"The scent of flowers is carried no farther than the wind allows, neither the sandalwood, tagar, nor jasmine. But the fragrance of the deeds of good men spreads to the ends of the earth, in all directions, regardless of the wind." - Buddha
"O happy one who took to doing goodness, his strength departed as he took to groaning." - Rumi
"As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you." - Isaiah
Examine my heart, my actions, my thoughts. Make my faults apparent. Teach me to make them right. Polish and refine me. Grow me into a flowering tree. Let me shelter and nourish those around me. I struggle to take right action at right times. My heart often waivers. My feet often falter. I become lost in my own thoughts. Merciful Father, align my heart with Your will. Make my ways Your ways. My thoughts Your thoughts. My actions Your actions. Purify my intents. Redeem my flaws. And bless the works of my hands. Thank You for Your loving kindness. Amen.
"It’s better sharing hearts than sharing language." - Rumi
"There is blindness all around. Only very few can see. Many are like birds trapped in a net, only a few escape and achieve liberation." - Buddha
"This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word." - Isaiah
Father, You are high and holy. Far above and nearby. Your grace explicit in Your presence. Beyond all things yet gently leading and loving us. Thank You for enfolding us in Your spirit. Thank You for leading us in right ways. For guiding us by the hand when our vision fails.
I have so much to be thankful for. Each day Your blessings abound.
Please continue to guide me and bring peace to my life. Please continue to provide my daily needs.
Thank You for these moments I can sit in Your presence. Thank You for speaking into my heart and breathing into my spirit. Thank You for growing and catalyzing my life.
Continue to redeem the world. Open our eyes and teach us right ways. Amen.
"I shall bear harsh words, as the elephant in battle endures arrows, for I know that most people behave poorly." - Buddha
"The state of him who listened to his foe! The lot of him a jealous one befriends!" - Rumi
"Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you!" - Isaiah
I am filled with sorrow and fear. I am filled with betrayal and suspicion. I am filled with memories of past wounds. I am filled with unresolved conflicts. Deeply afflicted. Deeply troubled. Deeply distraught.
"God, in His mercy, is good." In this time of trouble and distress, what avenue do I have but Your grace? Should I sing, “Pieta Signore?” “Donna eis requiem?” “Libera mi Domini?” You give us mercy. You grant us peace. You save us. Redeem the remnants of Your will within me. Teach me right ways. I feel so lost. But I trust that You guide me. Amen.
"Each instant is the world renewed and we are blind to its eternal renovation." - Rumi
"They will be called the Holy People, the Redeemed of the Lord; and you will be called Sought After, the City No Longer Deserted." - Isaiah
You show us Your grace within myriad moments. You renew us with every breath. Encompass the earth with Your grace. Heal this broken space. You are holy. Make us holy like You. Heavenly Father, guide my footfalls to Your will. Fill me with Your spirit. Teach me Your redeeming love. Permeate my life with Your presence. Thank You for providing my needs. Thank You for surrounding me with love. Thank You for all the gifts You’ve given me. Thank You for letting me take part in creation. Thank You for comforting me in distress. Thank You for giving peace and guidance. Thank You for Your redemption and grace. I love You. Amen.
"Like lions from the bush, form springs from spirit, or as the voice and words emerge from thought." - Rumi
" … to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." - Isaiah
My thoughts wander and swirl. Amidst chaos, chaotic thoughts. Form springs from spirit. Words spring from the heart’s overflow. Doubts. Uncertainties. Trouble. Joy. Love. Peace. Gather me under the shelter of Your wings. Replace my willfulness with Your divine will. Redeem this turbulence. Use the energy of conflict for transformation. Make me an instrument of Your grace.
You give. You give in the taking. You redeem in the shaking. You pull us from wayward paths.
I am blessed though I am troubled. You guide so gently. Thank You. Amen.
"Can there be joy and laughter when always the world is ablaze? Enshrouded in darkness should you not seek a light?" - Buddha
"See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you." - Isaiah
"At night there was no light; you saw no colors, then it appeared to you through light’s opponent. There is the sight of light and then of color; you know this instantly from light’s opponent. For God created pain and grief for this, that by these opposites contentment comes." - Rumi
Loving Father, You teach me. You show me. You guide me.
All things are tools for grace in Your hands. Take away the veils of my understanding. Teach me to compassionately understand the circumstances and people around me.
I struggle. Within the struggle: doubt. Within the doubt: fear. Within the fear: sorrow. Within the sorrow: light.
We understand: there is brokenness all around us. We weep and pray for the redemption of the world. Radically alter this world: align it to Your perfect will.