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Aware of the gracious love undergirding all the earth, let us pray* for our community, the world, and all who stand in need. I bid you pray* in silent meditation your deepest concerns.

     Please pray* silently.

*meditate, hold in good and active thought

Let us pray* for communities around the world: that they may bring good news and reconciliation to this earth.

     Please pray* silently.

Let us pray* for our country: that its leaders may govern wisely and with compassion; that its citizens may act responsibly toward one another with fairness and for the common good.

     Please pray* silently.

Let us pray* for all nations: that all peoples shall know peace with justice; that together they recognize their common interdependence in sharing Earth's resources.

     Please pray* silently.

Let us pray* for the ties that bind us to one another: that husbands, wives, and partners of all kinds love and respect one another with tender care; that children are reaered with a sense of basic trust in the goodness of life; that relations between friend and friend be open in loving honesty, and that all human relationships may be strengthened.

     Please pray* silently.

Let us pray* for those who are in trouble or danger: that regardless of circumstance they may find hope and release; that they may know they are not alone but abide in you. Pray* for those weighed down by life's burdens.

     Please pray* silently.

O Source of Love and Mercy, you know the deepest yearnings of our hearts. Take them and use them to work your perfect will in the life of the world. Shape our lives according to our prayers*. Amen.

Originally posted to pastordan on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 04:44 PM PST.

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  •  Tonight's resource (4.00)
    from Chalice Worship again.

    Please be in particular prayer* for our co-workers Tim and Carol, Muslims around the world, and that dude Cheney shot.

    Street Prophets: where the cookies live now...

    by pastordan on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 04:45:40 PM PST

  •  A Beautiful Snow (4.00)
    Thank God for a beautiful weekend snow.  I braved the elements to take the Metro to church.  At one part of my walk, the trees formed a beautiful snow-covered tunnel.

    Thank God for a good joke.  The minister today said that the snow reminded him of an old preacher's joke.  On a snow-covered day, the young minister arrives at the church to find only one parishioner, an old farmer.  He asks the farmed whether there should be a service.  The farmer says that if he went out to feed his cows in a blizzard and only one cow showed up, he would stil feed it.  The minister does the whole service and after the service asks the farmer how he did.  The farmer looks at the minister and says, "Well, if a went out to feed the cows in a blizzard and only one showed up, I wouldn't drop the whole load."

    Prayers for all who are ill or injured, including the brother of Hyperbolic Pants Explosion and the man shot by Vice President Cheney.

    Prayers for all who have passed including my Uncle Maynard and Mrs. Coretta Scott King.

    Prayers for all those who are travelling that the snow does not test their patience too much.

    Prayers for all those who are travelling

    •  The view from our back stoop: (4.00)

      Street Prophets: where the cookies live now...

      by pastordan on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 05:10:59 PM PST

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    •  A Beautiful Snow Indeed (4.00)
      A foot of white fluffy snow fell over the last two days, and the smiles it brought to the faces of our two small children were a sight to behold.  More wonderous than the snowcovered trees.

      Our power didn't go out.  The snow was easy to shovel.  The streets weren't too bad.  And the kids had fun sledding down the hill at a nearby school.

      We have a great deal to be grateful for.

      by Alegre on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 05:57:16 PM PST

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  •  For Dot G. (4.00)
    My neighbor for my entire childhood and beyond, till I moved out of my parents' home, and mother of one of my dearest childhood friends, who died completely unexpectedly, and quite early (age 58), on Monday.

    And I offer thanks for our beautiful snowstorm. I live only two blocks from my church; my husband stayed home with the boys, and I walked to our 10 a.m. service. There were four congregants, our pastor, and her husband. It was the most personal, intimate, unique service I've ever been to. And the walk there and home was completely lovely.

