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Light in the Depths

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Daily Prayer Down here where only the lantern-fish swim, too deep for sun to penetrate, I see a glint. It is You, reaching for me through the churning seas, a hand to pull me back to the surface and into […]

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Generation to Generation

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Daily Prayer By divine selection we are born to our parents. You have allowed me to be a recipient of my parents extraordinary love. You, have weaved the fabric of their character and values into my DNA. You have made […]

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Pray in Many Ways

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Daily Prayer I pray when I am fearful. I pray when I am in need. I sing praise to You. I lift up my hands, my heart, my soul. Please take me beyond myself and help me recognize the prayers […]

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Soul Mate

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Daily Prayer I search for your face wherever I go. What do you look like? Surely, when our eyes meet there will be this instant spark of recognition, allowing our destinies to collide. Almost everyone I know has found their […]

Totality

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Let me love You with everything. Let my intellect adore You, my body understand You, my heart envelop You. Teach me to open entirely, that I may learn to reach for You with more than my words, for I am […]

The Word

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Daily Prayer There are words for what I am… words that describe someone who shatters connections with her anger, injuring strangers and loved ones alike, as she indulges her selfishness time and again. There are words for what I am. […]

Showing Up

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Daily Prayer Just when I thought You’d forgotten all about me, You show up out of the blue. A message, a flower, a guide. Something speaks to me and it says You. I bet You’ve been there all along, and […]

Our Connection

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Daily Prayer I grew up with prayer as a quiet quick few seconds before bed, but that’s no longer enough. Adoration, praise, supplication, and pleas for intervention. They may not have been part of my past, but maybe they will […]

Response to Love

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Daily Prayer You are the center of everything. You exist, I know. You’re there to keep me dreaming. You ask me to keep trusting in an infinite plan that will surely bring peace. So amid my sadness, among this doubt, […]

Providence

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Daily Prayer Call it kismet or divine intervention I am where I need to be. Let me never forget that I did not wander here unplanned by chance. You led me to this place. I am on stage awaiting my […]

The Reason

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  Daily Prayer Prayer is a gift I give myself. I turn to You, because then I am not alone. I give You my troubles: You can bear them. I give You my thanks: You grant me all my needs. […]

Broadcast

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Daily Prayer Help me silence the relentless roar of newscasters and fanatics. So much of what we hear each day seeks to separate us from one another. I watch the news because I want to know what is going on […]

Radiant Morning!

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Daily Prayer What a wild burst of energy today! I woke this morning to Your beautiful sunlight, to Your blue skies, and a world of possibility! I am motivated. I am ready. I am Yours. Let’s take this day together! […]

Segues

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Daily Prayer Impossible, he called me. In fact, I said, I am quite possible. Just not very likely. I told him, you disagree with everything I say. No I don’t, he said. My husband and I never argued. That would […]

Prism

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Daily Prayer Refractions of light from a prism: a heterogeneous, multi-faceted rainbow, splitting the spectrum. Transparency separating the light into its component elements. It’s not the brightest, fastest, or keenest ray that makes the enchantment happen, but it strikes the […]

With Me

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Daily Prayer Here beside You, I am known. You have the words I cannot find. You know the truths I will not speak. You offer me peace I thought was out of reach. You are my warmest companion, my perfect […]

Urban Dweller

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Daily Prayer Among skyscrapers and city streets, You are here. I sense You in sun hot pavement, glinting glass and rumbling buses. When I take the train, I see You in the faces of Your children– Young and old, men […]

Trust the Connections

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Daily Prayer When and where I will connect with You isn’t something I can predict, yet I judge when and where others will make these connections. Only with You can I lead without pushing, wait without impatience and give others […]

Lessons For My Child

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Help me to teach my child. To give her wisdom and show her how to choose good people to be in her life. Help me to teach my child to look within for her very best— that You are her […]

Sisters by Choice

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Daily Prayer She’s the one I turn to in moments of sheer panic. A straight shooter who tells it like it is. She’s the cavalry rushing in, saving me from myself, talking me down from the ledge. She’s the one […]

Thursday, End in Sight

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Daily Prayer Where has the week gone? I see suddenly the approach of the finish line, and yet my to-do list still looms large. Please still my need to rush. Help me take it one job at a time, a […]

Another Year: An Introspection

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Another year slips away, As they all do, Day by day, Hour by hour, Moment by moment. Many used wisely, Many wasted. Another year opens, As they all do, With anticipation, With wonder and amazement, With excitement. With consolation. Was […]

Music Within

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Daily Prayer I want my life to ring, to surge like a cello, deep and moving graceful and resonant— the sound of Your voice when you speak to me. I hear little songs in my mind of Your promises. They […]

