Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Prayers for Everyone

'Prayer' originally just meant an entreaty, an earnest request or an appeal. It doesn't need to have any God or gods in it, but it ought to be sincere, and heartfelt. Like these;



GRACE AT MEALS 
The Scottish Grace is known in several versions, some from long before Robbie Burns famously used it at a gathering in Selkirk. This version could suit all people;
Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it,
But we hae meat and we can eat,
Sae fae awthings be thankit. 
The old grace 
For that which we are about to receive,
May we be truly thankful
FOR PEACE
By Ajahn Chah
"Do everything with a mind that lets go. Don’t accept praise or gain or anything else. If you let go a little you a will have a little peace; if you let go a lot you will have a lot of peace; if you let go completely you will have complete peace."
'For Luna' by Julia Butterfly Hill
May we love ever more.
May we motivate ourselves to committed love in Action.
May we motivate ourselves to live the life we wish to see in the world.
May we be the transformation we wish to see in the world.
From the inside out . . .
From the roots branching upwards . . .
From the heart
to thought
to word
to action.
Through life's trials and hardships
we can arise beautiful and free.
The Serenity Prayer of Karl Reinhold Niebuhr
Grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
From the Book of Ecclesiastes (3:1)
To everything there is a season,
a time for every purpose under the sun.
A time to be born and a time to die;
a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
a time to kill and a time to heal ...
a time to weep and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn and a time to dance ...
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to lose and a time to seek;
a time to rend and a time to sew;
a time to keep silent and a time to speak;
a time to love and a time to hate;
a time for war and a time for peace.
By Matthew of Rievaulx (c1150)
The winter will lose its cold,
as the snow will be without whiteness,
The night without darkness,
the heavens without stars,
the day without light,
The flower will lose its beauty,
all fountains their water,
the sea its fish,
the tree its birds,
the forest its beasts,
the earth its harvest -
All these things will pass before
anyone breaks the bonds of our love,
And before I cease caring for you in my heart.
May your days be happy in number as flakes of snow,
May your nights be peaceful,
and may you be without troubles.
By the 'Old Teacher', Lao-Tze (5thCent BCE)
If there is to be peace in the world, There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations, There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities, There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors, There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home, There must be peace in the heart.

By Mahatma Gandhi
When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall.  Think of it - always