Prayer for Tuesday

The principle of life is that life responds by corresponding;
your life becomes the thing you have decided it shall be.
~ Raymond Charles Barker

I forgive all living beings;
May all living beings forgive me.
All living beings are my friends;
I have malice towards none.

May the entire universe be blissful;
May all beings be engaged in each other’s well being.
May all weakness, sickness and faults vanish;
May everyone be healthy, peaceful, and blissful everywhere.

(traditional Jain morning prayers)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I focus my power. I change my life.”

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

Prayer for Tuesday

Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love.
Love risks degenerating into obsession,
friendship is never anything but sharing.
~ Elie Wiesel

My Lord, help me forgive when everything inside me tells me not to. Help me let go when my heart is so wounded that I feel it’s breaking. Open my eyes to things that can heal me, things that can comfort me and make me stronger. Hold my hand and let me cry on Your shoulder. Take me to places I’ve never been, let me stand on the highest mountain, so I can see how foolish I am for clinging to my anger. Show me a glimpse of Your greatness, so that I can make it my treasure when everything else seems to crumble around me.

Teach me to make the best of all the painful circumstances in my life and help me love the people who hurt me as You love us all, although we hurt You every day by our words, thoughts and actions. Give me the wisdom to see beyond this moment, to understand and accept the deepest motivations that make people hurt other people. Give me the inner strength to heal and not to break, to comfort and not to destroy, to repay good for evil and love for hatred.

And last, but not least, make my faith stronger, so that I can cope with moments like this in the future. Turn every experience into a magic well, from which I can always draw drops of strength and wisdom. Teach me the alchemy of love, which changes dust and mud into gold and makes everything worthwhile. For You are the only help I’ve got and in You I put all my trust now and forever.

AMEN

(Eliza; Source: Eliza’s Prayer Box)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I forgive everyone for everything.”

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

Prayer for Monday (Hana Matsuri)

Today is the Shinto festival of Hana Matsuri.

Indifference, after all, is more dangerous than anger and hatred.
~ Elie Wiesel

Prayer for My Enemies

May my heart be open to the possibility that
even my enemies can become changed for the better,
with time, old antagonisms may diminish and soften,
differences may become less strident, less divisive.

May I understand that progress and change comes
often, when least expected, least sought after.
May my enemies become allies and even friends.
Bless my enemies, as I bless my friends.

(Copyright Abby Willowroot 2009, used with permission)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I forgive everyone for everything”

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

Prayer for Sunday (Yom Hashoah)

Today is Yom Hashoah, the Jewish remembrance of the Holocaust.

Man can live far from God — not outside God.
God is wherever we are.
Even in suffering?
Even in suffering.
~ Elie Wiesel

Lord, remember not only the men of good will, but also those of ill will. But do not remember all the suffering they have inflicted upon us. Remember rather the fruits we have brought, thanks to this suffering: our comradeship, our loyalty, our humility, the courage, the generosity, the greatness of heart that has grown out of this. And when they come to judgment, let all the fruits we have borne be their forgiveness.

(Found on a scrap of paper at the liberation of Ravensbruck Concentration Camp in Germany)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I forgive everyone for everything.”

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

Prayer for Saturday

Without forgiveness, there’s no future.
~ Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Dear God, please help me to forgive this person for hurting my feelings. Help me to see the greatness in him/her and to love him/her the way that You do. Help me to relinquish the anger that I’m experiencing so that I can walk in the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Help me to heal from this incident and to release any bitterness that I may be harboring. Please give me guidance in this situation, Holy Spirit, so that I can approach it in the way that is most pleasing to You. Help me God to do Your will. Thank You, and in Your name, I pray.

(Source: Daily Prayer)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I radiate love and happiness.”

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

Prayer for Saturday

The Hindu holiday of Mahashivaratri begins this evening.

Love is the absence of judgment.
~ His Holiness Dalai Lama XIV

Dear God,

There’s a lot to be angry about when it comes to Russia’s orphans. Of course, we’re angry about the adoption ban. But before the ban ever went into effect, we were upset about poor orphanage conditions and especially about the low place children with special needs find in that society. Even when it comes to good baby’s and children’s homes, we’re angry that there is a need for them to exist. Whenever we look into the needy eyes of an orphaned child, we’re bound to let our anger burn against the people, laws, and systems that put (and keep) her in that awful position.

And actually, a lot of that anger is righteous. Righteous anger is good. I believe you give us righteous anger to energize us and spur us on to work toward a more just and peaceful world. To model our behavior after you and not after evil.

But at the same time, we have to forgive those who sin against us. For some of us, it means we have to forgive people who might have hurt our children, before they came home. For others, it means we have to forgive those who prevent our children from coming home at all. Maybe it means we have to forgive broadly, a forgiveness in general toward all the people and systems that allow (and make) orphans to suffer. In any case, it seems impossibly hard.

So help us. Help us hold on to righteous anger while we decide to forgive. If you can forgive us for our terrible sins against you who are Holy and wholly perfect, surely we can forgive others for their sins against us, who are small and guilty the same.

We cannot let evil run unchecked in the world, nor can we let bitterness run unchecked in our hearts.

Show us how to do the impossible. Teach us how to forgive. Let us work for justice out of love and not hate. Only by your grace and example will we be successful.

Help us forgive.

Amen.

(Jillian Burden, “Adding a Burden: our journey to adoption (& parenting) joy!“)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I release the past and forgive everyone.”

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

Prayer for Sunday (Hina-matsuri)

Today is the Japanese (Shinto) holiday of Hina-matsuri, honoring daughters.

If you think you are too small to make a difference,
try sleeping with a mosquito.
~ His Holiness Dalai Lama XIV

If I have harmed anyone in any way
either knowingly or unknowingly
through my own confusions
I ask their forgiveness.
If anyone has harmed me in any way
either knowingly or unknowingly
through their own confusions
I forgive them.
And if there is a situation
I am not yet ready to forgive
I forgive myself for that.
For all the ways that I harm myself,
negate, doubt, belittle myself,
judge or be unkind to myself
through my own confusions
I forgive myself.

(Buddhist)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I release the past and forgive everyone.”

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