Miracles of Routine

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I wake. I am blessed to meet the new day. I stretch and snuggle, I am blessed with arms, legs and body at my command. I open my eyes, I am blessed with vision. I listen to the sounds and […]

Trying

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Daily Prayer Help me to quit trying to change things through worry. Teach me to speak through You, and my life will change automatically. When I learn to change my thoughts, my life change will begin, from the inside out. […]

Lesson in Roses

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Daily Prayer I was thinking, the other day, about tea roses. The splendid profusion of hybrids— two beautiful plants bred together into something startlingly new and impossibly lovely. And it occurred to me that it was something like a marriage: […]

Chanukah: The Season of Dedication

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Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday that commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. The Season of Dedication This is the season of dedication: Of dedicating our moments and our lives, Of dedicating our […]

Wisdom of Our Elders

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Bless the Nanas of the world, the Pop-Pops, the Gramps, who show us how to knit, how to fish, how to find a good mood even when their sciatica kicks in. Secretly holding the world together, they don’t compete with […]

Soul of Philanthropy

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Daily Prayer You have placed within me, my soul. It gives form to my thoughts creating my innermost feelings and driving my actions. I am possessed with goodness and remarkable power. Committed to: doing deeds of loving kindness, speaking out […]

Amazed

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Daily Prayer This is my day of unlimited chances. A day of uncommon favor and unending blessings. When Your favor and blessings overtake me, my change will come. I am ready and prepared to receive my portion. It ís my […]

New Life

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Daily Prayer At the darkest hour, life triumphs, beating back despair with irrepressible joy. And the world rejoices because they know: One new life makes all death meaningful. Thank You for remembering what it is our hearts need, and providing […]

Thy Will

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Daily Prayer Not my will, but Thy will. I try to hold this in my mind and my heart as I hold my worries up to You. Thy will may not mean a quick fix or the easy way out. […]

From the Inside to the Outside

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Daily Prayer Let me know Your will, Your hearts desire, and my own. Train me; prune me in the faith life, that I may bear fruit pleasing to You. Inside, show me how to love unconditionally, free to express Your […]

Gazing Outward

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Daily Prayer Whether we are reaching for the last sale item or helping someone in need, it is far too easy to get wrapped up in ourselves. We fail to see the other person, complete with their own needs, their […]

Sacred Friend

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Daily Prayer I feel the nudge from You on high, a faintest tickle reminding me of what is the right thing to do. I hear Your voice, whispering kind words for me to say to those who need to hear. […]

Warm Welcome

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You can’t know someone by sizing them up at first glance. It takes effort to really connect with another human being. So many things separate us, like color, age, and language. But all it takes is heart to come together. […]

After Dark

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Daily Prayer At the end of the day my eyes are tired. My sadness is heavy. The nights tightening quiet gives me much time to worry. But following that silence You bring gifts of noise: morning rain, coffee percolators, school […]

Small Wonders

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Daily Prayer I praise You for the tiny glories I am often too busy to see: the irregular scallop of a maple leaf, the impossible yellow of a dandelion, the perfection of untrammeled snow. For the scrap of sunlight the […]

Priceless Gifts

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Video Prayer Priceless Gifts Verse and Lyrics I want to be the best mother I can be, to honor my children by providing boundaries.Allow me to be in the moment with them, soaking in all their love and giving back […]

That Time of Year

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Hassled time, hurried time, crafted of jammed schedules, marathon cooking sessions, and shopping trips from hell. Why do I make this season harder than it must be? All You ask of me is to live and give thanks: I save […]

Immeasurable Grace

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Stopped at a corner in my car saw a man holding a sign. It read, I’m hungry. You say, “Feed him” Walked by a woman sleeping on a cardboard box. She needed warmth. You say, “Cover her” Crossed through a […]

Entrepreneur

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Daily Prayer I am waiting and waiting. I am always getting ready. Standing in this unemployment line, I know I must renew my strength. I have to go out and get what I want. I have to make opportunities for […]

Measure of Success

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Daily Prayer Help me to recalibrate so that I don’t live by everyone else’s rules: It’s impossible to achieve success later in life. You’re a woman in a man’s world. Change is something to be feared. Help me to regroup […]

Sunday Rest Stop

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Daily Prayer Today is the day for not doing. A day for saying no to the buzz and whir of daily life. It is a day for savoring minutes. Thank You for this day of rest. Let Your peace descend […]

Breath

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This meditation is written for use at the beginning of yoga practice. Each line can be said once or may be repeated to build a meditative state for the upcoming practice. Breath: Yoga Meditation I Quiet and breath. Stillness and […]

In this Mourning

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The hardest part was standing vigil, shaking clammy hands, kissing mascara-strewn cheeks, all of us trying to find words of comfort. Help me feel the warmth in every covered dish and bouquet of carnations. Platitudes and pat answers don’t help […]

