The Works Of Hurting Hands
"Not merely by keeping precepts and observances, not yet by scholarly learning, not solely by attaining meditative absorption, not by lying alone, do I weave ascetic bliss not experienced by the worldling. The bhikku should not rest until mental intoxicants are fully extinct." - Buddha
"If, rarely, someone goes this Way alone, he wil arrive thanks to the pir’s attention." - Rumi
"May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us - yes, establish the work of our hands." - Psalm (NIV)
I began this way with force, strength and direction.
But sometimes it feels as though
my roots are tapped into
a poison well.
Obsessions, Greed, Malice, Despair, Spite and Pride.
All separate names for
Drivenness, Ambition, Tenacity, Desire, Justice and Confidence.
The untrained blade cuts its bearer.
The untamed dog bites its master.
Listen to the wind-weathered stone
speak of confidence
Many rely on such a one as way-marker.
Far from wind-worn stone,
I am one wafted by the wind
a withered leaf
cast from the tree and tumbling
to float in the tiny stream of this gutter-street
To become the bed
for wayward seeds
(The tree is The Way
I can see how I’ve cast myself from it.)
The work of my hands?
An expert at throwing out good things.
Erecting monuments to dead dreams.
Taking pains to isolate myself
from my only friends.
(So, we have walked carelessly.)
"Knowing this, little one, walk aright in the light of My unfailing love.
Be satisfied by My grace.
Turn away from wrong ways.
Become My true and tested servant again.”
I love You.
The Wise One’s Shadow
"Whoever is beyond clinging, for past, present, or future, who possesses nothing, is released from the world." - Buddha
"Go on, seek refuge in the Wise One’s shadow; escape that hidden enemy of strife." - Rumi
"Lord, you have been our dwelling place [….]" - Psalm (NIV)
Though unworthy, You shelter, feed and bring peace to me.
Please forgive the times I don’t act
on the impulse of Your love.
Please forgive the times I act
on my desires for self and selfishness.
Thank You for Your grace and kindness to me.
There are many winds that cause the leaves to dance.
There are many breezes bringing the ever-changing clouds
in and out of view.
There are many invisible seas -
on their waves light rains down upon us.
There are many fires - but Yours is best and brightest.
Continue to kindle Your light within me.
Your shadow is the brightest flame.
"Prepare a refuge for yourself, work hard, use good judgment." - Buddha
"Protect yourself, protect yourself from thoughts. Thought is the lion and deer, and hearts are bushes." - Rumi
"Hear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Guard my life, for I am devoted to you. You are my God; save your servant who trusts in you." - Psalm (NIV)
Lord, my finances are a wreck.
I’ve made a lot of mistakes.
I haven’t been a good steward of the gifts and resources You’ve given me.
Please forgive my folly.
Please teach me right ways (and help me to follow them.)
Please provide the resources to meet my daily needs
and to fulfill the plans and purposes You have for my life.
I need money for food, shelter and to pay my debts.
I need strength, wisdom and self-control to pay my debts and return to school.
I need patience and self-control to return to communion with the saints.
I need perseverance and patience to see Your vision through to the end.
I need confidence and hope to continue creating as You’ve called me to.
I need gentleness, wisdom and loving-kindness to walk away from my destructive cycles.
Most of all I need Your comfort and peace in the inevitable times of distress.
You have filled the Earth with good things.
Please grant me these small gifts according to Your goodness.
I love You,
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.
"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,
Mist, Dust, Wind & Wine
”[…] he is secure and called wise who is free of hate and does no harm.” - Buddha
"These griefs which are within our breasts are all the mist and dust and wind of our existence." - Rumi
"You have shown your people desperate times; you have given us wine that makes us stagger." - Psalm (NIV)
The mist and dust and wind.
The things that cloud our vision.
The things that create tears.
I believe in a day when You will wipe every tear from every eye.
I believe in a day when peace and loving kindness
will be the only two laws that govern us.
I believe in a day where we will celebrate this life You’ve created
free from sorrow and fear.
Transform our misdirection and inaction and bring about that day
so that every eye can see
and every ear can hear
Your holy will upon the Earth.
Repent Of Repentance
"Can there be joy and laughter when always the world is ablaze?" - Buddha
"O you who have remorse for past conditions, say when will you repent of repentance?" - Rumi
"For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling that I may walk before God in the light of life." - Psalm (NIV)
Your sins are washed away.
Release yourself from regret,
I forgive you.
Walk forward to the life I have planned for you.
Your lessons are learned
and you are prepared
for the struggles of the coming journey.
I would not leave you stranded
on the desert road
without the promise of help to come.
Your year of mourning has ended.
Join Me as we walk together
up this Sacred Mountain.
"When the enlightened man frees himself from careless behavior through mindfulness, free of sorrow, he gazes on the sorrowing masses as one on the mountaintop gazes on the plains below." - Buddha
"In darkness there are many shining hearts." - Rumi
"Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall." - Psalm (NIV)
Lord, I feel like a failure.
I’ve failed in my career.
I fail in my relationships.
I’ve failed at living Your vision.
I’ve failed at using the gifts You’ve given.
Please forgive me for these heaps of mistakes and missteps I’ve made.
Please continue to reform me.
I know that in many ways I am lost and mistaken.
I also know in many ways I am blessed.
In this living purgatory, please lead me to the higher road.
"Work hard, use good judgment. Free of flaws and passions, you need never return to the cycles of birth and death." - Budda
”[…] redeem Our servant from his state of need. We have a special servant, much respected. Please take the trouble, go down to the graveyard.” - Rumi
”[…] for they bring suffering down upon me and revile me in their anger.” - Psalm (NIV)
In this uncertainty, grant me peace.
In this uneasiness, grant me Your providence.
In this injustice, grant me grace and forgiveness.
Both to receive and to give.
In every aspect of life, call me to a higher destiny,
and please break these chains of Fate, Father.
Thank You for Your many blessings.
Thank You for the gentle way You continue to care for and lead me.
I love You,
"People cherish the person committed to right action and rich in understanding. That person, knowing the truth, walks steadfastly on the path." - Buddha
"God gave a life, and every day of it has value no one knows except for Him." - Rumi
"Confuse the wicked, O Lord, confound their speech, for I see violence and strife in the city." - Psalm (NIV)
Forgive my many wrongs, Most High God.
Lead me steadfastly on the path to Your will.
Though wearying and difficult,
I choose Your way as better than mine.
You hear my heart speak and You know my innermost being.
You search and redeem my life from within to without.
Make right ways ahead of me
and please redeem that which is behind.
I am lost, confused and distressed.
In my helplessness, be my Helper.
I love You,