Inspiration

To Help Just One Person

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Sometimes I feel overwhelmed
but I try to work one day at a time.
If we just worry about the big picture,
we are powerless.
So my secret is to start right away doing
whatever little work I can do.
I try to give joy to one person in the morning,
and remove the suffering of one person in the afternoon.
That’s enough.
When you see you can do that, you continue,
and you give two little joys,
and you remove two little sufferings,
then three, and then four.

If you and your friends do not despise the small work,
a million people will remove a lot of suffering.

That is the secret. Start right now.

—Chân Không

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Beatitudes

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Blessed be the Earth and those who tend her,
for she is the source and sustenance of our lives.
Blessed be the children who hunger for food,
learning, and homes that are safe,
for their future is shaped by our choices today.
Blessed be the refugees fleeing the violence of war and poverty,
may they find shelter, peace, and work that sustains them.
Blessed be those who are calling for freedom,
resisting oppression, and risking their lives
in the struggle for justice,
for they are the shapers of a brighter world.
Blessed be the persecuted and wrongly judged,
for theirs is a sorrow lessened only by mercy and human kindness.
Blessed be the prophets who speak and write of a world
beyond war,
for theirs are the words becoming flesh.
Blessed be the story-tellers, music-makers, and artists at life,
for they are the true light of the world.
Blessed be the tender-hearted who mourn and grieve

the wars we’ve fought, the lives we’ve lost,
may peace ride in on the river of their tears.

—Cathedral of Light

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Cover Our Earth with Flowers

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Cover my earth mother four times with many flowers.
Let the heavens be covered with the banked-up clouds.
Let the earth be covered with fog;
cover the earth with rains.
Great waters, rains, cover the earth.

Lightning cover the earth.
Let thunder be heard over the earth;
let thunder be heard;
Let thunder be heard over the six regions of the earth.

—Native American Chant

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.
Inspiration, Uncategorized

Prayer for Farm Workers’ Struggle

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Show me the suffering of the most miserable;
So I will know my people’s plight.
Free me to pray for others;
For you are present in every person.
Help me take responsibility for my own life;
So that I can be free at last.
Grant me courage to serve others;
For in service there is true life.
Give me honesty and patience;
So that the Spirit will be alive among us.
Let the Spirit flourish and grow;
So that we will never tire of the struggle.
Let us remember those who have died for justice;
For they have given us life.
Help us love even those who hate us;
So we can change the world.
Amen..
– César Chávez

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