    Something's happening here today -- a show of strength with your boys' brigade. Paul Weller

    by jamfan on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 05:00:28 PM PST

  •  i just want to say that (4.00)
    a month or so ago i snuck into a brothers and sisters thread when i was in a really awful place. i felt awful. i had lost the girl, the lease and the job and i was in a really shitty frame of mind.

    but then the wave of goodwill and and kind words came flooding my way and i was humbled to a point that i didn't even think possible. it really was beautiful and i will forever be thankful to all those that were there to offer their thoughts and encouragement. i can't overstate how much it meant to me at that moment.

    it's a month later and i have taken a job here in the UK and in the last two weeks, i've worked in london, brussels, ghent, paris and amsterdam. in the next month i'll be in delhi, antwerp and brussels again. i'm living in a big, lovely house a block from the english channel with the smallest adult cat known to man. i can see france from my bedroom window on a clear day. it's all good, really good.

    i'm not a believer, nor am i believer in prayer. but i do want to thank as profusely and sincerely as a i possibly can all those who offered their prayers, their words and, in more than a few cases, their homes to me a month ago. it was truly beautiful and yet another illustration of why i love this community so much. it made me cry more than once and made me appreciate what we are cultivating here even more.

    i am so proud and so, so fortunate to be a part of this community.

    i just want to thank everyone and tell you that this agnostic loves you all, each and every one.

    "after the Rapture, we get all their shit"

    now rocking the UK. check out An Angry Yank in Kent, yo.

    by lipris on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 05:01:53 PM PST

    •  Blessed Be. (4.00)
      ו'ימרו אמין

      Compromise on Personnel - Never on Principle. Street Prophets - "Ani Adonai Eloheichem" He says.

      by mkrell on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 05:09:24 PM PST

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    •  Who says prayer ain't powerful? (4.00)
      You feel supported, it's all good.

      Street Prophets: where the cookies live now...

      by pastordan on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 05:12:58 PM PST

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    •  Big hug, lipris (4.00)
      So glad to know you're making music again.

      Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

      by bumblebums on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 05:20:00 PM PST

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    •  it's hardly (4.00)
      "sneaking in" when you are warmly welcome.  Namaste.

      I've been going through a rough time myself lately - although not quiet what I think you had - and I'm filled with thanksgiving for what I have and gratefulness for things that are going right.

    •  That is wonderful (4.00)
      lipris,I am so happy for you! :)
    •  :) now you've started me on wild speculation.... (4.00)
      I don't really believe in prayer per se. But I have this really wild, kooky theory. See, we're all made up of atoms, right? And atoms, deep down inside, have electrons, which govern to some extent the structure of atoms and molecules... Now, the thing that always puzzled me when I was a kid? Apparently different atoms with different levels of electrons (say -2 and +2) will somehow find each other or be attracted to each other and bond. Why did this puzzle me? Because, well, how did the electrons KNOW?

      But since then I've started to wonder if electrons aren't on some level aware. And that leads me to all these thoughts about, say, auras, and what auras really could be, and about the connection people have to each other and the universe... all through electrons? Who knows?

      Now Pastor Dan begins each session by asking us to pray silently, and he defines prayer as "holding something in good and active thought." Let's assume my electron awareness theory has some basis in reality, yes? (I suspect even if it's not real, it describes something which might be; I just don't know enough to define it.) Let's say that every living thing is aware of other things on a molecular level. Might not that prayer - that act of holding something in good and active thought - be somehow passed, down to cell and atom and electron, to its intended recipient? Not through any act of God - although, to me, the universe is the body of God, and so God herself could be That in Which prayer moves - but through this tiny, insignificant connection we each have?

      And then, of course, if we ourselves try to think about something in a positive way, it affects us and how we act, which affects how other people act: so even IF my electron awareness theory is a load of bollocks (and hey, it might be) it's still quite possible that holding someone in that good and active state could spread a wave of positive "energy" (for lack of a better word) in a rushing wave over the human social network, passing from you to another in the form of small but slightly more positive than usual actions, and might, one day, arrive at your friend, in the form of a smile or a nod or an open door or a shared cigarette and half-pint on a lonely night.

      /there are no rules except discovery /the only tradition is invention. -rachel pollack

      by joseph rainmound on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 06:39:54 PM PST

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    •  oh and by the way (4.00)
      We're obviously equally lucky to have YOU here.

      /there are no rules except discovery /the only tradition is invention. -rachel pollack

      by joseph rainmound on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 06:41:30 PM PST

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    •  Ever see "Being There"? (none)

       Our chairs are almost touching.

