Today is that day. Tuesdays are supposed to be my day off. My sleep-in day. My do-nothing-I-don't-want-to-do-day. Well, it didn't begin that way. I was awakened by a panicked son. "I missed my bus to school" (college).
That is two weeks in a row that there have been transportation snafus on my day. This is important to me because I drive a zillion miles every week doing stuff. Extra driving is not in my world plan. I punted the situation to his brother. It got punted back to me. I hauled myself out of bed and took him to school. How disappointing.
And, looking at my day, I had the every lovely mammogram scheduled for the morning and a need to get some reading done for my doctoral program. So much for any semblance of rest. But as I sat at the mammogram place, I thought, "So what?! What if the day doesn't go as I planned it. I can still pause, when able, and enter into my daily practice."
And so here we are. Praying, meditating, thinking, centering.
How do you stop and reset yourself when things go off plan?
Today's practice brings music from Florence and the Machine, a poem from Rowan Ricardo Phillips, a sacred quote from L. M. Montgomery, and a photo from Hideki Okuno. Along with readings from the Jewish and Christian lectionaries, the Qur'an, and the Buddhist tradition. And as always, we have our BIBOLOVE practice from Soyinka Rahim. (BIBO = Breathe In, Breathe Out). Our prayers for this week focus on Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia.
Let my heart rise up to meet mercy, my voice to meet compassion, my hands to meet action.
BIBOLOVE: Breath In, Breath Out--Shhhh
Cosmic Love by Florence and the Machine
Violins by Rowan Ricardo Phillips
He never saw a violin.
But he saw a lifetime of violence.
This is not to presume
That if he had simply seen
A violin he would have seen
Less violence. Or that living among
Violins, as though they were
Boulangeries or toppling stacks
Of other glazed goods like young adult
Fiction, would have made the violence
Less crack and more cocaine,
Less of course and more why god oh why.
More of one thing
Doesn’t rhyme with one thing.
A swill of stars doesn’t rhyme
With star. A posse of poets doesn’t rhyme
With poet. We are all in prison.
This is the brutal lesson of the 21st century,
Swilled like a sour stone
Through the vein of the beast
Who watches you while you eat;
Our eternal host, the chummed fiddler,
The better tomorrow,
Source: Poetry (September 2016)
Jewish Daily Reading: Daily Study from Chabad
Christian Daily Reading: Revised Common Lectionary Daily Reading
Muslim Daily Reading: Daily Verse from The Only Quran
Buddhist Daily Reading: Daily Zen
Please bring your own sacred readings to the daily pattern. If there is something else you'd like to see, let me know!
“Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”
― L.M. Montgomery
Weekly prayer focus comes from the World Council of Churches prayer cycle. We know the world needs to be surrounded with prayer and positive thought. This allows us to work through the world country by country. We focus on one set of countries per week with the same prayer, lifting them up.
Focus countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia
Let us pray.
We know that we fail to live up to being makers of peace. Let us bring in rather than push out, be invitational rather than confrontational--seeing signs of life while decrying the desecration of hope.
For signs of hope and peace, we pray for
- Those Christians and Muslims who remained faithful to their traditions during Soviet domination.
- Those who work for peace in a region of ancient animosities, as well as new ones created in the aftermath of the Soviet system.
- Armenian khatchkars – intricately decorated crosses carved on monolithic rocks.
- Monasteries and churches, lovingly being restored.
- Musical traditions going back centuries.
- Traditions of elaborate family meals and wondrous hospitality.
- Movement towards equality.
For the oppressed and weary, we pray for
- The Georgian Orthodox Church, that it may rediscover a rich relationship with the family of churches worldwide.
- A foundation for peace among these countries, and an encouragement of new relationships with neighbouring nations.
- An end to all the boundary disputes which threaten to erupt into violence.
- Those suffering poverty and unemployment.
- New concern for the environment.
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.