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Prayer For The Week – Maya Angelou

Father, Mother, God,
Thank you for your presence
during the hard and mean days.
For then we have you to lean upon.
Thank you for your presence
during the bright and sunny days,
for then we can share that which we have
with those who have less.
And thank you for your presence
during the Holy Days, for then we are able
to celebrate you and our families
and our friends.
For those who have no voice,
we ask you to speak.
For those who feel unworthy,
we ask you to pour your love out
in waterfalls of tenderness.
For those who live in pain,
we ask you to bathe them
in the river of your healing.
For those who are lonely, we ask
you to keep them company.
For those who are depressed,
we ask you to shower upon them
the light of hope.
Dear Creator, You, the borderless
sea of substance, we ask you to give to all the
world that which we need most—Peace.

– Maya Angelou

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Prayer For The Week – Blessings Worth Praying For

Franciscan prayer of blessing

May God bless us with discomfort at easy answers,

half-truths and superficial relationships,

so that we will live deeply in our hearts.

May God bless us with anger at injustice, oppression

and exploitation of people and the earth,

so that we will work for justice, equity and peace.

May God bless us with tears to shed for those who suffer,

so that we will reach out our hands

to comfort them and change their pain to joy.

And may God bless us with the foolishness to think that

we can make a difference in our world,

so that we will do the things which others say cannot be done.

Prayer For The Week – Breath Prayer

Breathe in:  Lover of my soul,

Breathe out:  help me overflow with love.

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The following are exerpts from the Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun.  (This is one of the best books I have come across on spiritual disciplines.  The book contains a depth of perspective and spirituality and yet remains accessible.)

Breathing is an uncounscious thing. And breath prayer reminds us that just as we can’t live on one breath of air, we can’t live on one breath of God. God is the oxygen of our soul, and we need to breathe him in all day long. After all, it is in him that “we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). Breath prayer reminds us that each breath we are given is God’s gift and that God’s Spirit is nearer to us than our own breath.

Breath prayer or “prayer of the heart” has been practiced in the church for millennia. The Eastern Orthodox Church in particular has seen breath prayer as a way of living out Paul’s instruction to “pray without ceasing.”

To practice breath prayer, ponder the nearness of God. Settle deeply into the truth that Christ is in you. Deeply breathe in, repeating any name of God that is dear to you. As you exhale, voice a deep desire of your heart. When you exhale, offer up the desire of your heart. The brevity of the prayer allows it to be repeated over and over throughout the day.

Examples of breath prayers are

  • breathe in “Abba,” breathe out “I belong to you.”
  • breathe in “Healer,” breathe out “speak the word and I shall be healed.”
  • breathe in “Shepherd,” breathe out “bring home my lost son.”
  • breathe in “Holy One,” breathe out “keep me true.”
  • breathe in “Lord,” breathe out “here I am.”
  • breathe in “Jesus,” breathe out “have mercy on me.”

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Lover of my soul, help me overflow with love.

Lover of my soul, help me overflow with love.

Lover of my soul, help me overflow with love.

Prayer For The Week – Peace

Join people of all faiths around the world who are praying this prayer at noon each day:

Lead me from death to life,

from falsehood to truth.

Lead me from despair to hope,

from fear to trust.

Lead me from hate to love,

from war to peace.

Let peace fill our heart, our world, our universe.

Peace, peace, peace.

Adapted from the Upanishads by Satish Kumar.

Prayer For The Week – Thank you for this day of life

O God, I thank You for this day of life,
for eyes to see the sky,
for ears to hear the birds,
for feet to walk amidst the trees,
for hands to pick the flowers from the earth,
for a sense of smell to breathe in the sweet
perfumes of nature,
for a mind to think about and appreciate
the magic of everyday miracles,
for a spirit to swell in joy at Your mighty presence
everywhere.

Marian Wright Edelman