These lyrics are worth repeating:
“Come and find the quiet center in the crowded life we lead,
find the room for hope to enter, find the frame where we are freed:
clear the chaos and the clutter, clear our eyes, that we can see
all the things that really matter, be at peace, and simply be.
Silence is a friend who claims us, cools the heat and slows the pace,
God it is who speaks and names us, knows our being, touches base,
making space within our thinking, lifting shades to show the sun,
raising courage when we're shrinking, finding scope for faith begun.
In the Spirit let us travel, open to each other's pain,
let our loves and fears unravel, celebrate the space we gain:
there's a place for deepest dreaming, there's a time for heart to care,
in the Spirit's lively scheming there is always room to spare!”
---- Shirley Erena Murray
The Lord's Prayer
Perhaps today is the day to take a prayer walk. If you’re walking down your apartment hallway, pray for your neighbours. If you’re out in God’s wondrous world, be at one with God’s creative genius.
Sister Joan Chittister offers the following reflection on prayer: Prayer makes us aware of the elements of the divine in human life, bringing us into contact with the God-life in and around us. Prayer is not personal devotion; it is personal growth. Prayer brings us to the ultimate and the eternal, the daily and the regular, the total consciousness of God now. Prayer enables us to be immersed in what is fundamentally and truly divine in life right now. It is not meant to be a bridge to somewhere else because God is not somewhere else. God is here. Prayer is the act of beginning the process of becoming one with the One we seek — eventually, melting into God completely. This can be accomplished through immersion in the Sacred Scriptures. As Christians, what drives us is not has Jesus died but who Jesus is and why Jesus died. How he defines life and death will become our own understanding if we live prayerful lives.
In an interview, Rabbi Kushner (Rabbi Harold Kushner [book, The Lord is My Shepherd]–) said: "I was a congregational rabbi for 30 years, and I always knew I had this secret weapon, the 23rd Psalm," said Kushner in a recent telephone interview from his suburban Boston home. "It always tranquilized people; it had an incredible power to calm them. I never gave much thought to why, any more than my doctor wonders why an aspirin stops my headache." After September 11, 2001 things changed. All around him people were asking: How could God let this terrible thing happen? Kushner read the familiar words of the 23rd Psalm and heard something newly profound: "It was the answer to how to live in this crazy world. No one ever said life would be fair, but this very familiar piece of Scripture reminds us that God is on our side and gives us the means to cope with these terrible things."
When I think of life’s blessings, I do feel loving kindness all around me.
Richard Wagamese – Echo
You stand on the edge of a canyon and you shout something. The world and the universe echoes your own voice back whether you shout “Ya-hoo!” or “Yee-Haw!” That’s how echoes work. The words you throw out echo your own voice, your own energy back. So I wonder what words I will throw out at the world today? I love you? Thank you Creator! I am happy! Such a small thing to consider but such a large thing to do. What words am I throwing out to the universe today and what will come back to me as a result?