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A Prayer

 

I read this at the Great Big Yes event in April and people have asked me to share it on the blog.  It is a great prayer from a book called, “To Bless the Space Between Us”.  Enjoy!

May you recognize in your life the presence, power and light of your soul.
 
May you realize that you are never alone,
That your soul in its brightness and belonging
connects you intimately with the rhythm of the universe.
 
May you have respect for your individuality and difference.
 
May you realize that the shape of your soul is unique,
That you have a special destiny here,
That behind the facade of your life
There is something beautiful and eternal happening.
 
 
May you learn to see your self
With the same delight, pride and expectation
With which God sees you in every moment.
                                                                            -John O’Donoghue

Source

We all have one source.

We all have the same source.  God made you. God made me.

However, we have many resources.  He uses many resources to get us in touch with our one Source.

Are you with me?

Here’s the thing.  There is not one way to know God.  There is not one way to find God.  There is not one way to worship God.  Yet, there is still only one God. 

Let’s not mix up “Source” with “Resource”.  For example, prayer is a resource, God is the source.  Yoga is a resource, God is the source.  The Bible is  a resource, God is the source.  Rituals are a resource, God is the source.  Church is a resource.  You get my point. 

Let’s not confuse what we do to worship God with God.  When we do that, we think our way is the only way.  When we think our Church is God, we are wrong.  God is God.  God is our source.  The church is our resource. 

How cool to know that I have all of these resources…I went walking in the fall and was awed by the trees and the leaves and the beauty of fall.  Nature is a beautiful resource.  It’s an illustration of God’s handiwork.  However, we don’t worship it.  We enjoy it, we find God through it and then we thank Him for it. 

I’m looking forward to being open to all of the resources He will make available to me.  I plan to use them all.  It’s like an all you can eat buffet…something for everyone, an embarrassment of riches…plenty.

God’s Megaphone

God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains:  It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.      

-C.S.Lewis

 A friend asked me how I think of what to write and I told her I write about what I’m thinking about.  I write about what people are talking to me about. And lately, people have been talking about uncertainty.  Uncertainty in the stock markets, our government, business, the economy, the housing market, everything.

I’ve decided to make a conscious decision to look on the bright side.  Not to bury my head in the sand but to count my blessings. 

My friend told me she read an article that said realists are more depressed than idealists.  Duh, I could have told you that. 

 I feel like some people are born optimistic.  That is just their demeanor.  But for most of us, I think it’s a choice.  It’s a choice to look at the glass as half full, rather than half empty.  It is a choice to see the silver lining.  Yes, there is difficulty and uncertainty.  Yes, we need to work hard, read the facts, pay attention, THINK, work, vote, help, serve, and then we need to pray.  We need to do what we can and then move on.  We are wise when we realize there are some things beyond our control. 

 I don’t think everything will turn out like I planned or that I’ll still get paid if I don’t show up for work or that people will still love me if I’m mean and nasty.  I know there is real work to be done in marriage, in work, with children, for God, with friends, for the less fortunate.  I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty.  But we should remember to also count our blessings and not always focus on what’s wrong but try to remember what’s right.  

I think God does use our pain to wake us up.  He doesn’t want us sleepwalking through life.  There is a lot to do and a lot to change if we are going to bring about God’s kingdom on earth.  But we have to be awake to do it.  I believe the first step is to awaken to the abundance all around us.  To thank first and then ask for help.  To make a conscious, fully awake decision to be alive. 

I heard a speaker once talk about a Jewish custom in which they pray together on their Holy Days.  I don’t know exactly how it goes (I would love for someone to write in and explain how it goes exactly ) but this is how I understood what she was describing.  It’s a gratitude prayer to God and it starts with

Thank you God…

 
“it would have been enough if I had been born,
it would have been enough if I had a family to love me,
it would have been enough if I had shelter and food,
it would have been enough if I was healthy,
it would have been enough if I could speak…”

 

I’m sure you get the picture.  I came home that night and said that prayer and I fell asleep saying it.  I fell asleep because it was so long.  Yes, I am blessed.  I could go on and on with the abundance that is mine.  And you could too.  Try it.  I have not doubt it will get you looking on the bright side. (If you weren’t already)