Lord, Thank you for the great gifts… [St. John of the Cross]

Today is the Christian feast of St. John of the Cross. The Hopi & Zuni Festival of Shalako continues today.

Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.
~ Danny Thomas

Lord,
Thank you for the great gifts of this world, especially for the great gifts of each other.
And as we grow in the community, through our love for one another, give us the strength to
accept the challenge of service. Help us to realize the needs of Your children and deepen our
commitment to meet those needs. Never let us become preoccupied with our human
accomplishments, but teach us to know that all things come from You.
Amen.

(Source: Country Day School of the Sacred Heart)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I embrace the teacher within.”

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

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Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;… [Santa Lucia]

Today is the Christian feast of Santa Lucia, or Saint Lucy. The Hopi & Zuni Festival of Shalako continues today.

If every American donated five hours a week,
it would equal the labor of twenty million full-time volunteers.
~ Whoopi Goldberg

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

(St. Francis of Assisi)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I embrace the teacher within.”

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

Father, Allow me to serve others… [Our Lady of Guadalupe]

Today is the Catholic feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The Hopi & Zuni Festival of Shalako continues today.

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.
~ Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi

Father,
Allow me to serve others with a joyful heart;
Never keeping score;
Always giving;
Never expecting to receive.

Allow me to give of myself,
To give of my talents and of my goods,
To give of my time and of my energy,
To give of my heart and of my soul.

Help me understand the needs of others,
Never criticizing,
Never demeaning,
Never scolding,
Never condemning.

You have been so gracious to me,
Always Loving,
Always forgiving,
Always restoring;
Never gloating over my defeats,
Even when I have been so wrong.

Father, keep a condemning spirit
Far from my heart and further from my lips.
Allow me to serve others as You serve,
With gentleness, compassion, and tenderness,
Never diminishing the worth of another,
Choosing to extend mercy to the brokenhearted,
Like You have repeatedly shown it to me.

(Source: My Sweet Serenity)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I embrace the teacher within.”

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

 

All through this day, O Lord,…

The Hopi & Zuni Festival of Shalako continues today.

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

All through this day, O Lord, by the power of Thy quickening Spirit, let me touch the lives of others for good, whether through the word I speak, the prayer I speak, or the life I live.
Amen

(Anonymous)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I embrace the teacher within.”

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

 

God bless those that serve,…

The Hopi & Zuni Festival of Shalako continues today.

I believe we are put on this earth to be of service.
It’s how I find meaning in my life. And it’s fun!
~ Dana Delany

God bless those that serve,
Your spirit flows through them
Giving grace to those they are with
Like a mountain spring there source is pure and caring

Be with those that serve, even when difficulties arise
for you are in the darkness too
providing love to those who have seen little
giving compassion to those who have been judged harshly

Be with those that serve, especially when they are laughing
For when we serve, we tire
But a jolly laugh restores the soul

Be with those that serve, in unimaginable ways
For in the giving of ourselves
Your spirit fills our being
Making us whole

God be with those who serve…
for they have seen your face and said, “God is Good”

(Tyler; Source: Love, God, and Life:…)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I embrace the teacher within.”

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

O Lord our heavenly Father,…

The Hopi & Zuni Festival of Shalako continues today.

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.
~ Muhammad Ali

O Lord our heavenly Father, whose blessed Son came not to be served but to serve: Bless, we beseech thee, all who, following in his steps, give themselves to the service of others; that with wisdom, patience, and courage, they may minister in his name to the suffering, the friendless, and the needy; for the love of him who laid down his life for us, the same thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(Book of Common Prayer, 1979)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I embrace the teacher within.”

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

Prayer for Saturday

In mystical traditions,
it is one’s own readiness that makes experiences exoteric or esoteric.
The secret isn’t that you’re not being told.
The secret is that you’re not able to hear.
~ Ram Dass

God,
Open my heart to see how you see
Open my heart to love how you love
Open my heart to serve as you have served
Open my mouth so I may speak as you spoke
Open my ears to hear as you heard
Open my mind to think as you thought
Lord,
I want to set this world on fire,
let it burn bright for you,
its everything that I desire,
Can I be the ONE you use?

(Amanda, Source: divine caroline)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I release resentment and let it go. The past has no power over me.”

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