Prayers for…Strength

Sun light
fades
shadows blend
united into layers
Darkness
shrouds
The Night is not alone.

Aged with patience
Saguaro
keeps watch
his feathered guards
at the helm
ready
The Crown is not alone

Steady,
enduring,
branches like steel
reach
yearn
cradle the stillness
The Ironwood is not alone

Vipers tucked in hiding
coyote
sings lullaby
blossoms
rejoice in cool reprieve
owl speaks wisdom
The animals are not alone

Between shadows
below
Saguaro’s eye
beneath Ironwood’s arms
amidst
wildlife’s breath
The Migrant is not alone

Behind
fear of despair
Ahead
hope of life
Above
prayers from home
Below
perseverance of those before
The Desert is not alone.

From the author: “Written on a BorderLinks trip in Tuscon, Arizona USA, 4 January 2016, where I had an immersion experience learning about immigration and migrant workers from Latin America”

I am Somebody!
I am Somebody!
I may be poor,
But I am Somebody.
I may be young,
But I am Somebody.
I may be on welfare,
But I am Somebody.
I may be small,
But I am Somebody.
I may have made mistakes,
But I am Somebody.
My clothes are different,
My face is different,
My hair is different,
But I am Somebody.
I am black,
Brown,or white.
I speak a different language
But I must be respected,
Protected,
Never rejected.
I am God’s child!

Shared as a responsive “shout out” with the children on the Sesame Street television show

The action prayer “A Prayer for Openness” by Joyce Rupp invites the reader into a place of gratitude and trust with the Holy One. The illustrated pdf is posted on the International Spiritual Directors website for your personal use.

I first encountered this prayer when I received it from a friend who is a Spiritual Director in Melbourne, Australia. She enclosed this message, “Sending with gratitude to a loving God who opened a door in my life and let you in!” I have kept her handwritten copy all these years, for the feeling is mutual.

Consider when God has opened a door in your life to let someone special in.

Let me be kind when tiredness overwhelms
my weary brain and turns my legs to lead;
let me brave when truths must be conveyed,
confronting the past and all things left unsaid;
let me fight on for you when various rules
make nonsense of your rights and reinforce your fears;
grant me the stamina to speak and treat with fools,
remaining calm when biting back the tears.
Help me to know somehow that life goes on
beyond this time of stress and sleepless nights;
help me to smile and love you in the midst
of endless pointless and exhausting fights.
And when the caring ends, help me to be
kind, in my guilt and weariness, to me.

Heather Smith’s prayer was chosen from a competition held by Carers UK.  It was read at the 5 July 2015 service commemorating the 50th anniversary of Carers UK and celebrating the life of Revd Mary Webster, founder of the Carers Movement and Carers UK. The service was held at Eltham United Reformed Church.

O HOLY SPIRIT, SPIRIT OF GOD

YOU ARE LOVE.

FILL OUR HEARTS SO THAT WE MAY KNOW

HOW TO FORGIVE. HOW TO UNDERSTAND.

HOW TO CHERISH AND HOW TO LET GO.

HOLY SPIRIT, YOU ARE TRUTH.

TEACH US THE WAY OF CHRIST.

EXPOSE ALL FALSENESS IN OUR VALUES.

AND CLEANSE US FROM PREJUDICE:

GIVE US A HOLD ON REALITY,

TO KNOW OURSELVES AND KNOW SALVATION.

HOLY SPIRIT, YOU ARE POWER.

ENABLE US, ENCOURAGE US, LIFT US UP;

MAKE OF US MORE THAN WE HAVE BEEN.

FREE IN SERVICE,

AND HELD IN COMMUNITY.

LOVE, TRUTH, POWER,

HOLY SPIRIT, COME AND RENEW OUR LIVES.

Originally printed in “Inside Out” the magazine of the Council for World Mission, Singapore. (originally printed in capital letters)

Mr Thorogood served in the Cook Islands (1956-1963) with the Council for World Mission, then the London Missionary Society.

 

When times are difficult we can lean on one other.

The SALT Project has produced an inspirational short film about the strength of “sistering.”  The SALT team writes: ‘We teamed up with Glennon Doyle Melton (New York Times Bestselling author of, Carry On, Warrior, mastermind behind Momastery.com, and all around amazingly strong and witty human being!) to create a short film called, “The Best Part of Life.”
Needless to say, we’ve been BLOWN AWAY by the response to this short film! At this very moment, it’s received 8,197 likes, 4,656 shares, and 509 of the sweetest comments on Facebook and 47,200 views on Vimeo (and counting!).”

If you are a sister or someone who does a bit of “sistering,” watch and be inspired.