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Daily Prayer/Meditation

Discussion in 'Prayers and Meditations' started by Green Gaia, Jul 30, 2004.

  1. Green Gaia

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    Prayer for Healing


    In the house made of dawn.
    In the story made of dawn.
    On the trail of dawn.
    O, Talking God.
    His feet, my feet, restore.
    His limbs, my limbs, restore.
    His body, my body, restore.
    His mind, my mind, restore.
    His voice, my voice, restore.
    His plumes, my plumes, restore.

    With beauty before him, with beauty before me.
    With beauty behind him, with beauty behind me.
    With beauty above him, with beauty above me.
    With beauty below him, with beauty below me.
    With beauty around him, with beauty around me.

    With pollen beautiful in his voice, with pollen beautiful in my voice.
    It is finished in beauty. It is finished in beauty.
    In the house of evening light.
    From the story made of evening light.
    On the trail of evening light.



    Navajo
     
  2. Green Gaia

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    Prayer for Guidance


    Let me not wander in vain.
    Let me not labor in vain.
    Let me not mingle with the prejudiced.
    Let me not leave the company of the virtuous.
    Let me not fly into anger.
    Let me not stray off the path of goodness.
    Let me not seek for this day or for the morrow.
    Give me such a wealth, O Almighty!


    - Pattinattar (10th century poet)

    Hindu
     
  3. Green Gaia

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    For Every Living Creature


    May I be a protector to those without protection,
    A leader for those who journey,
    And a boat, a bridge, a passage
    For those desiring the further shore.

    May the pain of every living creature
    Be completely cleared away.

    May I be the doctor and the medicine
    And may I be the nurse
    For all sick beings in the world
    Until everyone is healed.

    Just like space
    And the great elemets such as earth,
    May I always support the life
    Of all the boundless creatures.

    And until they pass away from pain
    May I also be the source of life
    For all the realms of varied beings
    That reach unto the ends of space.


    - Author Unknown

    Appropriate for many faiths
     
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    Prayer for Divine Guidance


    Open my lips, O Lord,
    and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

    Create in me a clean heart, O God,
    and renew a right spirit within me.

    Cast me not away from your presence
    and take not your holy Spirit from me.

    Give me the joy of your saving help again
    and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.

    Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

    Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought
    us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty
    power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by
    adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your
    purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


    - Psalms 51

    Christian
    source: Book of Common Prayer 1979
     
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    Meditation in Affliction


    Assailed by afflictions, we discover Dharma
    And find the way to liberation. Thank you, evil forces!

    When sorrows invade the mind, we discover Dharma
    And find lasting happiness. Thank you, sorrows!

    Through harm caused by spirits we discover Dharma
    And find fearlessness. Thank you, ghosts and demons!

    Through people's hate we discover Dharma
    And find benefits and happiness. Thank you, those who hate us!

    Through cruel adversity, we discover Dharma
    And find the unchanging way. Thank you, adversity!

    Through being impelled to by others, we discover Dharma
    And find the essential meaning. Thank you, all who drive us on!

    We dedicate our merit to you all, to repay your kindness.


    - Gyalwa Longchenpa

    Buddhist
     
  6. Green Gaia

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    I Look to Thee in Every Need


    I look to Thee in every need, and never look in vain;
    I feel Thy strong and tender love, and all is well again.
    The thought of Thee is mightier far than sin and pain and sorrow are.

    Discouraged in the work of life, disheartened by its load,
    Shamed by its failures or its fears, I sink beside the road.
    But let me only think of Thee and then new heart springs up in me.

    Thy calmness bends serene above, my restlessness to still;
    Around me flows Thy quickening life, to nerve my faltering will.
    Thy presence fills my solitude, Thy providence turns all to good.

    Enfolded deep in Thy dear love, held in Thy law, I stand;
    Thy hand in all things I behold, and all things in Thy hand.
    Thou leadest me by unsought ways, and turn my mourning into praise.


    - Samuel Longfellow

    Unitarian, Christian, appropriate for many faiths
    source: Hymns of the Spirit (1864)
     
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    For the Poor and Neglected


    Almighty and most merciful God, we remember before you all poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy for us to forget: the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick, and all who have none to care for them. Help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit, and to turn their sorrow into joy. Grant this, Father, for the love of your Son, who for our sake became poor, Jesus Christ our Lord.



    Christian
    source: Book of Common Prayer 1979
     
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    Twenty-Third Psalm


    HaShem is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters.
    He restoreth my soul; He guideth me in straight paths for His name's sake.
    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.
    Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; Thou hast anointed my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
    Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of HaShem for ever.


    - Psalms 23: 1-6

    Jewish
    source: Tanakh (Jewish Publication Society, 1917);


    Twenty-Third Psalm


    The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures;
    he leads me beside still waters;
    he restores my soul.
    He leads me in right paths for his name's sake.
    Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
    I fear no evil;
    for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff--they comfort me.
    You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
    you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
    Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
    and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
    my whole life long.


    - Psalms 23: 1-6

    Christian
    source: The Bible (New Revised Standard Version)
     
  9. Green Gaia

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    Prayer for Those In Despair


    Send your life-giving Spirit
    upon those who despair of living,
    O generous and loving God.
    If it is your will,
    let them find rest from their labors
    that they may have peace.
    If there is a call they have not heard,
    open their eyes and ears to know it
    that they may find the joy of abundant life.
    Grant them your blessing this day
    and every day.
    Amen.


    - Vienna Cobb Anderson

    Appropriate for many faiths
     
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    Prayer for Yule


    May the log burn,
    May the wheel turn,
    May evil spurn,
    May the Sun return.


