DAILY PRAYERS: January 30, 2016

There are two intellects!
One is acquired from teachers and books,
from repetition and sciences, granting a sense of superiority
yet the effort to sustain it becomes a great burden.
It ends just as the water supply coming from outside
a house stops once the source has dried up.
The other intellect is God’s gift.
With a fountainhead in the heart of Spirit

the water of knowledge bubbling from within
can never become stagnant or old.
Seek that fountain within yourself!

translated by Maryam Mafi & Azima Melita Kolin
Rumi’s Little Book of Life: The Garden of the Soul, the Heart, and the Spirit

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DAILY PRAYERS: January 28, 2016

May the blessing of light be on you, light without and light within.  May the blessed sunshine shine on you and warm your heart till it grows like a great peat fire, so that the stranger may come and warm himself at it, and also a friend.

And may the light shine out of the two eyes of you, like a candle set in the two windows of a house, bidding the wanderer come in out of the storm; and may the blessings of the rain be on you — the soft, sweet rain.  May it fall upon your spirits so that all the little flowers may spring up and shed their sweetness on the air.  And may the blessings of the Great Rains be on you, may they beat upon your spirit and wash it fair and clean, and leave there a shining pool where the blue of heaven shines, and sometimes a star.

And may the blessing of the Earth be on you — the great round earth; may you ever have a kindly greeting for those you pass as you’re going along the roads.  May the earth be soft under you when you rest upon it, tired at the end of a day, and may it rest easy over you when at the last, you lay out under it; may it rest so lightly over you that your soul may be off from under it quickly and up and off, and on its way to God.  And now may the Lord bless you all and bless you kindly.

Traditional Irish Blessing
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STM Cycle of Prayer

We pray today for the United Methodist History class taught by Joanne Carlson Brown; Kurt Lorenz, staff; Rose Wallace-Croone and Larry Walls, students.

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Reflections on Unity

We ALL live and have our being, together, in both space and time; this is holy!
We all need the same resources for our basic human survival.
And thankfully, those resources are available, present in totality, on this one blue planet.
Ultimately, our survival and the ability to thrive demands that we live in delicate balance with the earth, and with one another.
Unity, or rather living in harmony, is a simple sacred necessity for life with others on earth.

Yet there is one thing that threatens this simple necessity: the reality of difference and our response to those differences.
As I reflect on unity, I wonder what life would be like if everyone was an exact copy of everyone else.
Can you imagine every thought, every word, every action and reaction exactly the same?
Would each person experience life as an incredibly lonely existence?
Would it be redundant to have more than one of those humans?

In response to difference and driven by emotions of surprise, wonder or fear; the activities of ordering, separating, and judging usually follow.
Yet, in ordering, separating, and judging, human beings make critical and life threatening decisions, which determine who will have access, priority, privilege, and power.
Unfortunately, history teaches us that whole groups of human beings have been judged worthless, stripped of access to resources, and rendered powerless.
That is anathema!

We remain one human, with one basic need to survive and thrive, in harmony with one another and with this one earth.
Let us interrogate how we deal with the reality of difference.
Let us use the collective wisdom we have inherited, to chart new paths to reconciliation.
Our very lives and the earth that sustains us depend upon it.
Unity demands not only our reflections but also our sacred actions; this is holy!

Trina L. Banks

STM Cycle of Prayer

We pray today for the Theology in an Ecumenical Theology class taught by Michael Trice; Daniel Kelley-Petersen, staff; Joseph Ward and Marci Weis, students.

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