A twilight prayer

FOR PEACE

As the fever of day calms towards twilight
May all that is strained in us come to ease.

We pray for all who suffered violence today,
May an unexpected serenity surprise them.

For those who risk their lives each day for peace,
May their hearts glimpse providence at the heart of history.

That those who make riches from violence and war
Might hear in their dreams the cries of the lost.

That we might see through our fear of each other
A new vision to heal our fatal attraction to aggression.

That those who enjoy the privilege of peace
Might not forget their tormented brothers and sisters.

That the wolf might lie down with the lamb,
That our swords be beaten into ploughshares

And no hurt or harm be done
Anywhere along the holy mountain.

 


©JOHN O’DONOHUE

From his book, Benedictus
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Photo by Bowen Chin on Unsplash

The moon does not fight

The moon does not fight.
It attacks no one.
It does not worry.
It does not try to crush others.
It keeps to its course,
but by its very nature, it gently influences.

 


Quote: Deng Ming-Dao 

Firelight Praise

a song for when you are lighting night’s candle

Light of the world, of endless blessing, sun of our night, lamp of our days; Light of the world, of endless blessing, we raise our hearts in thanks and praise.

Evening lamps are lit, firelight all around. Evening lamps are lit, praise the only sound.


By: Ana Hernández

Produced @carriesbench.org

This day

“…Show to me this day
amidst life’s dark streaks of wrong and suffering
the light that endures in every person.
Dispel the confusions that cling close to my soul
that I may see with eyes washed by your grace…
…that I may be well in my own soul
and part of the world’s healing
this day
that I may be well in my own soul
and part of the world’s healing
this day. (Wednesday Prayers from Celtic Benediction)

We close another day. May we sleep when we are covered by the blanket of stars and awaken to the rising sun, renewed and ready to meet the day. Tomorrow begins with deep concern and reaching for hope. Wherever we are- imagine how we are connected- in safety, in spirit. May we see one another and be part of the healing.

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Thank you, Martha Clark.

Photos: Dark Streaks
Rhode River, Edgewater MD