       Your story gives me hope.  Am at a point where I need lots, and lots, of it.  Good for you.  And remember what Mencken wrote:

      "The most satisfying and ecstatic faith is almost purely agnostic.  It trusts absolutely without professing to know at all."

      G'night, all.


      We're working on many levels here. Ken Kesey

      by BenGoshi on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 09:02:49 PM PST

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  •  May the man that... (4.00)
    the Vice President shot today have a full recovery.

    Oh, and on a more personal note...may my dear, sweet grandmother make it through her surgery safely.

  •  I hate to do this... (4.00)
    But I need to take a minute to pray for myself.

    Adonai, I need not much from You.  All in all, You have blessed me, but I still ask for more.

    Though I am not worthy of what I ask, I ask that You take away my anxiety.  Let me be admitted SOMEWHERE, just so I know what's next.  Let me find someone to share my anxiety with.  Let me hear, as I did last night, that I am important to people, and remind me that I am loved when I feel alone.

    Adonai, I so rarely offer You Your due, and my life is hardly one that most would call a kadeish Ha-shem, but take notice of me in my unworthiness.  As You did with Your servants Jacob and Moses, show me that I will make a difference, and that my life will have a meaning, and my name will not be forgotten.

    Comfort Lou and her boys, as they part to remember my friend Herb, husband and father, in their own ways alone.

    Adonai, let it be done by Your will, not by mine.  But if it be Your will, let it be done quickly, so I'm not left in suspense.

    Compromise on Personnel - Never on Principle. Street Prophets - "Ani Adonai Eloheichem" He says.

    by mkrell on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 05:06:45 PM PST

    •  Adonai, hear my friends cry (4.00)
      Let my friends ears open to the praise of his friends and family, praise that sometimes falls on deaf ears when my friend sees his own short comings and not the depth of love in his family and friends heart.

      Let my friends ears open to the those whose work helps my friend, or who works with my friend that my friend can see the value they contribute to what they do.

      Adonai, open my friends eyes so that they can recognize each little ray of light they have brought into this world with a kind word, an unexpected gift, a donation for the poor and needy and the countless smiles that they have given to others, children and adults, throughout their life.

      Adonai, help my friend.

    •  You'll do just fine, (4.00)
      no matter where you wind up.

      Street Prophets: where the cookies live now...

      by pastordan on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 05:14:37 PM PST

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    •  You are loved Matt... (4.00)
      For who you are.  Please keep that in mind and in your heart.  I too share your loneliness, at times, not so much so now, but you know I have in the past.  You are important to many of us who converse and connect in the ways that we do here.  If you speak of physical anxiety, I am going through that now.  If you speak of spiritual anxiety, I don't have so much of that, but I do have my longings for the future.  Be well.  There are many here who care for you greatly...  Please know that tonight...  Your life will have a meaning, it already has...  I hope you can see that.

      Never say never... AND... I HATE being filled with this much hate and rage. I just want to love...

      by shermanesq on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 05:14:56 PM PST

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    •  matt, all i can say, (4.00)
      and i say this from very real, very recent experience is this: you are not alone. you are important to people. you do matter.

      personally, i will add that my ear is always bendable. always.

      "after the Rapture, we get all their shit"

      now rocking the UK. check out An Angry Yank in Kent, yo.

      by lipris on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 05:20:22 PM PST

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      •  The offer is appreciated (4.00)
        But just need to let out that primal scream, ya know?

        Sometimes it feels like you're going in circles...and not accomplishing anything thereby (circles can be productive, ask cosmic), which is the big problem.  I don't feel like I'm doing anything.

        If this tells you anything, I got a serious sense of accomplishment by doing my taxes.  If that ain't unhealthy, I don't know what is.

        Compromise on Personnel - Never on Principle. Street Prophets - "Ani Adonai Eloheichem" He says.

        by mkrell on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 05:23:56 PM PST

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        •  i know exactly what you (4.00)
          are talking about. i really do. 6 weeks ago, i felt great about getting the laundry done. i lived in NYC. doing the laundry meant putting it in a bag and dropping it off down the street.

          now i am planning my garden and getting visas to india. i am living proof that shit turn on a dime and do so before you even know it.

          and, like i said, my ear is always bendable and my door is always open. hang in there, brother. i know for a fact that i'm not the only one here who has totally got your back.

