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Daily Prayer and Thoughtfulness Practice for 2015.12.24

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

BIBOLove: Breath In, Breath Out--Yummm

Music:
How Long, (Instrumental) by Mark Miller

How long?
How long?
How much longer must we wait?

Nativity, by Jericho Brown

I was Mary once.
Somebody big as a beginning
Gave me trouble
I was too young to carry, so I ran
Off with a man who claimed
Not to care. Each year,
Come trouble's birthday,
I think of every gift people get
They don't use. Oh, and I
Pray. Lord, let even me
And what the saints say is sin within
My blood, which certainly shall see
Death-see to it I mean-
Let that sting
Last and be transfigured.

-- Jericho Brown
from The New Testament 
©2014 Copper Canyon Press

Scripture Readings

Micah 6:6-8
Hebrews 10:5-10
Luke 1:46b-55

He has told you, mortals, what is good in His sight. What else does the Eternal ask of you But to live justly and to love kindness and to walk with your True God in all humility?

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 terror threats against people in Beijing 
for continued fighting in the world, especially Afghanistan
for Jumpei Yasuda, Japanese journalist, kidnapped in Syria 
for arson attacks in Germany against hostels hosting refugees 
for Milan facing a smog crisis  
For the hope of peace,
for the strengthening of Nigeria
for the continued negotiations for peace, especially Syria
for the Islamic State militant departure from Damascus
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 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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