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* Each day will have a prayer prompt such as a scripture or a simple prayer offered as a springboard.

* Under each daily post you are invited to comment with any reflections, noticings, or additional prompts or prayers you are finding helpful.

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September 3, 2021 | Prayer Prompt

Consider today the wisdom of Henri Nouwen [he/him] (1932-1996)

“Prayer leads you to see new paths and to hear new melodies in the air. Prayer is the breath of your life which gives you the freedom to go and to stay where you wish and to find the many signs which point out the way to a new land. Praying is not simply some necessary compartment in the daily schedule of a Christian or a source of support in a time or need, nor is it restricted to Sunday mornings or mealtimes. Praying is living.”

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September 1, 2021 | Prayer Prompt

Consider today “A Blessing of Solitude” by John O’Donohue [he/him] (1956-2008) from his book “Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom”

“May you recognize in your life the presence, power, and light of your soul. May you realize that you are never alone, that your soul in its brightness and belonging connects you intimately with the rhythm of the universe. May you have respect for your individuality and difference. May you realize that the shape of your soul is unique, that you have a special destiny here, that behind the facade of your life there is something beautiful and eternal happening. May you learn to see yourself with the same delight, pride, and expectation with which God sees you in every moment.”

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August 30, 2021 | Prayer Prompt

Consider this prayer from The Book of Common Prayer

“Lord, just as your love knows no bounds and finds endless ways to reveal itself, so help us to express a gratitude too deep for words. Help us to learn to reveal our thanksgiving in the countless ways there are to love others, to provide for those in need, to serve where service is rare.”

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August 27, 2021 | Prayer Prompt

Consider today this prayer from “Thou, Dear God: Prayers that Open Hearts and Spirits” by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. [he/him] (1929-1968)

“And in these days of emotional tension, when the problems of the world are gigantic in extent and chaotic in detail, give us penetrating vision, broad understanding, power of endurance, and abiding faith, and save us from the paralysis of crippling fear.”

May it be.

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August 25, 2021 | Prayer Prompt

Consider this wisdom from Tiffini Kilgore [she/her] | @houseofbelonging

“Those places in your soul that have been hollowed out are becoming hallowed ground”

Gentle God, be near to those of us who are going through experiences of being hollowed out. Hold our hand as we venture into healing. May it be.

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August 23, 2021 | Prayer Prompt

Consider this prayer from the Revised Common Lectionary Prayers

“We offer our prayers on behalf of our neighbors whose needs are known to us. We pray both for [our siblings] we know and for those who are strangers.”

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August 20, 2021 | Prayer Prompt

Consider today the wisdom of Richard J. Foster [he/him], founder of @renovareofficial

“The spiritual discipline of celebration leads us into a perpetual jubilee of the Spirit. We are rejoicing in the goodness and the greatness of God. As Saint Augustine said, ’The Christian should be an alleluia from head to foot.’

Celebration comes to us as the result of all the spiritual disciplines having done their work in our lives. The desired goal of the spiritual disciplines is to produce in us a deep character formation. The fruit of the Spirit is the ’holy habits’ of a truly formed life. In greater and deeper measure our life is being penetrated throughout by ’love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.’

Joy is at the heart of celebration. Indeed, I rather imagine it’s the engine that keeps the entire operation going. ’The joy of the LORD is your strength,’ declared Nehemiah. And so it is. Without joy penetrating all the disciplines, they will quickly deteriorate into another set of soul-killing legalisms.

Perhaps the most important benefit of celebration is that it saves us from taking ourselves too seriously. It is an occupational hazard of devout folk to become stuffy bores. Celebration delivers us from such a fate. It adds a note of gaiety, festivity, and hilarity to our lives…

Celebration is not just an attitude but also something that we do. We laugh. We sing. We dance. We play. The psalmist described the joy-filled celebration of the people of God complete with timbrel and dance, with trumpet and lute and harp, with strings and pipe and loud clashing cymbals. In celebration we celebrate! Celebration is one of those things that does not diminish with use. Rather it multiplies. Celebration begets more celebration. Joy begets more joy. Laughter begets more laughter. I have found that times of genuine celebration have the potential of bringing healing and wholeness to the entire community. So … let’s celebrate!”