          "after the Rapture, we get all their shit"

          now rocking the UK. check out An Angry Yank in Kent, yo.

          by lipris on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 05:30:33 PM PST

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    •  You Are Not Alone (4.00)
      You are part of a community that cares about you.
    •  mkrell, (4.00)
      your words have brought me such comfort in the past. Thank you again. You are important, and cared for. I hold you in the light.
    •  sometimes all you need to do is ask: (4.00)
      Lady, bless and guide our feet
      Merry part to merry meet:
      give us the strength to bear our sorrows
      and reach the mountains of tomorrow.

      One of my own, but feel free to use it.

      He was a praying sort of man: and most of his prayers took the form of quotations. -Robertson Davies, The Lyre of Orpheus

      /there are no rules except discovery /the only tradition is invention. -rachel pollack

      by joseph rainmound on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 08:35:19 PM PST

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  •  Amen (4.00)


    The future ain't what it used to be. Yogi Berra

    by x on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 05:09:44 PM PST

  •  If I were a praying man ... (4.00)
    ...I would pray that the crescendoing drumbeat for an attack on Iran turns out to be a bluff.
  •  I pray, yes sometimes I do pray... (4.00)
    I pray for all of my friends... that they will find happiness and peace and contentedness in their souls and in their lives.

    I pray for my family... that they too will find peace and contentedness in their lives and in their hearts.

    I pray for Jasper, and for all those faithful companions in all of our lives, that they may know and feel the love we have for them.

    I pray for the travelers, the travelers that got stuck today, that they find their way home safely, whenever they may arrive.

    I pray for one special traveler tomorrow, that he may arrive safely at his destination, and then that he may arrive safely back home when he returns.

    I pray for all the prayers, spoken and unspoken, of all here tonight and in all of my friends' hearts...


    Never say never... AND... I HATE being filled with this much hate and rage. I just want to love...

    by shermanesq on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 05:24:02 PM PST

  •  I offer my prayer for... (4.00)
    Mr. Whittington, the victim of Mr. Cheney; for the safety and warmth of all who are enduring the blizzard; for the children of Coretta Scott King as they face life without their mother; for all who are ill in body or spirit; for all who are scared or lonely and for all who mourn.  Lord, hear my prayer.

    "...and Robert called the judge." Sen. Edward Kennedy

    by Caldonia on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 05:27:59 PM PST

  •  Amen. (4.00)

    Pray for my Beloved Country

    by lubarsh on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 05:32:04 PM PST

  •  Asterisks (4.00)
    The gratuitous asterisks are a bit silly. As an atheist, I understand and respect the sentiment, no explanation needed :-)

    But thanks for reminding us what's important.

  •  namaste (4.00)

    "The government is us, you and me." - TR

    by Chance the gardener on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 05:38:34 PM PST

  •  silence (4.00)
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  •  Warm thoughts, please (4.00)
    for Mr. Frankenoid and his family.  He may be losing his only brother.

    My BIL has been hospitalized for the past two weeks.   He received a lung transplant almost 9 years ago; rejection syndrome has been worsening over the past several years, and this latest, drawn-out episode, may be the last.

    First he got an infection; then he developed fluids in his lungs.  He was on a respirator, the fluid in his lungs finally drained.

    His plasma began attacking his system outside of his lungs; it was filtered out, and replaced with clean plasma.  Then his white blood count went way down. It's started to build again, but his kidneys aren't working efficiently.  He underwent dialysis yesterday (5 lbs of fluid removed), and will do it again tomorrow, but they don't know if his renal failure is a temporary reaction to everything else that has gone on or permanent; it will be days before we know.

    It just seems that as one problem is attended to, another develops.  It seems to be a cascade of failures.

    Gotta go pick up the house... I'll probably have an extra member or two of Mr. Frankenoid's clan on hand next week.  About all I can do is provide a haven for them to escape to, and an orderly house is more calming.

