As Pharaoh Of my own life I make treasure Of false gold And enslave True treasure I harden my heart I turn my gaze on others Demanding their service I hold myself mighty I rest in comfort On my enveloping couch Ah, Lady Wisdom Hear my prayer Save me from myself Disturb my comfort Lower me While loving me Turn my gaze inward That I might see myself clearly But with your compassion Soften my heart Please Lady Wisdom Soften my heart Again and again Do not look away Watch for the first Brittle hardening Like frost across the windowpane That will hardened my heart into ice Please, Lady Wisdom Do not look away Only breathe, breathe Your soft holy mother breath Onto my hard freezing heart When the frost of anger threatens To harden my heart Exhale your soft holiness Into my soul And soften my heart
Early Morning Prayer
The fox does not know How to live Except in the moment The tree does not mourn Summer nor Long for spring The wave does not resent The shore Where it dies The sky does not conquer The earth To grasp more for itself The sun does not fear Setting As the earth spins The moon does not cling To full And refuse to wane Let me live Now Not then nor maybe Let me rejoice Knowing Not fearing death Let me welcome The new shore While enjoying the deep sea Let me share As the sky Shares rain with the earth Let me lighten My world Though sunset nears Let me wane Even as I have waxed Through days and years Let me feel the rhythm The eternal renewal Of each new now Of fox and tree Wave and sky Sun and moon In peace So may it be For me
A Prayer for Compassion
(Cf. Psalm 1) Blessed can I be If I do not run to compete If I do not stand around feeling better than others If I do not sit smugly judging others Instead let me focus on collaboration Turn my mind always to God’s compassion Then my spirit will take shape Like a fruitful tree Watered by fresh flowing communication Please, Lady Wisdom, Do not let me wither and shrivel into competition Help me be compassionate and collaborative, Nourished and nourishing Help me to remember that without compassion My efforts become like dead leaves Blown every which way by competitive thoughts My tree will be bowed down, broken and uprooted I will be unable to enjoy the ripened fruits of compassion The compassionate choice supports harmony and community The competitive choice brings discord and isolation. Amen
Dear Goddess, God, Divinity, Higher Power, Whoever I would like a favor, a blessing, a grace, a whatever Please I would like to do things badly Well not quite What I mean is I would like to not have to do things well Grant me satisfaction with imperfection (since that is all I can ever achieve, be) Let me enjoy the doing more than the done Amen, Namaste, Shalom, Blessings be, Whatever Oh, and thank you
To hold love lightly To bear sorrow softly To celebrate their youth To treasure my age To give help easily To accept help generously To feast on memories of then To drink deeply of now To plant contentment To harvest gratitude To seek without expectation To find without grasping To believe in unseen goodness To see this world’s divinity My prayer is just this: Please, Goddess, Let this be not too much to ask
Who art our earth
Hallowed be your resources
May you flourish more
May we honor your wisdom
As we see it in nature
Thank you for our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses against you
As we recognize they trespass against us too
Let us avoid the temptation of exploitation
Let us be delivered from unwise practices
For you are our home
Yours is true power
In you we should glory
Forever and ever
So be it
My Favorite Prayers
Are You kidding me?
I don’t even believe in You.
Leave me alone!
How could You?
I don’t understand.
Religion is bullshit.
Faith haunts me.
For remembering me
That I am made but of dust
And you can’t expect much
The occasional sparkle
In Love’s sunshine
For loving me
Even when I hate You
Even when I don’t believe
The Lord’s Prayer – My Own Version
Dear God, my always and forever Best Friend, Faithful Lover, Greatest Security,
whether I remember You or not
whether I call on You or not
does not change Your greatness, Your supremacy
now and forever.
Help me to live now as I would want to live always:
my best life, my most generous life
for myself and others.
Help me to be satisfied,
to love myself and others,
to be as generous in forgiving myself and others
as You are in forgiving me – and others.
Help me to always focus on the good.
Keep me from despair over the not good.
For You are God,
Master and Mistress,
Savior and Advocate
of this world, of all worlds, of all time:
Sovereign, Powerful, Glorious – and Loving, Forever Loving.
