Let my heart rise up to meet mercy, my voice to meet compassion, my hands to meet action.
Hopeful, Bars and Melodies
When We Pray Alone by Rumi
We are brought thick desserts, and we rarely refuse them.
We worship devoutly when we’re with others.
Hours we sit, though we get up quickly
after a few minutes, when we pray alone.
We hurry down the gullet of our wantings.
But these qualities can change,
as minerals in the ground rise inside trees
and become tree, as a plant faces an animal
and enters the animal, so a human
can put down the heavy
body baggage and
Barks, Coleman; Jalal al-Din Rumi (2010-09-14). The Essential Rumi - reissue: New Expanded Edition (pp. 256-257). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.
For the oppressed and weary
Especially for #blacklivesmatter and
for the LGBTQIAP community.
For those affected by violence
for the climate, especially Beijing's first "red alert"
for air strikes in Nigeria and Syria
For the people of Cape Verde, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, and Senegal
For those who suffer, especially the homeless and sick
for those sleeping outside in the cold
for refugees around the world
for those we care for that suffer
For those we love, those we hate and those we are indifferent to
For the transformation from ME to WE
Translation by Neil Douglas Klotz, Sufi
O Birther! Father-Mother 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.
Note: "Amen" means "may it be so."