Prayer for Wednesday (Mahavir Jayanti)

Today is the Jain holiday of Mahavir Jayanti, celebrating the birth of Mahavira, the last Tirthankara.

A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.
~ Johann Wolfgang Goethe

May the whole universe be blessed.
May all beings be interested in each others well being.
May all weakness, sickness and faults diminish and vanish.
And may everyone, everywhere be peaceful and blissful.
Om shanti, shanti, shanti,
Peace, peace, peace.

(traditional Jain prayer)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I attract into my life what I AM, not what I say that I want.”

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

Prayer for Thursday (Norouz)

Today is the Zoroastrian New Years holiday of Norouz. It is also the Bahá’í New Years holiday of Naw Rúz.

All the old separations between “holy” and “worldly” are not real.
Everything is divine. Everything.
~ Mother Meera

God, Grant us your peace this year. Let our heart not be troubled by events of the day but may we find constant peace and rest in your word.

May we seek your wisdom today and everyday this year instead of wasting our time worrying over things we cannot change. Let us focus instead on loving one another; your greatest command. May we seek to be a reflection of your love to all we come in contact with. May we feel your presence and comfort in times of trouble. may we comfort those in need and reach out to the broken hearted to bind up their wounds.
We seek your face and wisdom to bring your Kingdom to earth just like it is in Heaven.

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I radiate love and happiness.”

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

Prayer for Sunday (World Religion Day)

Today is the Bahá’í celebration of World Religion Day, primarily celebrated in the US.

Through all ages, great saints have remained as living proof
that this non-temporary, permanent state of God consciousness
can be revived in all living souls.
~ George Harrison

O my God, O my Lord, O my Master! I beg Thee to forgive me for seeking any pleasure save Thy love, or any comfort except Thy nearness, or any delight besides Thy good-pleasure, or any existence other than communion with Thee.

(The Báb)

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 Saturday (Orthodox Epiphany)

Today the Eastern Orthodox Christian traditions celebrate Epiphany.

Non-violence succeeds only when we have a living faith in God.
~ Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi (Gandhi on Non-Violence)

Dear Eternal Mother (or Father),
How does your peaceableness manifest
In sentiment, thought, deed, and spoken word?
Across these aspects of existence
Which peace-building arts would you instruct
Me in? A person’s haste I recompense
With deference, a person’s anger I
Toil to reward with calm compassion.
Yet, how shall I respond to arrogance,
Cold ridicule, or power-lust-propelled
Brutality? (Any suggestions here? I’m not quite a true pacifist!)
This world now trembles in
Her weariness of fiery blasts and blood-sopped
Bodies rending and insulting her
Life-nurturing skin. A new, invincible
Peace, whose practitioners fall never to
Vindictive wrath’s allure, nor break ranks for
Just cause by forceful means, must claim all lost
In strife, must give sight to those blind by rage,
And heal the earth of hatred’s scars at last!
Sweet, Gentle Goddess, whose touch eases hurts
Within, calms discord separating hearts,
And promises to heal earth’s wounds and rifts,
To your unbounded Spirit bind me tight!

(Darlene Darlington Wagner, Source: Gentle Spirit Christian Church of Atlanta)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am Divine Presence expressing as Peace and Harmony.”

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

Prayer for Friday

Jesus was the most active resister known perhaps in history.
This was non-violence par excellence.
~ Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi, Gandhi on Non-Violence, Thomas Merton, ed.

A Prayer for the Living and the Dead

Oh God pray for us,
God beyond the God we don’t believe in,
oh God who beats our hearts, who blinks our eyes,
the One who flames the billion billion stars
and cries our tears, oh God of infinite mercy
pray for us as we die,
we who are caught in this fury, this impossible collision
of jet and tower,
ignite in us your light as the force explodes our bodies,
receive us in your safety
as the weight of our collapsing world crushes every memory, every wish,
the steaming cup of coffee waiting on our desk, our weekend plans,
receive us – stockbroker, cook, secretary, fireman –
pray for us in our surprise
as we hurtle back to what we were before we were,
oh help us die beautifully, as we die,
into your sudden light bring us home.

God pray for us still here,
pray for us as we gasp, mouths open like babies,
seeing the impossible wrath of weight,
the inferno falling,
pray for us as we look up from our lives,
from our homes and schools and workplaces,
from our lawns and freeways,
as we look up from the dust of Kabul and Khartoum,
from our shanty towns and cardboard walls,
pray for us as we see
this repetition of ancient unkindness,
our judgment on ourselves,
oh pray for us.

May sorrow break the hearts of we who are the killers,
may sorrow break the hearts of the perpetrators,
may we weep to have done this to each other,
may we weep for the cause that would cause us
to stab with knives on a clear Tuesday morning
and drop from the sky this bomb of people,
may we weep for the hurt we have suffered
and the hurt we have made others suffer,
oh God pray for us and break our hearts with sorrow
for the lineage of dominance and greed
that has caused this to happen, this rage
that has crazed us with hatred, oh pray for us God,
forgive us

We who are left to pick up their bones,
pray we remember their calling us,
dialing their phones as they dropped from the sky,
calling “I love you, I love you,
take care of the children, take care of yourselves,”
pray we remember their words,
“I love you, take care of the children.”

Oh God stop our hands on knife and trigger,
stop our hands with sorrow,
break our hearts so we weep and in grief
learn the justice of mercy,
oh God show us mercy, show us no one is other,
neither enemy nor stranger nor even
You,
who we, in the birth of your mercy, reveal.

(Elias Amidon, September 11, 2001; Source: Pace e Bene)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am Divine Presence expressing as Peace and Harmony.”

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

Prayer for Thursday

Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will.
Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being.
~ Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi

Spirit of God,
you hold us in Your embrace.
Your presence burns through this world,
transforming it.
You hold us in Your embrace.
You call us to see confront the mystery of evil.
You hold us in Your embrace.
You call us to live the astonishing mystery of good in the face
of the mystery of evil.
You hold us in Your embrace.
Be with us as we experiment with your nonviolence.
You hold us in Your embrace.
Give us the strength to break the rules of war,
to move from the war zone to the house of love.
You hold us in Your embrace.
We are grateful for You and for each other.

You hold us in Your embrace.
You hold us in Your embrace.
You hold us in Your embrace.

(Source: Pace e Bene)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am Divine Presence expressing as Peace and Harmony.”

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

Prayer for Wednesday

Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind.
It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction
devised by the ingenuity of man.
~ Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi

The United Farm Workers Prayer

Show me the suffering of the most miserable;
So I will know my people’s plight.

Free me to pray for others;
For You are present in every person.

Help me take responsibility for my own life;
So that I can be free at last.

Grant me courage to serve others;
For in service there is true life.

Give me honesty and patience;
So that the Spirit will be alive among us.

Let the Spirit flourish and grow;
So that we will never tire of the struggle.

Let us remember those who have died for justice;
For they have given us life.

Help us love even those who hate us,
So we can change the world.

(César Chávez)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am Divine Presence expressing as Peace and Harmony.”

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