    Leave the cat alone, for what has the cat done, that you should so afflict it with tape? - Ian Frazier, Lamentations of the Father

    by Frankenoid on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 05:41:38 PM PST

  •  Thanks for this Pastor. (4.00)
    It helps me to feel connected to this community.

    The ...Bushies... don't make policies to deal with problems. ...It's all about how can we spin what's happening out there to do what we want to do. Krugman

    by mikepridmore on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 05:51:32 PM PST

  •  a prayer request (4.00)
    for families and friends divided by politics. It was diaried earlier in the week.  It really hurts- my conservative father hasn't seen his only grandchildren in 7 years.  He never did see my daughter as a teenager and she'll be 20 soon.
      We talk on the phone occasionally but that is all.
    Prayers requested for families divided...

    Why did we bother to beat the Soviet Union if we were just going to become it? Molly Ivins

    by offred on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 05:51:32 PM PST

    •  To me this is the biggest (4.00)
      challenge the US faces, overcoming this political polarization that isolates us from each other, breaking the brightest links of life over things that aren't really that important in the big picture.

      The ...Bushies... don't make policies to deal with problems. ...It's all about how can we spin what's happening out there to do what we want to do. Krugman

      by mikepridmore on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 05:57:04 PM PST

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    •  My entire parish (none)
      was praying for that this morning. Our deacon preached his homily on the need for reconciliation in families.
  •  For all the sick, and homeless, and lonely (4.00)

    If we shall fail to defend the Constitution, I shall fail in the attempt.

    by spoon or no spoon on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 05:53:07 PM PST

  •  Godspeed R.B. (4.00)
    My daughter-in-law's grandfather passed last night at the age of 93.  He was a truly good and gentle man who farmed his entire life.  Pray and hold in good thoughts Annie who will miss him terribly.  

    Sunlight is the best disinfectant

    by historys mysteries on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 05:53:41 PM PST

  •   I pray for peace (4.00)
    every day- peace
     to all of those who have none
    peace to those who struggle against odds that seem u surmountable
    sustenance to those who are hungry
    comfort to the afflicted
    and may I have the love left over to pass out to those in need.
    Let my heart not run dry.
  •  Please pray for me. (4.00)
    My husband left me and our children for his thesis student. I am using another identity here. It has been very painful since I have found out about his affair on July 29th of last year.  I have moved back to the states and found a great job (after being a housewife for 10 years) but I will have to quit tomorrow morning because I don't have childcare.  My 2 beautiful boys are autistic and are not potty trained which makes it even more difficult to find childcare. I ask for your prayers because it is so difficult to quit.  The people there are great and I feel like I am letting them down after they spent six weeks training me.

    Please pray for my wonderful mother who took us all in.  She just had hip replacement surgery this past week and will have to have another one at the end of March.  

    •  Dear Lord, hear my friends prayer (4.00)
      Send to her patience and help her find peace and comfort.  Provide a beacon of light to her, that she can see in the dark times and know that your goodness and care will protect and guide her.  Make sure her friends know of her needs and help her children find a safe sanctuary.  Help her find care for her children and a place that will recognize both her and her children's needs.  Amen,
    •  My heart goes out to you.... (4.00)
      Please know that we are here for you.  You might want to contact the Autism Society in your area.  They might be able to direct you to programs and services for your children.  They are also eligible for services through Early Intervention (Birth to 3 year olds) or appropriate education in the public school system if they are (3-21 years of age).  Also, if he is not doing so already, yourex-husband can be forced to make monthly payments for their care.  Let us know how you are doing and try not to give up on that job!  Your employers sound great and may be willing to work with you on this.

      Sunlight is the best disinfectant

      by historys mysteries on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 06:16:04 PM PST

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    •  Thank you, Adonai (4.00)
      for helping me to remember just how blessed I truly am.  Let franziskaner's life be for a blessing, not just for her and her boys, but for You.

      Adonai, I ask that we all get what we need.

      Compromise on Personnel - Never on Principle. Street Prophets - "Ani Adonai Eloheichem" He says.

      by mkrell on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 06:18:12 PM PST

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    •  We will pray for you. (4.00)
      How horrible!

      Please, let us know if there's anything we can do.