Let it be so.
Prayer for a Friend
God of Eve,
Who stayed with her in hardship and exile
God of Sarah,
Who stayed with her in barrenness and wandering
God of Miriam,
Who stayed with her in the desert
God of Deborah,
Who stayed with her in battles
God of Ruth,
Who stayed with her in loss
God of Esther,
Who stayed with her in a world strange to her
God of Elizabeth,
Who stayed with her in barrenness and in fullness
God of Mary,
Who came to her
God of Mary Magdalene,
Who stayed with her despite her demons
God of Martha,
Who stayed with her as she worked
God of Lydia,
Who blessed her with faith
God of every hurting woman,
God of my friend,
Let her feel your loving Presence
Sooth her fears
Comfort her tears
Heal what can be healed
Lend her your strength and courage
To face what needs to be faced.
Reveal yourself to her
In the help and care
Tenderness and prayers
Of those who love her.
Amen, please, amen.
Prayer on a Facebook Post
[The italicized parts are a Facebook post that is currently being copied widely.]
I need to rant for just a moment. I’m getting old and I’ve worked hard all my life. I have made my reputation, the good and the bad, I didn’t inherit my job or my income, and I have worked hard to get where I am in life.
THANK YOU, GOD, FOR GIVING ME THE STRENGTH TO WORK.
I have juggled my job, my family, and made many sacrifices up front to secure a life for my family. It wasn’t always easy and still isn’t, but I did it all while maintaining my integrity and my principles. I’ve never put anyone beneath myself or denied help to anyone. I have friends of every walk of life and if you’re in my circle, it should be understood that I don’t have to remind you of what I’d be willing to do for you. However….
THANK YOU, GOD, FOR GIVING ME FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND ENOUGH TO SHARE.
I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth” to people who don’t have my work ethic. People who have sacrificed nothing and feel entitled to receive everything.
HELP ME, GOD, TO REMEMBER TO JUDGE NOT LEST I BE JUDGED.
I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it themselves.
THANK YOU, GOD, THAT I LIVE IN A COUNTRY THAT CARES FOR ITS PEOPLE.
I’m tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which, no one is allowed to debate.
THANK YOU, GOD, THAT I LIVE BETTER THAN ALMOST EVERYONE WHO HAS EVER LIVED.
I’m tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of all parties talk like their opinions matter to the common man. I’m tired of any of them even pretending they can relate to the life and bank account that I have.
THANK YOU, GOD, THAT MY LIFE HAS ENTERTAINMENT AS WELL AS WORK.
I’m tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor..
SOMETIMES I AM CRANKY, HELP THOU MY SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT.
I’m tired of being told I need to accept the latest fad or politically correct stupidity or befriending a group that’s intent in killing me because I won’t convert to their point of view.
SOMETIMES I RESIST LEARNING NEW WAYS OF THINKING, HELP THOU MY STUBBORNESS.
I’m really tired of people who don’t take responsibility for their lives and actions. Especially the ones that want me to fund it. I’m tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination, or big-whatever for their problems.
SOMETIMES I FORGET WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR, HELP THOU MY UNDERSTANDING.
Yes, I’m really tired. But, I’m also glad to be in the second half of my life. Because, mostly, I’m not going to have to see the world these people are creating. I thank God I’m on the way out and not on the way in. I just HATE the fact that my children and grandchildren are having to face this screwed up world. I want them to grow up understanding their freedoms of living in America, have respect for authority and the older generation who risked or sacrificed their lives to give us the rights we currently have in America.
THANK YOU, GOD, FOR YOUNGER GENERATIONS WITH STRENGTH AND HOPE AND THEIR OWN VISIONS.
No one is entitled to anything. You have a choice to work, a choice to stay off drugs, a choice to make something of yourself. I have nothing to do with your choice. That’s all on you. You are entitled to what you earn.
THANK YOU, GOD, THAT I DON’T HAVE TO EARN YOUR GRACE AND LOVE.
“This is what love is: it is not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the means by which our sins are forgiven.” 1 John 4:10
Oh yeah…GOD BLESS… THE WORLD