Breathe This In

September 25, 2016

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Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore,
May the relief of laughter rinse through your soul.

As the wind loves to call things to dance,
May your gravity be lightened by grace.

Like the dignity of moonlight restoring the earth,
May your thoughts incline with reverence and respect.

As water takes whatever shape it is in,
So free may you be about who you become.

As silence smiles on the other side of what’s said,
May your sense of irony bring perspective.

As time remains free of all that it frames,
May your mind stay clear of all it names.

May your prayer of listening deepen enough
to hear in the depths the laughter of God.

John O’Donohue, For Equilibrium, a Blessing
To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings


Three Little Words

August 10, 2015

My recent post on the blog I co-write with Sue Bradford Edwards and Lori Strawn, praypower4today, led to my writing an incredibly short e-book on Kindle called Three Little Words. The catalyst for writing this teeny, tiny collection of three-word affirmations was inspirational blogger, the Lady Calen, of the wonderful blog, Impromptu Promptlings. I wrote this as a lark, and it’s so tiny I can’t even call it a book, more a booklet! So I wanted to thank Lady Calen and offer her these three words: you’re an inspiration!


Looking Behind, Moving Ahead (Prayer Devotional for the week of February 1, 2015)

February 1, 2015

This post from one of my favorite inspirational blogs really spoke to me today, so I thought I’d share it with you:

Looking Behind, Moving Ahead (Prayer Devotional for the week of February 1, 2015).


Moment of Silence

September 11, 2014

Remembering the souls lost on 9/11 today, and praying for families and survivors.

A while back, I wrote a poem for prayerpower4today, my blog with writing partners Sue Bradford Edwards and Lori Strawn, about the preciousness of life. With your indulgence, I’ll re-post it here as we honor the fallen today.

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Live with Grace

The main thing I wish for you is this:
A rich, full life.
Even if you’re not rich.
Even if your belly’s not full.
The “for-now” -ness gets us all into trouble.
We say we’ll just take this job… “for now.”
Or stick with this relationship that’s a sinking ship….. “for now.”
For now is another way of saying, I accept less than I deserve.
So here’s the tricky part.  Be content but don’t settle.
Expect great things.
Blast off in a rocket to reach the stars.
Build an eighth wonder in your imagination.
How would you live if you knew you couldn’t fail?
What would you do if you had all you ever wanted?
Would you suddenly know how to be happy?
Mr. Right doesn’t do that for you.
Growing a third eye and seeing into the future won’t make it clear.
It’s already there, all wrapped up inside of you.
Ask God’s help.  Do it yourself.
Get on your knees and pray.
Get on your feet and walk.
Be about it.  Now move.


Peace on Earth

December 25, 2013

My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others.  Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?

Bob Hope


Thanks-Giving

November 27, 2013

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Here’s a glorious gem from my writing partner, Lori Strawn.  She and SueBE have been writing such beautiful things lately, I may just re-post everything they write!  They’re that good. Happy Thanksgiving, all!

Thanks-Giving.


Helping Hands Prayer

November 25, 2013

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Re-posting this beautiful reminder for the season from my writing partner, Sue Bradford Edwards.   Hope you find it as uplifting as I do.  Simple, spare, and says it all!

Helping Hands Prayer.


For Those Who Walked With Us by Jan Richardson

October 29, 2013

Nature

For those
who walked with us,
this is a prayer.

For those
who have gone ahead,
this is a blessing.

For those
who touched and tended us,
who lingered with us
while they lived,
this is a thanksgiving.

For those
who journey still with us
in the shadows of awareness,
in the crevices of memory,
in the landscape of our dreams,
this is a benediction.

© Jan L. Richardson. janrichardson.com.

http://paintedprayerbook.com/


Arms Around You, Boston

April 25, 2013

It was a week
to shake the faith
right out of our bones.

But faith cannot fall
to such a small god:
a god of bombs, bullets, ripped limbs.

Seek God elsewhere.
He is there in the helpers.
In solace, yes, and mourning, too.
In healing hands, in hope.

Look to those who know the truth:
What is not love
cannot be God.

Hate destroys.
Love restores.
There is your answer.

The Last Word, by Lori Strawn


Sunday: A Poem for Easter

March 29, 2013

I have to share this prayer-poem from my writing partner, Lori Strawn. It took my breath away and reminded me what the holiday is really about. Have a blessed Easter, all!

Sunday: A Poem for Easter.