Monday, April 12
Shadow

Daily Prayer and Thoughtfulness Pattern for 2015.12.27

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

BIBOLove: Breath In, Breath Out--Sigh

Music:
What a Wonderful World, by Louis Armstrong

The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky,
Are also on the faces of people going by.
I see friends shaking hands, sayin', "How do you do?"
They're really sayin', "I love you."

I'll Take a Bullet for You by Juan Felipe Herrera

US Poet Laureat. In response to the shooting in San Bernardino.

…as Detective Lozano led them to safety. Inland Regional Center —
following the mass shooting in San Bernardino and all the kind
responders at the scene and beyond.

I’ll take a bullet for you
Detective Jorge Lozano said
from the chasm of sprinklers spilling and leaving
he walked the living wounded
he did not utter words it was his heart that moved
the innocent followed

in the shattered corners we heard you even though
we were lost in the complex tears of the digital screen
Hope — we had not heard the word how could there be such
an odd weaving breathing thing bitten we thought — after Paris

razors and hard waters were rising I’ll take a bullet you said
we said that too listening to you
esperanza hope we whispered picking up our children
after school shuffling dim at a tree farm

we bow as we plant this greenness in the center
of our brown house
it seems to
touch the sky

— Juan Felipe Herrera
Poet Laureate of the United States, 12-23-15

Scripture Readings

Proverbs 8:32-36
John 21:19b-24
Psalm 148 (Daily)

Pay attention to my guidance, dare to be wise, and don’t disregard my teachings. The one who listens to me, who carefully seeks me in everyday things and delays action until my way is apparent, that one will find true happiness. For when he recognizes and follows me, he finds a peaceful and satisfying life.

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

Prayers

2015.12.27

For the oppressed and weary
Especially for #blacklivesmatter and
for the LGBTQIAP community.
For despair of violence,
for the earth crying out for better practices
especially for those affected by tornadoes in Texas 
for ongoing flooding in South America
for those battling the Islamic State
especially those in Iraq and Syria
for those affected by daily, systemic violence
especially Bettie Jones and Quintonio LeGrier of Chicago
For the hope of peace,
for work in India to curb pollution and to treat women better
for France requiring models to have minimum BMIs
for 25 days, in the US, of no mass shootings
For stateless people and migrants
For those who suffer, especially the homeless and sick
especially for the despair and trauma refugees experience
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 mote it be.

News Notes:
Mass shooting resource: http://shootingtracker.com/wiki/Mass_Shootings_in_2015
Prayer cycle of the world's countries resource: http://www.oikoumene.org/en

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.

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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