Saturday, March 6
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--Yummmm

Music:
Give Love, by MC Yogi

Love is life and life is living
Living is love and love is giving
When we live for love it gives life meaning.

Lifted by Corina Ravenscraft

When I had wandered far in life,
and felt I had filled this skin from within,
When I had learned to breathe in every moment,
and brought myself back
to remembering again,
When I had wakened from a dreaming existence
and the sense which had found me
Manifested around me,
I discovered that all that time I had walked,
all the time spent wishing
for feather-light wings, had only been preparing me
For all of these things which this fledgling being
at the edge of the nest,
Trying to find courage to take the rest of the test
and plunge
Into the unknown sky of the future,
Had to fall for awhile
before the wind made me sure.

With each heart-beat and down-stroke of strength,
these wings grow stronger
And fuller in length,
with banded fingers splayed ‘gainst a rising sun,
I’ve lived a full life, but it’s only begun.

With the actualization of realization
Comes freedom to glide on the thermals of dreams,
When mind and heart are in tune
with that inner blue moon,
And eclipses exist to sharpen the lines,
If you look for the light, you’ll find your own gift for flight,
And the lift will be right,
And you’ll know what it means.

Fly toward the future with a focused intent,
Let fall from your talons all wasted years spent,
Drop the ballast that you claimed for so long would sustain you,
Remember paths walked,
Long before you ever flew.
And when you finally reach the zenith…

You’ll soar above the world you knew.

~C.L.R. ~ © 2008

Scripture Readings

Jeremiah 31:31-34
Hebrews 10:10-18
Psalm 80:1-7 (Daily)

No longer will people have to teach each other or encourage their family members and say, “You must know the Eternal.” For all of them will know Me intimately themselves— from the least to the greatest of society. I will be merciful when they fail and forgive their wrongs. I will never call to mind or mention their sins again.

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

2015.12.17

For the oppressed and weary
Especially for #blacklivesmatter and
for the LGBTQIAP community.
For despair of violence,
for those in Niger, ranked the worst place in the world by a UN report
for fears of an upcoming crackdown in Ethiopia
for those poaching in the S. China Sea, destroying coral reefs
for the relationship between Turkey and Russia
for the refugee crisis
especially those escaping Syria where the government tortures people
For the hope of peace,
for the African Union standing against genocide
for the historic agreement in Libya
for the normalization of relationships between Cuba and the US
especially for the resumption of regular flights
for Yemeni peace talks ongoing in Switzerland
for 15 days, in the US, of no mass shootings
For the people of Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Togo
For those who suffer, especially the homeless and 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 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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