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Lay Down Your Burdens

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I cast
every burden
on the Christ within
and I go free!
—Florence Scovel Shinn, 1925

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

Freedom

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So free am I, so gloriously free Free from three petty things—

From mortar, from pestle, and from my twisted lord,
Freed from rebirth and death I am,
And all that has held me down is hurled away.

—Mutta, Sixth Century Buddhist Poet

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

If Not Now: A Prayer for Women

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Who would have strength to stand, truth to power,
a tightrope walk against the wind, with no net below
except for the hand of God? Who would walk the road

less traveled, the one of
rocky crags and razor wire?
That curves into a perilous wood, and
still look up with hope? Who would sing the song
of dissonance when it is easier—far easier!—
to slip into the stream and be carried by its current?
Who would dare to demand justice,
show mercy, offer comfort, shout defiantly—
who would love in the face of hate?
Puah stood, and Shifra by her side, choosing life
and the cry of babes over one man’s harsh decree.
And Miriam, the one of timbrel and drum,
she danced across a river and sang a song
of freedom’s call. Who will stand now, if not for me?
Who will rise now and march now and sing a song
of freedom’s call now? Who, if not for me?
Once more, and yet again, if not now, when?

—Stacey Zisook Robinson

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