presence.
17Listen closely to my words;
Give ear to my discourse.
18See now, I have prepared a case;
I know that I will win it.
19For who is it that would challenge me?
I should then keep silent and expire.

Philippians 1:21-30

The Voice version

21For my life is about the Anointed and Him alone. And my death, when that comes, will mean great gain for me. 22So, if it’s His will that I go on serving here, my work will be fruitful for the message. I honestly wouldn’t know how or what to choose; 23I would be hard-pressed to decide. I lean toward leaving this world to be with the Anointed One because I can only think that would be much better. 24To stay in this body of flesh— even with all its pains and weaknesses— would best serve your needs. 25Now that I think of it, I am sure of this: I would prefer to remain to share in the progress and joy of your growing belief. 26When I return to you, we will celebrate Jesus the Anointed even more.

27So here is what I want you to do: conduct yourselves as true and worthy citizens of the Anointed’s gospel, so that whether I make it or don’t make it to see you, I will at least hear that you continue to stand, united in one spirit, single-minded in purpose as you struggle together for the faith in the gospel. 28Don’t be paralyzed in any way by what your opponents are doing. Your steadfast faith in the face of opposition is a sign that they are doomed and that you have been graced with God’s salvation. 29And now, you have been given the privilege of not only believing in Jesus the Anointed, our Liberating King, but being chosen to suffer for Him as well. 30You have seen me suffer for Him. Since I’ve been away, you’ve heard of the other agonizing conflicts I’ve had to face. Now you know firsthand the pains of this battle.

Psalm 31:9-16

Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures--The New JPS Translation According to the Traditional Hebrew Text

8Let me exult and rejoice in Your faithfulness
    when You notice my affliction,
    are mindful of my deep distress,
9and do not hand me over to my enemy,
but grant me relief.

10Have mercy on me, O LORD,
for I am in distress;
my eyes are wasted by vexation,
my substance and body too.

11My life is spent in sorrow,
my years in groaning;
    my strength fails because of my iniquity,
my limbs waste away.

12Because of all my foes I am the particular butt of my neighbors,
a horror to my friends;
those who see me on the street avoid me.

13I am put out of mind like the dead; I am like an object given up for lost.

Quran Surah 2.208-215

Quran: A Simple English Translation

208 Believers, surrender yourselves totally to God, and do not follow in the footsteps of Satan; surely, he is your sworn enemy.

209 But if you lapse after the clear signs that have come to you, then know that God is mighty and wise.

210 Are they only waiting for God as well as the angels to come down to them under canopies of clouds, so that the matter will be settled? All things return to God.

211 Ask the Children of Israel how many clear signs We have given them. Anyone who changes God’s blessing once it has come to him will find God is stern in punishment.

212 The life of this world is made to appear attractive for those who deny the truth and they scoff at those who believe. But those who fear God shall be above them on the Day of Resurrection: God bestows His bounties on whoever He pleases without stinting.

213 Mankind was once a single community, [but then people developed differences], so God sent prophets to them as bearers of good tidings and warning, and sent down with them the Book containing the truth, so that He might judge between their disputes. It was only those to whom it [the scripture] was given who disagreed about it after clear signs had come to them, because of rivalry between them. God by His will guided the believers to the truth about which the others had disputed. God guides whom He will to a straight path.

214 Do you think that you will enter Paradise without having suffered like those who passed away before you? Affliction and hardship befell them and so shaken were they that the Messenger and the believers with him would exclaim, ‘When will God’s help come?’ Surely the help of God is near.

215 They will ask you what they should spend on others. Say, ‘Whatever you give should be for parents, close relatives, orphans, the needy, and travellers. God is well aware of whatever good you do.’

Daily Buddhism Reading 

Bhagavad Gita

[2.18– 22]

These bodies come to an end;
but that vast embodied Self
is ageless, fathomless, eternal.
Therefore you must fight, Arjuna.

If you think that this Self can kill
or think that it can be killed,
you do not well understand
reality’s subtle ways.

It never was born; coming
to be, it will never not be.
Birthless, primordial, it does not
die when the body dies.

Knowing that it is eternal,
unborn, beyond destruction,
how could you ever kill?
And whom could you kill, Arjuna?

Just as you throw out used clothes
and put on other clothes, new ones,
the Self discards its used bodies
and puts on others that are new.

 

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