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Daily Practice for November 24, 2016

Worgratituded: 

A short reflection for today! See, miracles do happen.

Today, for Thanks and Giving in the US, I will be going to my church and basically doing a nine-hour work day. I will work on visual liturgy in the sanctuary and then being with the homeless and the volunteers that are coming to feed them. My treat today was sleeping in. For that, I am grateful!

I am also grateful that I don't have to face hostile family situations as many are facing. I will be holding those who suffer in the holiday seasons in my thoughts today.

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What will you be holding today?

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Today's practice brings music from Los Lobos, a poem from an unknown author who was homeless or formerly homeless, along with a sacred quote from Wallace StegnerAlong with readings from the Jewish and Christian lectionaries, the Qur'an, and the Buddhist tradition.   And as always, we have our BIBOLOVE practice from Soyinka Rahim. (BIBO = Breathe In, Breathe Out). Our prayers for this week focus on Cameroon, Central African Republic, and Equatorial Guinea.

Onward!

Links:

Riverton Park UMC: www.RivertonParkUMC.com

Opening:

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

BIBOLOVE: Breath In, Breath Out--shhh

Music:

Angels with Dirty Faces by Los Lobos

Readings

 

Questions For You and Me
Christmas Eve, 2011

Stuffed and overflowing stockings hanging by the fireside
Pretty plastic candlelights glowing in the night
Sticky candy canes hanging from pine tree boughs
This all presents questions, I will in this poem pose.

When a little kid with Christmas time coming round
The joyful music, it seemed was the only sound
But really, I wonder now what it all means to me
Is it all about that perfectly shaped and lighted Christmas tree?

Little, sweet baby Jesus sleeping in some straw
It seems to me that someone might notice a little flaw
What is the difference between that dirty man without a home
And the King of Kings that almost all of us must have known?

And tell me what was that message that He gave to you and me
Before His life was ended on that old and lonely tree?
Was it all about just taking care of little, selfish me?
Or is there more here, more for all of us to see?

I asked a lot of questions in this poem this Christmas Eve
I guess this time of year, the cold, and the suffering that I see
Fills my head and heart with old and sad memories
I am hoping that maybe from it all we will not always flee.

Little, sweet baby Jesus sleeping in some straw
It seems to me that someone might notice a little flaw
What is the difference between that dirty man without a home
And the King of Kings that almost all of us must have known?

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Curated at: http://www.friendtothehomeless.org/homeless-poetry.html

Sacred Text

Jewish Daily Reading: Daily Study from Chabad

Christian Daily Reading: Revised Common Lectionary Daily Reading

Muslim Daily Reading: Daily Verse from The Only Quran

Buddhist Daily Reading: Daily Zen

Please bring your own sacred readings to the daily pattern. If there is something else you'd like to see, let me know!

Quotable

“Home is a notion that only nations of the homeless fully appreciate and only the uprooted comprehend.”
― Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose

Prayers:

Weekly prayer focus comes from the World Council of Churches prayer cycle. We know the world needs to be surrounded with prayer and positive thought. This allows us to work through the world country by country. We focus on one set of countries per week with the same prayer, lifting them up.

Focus countries: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea

Let us pray.

We know that we fail to live up to being makers of peace. Let us bring in rather than push out, be invitational rather than confrontational--seeing signs of life while decrying the desecration of hope.

For signs of hope and peace, we pray for

  • The rainforest and its gift of oxygen, so the world can breathe.
  • Mission schools providing learning and hope.
  • Those who have the courage to fight corruption.

For the oppressed and weary, we pray for

  • Political stability and freedom for the people in all of these countries.
  • Those suffering from HIV and AIDS, and those who lack adequate health care.
  • Those living at a subsistence level, and those who lack clean water and enough food.
  • Monkeys and other animals that are threatened with extinction due to the destruction of their habitat.

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 may it be.

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.

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