      Street Prophets: where the cookies live now...

      by pastordan on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 06:18:54 PM PST

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      •  You have done enough by sending me (4.00)
        your warm thoughts. I contacted an autism group just last week (on the internet) and I received a call last Friday from an autism school and they have two places for both of my sons (ages 7 and 5).  What is really strange is that my mother's physical therapist (that she just met today) told my mother that she heard about me and that the people in the autism group contacted the school and told them to help me.  It is amazing how much people help when you get the strength to ask for it.  

        My husband isn't sending any money but he told me to use his credit card since it is cheaper than wiring money over.

    •  A woman is like.. (4.00)
      a tea bag - you never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water.

      Eleanor Roosevelt, I think.

      Quote given to me when I was going through my divorce - I had a brand new baby and a cheating husband.

      Blessings to you.  You CAN get through this and WILL get through this.

      Hang in there.  And when you get through it, remember to pay it forward.

  •  Tonight I pray, Lord God, (4.00)
    for Nell and her children.  Nell had a massive stroke last week, and now she is in a coma and living with the help of a feeding tube.  She will turn 91 in the next couple of weeks.  

    I pray that her children have the courage to keep Nell's wishes.  I pray that they have the courage to let her move onto what is next.

    Through Him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirt.  Amen

    "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism." Thomas Jefferson

    by Ambrosius on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 06:03:41 PM PST

  •  A few years ago (4.00)
    I got mad at God because of some things going on in my life. I'm slowly coming back, but in a kind of limited way. I still find Buddhist principles to be preferable to the kind of tenets espoused by neocons and their ilk, and it is because of those people that I still have trouble identifying myself as Christian.

    But I've recently - in the last year or so - begun praying again, and trying to pray not just for myself and the things I want and need, but to also pray for the people I don't like and to pray in general when I'm not asking for anything.

    I've recently tried praying for Bush & Co., which is hard for me, but I guess they need prayers as much as anybody else. I recently read something in Granny D's book about her walk across the country saying that we should pray even for our leaders with whom we disagree. It's difficult to keep snide asides from entering my prayers - "I pray for so-and-so, not that anything bad would happen to him anyway, not that I'm praying for anything bad to happen to him even if he does deserve it..." etc., etc. But I'm trying to be a bigger person than I am naturally, and to pray in an unqualified manner and trust that God/the universe/whoever or whatever decides these things can sort out just treatment for these fellows.

    So I pray tonight not only for the man Dick Cheney shot, but for Dick Cheney himself.

    I pray for the Iraqi people, and the Iranians, and also for George Bush, that he might be given the wisdom and courage to make the right decisions for all the people whose lives can be affected for his actions.

    I pray that the hatred of today's politics will be tempered so that families aren't torn apart and friendships lost, so that reason can be resumed and good things accomplished.

    I pray that I might contribute less to the bitterness and more to the productivity of politics, and I ask for help in that because it's so damn hard to take the high road when I feel kicked in the teeth over and over. Please help me be a better person, a good person, no matter what is done to me and mine. Please help me stop keeping score. Please help me to do good so that I might feel less helpless.

    Thank you for being there even when I fail at these things. Thank you for the gorgeous snow, and my grandmother turning ninety tomorrow, and for my baby asleep beside me.


    •  I don't know if this helps you pray for him (none)
      but once I had a dream about George Bush.

      I dreamed I was wandering cold mountains, made of granite, with no living thing for warmth or succor. And in the middle of these mountains lay, high up, and in a windy place, a cave. And as I came close to the cave, I saw in front of it George W. Bush.

      He sat with his legs crossed, wearing a grey suit. A blue tie. He rocked back and forth with the look of an idiot on his face. As I got close to the cave I felt a wind coming out. Now, being a Deaf man, I do not hear in dreams. But I felt something that felt like sound, coming out of those caves. Something dark and cold was singing to this man, something dark and seductive, and it left him empty.

      That is all the pity I have for the man, for I believe whatever he was listening to was something he chose to hear. But it was neither safe or good, and I hope he gets away from it.

