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Celtic Prayer for Protection

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The Ancient Harmonies are given thee,
Understand them early and prove,
Be one with the power of the elements,
Put behind thee dishonor and lies.

Be loyal to the Lord of the Wild Wood,
Be true to the Lady of the Stars,
Be true to thine own self besides,
True to the magic of Nature above all else.

Do not thou curse anyone,
Lest thou threefold cursed shouldst be,
And shouldst thou travel ocean and earth,
Follow the very step of the ancient trackways.

 

Celtic Oral Tradition, 800 AD

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This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be purchased at Amazon and Mango Media.

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Prayer to St. Joseph the Protector

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O St. Joseph whose protection is so great, so strong,
so prompt before the Throne of God,
I place in you all my interests and desires.
O St. Joseph do assist me by your powerful intercession
and obtain for me from your Divine Son
all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord;
so that having engaged here below your Heavenly power
I may offer my Thanksgiving and Homage
to the most Loving of Fathers.
O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you
and Jesus asleep in your arms.
I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart.
Press him in my name and kiss His fine Head for me,
and ask Him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath.
St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls,
pray for us.
Amen

Prayer to St. Joseph, Patron of the Dying, 100 AD

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This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be purchased at Amazon and Mango Media.

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Growing Old

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I am of the nature to grow old.
There is no way to escape growing old.

I am of the nature to have ill-health.
There is no way to escape having ill-health.

I am of the nature to die.
There is no way to escape death.

All that is dear to me and everyone I love
are of the nature to change.
There is no way to escape being separated from them.

My actions are my only true belongings.
I cannot escape the consequences of my actions.
My actions are the ground on which I stand.

Buddha

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This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be purchased at Amazon and Mango Media.

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Inspire Me to Kindness, Each and Every Day

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Day by day,
Let me see the grace
Day by day,
Let me see the way

Day by day,
Let me see the beauty
Let me hear the music
day by day
Let me see the way

Day by day
let me see the goodness
Let me feel the love
Inspire me to kindness
Day by day,
let me see the way

Let me see the grace
Let me see the way

Day by Day – Hans van Rostenberghe

 

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This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be purchased at Amazon and Mango Media.

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The Fearsome Blessing of Hard Times

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The fearsome blessing of that hard time continues to work itself out in my life in the same way we’re told the universe is still hurtling through outer space under impact of the great cosmic explosion that brought it into being in the first place.  I think grace sometimes explodes into our lives like that—sending out pain, terror, astonishment through inner space until by grace they become Orion, Cassiopeia, Polaris, to give us our bearings, to bring us into something like full being at last.

Frederick Buechner

 

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This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be purchased at Amazon and Mango Media.