Shape & Form
"If love were merely thought and merely meaning, your prayer and fasting would not have a form." - Rumi
"May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us." - Psalm (NIV)
Shine Your face upon us, Lord.
Bring shape and form to Your loving kindness.
Make Your Word descend in bodily form.
Fill our spirits with peace.
Fill our hands with right works.
Fill our minds with right thoughts.
We lift our voices in praise.
(Sometimes this life causes us to tremble.)
Surrounds us with the presence and
bearing of the Saints.
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It’s written in the first chapter of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians
..he made known to us the mystery of his will…
The Great Weight
"The person who reaches the sacred, the inexpressible, who has permeated his mind with it, who is in control of his senses, is one bound upstream." - Buddha
"So you will need resolve like Solomon’s to escape the hundred thousand scents and colors. And even with the strength of will he had, the waves of that dominion smothered him." - Rumi
"Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens." - Psalm (NIV)
Without You, Merciful Father,
I have no such strength of will
to resist the scents and colors of sin.
You enfold us with wisdom and loving kindness.
You bear the great weight -
the mass of human suffering.
You forgive even when we can’t.
Thank You for Your unfailing love.
Thank You for Your never-ceasing mercies.
"Speak the truth, control anger. Share even from your meager store. These three steps lead to the presence of the ‘Shining Ones.’" - Buddha
"Long years are needed in the sun until the ruby gains its lustre, hue and shine." - Rumi
"Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!" - Psalm (NIV)
Father, I feel uneasy.
I’m running out of money.
I am afraid of going hungry.
I am afraid of not being able to provide for my loved ones.
I know You’ve taught us not to worry.
I have a dread-fear that this “now” will turn out again like that “then.”
Please continue to redeem my life and finances.
Thank You for Your continued guidance and grace.
Restore vision and hope within my spirit.
Thank You for Your perfect timing
and Your faithfulness amidst my uncertainty.
I love You,
God Who Saves
"If one speaks or acts with a serene mind, happiness follows as surely as one’s shadow." - Buddha
"Love draws the bitter ones toward the sweet, for rightful guidance is the root of loving." - Rumi
"Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Our God is a God who saves [….]" - Psalm (NIV)
Please fill my heart and mind with good things.
Permeate my spirit with Your will.
Love isn’t insular.
Teach me to love according to Your ways.
Please rescue me from this low-lying fate.
Please provide my needs
and guide me to right places
and right livelihood.
I am very lost on my own.
I love You,
Another truth of life is that we cannot always see progress. We mostly cannot see progress.
That’s because it’s happening under the surface.
Truth of life. Here’s another one: things can take time to emerge, and we don’t always know how long (or how miraculously quickly, in some cases) that will be.
So we think we’re procrastinating when actually what is happening is percolating.
We think we are late or behind or not good enough or avoiding, when actually we are emerging. The thing that is coming is emerging.
We turn emergence into emergencies. We think something is terribly wrong because we can’t see ‘results’, and then we panic. The results are emerging.
Guilt makes it hard to see what is emerging. Letting things take their time makes it easier.
This is sometimes called experimenting, and sometimes it is called embracing, two words that begin with E.
Also known as ‘it is easier to change course if I am not blaming past-me for the current course.’
"To be considered truly an elder a man must practice truthfulness, righteousness, harmlessness, restraint, and self control, be free of stain and rich in wisdom." - Buddha
"It rained in droplets and he was amazed - spontaneous droplets from the sea of grace." - Rumi
"For you, O God, tested us; you refined us like silver." - Psalm (NIV)
Thank You, Lord, for the blessing of Your spontaneous grace.
Thank You for lifting us out of despair.
Thank You for continuing to provide our needs.
Please continue to provide.
Please lead us on the path of Your will.
Please continue to form this space in which we dwell.
Life is challenging.
Filled with uncertainty.
Many people are cruel.
Continue to fill us with grace and forgiveness.
I love You,
Steady The Seas
"The wise man, carefully, moment by moment, one by one, eliminates the stains of his mind, as a silversmith separates the dross from the silver." - Buddha
"The milk of counsel flows from love and peace." - Rumi
"Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you." - Psalm (NIV)
Thank You, Lord, for Your many blessings
and for Your love - freely given to all.
Please continue to redeem the hearts and minds of Your people.
Please grant us insight and the ears to hear Your inspiration
and perfect will.
The world aches and suffers.
We are broken and the breakers.
Steady the seas of human history
and bring forth a time of great peace.
I love You,