      I don't usually talk about dreams. But that one's been festering for ages. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

      /there are no rules except discovery /the only tradition is invention. -rachel pollack

      by joseph rainmound on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 08:52:55 PM PST

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  •  such a diverse spiritual community (4.00)
    is hard to find outside of my UU community.  This is one of the many reasons I feel at home here.  I offer my own version of a prayer to all of us who look to our community as a source of support in times of plenty and times of great need.  Peace
  •  I pray for all of you (4.00)
    and someone who died this weekend.  When I was 16, my family sent me to a psychiatrist, one of the best in the city.  I always called him by his last name.  He saw me off and on (more on) until 2000, when he developed Alzheimer's.  I have a great psychiatrist now, but he kept me alive for a number of years.  He was always there when I needed him, and he taught me a lot of great lessons.

    When I first met him, he hospitalized me right away.  But I was so suicidal that I started collecting pills, and other things to kill myself.  But I grew to like him, so I turned all the stuff over to him one morning in the hospital.  A few minutes later, a nurse came out and said "What did you do to the doctor? He's in the nursing station crying".

    And that bound us together. He finally passed away this weekend.  The service is tomorrow, and I know this is going to be rough, because when I wanted to slide down the hill, he always pushed me back up.

    They don't make these kinds of psychiatrist anymore- one who would just talk to you.  Now, I have a doctor who supplies meds, and a therapist I talk to.  But it is really not the same.

    So I know he is with the angels now. I know his passing is actually a blessing; my Mom had Alzheimer's and it is a terrible disease. So I am going to go tomorrow and pay my respects.  It is almost like my Dad is passing away, because he was the first person who actually parented me.

    But I am glad he is at peace.

    We do not rent rooms to Republicans.

    by Mary Julia on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 06:27:45 PM PST

    •  Ah, Mary Julia, I will think of him (4.00)
      and of you.

      If he affected your life so profoundly, we know he affected many other lives as well.  He has gone on now, to whatever life there is hereafter, but he remains with you in the warm embrace of your memories.

      I celebrate the good that he did.  For you and for others.

      -6.75, -6.24 George W. Bush deserves a fair trial.

      by CJB on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 09:56:58 PM PST

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  •  I send out strong thoughts tonight, (4.00)
    and ask you to join if you feel inclined, to my sister who is recovering from surgery and deep in the midst of anxiety. May she hold tight her faith and know which route to take from a place of wisdom instead of fear. May her husband put aside his own concerns and care of her in the way she needs.

    Also, strong thoughts for all those who feel lonely tonight and whose lonliness may be exasperated because of Valentine's day.

    "If you're going through hell, keep going". -Winston Churchill

    by One bite at a time on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 06:29:16 PM PST

  •  International Prayer for Peace, Wash. D.C. April (4.00)
    International  Prayer for Peace 2006"

    In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the historical Prayer for Peace held in 1986, the Community of Sant'Egidio, Archdiocese of Washington, Georgetown University and The Catholic University of America, are happy and honored to invite you to the International Prayer for Peace: "Religions and Cultures: the Courage of Dialogue," in Washington D.C. on April 26-27, 2006.

    Please check this website often as new content will be added as available.

  •  Help (4.00)
    I am asking for peace in my divided heart. Asking for strength to go forward with what I need in my life.

    The war is not going as advertised.- John Murtha

    by Irish Patti on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 06:39:14 PM PST

  •  for irish patti (4.00)
    you most certainly would be welcome at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in your area.  we valus the inherant worth and dignity of all, and also have a lot of fun!
  •  for Mr Bwren (4.00)
    and me, tonight. I am concerned. He had to work out of town this weekend. He left for home 7 hours ago. It's a 4hour trip. He'd not answering the cell.

    Know that he has horrible depression, and that it has been weighing very heavily on him the past few weeks. It's not unlikely that he's taking a long route - driving comforts him. But I am anxious.

  •  too bad I don't proofread (4.00)
    sorry I meant value...........
  •  my brother (4.00)
    Please pray and send healing energy to my brother who I just found out was beat up by seven thugs with baseball bats and left unconscious Saturday because he went to a gay bar with a friend.  

    He's not even gay but this just proves again that until all of us are free, none of us are.  

