November 4, 2020 at 9:40 pm #1640
Please feel free to share any prayers, blessings or spiritual practices here!November 8, 2020 at 2:16 pm #1652Val BauldParticipant
Buddhist Prayer used by the Exploring Spirituality Group.
May light dispel the darkness.
May those suffering be affliction free.
May we all be healed in heart and mind.
May all beings live in peace and harmony.
May we have health and comfort of friends who are true.
May we use our skills, knowledge and talents for the harmony of the world.
May we have joy and contentment in abundance.November 24, 2020 at 3:47 pm #1701Val BauldParticipant
This is from Ann Mortifee’s book “In Love With the Mystery”Please know that all our small group leaders are gems. We are part of a very precious necklace.
Think of the joys and sorrows of your life as gems of varying hues. Some may be dark while others sparkle. When strung together they make up the unique design of your life. Most gems are forged through great pressure. Most lives have known great stress and strain. Let the pressures that you have endured transform you into a luminous being, refracting from each experience a reflection of great beauty.January 7, 2021 at 11:27 pm #1785
A Blessing (From the Black Rock Prayer Book)
The world is too dangerous
and too beautiful for anything but love.
May your eyes be so blessed that you see God in everyone.
Your ears, so you hear the cry of the poor.
May your hands be so blessed
that everything you touch is a sacrament.
Your lips, so you speak nothing but the truth with love.
May your feet be so blessed you run
to those who need you.
And may your heart be so opened,
so set on fire, that your love,
your love, changes everythingJanuary 7, 2021 at 11:32 pm #1786
Blessed Are You Who Bear The Light by Jan Richardson
Blessed are you
who bear the light
in unbearable times,
to its endurance
amid the unendurable,
who bear witness
to its persistence
when everything seems
Blessed are you
the light lives,
the brightness blazes–
an altar where
in the deepest night
can be seen
the fire that
shines forth in you
in unaccountable faith,
in stubborn hope,
in love that illumines
every broken thing
it finds.January 13, 2021 at 3:55 am #1798Brenda HendersonParticipant
Thank you for sharing these prayers. They are wonderful.January 27, 2021 at 2:49 am #1815Thomas DennettParticipant
Here are some quotes that we opened up our Advent meeting near the week of Joy with:
“Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow.” —Helen Keller
Joy lies in the fight, in the attempt, in the suffering involved, not in the victory itself.” —Mahatma Gandhi
Joy is a choice purposefully made. Joy is an attitude of the heart and spirit, present inside each of us as an untapped reservoir of potential. -compassion.comJanuary 27, 2021 at 2:50 am #1816Thomas DennettParticipant
And a couple of verses and a poem from another one of our openings:
King James Version
13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
King James Version
31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
By Douglas Malloch More Douglas Malloch
The tree that never had to fight
For sun and sky and air and light,
But stood out in the open plain
And always got its share of rain,
Never became a forest king
But lived and died a scrubby thing.
The man who never had to toil
To gain and farm his patch of soil,
Who never had to win his share
Of sun and sky and light and air,
Never became a manly man
But lived and died as he began.
Good timber does not grow with ease,
The stronger wind, the stronger trees,
The further sky, the greater length,
The more the storm, the more the strength.
By sun and cold, by rain and snow,
In trees and men good timbers grow.
Where thickest lies the forest growth
We find the patriarchs of both.
And they hold counsel with the stars
Whose broken branches show the scars
Of many winds and much of strife.
This is the common law of life.
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