Let All Creation Sing For Joy

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Let all creation sing for joy
In the places of brokeness
God is bringing salvation.

Let all creation sing for joy
In the depths of darkness
God is bringing light.

Let all creation sing for joy
In the midst of death
God is giving birth to life.

Let all creation sing for joy
For the Lord who loves justice
Is coming to renew all that is broken.

Let all creation sing for joy
All you who follow the Way
God’s righteousness is springing up

Let all creation sing for joy
God’s world is breaking into ours
In healing, in generosity, and freedom. Amen

~ Christine Sine

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My Ancient Gardener

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Green-thumbed God,
my ancient gardener,
I spread my branches
to treat you to shade
so we can talk.

My relationship to you
has been ambiguous.
I have always shivered
under your pruning knife,
but I have lapped up
your watering.

I was hurt that you
did not protect me
from the destructive winds,
but I trust your accurate eye
to design my future shape.
I rest in your dream of me.

I will reward your quiet murmurings
(encouraging me to grow)
by pushing up another shoot.

Before the cold of winter,
I will throw myself into magnificence
that will take your breath away.
I will be flowing gold,
transparent yellow,
I will be sun behind shifting sun
in every leaf.

Can you hear that I talk to you
through colors?
Are you listening to the love prayers
of my leaves?

~ Ulrich Schaffer

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May This Be Our Prayer Today ~

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My main practice is to dedicate my body, speech
and mind to the welfare of others.
I hope to be able to continue to do this for some time yet.
My favourite prayer is:

“For as long as space endures,
And for as long as living beings remain,
Until then may I too abide,
To dispel the misery of the world.” ~ Dalai Lama

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A Blessing Prayer In Difficult Times

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May you know tender shelter and healing blessing when you are called to stand in the place of pain.
May the places of darkness within you be surprised by light.
May you be granted the wisdom to avoid false resistance and when suffering knocks on the door of your life, may you be able to glimpse its hidden gift.
May you be able to see the fruits of suffering.
May memory bless and shelter you with the hard-earned light of past turmoil, to remind you that you have survived before,
And though the darkness is now deep,
You will soon see approaching light.
May this give you confidence and trust.
May a window of light always surprise you.
May the grace of transfiguration heal your wounds.

~ John O’Donohue

Old Enough To Know

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I just celebrated my 67th birthday this week.
I thought this prayer was fitting to reflect on the wisdom of humility as one grows older ~ ~

Lord, Thou knowest better than I know myself that I am growing older and will someday be old.

Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion.

Release me from the craving to straighten out everybody’s affairs.

Make me thoughtful but not moody, helpful but not bossy.

With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all, but Thou knowest, Lord that I want a few friends in the end.

Keep my mind free of recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point.

Seal my lips on my aches and pains. They are increasing, and my love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by.

I dare not ask for the grace to enjoy the tales of others’ pain, but help me to endure them with patience.

I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessening cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others.

Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken.

Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want to be a Saint—some of them are so hard to live with—but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the devil.

Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places, and talents in unexpected people.

And give me, Lord, the grace to tell them so. Amen

~ 17th – Century Nun

Yet ~ balancing the above with a little hope,  that with God’s help,
we can be more than we ever imagined ! ! !

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O God

help me
to believe
the truth about myself

no matter
how beautiful it is!

~ Macrina Wiederkehr

Summer Songs

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A Summer Prayer

The summer day is filled with sounds of life.
I add my voice to them with a song of gratitude and love.
The earth is traveling on a threefold mystical journey, as it whirls in the dance of day and night and makes its annual pilgrimage around the source of its life, the sun, and moves outward into boundless space. I too am traveling this day on my pilgrim’s path. I pause to remember who I am and how I can respond to you, my God.
I want to walk in the way that heals and restores my body and freshens my soul.
Help me to see your presence in all of life.

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Hear Us

God of old women praying forever
fingers bent over quilts,
Hear us.
God of tired immigrants carrying trunks,
looking for the promised land
Hear us.
God of smooth-faced children
opening door after door into tomorrow
Hear us.
God of weary warriors, who want to go home
wondering who is friend and who is enemy
Hear us.

Hear us.
Hear our sighs too deep for words.
Hear our cries for justice.
Give us what we do not know we need.
Tell us our names.
Hold us.

Hear us.

~ Diane Roth (used with permission)