Peace Surge

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Daily Prayer Send peace, like a jolt of electric current; numbing the brain, of every evil tyrant, ruthless dictator, and dangerous fanatic. Send peace, as potent as a lightening rod; striking the heart and transforming the soul of aggressors and […]

Weighty Request

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The needle sticks at a number too high for my liking. I just can’t do this without You. Please, help me today to avoid temptation. Help me to eat mindfully, to approach activity with enthusiasm, to remember what I’m doing […]

Career Girl

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Daily Prayer Everybody who works here tells a story with their clothes. Some have on suits; I’m wearing a uniform. Make me proud of myself and what I do as I go to work each day. Let the people I […]

Personal Peace

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Daily Prayer I praise You for: My purpose, My passion, My partner, My people, My personal peace, Your perfection experienced. For purpose gives direction. Passion unleashes my gifts. My partner, life meaning, My people, a heritage, My personal peace is […]

Committed to Each Other

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As they commit themselves to each other’s hearts, hands and lives, I thank You. For helping them find each other— friends and lovers, supporters and confidants. Thank You for letting me share in their joy- to bask in the love […]

What the Hummingbird Told Me

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Daily Prayer Just as a hummingbird can balance between the dying breeze and the uplifting beats of its wings, so too can You steady me amongst the bleak feelings rising like dark bread inside me, and the bright thoughts of […]

Sharing Thanksgiving Bounty

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The banquet of your life is full. Rejoice in the blessings. A Thanksgiving prayer about sharing the bounty. Life as a Banquet God of sacred time, Source of sacred space, Creator of holiness, Divine light of wonder and awe, My […]

Blessing for Grandmothers

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It is all the goodness of a mother’s love, times two. Double the wisdom, double the patience, double the apple-pie goodness of the pure source of love You dispense to us through our Grandmothers. Bless them to know how much […]

Ritual

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8 0f 8 ←BACK TO START Daily Prayer I clear the space that surrounds us. I set aside the clutter of my day so the chaos does not obstruct my view of You. I clear myself. I breathe out the […]

Perfect

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Daily Prayer Unbelievable. Unattainable. My quick, loud words and selfish fear make perfection seem as possible as pigs in flight. Yet You are perfect, and in You, I feel what might be if only I could get closer. I will […]

For Endurance

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My body is a mystery. So strong, so fragile. It can suffer great pain, Endure to reach triumph, But a small moment can bring collapse and death. My body is a mystery, A gift of intricacy and beauty. Powerful, Endowed […]

Come Fly with Me

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Daily Prayer As we get ready for our trip, there’s so much to prepare, suitcase, passports, tickets, ID. Some consider You their co-pilot, but I know better. I know You’re holding up the plane, smoothing out the turbulence, making all […]

This Bounty

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Daily Prayer God of abundance, You have blessed me With Your bounty Your love, Your grace, The treasures of Your creation. In gratitude for these gifts, Holy One, Bless me with wisdom To use them with skill, In service to […]

For Compassion

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The man in the gutter, The woman on the street, They are my sister and my brother. The frail and the meek, The lonely and the lost, They are my father and my mother. The soldier with his weapon, The […]

Tower of Babble

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Speak to me like I don’t get it, because I don’t. Parse it out for me with patience and persistence. Here I am, ready to receive the word. Ready— the one thing that cannot be denied is that I’ve been […]

Gifted

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Others praise You with voices raised in song. Still others paint awe-inspiring canvases or raise buildings into the sky. Let me praise You with the talents You have given me. I can reach out a hand to steady my elderly […]

Giving Thanks

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Every year at this time, the family comes together, traveling from afar to the old homestead. Help me plan and prepare the feast for my family. Allow us to eat our fill of these homemade delicacies and enjoy each other’s […]

We Give Thanks

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For the expanding grandeur of Creation, worlds known and unknown, galaxies beyond galaxies, filling us with awe and challenging our imaginations; We give thanks. For this fragile planet earth, its times and tides, its sunsets and seasons; We give thanks. […]

Remember

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When the thunder crashes, When the winds howl, Remember That your heart, Once a desert, No longer thirsts. When darkness falls, Without moon or stars, Remember That your mind, Once lost, No longer wanders. When the storm rages, When lightning […]

Work in Progress

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Sometimes I wonder what I can teach my son. I can’t even help him with his homework anymore. Then, when I think he’s not listening, I realize he’s picked up my bad habits. Make me aware of my impact. Let […]

This Amazing Soul

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Today, I look upon our newborn child, I stare with complete joy and utter fear. Joy, because this amazing soul leaves me breathless with wonder. Perfect in ways I never dreamed possible. But I also feel intense fear. The responsibility […]

