Inspiration, Uncategorized

Living in Harmony and Unity

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O my God, I beg of Thee by all the days which Thy Light, the
Center of Thy Covenant, did spend in scattering Thy sweet
scents abroad, and by all the nights when that delicate and fragile
Being rested not, but kept the long vigils, crying out unto Thee,
expending His efforts to guard Thy Cause and Thy dear ones,
exerting His utmost to spread out Thy bounties and bestowals—
while the malevolent, comfortable against their pillows, rested in
their beds—I entreat Thee, by the ordeals He endured, for the sake
of exalting Thy Word, at the hands of those who join partners to
God, and the deniers and the deserters, to keep Thy loved ones
safe from the arrows of the calumniators, and the doubts of those
who mislead and betray. Hold them fast, then, in the gardens and
groves of Thy Covenant and Testament, and make them to enter
the pavilions of Thy good pleasure, and shelter them in the refuge
of Thy protection, and cast upon them the glance of Thy mercy’s
eye, and guard them from deviation and schism. Make them to
live in unity and harmony, one with the other, and aid them to
serve Thy Faith and to spread Thy Teachings far and wide. Verily
Thou art the Living, the Eternal, the Watchful, the All-Powerful,
the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.

—The Greatest Holy Leaf

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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I Am with You Always

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O make me glad for every scalding tear,
For hope deferred, ingratitude, disdain!
Wait, and love more for every hate, and fear
No ill—since God is good, and loss is gain.
Beneath the shadow of His mighty wing;
In that sweet secret of the narrow way,
Seeking and finding, with the angels sing:
“Lo, I am with you always”—watch and pray.
No snare, no fowler, pestilence or pain;
No night drops down upon the troubled breast,
When heaven’s aftersmile earth’s tear-drops gain,
And mother finds her home and heavenly rest.

—Mary Baker Eddy

 

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 Prayer for the Whole of the World

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O gentle presence, peace and joy and power;
O Life divine, that owns each waiting hour,

Thou Love that guards the nestling’s faltering flight!
Keep Thou my child on upward wing tonight.

Love is our refuge; only with mine eye
Can I behold the snare, the pit, the fall:
His habitation high is here, and nigh,
His arm encircles me, and mine, and all.

—Chapel of the Woods

 

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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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.

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My Blessing Goes with You

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When the storms of life are strong
When you’re wounded, when you don’t belong

When you no longer hear my song
My blessing goes with you

—From “The Blessing,” by B. Graham/D. Downes, performed by Celtic Woman

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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With a Pure Heart

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Help us to love each person because
they are a human being and created in the image of God.
Let not our race, color, religion, or ethnicity be a dividing factor
but may we see each person as a uniquely created individual
worthy of our love.
Help us to stand against senseless violence and not support
anyone who would divide others for their own gain.
Make us true instruments of your peace.

In Jesus’ Holy name we ask. Amen.

—Valerie Cullers

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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We Are One

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Justice rolls down like a river
Compassion and peace shall flow like a stream,
The hills, rocks and valleys, oceans and trees
Sing out their song: We are one.
Sing out their song: We are one.

All of creation, the Great Dance.
Only one tribe, one clan.
Dignity, peace and honor
To the earth, each woman and man.
Deep be the peace of the dark night
Brightened and blessed by the stars

Calling us now to awaken.
Gathering hearts near and far.
Surrounded by rich ancient wisdom,
Circling within and around,
Embracing the beauty in stillness,
Bursting in one Sacred Sound.
Our hopes and our dreams go before us,
Our longing to heal, to be whole,
Together we birth a new moment,
The Great Work of hands, heart and soul.

—Diane Forrest, OP

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

May I Be a Living Sign of Your Generous Love

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O God, may I find and praise your goodness dwelling within every human being. May I be a living sign of your generous love and help everyone to live more intimately with you. May we respect the evolving nature of all creation and grow to our fullness of life with you. Guide our search into our entire human nature, and into all creation, to know what you want us to do.

—Unity Petition

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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All Religions, All This Singing, One Song

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What is praised is one, so the praise is one too,
many jugs being poured into a huge basin.
All religions, all this singing, one song.

The differences are just illusion and vanity.
Sunlight looks slightly different
on this wall than it does on that wall
and a lot different on this other one, but it is still one light.
We have borrowed these clothes,
these time-and-space personalities,
from a light, and when we praise,
we pour them back in.

Jelaluddin Rumi

 

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

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Loving Your Enemies

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Oh God, help us in our lives and in all of our attitudes,
to work out this controlling force of love,
this controlling power that can solve
every problem that we confront in all areas.
Oh, we talk about politics;
we talk about the problems facing our atomic civilization.
Grant that all men will come together and discover
that as we solve the crisis and solve these problems,
the international problems,
the problems of atomic energy,
the problems of nuclear energy,
and yes, even the race problem;
let us join together in a great fellowship of love
and bow down at the feet of Jesus.
Give us this strong determination.
In the name and spirit of this Christ, we pray.
Amen.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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