Prayer for Thursday (Guru Har Rai Birthday)

Today is the Sikh celebration of the birth of Guru Har Rai Sahib Ji, 7th Sikh Guru. The first of the three Navajo Sings for 2013 continues today.

Finish each day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in;
forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day.
You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit
to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Earth Prayer

O Endless Creator, Force of Life, Seat of the Unconscious,
Dharma, Atman, Ra, Qalb, Dear Center of our Love,
Christlight, Yaweh, Allah, Mawu,
Mother of the Universe…

Let us, when swimming with the stream,
become the stream…
Let us, when moving with the music,
become the music…
Let us, when rocking the wounded,
become the suffering…

Let us live deep enough
till there is only one direction…
and slow enough till there is only
the beginning of time…
and loud enough in our hearts
till there is no need to speak…

Let us live for the grace beneath all we want,
let us see it in everything and everyone,
till we admit to the mystery
that when I look deep enough into you,
I find me, and when you dare to hear my fear
in the recess of your heart, you recognize it
as your secret which you thought
no one else knew…

O let us embrace
that unexpected moment of unity
as the atom of God…
Let us have the courage
to hold each other when we break
and worship what unfolds…

O nameless spirit that is not done with us,
let us love without a net
beyond the fear of death
until the speck of peace
we guard so well
becomes the world…

(Mark Nepo)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I radiate love and happiness.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Wednesday

The first of the three Navajo Sings for 2013 continues today.

Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Apprehend God in all things,
for God is in all things.

Every single creature is full of God
and is a book about God.

Every creature is a word of God.

If I spent enough time with the tiniest creature–
even a caterpillar–
I would never have to prepare a sermon.
So full of God is every creature.

(Meister Eckhart)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I radiate love and happiness.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Tuesday

The first of the three Navajo Sings for 2013 continues today.

Do not go where the path may lead,
go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Earth teach me quiet ~ as the grasses are still with new light.
Earth teach me suffering ~ as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility ~ as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring ~ as mothers nurture their young.
Earth teach me courage ~ as the tree that stands alone.
Earth teach me limitation ~ as the ant that crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom ~ as the eagle that soars in the sky.
Earth teach me acceptance ~ as the leaves that die each fall.
Earth teach me renewal ~ as the seed that rises in the spring.
Earth teach me to forget myself ~ as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember kindness ~ as dry fields weep with rain.

(An Ute Prayer)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I radiate love and happiness.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Monday (St. Thomas Aquinas)

Today is the Christian feast of St. Thomas Aquinas. The first of the three Navajo Sings for 2013 continues today.

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else
is the greatest accomplishment.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

How strong and good
and sure your earth smells,
and everything that grows there.
Bless us, our land,
and our people.
Bless our forests with mahogany,
wawa and cacao.
Bless our fields
with cassava and peanuts.
Be with us in our countries
and in all of Africa,
And in the whole world.

(Ashanti prayer, Ghana, Africa)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I radiate love and happiness.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

 

Prayer for Sunday (Navajo Sing)

The first of the three Navajo Sings for 2013 continues today.

All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

May all I say and all I think
be in harmony with thee,
God within me,
God beyond me,
maker of the trees.

(Chinook prayer, Pacific Northwest Coast, North America)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I radiate love and happiness.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Saturday (Tu B’Shevat)

Today is the Jewish holiday of Tu B’shevat. Today also begins the first of the three Navajo Sings for 2013.

In one moment,
we are now forever,
in one moment…
~ Paul Goldman, Journey Into Oneness

My place is in the Placeless, my trace in the Traceless;
I’m neither body nor soul, as I belong to the soul of the Beloved.

I have dispensed with duality, and seen the two worlds as One.
One I seek, One I know, One I see, One I call

He is the first, last, the outward and the inward,
I know none other than He, and He Who Is.

(Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am One with All Things,
for all things are One and all things are related.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Friday (Conversion of St. Paul)

Today is the Christian feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul.

Between God and the soul there is no between.
~ Julian of Norwich

I go where I must go,
In the light that’s only His…
And all I ever know
Is the truth that God alone is.

So my way is always clear,
Even when I cannot see…
There is nothing I will fear
For the Father goes before me.

God is.

And I am in God.

And so it is.

Amen

(adapted from Golden Prayer)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am One with All Things,
for all things are One and all things are related.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)