Prayer for Thursday (Birth of Guru Arjan Dev)

Today is the Sikh celebration of the Birth of Guru Arjan Dev, the fifth Sikh Guru. It is also the 12th day of the Bahá‘í holiday of Ridván. The five day Zoroastrian festival of Ghambar Maidyozarem and the Mayan Rain Festival continue today.

Once you choose hope,
anything’s possible.
~ Christopher Reeve

O God who are the only source of health and healing, the spirit of calm and the
central peace of this universe, grant to me such a consciousness of your indwelling
and surrounding presence that I may permit you to give me health and strength and
peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Source: Prayer & Prayers)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“My possibilities are endless.”

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

 

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Prayer for Thursday

Today the Iroquois Maple Ceremony ends.

Differences are not intended to separate, to alienate.
We are different precisely in order to realize our need of one another.
~ Archbishop Desmond Tutu

O Great and Eternal Spirit,
Your love and inspiration I seek.
Every day, every hour, I breathe in
Your life-giving power:
Power to love and to care.
Power to heal and to share.
Power to protect with deeds so pure.
Power to think and to endure.
Power to help, wherever there’s strife
And power to forgive –
And above all, to thank You for this life.

(Seneca traditional prayer)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I radiate love and happiness.”

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

Prayer for Friday (St. David of Wales)

Today is the Feast of St. David of Wales in western Christian traditions.

As fragrance abides in the flower
As reflection is within the mirror,
So does your Lord abide within you,
Why search for him without?
~ Guru Nanak Dev Ji

Heavenly Father, I am grateful for the children you have given me. There are times that raising them is challenging and stressful. Please give me the right words for both correcting and encouraging them, the strength and composure to be firm yet loving, and the wisdom to guide them in every situation. Amen.

(10 Prayers for Strength, Beliefnet.com)

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.)

 

Prayer for Thursday (Ta’anit Esther)

Today is the Jewish holiday of Ta’anit Esther, or the Fast of Esther.

You don’t have to be religious to have a soul;
everybody has one.
You don’t have to be religious to perfect your soul;
I have found saintliness in avowed atheists.
~ Rabbi Harold Kushner

God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob,
blessed are you.
Help me, who am alone and have no help but you,
for I am taking my life in my hand.
As a child I used to hear from the books of my forefathers
that you, O Lord, always free those who are pleasing to you.
Now help me, who am alone and have no one but you,
O Lord, my God.

(Book of Esther, Chapter C, Greek Septuagint Bible)

This Week’s Affirmation:

” I am responsible for my own attitude.”

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

Prayer for Tuesday

We have confused God with Santa Claus.
And we believe that prayer means
making a list of everything you don’t have but want
and trying to persuade God you deserve it.
Now I’m sorry, that’s not God, that’s Santa Claus.
~ Harold Kushner

God, I do not pray to be sheltered from dangers
but to be fearless in facing them.
I do not beg for the stilling of my pain,
but for the heart to conquer it.
Let me not look for allies in life’s battlefield
but to my own inner strength that You have given me.
Let me be steadfast and not cave in.
And through all things help me remember
that I am not alone for you are always with me.
Amen

(based on a quote by Rabindranath Tagore)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am responsible for my own attitude.”

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