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prayer

“Prayer should be as natural as breathing and as necessary as air.”

– Edith Schaeffer

Ken Gire’s Prayer:

With every awareness of a need . . . let me breathe out a petition.

With every awareness of someone else’s need . . . intercession.

With every awareness of sin . . . confession.

With every awareness of sin against me . . . forgiveness.

With every awareness of you . . . praise.

With every awareness of your gifts . . . gratitude.

each moment is important

Lord, may your kingdom come into my heart to sanctify me, nourish me and purify me.  How insignificant is the passing moment to the eye without faith!  But how important each moment is to the eye enlightened by faith!  How can we deem insignificant anything which has been caused by you?  Every moment and every event is guided by you, and so contains your infinite greatness.

So, Lord, I glorify you in everything that happens to me.  In whatever manner you make me live and die, I am content.  Events please me for their own sake, regardless of their consequences, because your action lies behind them.  Everything is heaven to me, because all my moments manifest your love.

– Jean-Pierre de Caussade [Book of Prayers]

May this prayer be true in my life . . .

 

a blessing for equilibrium

A BLESSING FOR EQUILIBRIUM
by John O’Donohue
from Benedictus – A Book of Blessings

Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore,
May the music of laughter break through your soul.

As the wind wants to make everything dance,
May your gravity be lightened by grace.

Like the freedom of the monastery bell,
May clarity of mind make your eyes smile.

As water takes whatever shape it is in,
So free may you be about who you become.

As silence smiles on the other side of what’s said,
May a sense of irony give you perspective.

As time remains free of all that it frames,
May fear or worry never put you in chains.

May your prayer of listening deepen enough
To hear in the distance the laughter of God.

John O’Donohue believed that “we do not always know who among us is suffering some unnameable torment, nor who is rejoicing at the blessing of a lifetime.” [from his friend Gareth Higgins’ website]

We all have hidden sorrows, concerns, and joys; we are all in this together. 

We are all in this together.

I wish my friends, my acquaintances, and those whom I don’t (yet)  know – blessings.

blessings for equilibrium

 

yesterday

September 21st was World Alzheimer’s Day.  If you know of someone with Alzheimer’s or a caregiver of someone with the disease, it is always a Day to Remember (September 21st or not)  – with a prayer, a card, a note, a thought.

World Alzheimer’s Day brings attention to startling statistics

September 21st was World Alzheimer’s Day, meant to raise awareness to these kinds of startling statistics:-more than 35 million people worldwide have some sort of dementia
-by 2030 that number is expected to almost double and triple by 2050
-more than 5 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s disease
-locally, more than 14,000 people in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties have Alzheimer’s.

 

thinking of those with Alzheimer's

 

lunchtime

Earth, Teach Me

Earth teach me quiet ~ as the grasses are still with new light.
Earth teach me suffering ~ as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility ~ as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring ~ as mothers nurture their young.
Earth teach me courage ~ as the tree that stands alone.
Earth teach me limitation ~ as the ant that crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom ~ as the eagle that soars in the sky.
Earth teach me acceptance ~ as the leaves that die each fall.
Earth teach me renewal ~ as the seed that rises in the spring.
Earth teach me to forget myself ~ as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember kindness ~ as dry fields weep with rain.

Ute Prayer

an answered prayer

The Man I Prayed For

Dear God, I prayed, all unafraid
(as we’re inclined to do),
I do not need a handsome man
but let him be like You;
I do not need one big and strong
nor yet so very tall,
nor need he be some genius,
or wealthy, Lord, at all;
but let his head be high, dear God,
and let his eye be clear,
his shoulders straight, whate’er his state,
whate’er his earthly sphere;
and let his face have character,
a ruggedness of soul,
and let his whole life show, dear God,
a singleness of goal;
then when he comes
(as he will come)
with quiet eyes aglow,
I’ll understand that he’s the man
I prayed for long ago.

by Ruth Bell Graham

today’s prayer

May I live this day

Compassionate of heart

Clear in word

Gracious in awareness

Courageous in thought

Generous in love

John O’Donohue

today’s prayer

Have Thine own way, Lord!

Have thine own way!

Thou art the Potter;

I am the clay.

Mould me and make me.

After Thy will,

While I am waiting,

Yielded and still

today’s prayer

Help me not to take myself too seriously.  Grant to me objectivity and a quiet mind and a sense of humor.