Known

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There is no part of me You cannot see. You know my guilt, joy, my fear and my hope. Your knowledge of my secrets frees me from the weight of them. Your knowledge of my soul brings me closer to […]

Feeling Lonely

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My mornings of sorrow are shrouded in pain. This “ideal” lifestyle is crumbling into dust. Hope is shattered. Life has imploded into the sands of time. Tears like crystal ball snowflakes fleck with happiness twirling with the forces of false […]

Welcome: International Day of Prayer

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Enable us to actually meet each other before we think we know someone. Remind us that nobody fits neatly into a box on a census form. We all came from somewhere and nobody owns the Earth. We’re all sub-letting here, […]

Prayer Released

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There’s a prayer stuck in my throat, Longing to be given voice, Yearning to be heard. There’s a prayer stuck in my limbs, Longing to be given power, Yearning to be seen. There’s a prayer stuck in my lungs, Longing […]

Blessed Meal

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Thank You for this food. May I savor each bite mindful of the blessings that bought it, the work that produced it, and the hands that prepared it. May I be nourished and renewed by this gift of sustenance, eager […]

Ready and Willing

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I fall short, but You are my help. I am no angel, but I look to You. I am not strong, but You are unshakable. I may not be perfect, but I am willing. For in my weakness, I have […]

Language of Love

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Thanks be to You for semi-colons, for m-dashes, ellipses, and commas. Glory be in the languages of Earth, in Morse code and Braille, in Swahili and Portuguese. You made us social beings, then gave us the gift that binds, that […]

Stepping Back

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Daily Prayer Please help me to step back from the rush and clamor of day to day life. Help me to disconnect if only for a few moments so that I may sit quietly and do nothing but breathe. In […]

Stripe and Star

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I am a stripe, I am a star, I am red, white and blue. Although we have never met, I will always pray for you. I wouldn’t know your name if I saw you in a crowd. I would pass […]

Freedom!

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Thank You for this wild, unfettered day! This day may not be all play: I still have chores to complete, responsibilities to honor— but the day is mine. The schedule is in my hands. Today, I choose my moments. Thank […]

Hotline to Heaven

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You have to admit: You made me mouthy, gave me big dreams and great expectations. I even carry a portable soapbox with me in case I need to vent. But whatever I need to say, and however I express it, […]

About the Rainbow

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Majestic Sovereign, Source of beauty, When did You decide To create the rainbow? Was this Your design? Or perhaps it was a Fantastic discovery The moment Your Divine Light Burst through the firmament of heaven? Did You know that Your […]

On Track

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At times, I feel I’m the engineer on this train, and some days, just cargo. All I need to know is that I’m on the right track. Before I even began this journey, You’d mapped out the route. Each time […]

Giving Up the Smokes

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Today I did not do that thing I should not do: That thing I’ve allowed to define me, for far too long. I tell myself stories about it. “It keeps me thin.” “I can’t resist it.” Today I realized those […]

I Am Breathing

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I am. Breathing. I am breathing. A prayer runs through it. A prayer of hope. A prayer of love. A prayer of wholeness and heart. I am. Hearing. I am hearing. A song runs through it. A song of joy. […]

Each Day

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To start this day with joy. To end this day with peace. To start this day with longing. To end this day released. Live each day with wonder, With kindness, awe and grace. Live each day with courage, With trust, […]

All I Ask

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Food on the table. Heat for the winter months. A decent day’s wage. Restful sleep, all the way through the night. Please provide for us the basic human necessities. And then, something more: Larger dreams, broader connections. A cause to […]

What Love Says

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Love says: You are the one who believes that I will never find you. But I am searching, searching only for you. If only you’d realize that I reside in that place where you never seem to look. Love says: […]

Women of All Faiths

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We gather together, women of all faiths. We bring to you our thanks and our worries, our joy and our heartbreak. You are much greater than we can ever be. Please share with us the peace and wisdom You give […]

Forget-Me-Not

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It’s a knock at the door. It’s an invitation in the mail, a nudge: “Call me.” And when I do, such sweet relief. Not a burden, but a bequest: A bouquet of forget-me-nots, disguised as pain. I thank You for […]

Coal into Diamond

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It takes years of pressure to turn a piece of coal into a sparkling diamond. Thank You for second chances, and open hearts. Allow me a chance to grow in faith. Surround me with light and hope as we walk […]

Daughter of the Woods

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I go to the woods, for You are there. You, fully in attendance in every leaf and bough, replenish my soul with the sigh of the wind. I come here to be with You, where You dwell most presently, to […]

Paso Doble

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Each day is a blessing of epic proportions. I give thanks for what might seem meager comforts: real cream in my coffee, a day without a bill in the mail, Paso Doble, the Spanish two-step. Sometimes life is a dance […]

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