Monday, August 2

Daily Prayer from the News 2015.12.08

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

Breath In, Breath Out--Roar
Breath In, Breath Out--Sigh
Breath In, Breath Out--Hum
Breath In, Breath Out--Yum
Breath In, Breath Out--Shhhh
     Soyinka Rahim, body breathing InterPlay practice, BIBOLove

Fireflies, Hearts & Colors

I'd get a thousand hugs from
ten thousand lightning bugs as they tried

     to teach me how to dance
     a foxtrot above my head
     a sock hop beneath my bed
     a disco ball is just hanging by a thread

Border Crossing by Jennifer Hoffmann, 2015

The photo of your favourite
baseball slugger sliding
into home plate, the arms
of the umpire lifted
to the heavens, stops you dead
in your tracks, as if
you've been lassoed neatly
around the ankles.
You meet your friend
in the park as planned,
and for some unknown reason
she quietly places her cheek
against yours, holding
it for several beats
after she says a quiet hello.
Moments like these,
where life lifts you
and deposits you
wildly and joyfully
across your usual borders
into some other place,
are unexpected gift.
These are obvious, delicious times
when wonder transports us--
like sunrises, sunsets,
baby's bums, and Jo Malone's
lime basil and mandarin perfume--
but it's the ordinary,
border-crossing invitations
that are the most humbling.
When you are here, you look
around and say aah, and wish
you could step across by choice;
For the clarity in this space-between
is the edge where mystery
is present, where your usual
way of being is thrown to the winds,
where, quite naked, you are brought
to your knees in reverence.

Published in Listen: A Seeker's Resource for Spiritual Direction, January 2016, Vol. 10: Issue 1

Scripture Readings
Isaiah 19:18-25
2 Peter 1:2-15
Psalm 126

     5To achieve [the divine nature], you will need to add virtue to your faith,
and then knowledge to your virtue; 6to knowledge, add discipline; to
discipline, add endurance; to endurance, add godliness; 7to godliness,
add affection for others as siblings; and to affection, at last, add love. 2 Peter 1:5-7

For the oppressed and weary
Especially for #blacklivesmatter and
for the LGBTQIAP community.
For those affected by violence
for the climate, especially in Ethopia where 10 million will go hungry
for the air in Delhi and Beijing
for the floods and clean up in Chennai, India
for students in Mexico that were disappeared
for those who trade in arms fueling world discord
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, especially fleeing Syria
for the families drowned off the coast of Turkey
for those we care for that suffer with illness
for those in Iran killed by the swine flu outbreak
For those we love, those we hate and those we are indifferent to
For the transformation from ME to WE
May Peace Prevail on Earth.

Lord’s Prayer
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."

Inspiration for May Peace Prevail on Earth from Michael Dickel.

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