Inspiration

Walk the Good Road to the Day of Quiet

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There is no other one to pray to but you.
You yourself, everything that you see,
everything that has been made by you.
The star nations all over the universe you have finished.
The four quarters of the earth you have finished.
The day, and in that day, everything you have finished.
Grandfather, Great Spirit, lean close to the earth
that you may hear the voice I send.
You towards where the sun goes down, behold me;
Thunder Beings, behold me!
You where the White Giant lives in power, behold me!
You where the sun shines continually,
whence come the daybreak star and the day, behold me!
You where the summer lives, behold me!
You in the depths of the heavens, an eagle of power, behold!
And you, Mother Earth, the only Mother,
you who have shown mercy to your children.
Hear me, four quarters of the world—
a relative I am!

Give me the strength to walk the soft earth, a relative to all that is!
Give me the eyes to see and the strength to understand,
that I may be like you.
With your power only can I face the winds.
and walk the good road to the day of quiet.
This is my prayer; hear me!
The voice I have sent is weak,
yet with earnestness I have sent it.
Hear me!
It is finished. Hetchetu aloh!

—Oglala Sioux, 1930

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

Teach Us to Care about the Right Things

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Blessed sister, holy mother,
spirit of the fountain, spirit of the garden,
Suffer us not to mock ourselves with falsehood
Teach us to care and not to care
Teach us to sit still
Even among these rocks,
Our peace in His will
And even among these rocks
Sister, mother
And spirit of the river, spirit of the sea,
Suffer me not to be separated
And let my cry come unto Thee.

—TS Eliot, 1927

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

A Woman of Peace

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Father, I trust in You
and keep my thoughts fixed on You
and Your promises.

And You will keep me in perfect peace.

I let Your peace rule in my heart.
I allow it to settle any questions that arise in my mind.
I wholeheartedly trust in You.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

—Alisha Gratehouse

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

Angels to Protect You on Your Way

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May all the blessings of our Lord touch your life today.
May He send His little angels to protect you on your way.
Such a wee little fit, sent from above;
Someone so precious to cherish and love.
May sunshine and moonbeams dance over your head
As you quietly slumber in your bed.
May good luck be with you wherever you go
And your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow.

—Irish Song

 

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Aging and Saging

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By the passing of time
Surely one is in a state of loss
Except those who have faith
And perform righteous deeds
And those who enjoin upon one another.
Abiding by the truth,
Enjoin upon one another steadfastness.
—Dr. Lila Fahlman

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

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Secret Fastness of the Heart

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Blessed is the match consumed in kindling flame.
Blessed is the flame that burns in the secret fastness of the heart.
Blessed is the heart with strength to stop its beating
for honor’s sake.
Blessed is the match consumed in kindling flame.
—Hannah Szenes (a.k.a. Hannah Senesh), World War II
Resistance hero, 1944

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

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Prayer Is a Relationship

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Prayer is a relationship; half the job is mine. If I want
transformation, but can’t even be bothered to articulate what,
exactly, I’m aiming for, how will it ever occur? Half the benefit of
prayer is in the asking itself, in the offering of a clearly posed and
well-considered intention. If you don’t have this, all your pleas and
desires are boneless, floppy, inert; they swirl at your feet in a cold
fog and never lift.
—Elizabeth Gilbert

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