Prayers for Peace by Judy Brutz
Lord, the world's turmoil and violence with the great threats of escalation are overwhelming. How may the Civil Rights Movement bring us light and hope? Night is here, only you may fill our hearts with peace and love. Only you may heal and comfort. And only your Spirit can inspire reconciliation, nonviolence and universal community building. Don't abandon us. Stay close; hold us in your love. Amen
Our hearts cry out, let there be peace. Dear Lord, save us from war. Night is here, we can only turn to you. Hold us in your love. Fill us with your peace. Call forth the nations to peace, reconciliation and global community, we ask. We bless you and thank you for the gift of life. Amen
All the earth cries out, Beloved One, may your peace and reconciliation quiet the madness of this world. Night is with us, enfold us in your love, and forgive our crimes against your creation. Fill us with your peace and gentleness, hope and joy. Thank you for your blessings and in not giving up on us. Amen
Beloved Reconciler, you call us to love our enemies and to forgive. Night has fallen, please hold us close, strengthen us with your love that we may walk in love and peace regardless of what faces us. Radiate your love to the whole world. Move the leaders to lay down their warfare. We ask in your name. Amen
The Sabbath draws to a close, Holy One. Thank you for the blessings of worship, fellowship and your bountiful creation. We are renewed in hope and strengthened in following you. Night surrounds us, comfort, heal and hold us in your love. Still the warcries and bring enemies to making peace. Amen
Beloved One, hold me close this night,
Comfort, heal, and fill me with your peace.
Weave your love into a blanket
that I may wrap myself in.
Forgive my trespasses as I also forgive.
When morning dawns,
guide me and protect me from all harm.
Your kingdom is the welcoming community you create for all people.
Your power strengthens me to live according to your will.
All glory belongs to you.
Thank you for loving and giving me hope for a new day.
I've carried fear all my life; fear about being hurt, crushed, pushed away, abandoned. Paralyzing fear, not able to breathe, make sure not to make a sound. Wanted to run away, but where, where would be safe? Couldn't cry, it wasn't safe. No where to turn. Wanted to end it all, jump in front of an on-coming subway in the bowels of the city. Instead stuck my feet to the middle of the platform. Thought about other means -- pills, iffy, slitting wrists, questionable. With the gun rights being argued, I thought of a gun, but I am a pacifist, never owned one, never will. I thought there are better ways to dealing with fear. Affirmations give relief, the Breath Prayer is very helpful and gratitude helps to develop perspective. When things were really bad like a boil coming to a head and I couldn't write nor pray, not even use affirmations, I turned inward like I do in the Quaker silent meeting for worship and waited for the Still Small Voice to speak to me. The Holy Spirit gave alternate words to the Lord's Prayer, seems like I needed to find the depths of forgiveness and love. Today fear may rear its end, gratefully it has shrunk into an irritant under foot.
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Morning Beauty, let me count my blessings:
This week is Thanksgiving. I'm thankful that I am finding liveliness this year. Last year was particularly difficult because my husband died in September of 2011 from brain cancer. I was still in a state of disbelief then, even though we had been living with the terminal diagnosis for fifteen months.
This year Thanksgiving began for me Sunday in church with the magnificent voices of the choir and the congregation. Music always lifts my spirits with joyful cascades of sound.
During fellowship time I met a person who is new to Pocatello. I engaged in conversation to extend a friendly welcome. I listened to his story and invited three guys into our conversation. We quickly learned that he needs encouragement and involvement. He has a one and a half year old son living in the city who doesn't know his father. Dad has been driving long hall. Dad decided to settle in Pocatello in order to be active with his son. His goal is to get a job with medical benefits for his son. Hard to do. He does have a job thankfully and he now has supportive contacts.
Sunday evening we had the community wide ecumenical Thanksgiving worship service sponsored by the Portnuef Valley Interfaith Fellowship. It was held at St John's on the University campus. Every seat was taken and many children were sitting on adults' laps. Many faiths were present. Given our locality, it isn't surprising that there were lots of Mormon families. Other faiths present, Jewish, Catholic, American Indian and others. The mayors from Pocatello and Chubbuck made a proclamation naming this week Thanksgiving Week. The Idaho State University Children's Choir sang harmoniously and a LDS women's group, Reflection, sang a couple of numbers including Amazing Grace.
I'm thankful that in spite of our differences, especially politically, we were able to come together. Do you know that there is a movement afoot in the state of Idaho to secede from the Union? Really!
My daughter is making the turkey and I'm bringing dinner rolls and a multiberry pie. She's invited her university students to come to our Thanksgiving feast. There are likely to be individuals from other countries. I'm looking forward to hearing their stories.
I'm planning on extending Thanksgiving into December. No thanks to Black Friday and all the push to buy stuff for the holidays.
We call being thankful "gratitude." Each day I'm going to look for the blessings of life and offer thanks.
What are you thankful for? What blessings are you experiencing?
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