Where do you see opportunities to celebrate?

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August 18, 2021 | Prayer Prompt

Consider this wisdom from Josie Rosario [she/her], LMSW, MSEd | @josierosarionyc

“Don’t push past the discomfort. Sit with it. It has so much it wants to teach you…

Sitting in and tolerating discomfort is a learnable skill, and requirement for change.

It’s not about feeling uncomfortable for the sake of feeling uncomfortable.

It’s that there’s SO MUCH INFORMATION encoded in it.

You don’t have to stay there, but it is a stop on the life-long journey that is evolving.”

By |August 16th, 2021|Categories: Prayer Journal|0 Comments

August 16, 2021 | Prayer Prompt

Consider this prayer from The Book of Common Prayer

“Today, Lord, help us make our lives an offering of quiet commitment to thread love through the torn garments of society. Amen.”

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August 13, 2021 | Prayer Prompt

Consider today Psalm 30:11-12 [TPT]

“Then he broke through and transformed all my wailing

into a whirling dance of ecstatic praise!

He has torn the veil and lifted from me

the sad heaviness of mourning.

He wrapped me in the glory-garments of gladness.

How could I be silent when it’s time to praise you?

Now my heart sings out, bursting with joy—

a bliss inside that keeps me singing,

‘I can never thank you enough!’”

What sparkles up at you today? Oh God who cares, wrap us in the glory-garments of gladness. Help us to know and to feel You are near when joy feels elusive. Amen.

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August 11, 2021 | Prayer Prompt

Consider the wisdom of Ruth Chou Simons [she/her] | @ruthchousimons

“Our ceaseless striving gets us nowhere.⁣

God assigns the impossible so that His purposes, His way, can be on display. ⁣

The parting of the Red Sea, Abraham and Sarah, Moses and Pharoah, a virgin birth, the death and resurrection of the Savior…⁣⁣

…it’s always been God’s story of divine power, extravagant love, and merciful rescue. ⁣

⁣It was never about any of their abilities, just like it’s not about yours or mine.⁣

Whatever feels impossible is meant to draw us to fall upon His unchanging character; it’s meant to free us…to trust Him to hold all things together. ⁣

“Ah, Lord GOD! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.” (Jeremiah 32:17)⁣

⁣Nothing is too hard for you, God. Still our striving and replace it with the wonder of your great power. Amen.⁣

TELL ME: Where do you find yourself striving, even now? (Hint: look at where you’re anxiously working to attain for yourself what is meant for God to provide?”

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August 9, 2021 | Prayer Prompt

Consider today this prayer from Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals

“Lord, we give thanks for the faithful who have gone before us. Strengthen us by their witness of courage and help us live lives that might encourage those who long for the gift of faith. Amen.”

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August 6, 2021 | Prayer Prompt

Consider today “A Prayer for Peace of Mind” by St. Frances Xavier Cabrini [she/her] (1850-1917)

“Fortify me with the grace of your Holy Spirit and give your peace to my soul that I may be free from all needless anxiety, solicitude, and worry. Help me to desire always that which is pleasing and acceptable to you so that your will may be my will.”

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August 4, 2021 | Prayer Prompt

Consider today the wisdom of Christine Yi Suh [she/her] | @christineyisuh

“In the stillness, I hope you hear these truths: You are loved. You are worthy of healing. Your very breath is a gift. Your existence is an act of resistance. You are a golden, shimmering light of God’s sustaining grace. As the sun rises tomorrow, may you know: As sure as the sun will come, Life is still possible right where you are, just as you are. Hope is still on the horizon.”

By |August 4th, 2021|Categories: Prayer Journal|0 Comments
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