Prayer for Saturday

Man’s greatest blunder has been in trying to make peace with the skies
instead of making peace with his neighbors.
~ Elbert Hubbard

I pray to you, God, for the families of my neighborhood. Visit them. Throw their troubles out of them and bring hope. Make the daily cares that devour the heart disappear. Present solutions to life’s problems. Settle the disturbed relationships among members of different families whom I know or don’t know.

O Lord, remind the people of our area that you exist, that you are a strong and loving Protector. Keep away, Lord, anything that causes the disturbance of peace from souls, and the escape of sleep from our eyes. Stay a little while more tonight in our neighborhood. Spread peace along with the night. Let the harshness of the day and its struggles not spread over the night too, God.

(a prayer by Demetrios, Archbishop of America, Greek Orthodox;
Source: Bob Hostetler’s Prayer Blog)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am feeling more and more connected to others each and every day.”

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

Prayer for Friday

It takes a village to raise a child.
~ African proverb

Mother-Father God, I thank you for my community. I thank you for the strength and vitality of my neighborhood. Thank you for the men and women who serve us: police, fire department, park rangers, paramedics, garbage collectors. Bless my community with health, abundance and peace. May your eternal Spirit flow through each of us and strengthen us. Help us to remember that we are all Your children and therefore brothers and sisters to each other. And so it is. Amen.

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am feeling more and more connected to others each and every day.”

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

Prayer for Thursday (Raksha Bandhan)

Today is the Hindu festival of Raksha Bandhan.

A brother is a friend given by Nature.
~ Jean Baptiste Legouve

(The Raksha Bandhan stotram is the sloka, or Vedic prayer, recited by sisters while tying Rakhi (‘Holy Thread’) on to their brother’s hands. It is believed that the mantra will provide enough strength for brothers to protect their sisters.)

On the request of all the Gods, Lord Vishnu tied up the strong and powerful Demon King Bali with his strength. I am tying the power of the Vishnu Shakti, in the form of Raksha, on to your hand. With the force and energy of this sacred thread, all the Gods will stand at your side and keep you healthy and wealthy forever.

(Source: Hindu Devotional Blog)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am feeling more and more connected to others each and every day.”

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

Prayer for Wednesday (Lammas)

Today is the Wiccan holiday of Lammas, or Lughnasad, in the Northern Hemisphere, and Imbolc in the Southern Hemisphere. It is also the Maori festival of First Light.

We cannot live only for ourselves.
A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.
~ Herman Melville

Fields of gold,
waves of grain,
the summer comes to a close.
The harvest is ready,
ripe for threshing,
as the sun fades into autumn.
Flour will be milled,
bread will be baked,
and we shall eat for another winter.

(from About.com Paganism/Wicca pages)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am feeling more and more connected to others each and every day.”

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

Prayer for Tuesday

We’re all just walking each other home.
~ Ram Dass

Father You have made us. Red, yellow, brown, white and black, tall and short, fat and thin, rich and poor, young and old all are Your children. Teach us to cooperate rather than to compete to respect rather than to revile to forgive rather than condemn. Your son turned from no one. May we learn, like Him, to be open to share of the divine that You have implanted in each of Your sons and daughters. And may we forge a bond of love that will make a living reality the brotherhood in which we profess to believe.

(Source: Christian Brothers College High School)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am feeling more and more connected to others each and every day.”

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

Prayer for Monday

On this shrunken globe,
men can no longer live as strangers.
~ Adlai E. Stevenson

Auspiciousness be unto all;
peace be unto all;
fullness be unto all;
prosperity be unto all.

May all be happy!
May all be free from disabilities!

May all look to the good of others!
May none suffer from sorrow!

(Hindu prayer)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am feeling more and more connected to others each and every day.”

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

Prayer for Sunday (Tisha B’Av)

Today is the Jewish holiday of Tisha B’Av.

We cannot live only for ourselves.
A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.
~ Herman Melville

Gracious God,
We pray for peace in our communities this day.
We commit to you all who work for peace and an end to tensions,
And those who work to uphold law and justice.
We pray for an end to fear,
For comfort and support to those who suffer.
For calm in our streets and cities,
That people may go about their lives in safety and peace.
In your mercy, hear our prayers,
now and always. Amen

(The Church of England; Source: The Archbishop of Canterbury)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am feeling more and more connected to others each and every day.”

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