Friday, March 5
Shadow

Daily Prayer and Thoughtfulness Practice

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

BIBOLove: Breath In, Breath Out--Smile

Music:
Here Comes the Sun, Flashmob, unknown performers in Madrid Unemployment Office, song written by George Harrison of the Beatles

Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
and I say it's all right

I Saw Goodness Getting Drunk, by Rumi, translated by Shahram Shiva

I am gone,
lost any sense of wanting the wine
of the nowhereness ask me,
I don’t know where I am.

At times I plunge
to the bottom of the sea,
at times, rise up
like the Sun.
At times, the universe is pregnant by me,
at times I give birth to it.
The milestone in my life
is the nowhereness,
I don’t fit anywhere else.

This is me:
a rogue and a drunkard,
easy to spot
in the tavern of Lovers.
I am the one shouting hey ha.
They ask me why I don’t
behave myself.
I say, when you
reveal your true nature,
then I will act my age.

Last night, I saw Goodness getting drunk.
He growled and said,
I am a nuisance, a nuisance.
A hundred souls cried out, but
we are yours, we are yours, we are yours.
You are the light
that spoke to Moses and said
I am God, I am God, I am God.
I said Love, who are you?
He said, I am you, I am you, I am you.

Lyrics from RUMI: Lovedrunk CD
© Copyright Shahram Shiva
www.Lovedrunk.com

Scripture Readings

Micah 4:6-8
2 Peter 1:16-21
Luke 1:46b-55

It is like a light that shines for you in the darkness of night until the day dawns when the morning star rises in your own hearts.

Please bring your own sacred readings to the daily pattern. These are chosen from the Christian scripture cycle of daily readings, the Daily Lectionary, at commontexts.org

Prayers

2015.12.23

For the oppressed and weary
Especially for #blacklivesmatter and
for the LGBTQIAP community.
For despair of violence,
for the death Unna, the orca who died at the age of 18
for those in Afghanistan losing ground
for those affected by Russian bombing of Syria
for the ban on Christmas observances in Somalia
for the mass burial of 300 Shia attacked in Zaria
For the hope of peace,
for continued peace talks in Columbia and Syria
for one man found after 3 days in the mudslide in China
for the sparing of a woman's life in Saudi Arabia
for 22 days, in the US, of no mass shootings
For the people of Ghana and Nigeria
For those who suffer, especially the homeless and sick
especially for the 13 refugees drowned near Greece
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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