    It's not Blue versus Red. It's Blue versus Gray.

    by Sedge on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 07:19:48 PM PST

  •  Gung hay fat choy! (4.00)
    One of the things I've always loved about being a city girl is the exposure to different customs & cultures.

    We get a western New Year to celebrate renewal, then a Asian New Year to celebrate renewal again, then Mardi Gras to celebrate the baptism of Christ, then Lent to ponder our inner development & perhaps consciously exercise restraint in some area of our lives, then Easter to celebrate renewal again...

    Tonight I extend thoughts, wishes and prayers of positive renewal and vitality to everyone and everything, in body, spirit & mind, good journeys to those who have left their bodies, and safe journeys to the rest of us.

    Peace, love, understanding & happiness to all.

    Happy New New Year!


    The future ain't what it used to be. Yogi Berra

    by x on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 07:31:34 PM PST

  •  Psalm of the Holy Power (4.00)
    In the Name of the Father
       and of the Son and of the Holy Power.
    In the Name of the Holy Power, may I be kind
       when I'm needled toward the edge of rudeness.
    In the Name of the Holy Power, may I be patient
       when I'm at the end of my rope.
    In the Name of the Power to be nonjudgemental
       may I have the discipline not to be judge and jury.
    In the Name of the Power to pardon, may I forgive
       when I've grown tired of practicing forgiveness.

    In the Name of the Power of Confirmation,
       may I affirm others as I wish to be affirmed.
    In the Name of the Power to be brave, may I be strong
       when I am fearful and feeling cowardly.
    In the Name of the Power of the prophets,
       may I not fear to speak out or be out of line.
    In the Name of the Holy Power of Godliness,
       may I be Godlike when I wish to be only human.

    In the Name of the Holy Power of Love,
       may I love greatly when God becomes routine,
    when my prayer life seems merely an obligation,
       and religion only a blessed business with a bottom line.

    --Edward Hays, Psalms for Zero Gravity: Prayers for Life's Emigrants (Forest of Peace Publishing, 1998)

    Has anybody heard anything from Big Stick? I missed him in WYFP the other night, and didn't see him here, either. Hope he's doing OK. He was in my prayers at Mass this morning, as were all of y'all.

  •  Pastordan, I know I've expressed (4.00)
    this sentiment several times in the past, but I just want you to know again how much I appreciate these diaries.  Your meditations always bring back the corporate prayers of my childhood in the United Methodist Church.  I don't go to services anymore, and your words, on one hand, make me miss the focused thought/energy/compassion that I used to feel.
    But they also help me feel the same love and focus here in Brothers and Sisters each Sunday.

    And for that I am so very grateful.

    Bless you and yours.


    -6.75, -6.24 George W. Bush deserves a fair trial.

    by CJB on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 08:47:07 PM PST

  •  Evening reading... (4.00)
    A Credo For Christians

    I worship and adore God; source, essence, and aim of all things; spirit that enlivens all beings.
    I follow in the way of Jesus, who found God in himself and shared a way for others to find God in themselves.
    He was born through love,
    He lived for love,
    He suffered for love,
    He died for love,
    But love never dies.
    I submit myself to the leading of the love that is God,
    That I may be compassionate toward all beings,
    That I may live and serve in community with others,
    That I may ask for and offer forgiveness,
    That I may praise and enjoy God forever.  Amen.

    Let the church open to all who seek to know God and follow the way of love, no matter what language they use to decribe it.  Let it open to all who seek the kind of relationship with God that Jesus had, no matter how they sort out the myths from the facts of Jesus' life story.  Let those who follow a new and different Christian way find a home in the faith.

    "In my Father's house there are many dwelling places.  If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you will be also."  (John 14:2-3)  The one who was born in a manger, excluded from a place in the inn, promised we could join him in the presence of God.  In that house there is room for everyone - traditional Christians, and those of us coming home to faith by another road, yearning to find an open door and a loving welcome at the end of our journey.

    Source:  Jim Burklo, Open Christianity: Home By Another Road, p. 252.

    [With apologies to non-Christians.]

    I can think of no greater disaster to this country than to have the voters of it divide upon religious lines. [Al Smith, 1928]

    by KTinOhio on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 09:22:45 PM PST

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