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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.

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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