Go Thou ahead of me to fling out a bridge of good will, to cast down all roadblocks of misunderstanding.  And bless to Thy glory and the happiness of all concerned this gesture of good will undertaken in Thy name.  Amen.

Peter Marshall



Evening Prayer

Dear Lord – forgive . . .

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Prayer is the little implement

by Emily Dickinson

Prayer is the little implement
Through which men reach
Where Presence–is denied them.
They fling their speech

By means of it–in God’s ear–
If then He hear–
This sums the Apparatus
Comprised in Prayer–

Today’s Prayer

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Grant to us, O Lord, this day
to walk with you as Father,
to trust in you as Savior,
to be enlightened by you as Spirit,
to worship you as Lord;
that all our works may praise you
and our lives may give you glory.

Amen

[Author unknown]

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God, we pray a special blessing today on all who have worked so hard to make the National Day of Prayer observances the opportunities that they are for us. Remind us, Lord, that every day is to be a day of prayer. Thank You for our beloved country.  Amen.

Prayer is the little implement
by Emily Dickinson
Prayer is the little implement
Through which Men reach
Where Presence — is denied them.
They fling their Speech 

By means of it — in God’s Ear —
If then He hear —
This sums the Apparatus
Comprised in Prayer —

discerning the balance point

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Why am I doing what I’m doing?  What are my goals?  Am I keeping my eye on what is important?

Not being a terribly introspective person, I now and then take stock of myself: my motives, my perseverance, resolve, and my willingness to change when I SHOULD change – and to know when change is needed.

Several years ago, I knelt at the prayer rail during a Richard Foster Workshop/Spirituality Day Retreat and asked the gentle person who laid her hand on my head to pray that God would grant me discernment and wisdom.

That is actually my constant prayer.  My always prayer.

Quoting Elaine M. Prevallet:

Perseverance, as she walks that tightrope toward her goal, always needs her companion–the balancing pole of discernment that keeps check on motivations, on the one hand of self-protection, and on the other hand of self-promotion or self-interest. . . . Discernment must keep her sensitive even to the very subtle changes in her relationship to the goal. . . . and we have to learn to keep discernment as our steady companion as we walk securely and trustingly toward God.

I walk trustingly – and prayerfully – always wanting to discern the balance point.

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prayer for today

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O God, Father of all, help us to forgive others as we would wish them to forgive us.  May we try to understand them as we in turn would like to be understood, in the hope that forgiveness will not be in order.  May we see with their eyes, think with their minds, feel with their hearts.  Then let us ask ourselves whether we should judge them, or judge ourselves and accept them as children, like us, of one heavenly Father.

~ William Barclay

Tuesday of Holy Week

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THE LORD’S ETERNALLY NEW COMMANDMENT

When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him.  If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in myself and will glorify him at once.  Little children, I am with you only a little longer.  You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’  I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.  Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

John 13:31-35

Prayer

Restore us all the more deeply to yourself in these holy days to come, Jesus, as we remember your work for the world’s salvation.  Redeem us in our time, Lord, while there is yet time for us to renew our discipleship and follow your way. [Thomas Merton – Seasons of Celebration]

Friday in the Third Week of Lent – a prayer

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PRAYER

I offer you, Lord, my time, this gift of the fullness of life in time that I now experience in being united to you.  Help me to redeem time for others.  Help me to unburden their load of stress.  By your grace let me be an instrument of your call to freedom and creativity in the lives of all whom you redeem.  Let them hear your call to the only liberty that matters: to choose to follow you. ~ Thomas Merton

A Lenten Prayer

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Awaken all of us who gather in your name, Lord, to the power of your death and rising from the dead.  Allow us to rise from the sleep of our daily cares to the glory of your transfiguration, the light of your Father shining in you for us.  Allow us to see how gathering in your name is to experience paradise.

The Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian

O Lord and Master of my life! Take from me the spirit of sloth, faint-heartedness, lust of power, and idle talk.  But give rather the spirit of  chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant. Yea, O Lord and King! Grant me to see my own errors and not to judge my brother; For Thou art blessed unto ages of ages. Amen

St. Ephrem (also spelt Ephraem) the Syrian was a deacon who wrote his reflections almost exclusively in poetry, in the Syriac Aramaic language which was a dialect of the same language spoken by Our Lord and the apostles.