Prayer for Thursday

One cannot comprehend Him through reason,
even if one reasoned for ages.
~ Guru Nanak Dev Ji

Now I lay me down to rest.
I pray that all the world be blest.
Lady Moon and Sister Star
Watch over me from afar.
Mother Earth is always there
And keeps me safe within her care.
The Lord of Dreams will dance and sing
And happy dreams will to me bring.
And when I wake to greet the day
Brother Sun will light my way.

(Kitty Delger)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am Divine Love.”

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

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Prayer for Wednesday

That one plant should be sown
and another be produced cannot happen;
whatever seed is sown,
a plant of that kind even comes forth.
~ Guru Nanak Dev Ji

O God, we pray and beseech you
to guide and protect young people
from the dangers that are ever present in our world today.
Be with them, as they experience both sickness and health,
sorrow and joy,
loneliness and friendship,
success and failure.
Gracious God,
give to them the courage and strength
to make the right decisions
as they journey through life.
Through the power of Spirit,
may they come to know and experience your loving care.
Amen.

(adapted from a prayer at Beliefnet.com)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am Divine Love.”

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

Prayer for Tuesday (Ayyam-i-Ha)

Ayyam-i-Ha, Days of Ha or Intercalary Days, begins for all Bahá’ís today.

Death would not be called bad, O people,
if one knew how to truly die.
~ Guru Nanak Dev Ji

O Thou the Compassionate God!
Bestow upon me a heart, which like unto a glass,
may be illumined with the light of Thy love,
and confer upon me a thought which may change this world
into a rose-garden through the spiritual bounty.
Thou art the Compassionate, the Merciful!
Thou art the Great beneficent God!

(‘Abdu’l-Bahá)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am Divine Love.”

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

 

Prayer for Monday (Magha Puja)

Today is the Buddhist holiday of Magha Puja, also called Fourfold Assembly, Sangha Day, or Amitabha Buddha Day. The Second Navajo Sing begins today. It is also the day of the Leaf, or Seedling, Full Moon.

God is one, but he has innumerable forms.
He is the creator of all and He himself takes the human form.
~ Guru Nanak Dev Ji

Let our love flow outward
though the cosmos
to its full height,
its full depth,
its full extent,
an endless love,
without hatred or enmity…
and our life will bring
heaven to earth.

(adapted from Sutta Nipata [1st Century BC])

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am Divine Love.”

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

Prayer for Sunday (Purim)

Today is the Jewish holiday of Purim. Today is the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee, the first Sunday in the Orthodox Christian Triodion.

Even Kings and emperors with heaps of wealth and vast dominion
cannot compare with an ant filled with the love of God.
~ Guru Nanak Dev Ji

Praise the Lord from heaven,
you that live in the heights above.
Praise him, all his angels,
all his heavenly armies.

Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, shining stars.
Praise him, highest heavens,
and the waters above the sky.

Let them all praise the name of the Lord!
He commanded, and they were created;
by his command they were fixed in their places forever,
and they cannot disobey.

Praise the Lord from the earth,
sea monsters and all ocean depths;
lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
strong winds that obey his command.

Praise him, hills and mountains,
fruit trees and forests;
all animals, tame and wild,
reptiles and birds.

Praise him, kings and all peoples,
princes and all other rulers;
young women and young men,
old people and children too.

Let them all praise the name of the Lord!
His name is greater than all others;
his glory is above earth and heaven.

(Psalm 148:1-13)

This Week’s Affirmation:

” I am Divine Love.”

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

Prayer for Saturday (Purim begins)

The Jewish holiday of Purim begins at sundown today. The Orthodox Christian Triodion begins at Vespers this evening.

We are here to change the world with small acts of thoughtfulness done daily
rather than with one great breakthrough.
~ Rabbi Harold Kushner

Shoshanat Yaakov (The Rose of Jacob)

 Shoshanat Yaakov

The rose of Jacob thrilled with joy and exulted when they beheld Mordechai garbed in royal blue.

You have always been their salvation, their hope in every generation, to make known that all who place hope in You shall not be put to shame, nor shall all those who trust in You be disgraced forever.

Cursed be Haman who sought to destroy me; blessed be Mordechai the Jew. Cursed be Zeresh the wife of Haman who terrified me; blessed be Esther who interceded on my behalf. Cursed be all the wicked; blessed be all the righteous; and may Charvonah also be remembered favorably.

(traditional Purim song)

This Week’s Affirmation:

” I am responsible for my own attitude.”

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

Prayer for Friday

In the final analysis,
the questions of why bad things happen to good people
transmutes itself into some very different questions,
no longer asking why something happened,
but asking how we will respond,
what we intend to do now that it happened.
~ Rabbi Harold Kushner

Wae Wae Non Ne Mot [Menominee Version of the 23rd Psalm]

The Creator above is the Great Spirit and the Great Mystery, His gifts are plentiful therefore you want not. He holds out a branch of love and protection and He draws you to where the ground is undisturbed, where the air is pure and the water is clear and clean enough to give life.

You walk, you breathe, you feed, for you are pleasured. The times when your heart is weak, your circle is out of balance, He lifts you up again and draws you to the good Menominee road, for He is strength and wisdom.

(Menominee Tribe; Source: Native American Prayers)

This Week’s Affirmation:

” I am responsible for my own attitude.”

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