Monday, December 22, 2014

Intermal vs. External Source of Solutions (Prayer)

Dear Divine Source,
I encounter so many different types of situations, major and minor challenges, where I am not clear when to act alone, when to rely on others, and when to work in partnership with others. Guide me to the right and perfect helpers. Provide me with the means and knowledge to fairly compensate them. Help me to know how and when to take responsibility for my own life, whether simply to manage my own thoughts and reactions, or whether to take physical action. Help me to know when to go it alone, being mindful that I am never really alone, that you are always with me. Help me to know when to collaborate with others, and guide us to work with right hearts and mutual respect.

You are my Source. You are the solution to every challenge I can possibly face. Yet, the earthly medium for the solutions in my life come through a dance of independence, interdependence, and dependence. Moment by moment, beyond a shadow of a doubt, help me to know which means is the best. Help me to know your true answers in my heart.

As always, thank you for all the blessing in my life and all the blessings to come.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Holiday Blessings 2014

In this season of miracles, may you be blessed with moments of wonder.
May you feel a peace that transcends all human understanding.
May you know great joy.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Prayer for Ebola Crisis

Dear God,
We admit to being scared and perhaps a bit angry about the recent spread of Ebola. Be with those directly affected by Ebola. Infuse the patients with your life and heal their bodies. Surround the health professionals and caregivers with your protection. Give them strength and wisdom as they care for patients.
We know that the answer to a prayer can come through many channels. Be with all those who will bring a stop to the spread of Ebola and who will help find a cure, including those working in hospitals and universities, pharmaceutical companies, and government agencies. Guide, inspire, and encourage them. Help everyone to work together in ways that will bring about a quick solution.
We know that you are also with those of us not directly involved with this challenge and who hope to never be affected. Gently guide us away from any urge we may have to get caught up in the drama. Help us to instead think rightly: sending our love and strength to the patients, healthcare professionals, and those helping to bring about a cure. Help us to remember all the once terrifying diseases that you have taught us to cure. Help us to be grateful for our lives and the lives of those we care about. Help us to remember with you all thing are possible.
As always thank you for all the blessings in our lives and all the blessings yet to come.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Autumn Blessings

I wish you the blessings of Autumn
And of an abundant Harvest.

May you experience the satisfying results of the talents you have cultivated.
May you now feel ease in your life from the hard-fought lessons you have learned.
May you know the joy of the friendships that you have nurtured.
May you experience the answers to the heartfelt prayers you have said.

May this be a time that your innermost heart sings:
 “Yes, I have been truly blessed, and my life is good.”

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Working Retail

You want to scream:
“Once I was a person.”
“Once my life mattered to someone.”
But you know one will hear.
Just a meaningless sound, like the traffic passing by
Or the yappy dog in the corner house.
Worse you begin to believe.
Only faintly remembering:
“Once I was a human being.”

Friday, April 18, 2014

Prayer for Earth Day 2014

Dear God,
What a wild ride this past winter has been! Many of us couldn’t stop talking about it. We complained, but underneath it all we were scared. How were we going to go about our daily lives? Is this the beginning of something new and terrible? What will our children and grandchildren face?

On this Earth Day we turn to you. We thank you for this Earth that is so necessary for our existence. We are grateful for its beauty. We are grateful for the air and water. We are grateful for its ability to grow food. We are grateful for the temperature that is still within a range where we can live.

We believe in your power and love to help keep this Earth as a good place for us to live. We also know that you expect us to be good stewards. Guide us to do those things that will nurture the Earth and help restore it to a healthy equilibrium. Guide our day to day actions as individuals to live in harmony with the Earth. Guide the actions of the leaders of companies and countries to help create a world where all people can thrive.

Thank you for all the blessings in our lives and all the blessings yet to come.