    - Author Unknown

    New Age, Pagan
     
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    O LORD, raise up, we pray thee, thy power, and come among us, and with great might succour us; that whereas, through our sins and wickedness, we are sore let and hindered in running the race that is set before us, thy bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be honour and glory, world without end.

    --the Collect for the Fourth Sunday in Advent, 1928 BCP
     
  12. Green Gaia

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    Prayer for Comfort and Hope


    Grant unto us, Almighty God, in all time of sore distress,
    the comfort of the forgiveness of our sins.
    In time of darkness give us blessed hope,
    in time of sickness of body give us quiet courage;
    and when the heart is bowed down, and the soul is very heavy,
    and life is a burden, and pleasure a weariness,
    and the sun is too bright, and life too mirthful,
    then may that Spirit, the Spirit of the Comforter, come upon us,
    and after our darkness may there be the clear shining of the heavenly light;
    that so, being uplifted again by Thy mercy,
    we may pass on through this our mortal life
    with quiet courage, patient hope, and unshaken trust,
    hoping through Thy loving-kindness and tender mercy
    to be delivered from death into the large life of the eternal years.
    Hear us of Thy mercy, through Jesus Christ our Lord – Amen.


    - George Dawson

    Christian
     
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    St. Nicholas Day Blessing of Candy Canes


    Good St. Nicholas, we honor you
    on this your holy feast day.
    We rejoice that you are the patron saint
    and the holy symbol of joy
    for many peoples of many lands.
    Come, great-hearted saint,
    and be our patron and companion
    as we, once again, prepare our homes and hearts
    for the great feast of Christmas,
    the birth of the Eternal Blessing, Jesus Christ.

    May these sweets, these candy canes,
    be a sign of Advent joy for us.
    May these candy canes,
    shaped just like your Bishop's staff,
    be for us a sign of your benevolent care.

    We rejoice that you are the holy bringer of gifts
    and that so many have been delighted
    through your great generosity.
    Help us to be as generous of heart.

    Wherever these candy canes are hung,
    on tree or wall or door,
    may they carry with them
    the bright blessing of God.
    May all who shall taste them
    experience the joy of God
    upon their tongues and in their hearts.

    We ask God, now, to bless
    these your brightly striped sweets
    in the name of the Father,
    and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


    - Edward Hays

    Christian, Catholic
    source: From "Prayers for the Domestic Church: A Handbook for Worship in the Home" by Edward Hays. Forest of Peace Publishing
     
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    Prayer for the New Year


    Oh Thou, who art ever the same, grant us so to pass through the coming year with faithful hearts, that we may be able in all things to please Thy loving eyes. Amen.


    - Mozarabic, 700 A.D.

    Appropriate for many faiths






    For the Protection of Travelers


    All-Father Wodan, protector of travelers,
    guard us, guide us,
    bring us through
    in safety and ease
    on our journey today.


    - Ceisiwr Serith

    Pagan






    Serenity Prayer

    God grant me the serenity
    to accept the things I cannot change;
    courage to change the things I can;
    and wisdom to know the difference.
    Living one day at a time;
    enjoying one moment at a time;
    accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
    taking, as He did, this sinful world
    as it is, not as I would have it;
    trusting that He will make all things right
    if I surrender to His Will;
    that I may be reasonably happy in this life
    and supremely happy with Him
    forever in the next.
    Amen.


    - Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)

    Christian, Protestant, appropriate for many faiths






    Prayer for Kindness


    Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. Be fair in thy judgement, and guarded in thy speech. Be a lamp unto those who walk in darkness, and a home to the stranger. Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring. Be a breath of life to the body of humankind, a dew to the soil of the human heart, and a fruit upon the tree of humility.

    Baha'i, appropriate for many faiths
     
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    Prayer for Those in Need


    Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.
    From the end of the earth will I call unto Thee, when my heart fainteth; lead me to a rock that is too high for me.
    For Thou hast been a refuge for me, a tower of strength in the face of the enemy.
    I will dwell in Thy Tent for ever; I will take refuge in the covert of Thy wings. Selah


    - Psalms 61: 2-5

    Jewish
     
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    Prayer for Freedom From Suffering


    May all beings everywhere plagued
    with sufferings of body and mind
    quickly be freed from their illnesses.
    May those frightened cease to be afraid,
    and may those bound be free.
    May the powerless find power,
    and may people think of befriending
    one another.
    May those who find themselves in trackless,
    fearful wilderness--
    the children, the aged, the unprotected--
    be guarded by beneficent celestials,
    and may they swiftly attain Buddhahood.


    - The Buddha

    Buddhist
     
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    Prayer for Holy Rest


    O Lord, support us all the day long, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world lies hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in thy mercy grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last.



    Christian
    source: Book of Common Prayer 1979
     
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    Prayer in Response to the Tsunami Disaster


    May those who lost life rest in peace in heaven. May those who survived find strength to go on with their normal lives. May those who are fortunate extend their hands to help the victims. In times like this, may the whole world unite for the glory of God.


    Appropriate for many faiths
     
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    Enlighten the Darkness of My Heart


    Most High, glorious God,
    enlighten the darkness of my heart,
    and give me right faith,
    certain hope,
    and perfect charity,
    wisdom and understanding,
    Lord, that I may carry out
    your holy and true command.
    Amen.


    - St. Francis of Assisi

    Christian
     
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    On Seeing a Rainbow


    Blessed are you, O God, our Lord, King of the Universe, who remembers the covenant, is faithful to his covenant, and keeps his promise.



    Jewish
     
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