Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
we live and move and have our being.
We pray that we may at all times
keep our minds open to new ideas and shun dogma;
that we may grow in our understanding of the nature of all living beings
and our connectedness with the natural world;
that we may become ever more filled with
generosity of spirit and true compassion and love for all life;
that we may strive to heal the hurts that we have inflicted on nature
and control our greed for material things, knowing that
our actions are harming our natural world and the future of our children;
that we may value each and every human being
for who he is, for who she is,
reaching to the spirit that is within,
knowing the power of each individual to change the world.
for the alleviation of the crippling poverty
that condemns millions of people around the world
to lives of misery - hungry, sick, and utterly without hope.
We pray for the children who are starving,
who are condemned to homelessness, slave labor, and prostitution,
and especially for those forced to fight, to kill and torture
even members of their own family.
We pray for the victims of violence and war,
for those wounded in body and for those wounded in mind.
We pray for the multitudes of refugees, forced from their homes to alien places
through war or through the utter destruction of their environment.
for an end to the pain caused by scientific experimentation,
intensive farming, fur farming, shooting, trapping,
training for entertainment, abusive pet owners,
and all other forms of exploitation
such as overloading and overworking pack animals,
bull fighting, badger baiting, dog and cock fighting and so many more.
whether to humans or other animals,
for an end to bullying, and torture in all its forms.
We pray that we may learn the peace that comes with forgiving
and the strength we gain in loving;
that we may learn to take nothing for granted in this life;
that we may learn to see and understand with our hearts;
that we may learn to rejoice in our being.
We pray because of the hope that is within us,
and because of a faith in the ultimate triumph of the human spirit;
We pray because of our love for Creation, and because of our trust in God.
We pray, above all, for peace throughout the world.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
"Once upon a time the great colors of the world started
to quarrel. All claimed that they were the best. The
most important. The most useful. The favorite of Great
Creator, God of many names in many religions and belief’s;"
"Clearly I am the most important. I am the sign of life upon
Mother Earth and of hope. I was chosen for grass, trees and
leaves. Without me, all animals would die. Look over the
countryside and you will see that I am in the majority."
"You only think about the Mother Earth, but consider the sky and
the sea. It is the water that is the basis of life and drawn up
by the clouds from the deep sea. The sky gives space and peace
and serenity. Without my peace, you would all be nothing."
"You are all so serious. I bring laughter, gaiety, and warmth into
the world you speak of. The sun is yellow, the moon is yellow, the
stars are yellow. Every time you look at a sunflower, the whole
world starts to smile. Without me there would be no fun."
Orange started next to blow her trumpet:
"I am the color of health and strength. I may be scarce, but I am
precious for I serve the needs of human life. I carry the most
important vitamins. Think of carrots, pumpkins, oranges, mangoes, and
papayas. I don't hang around all the time, but when I fill the sky at
sunrise or sunset, my beauty is so striking that no one gives another
thought to any of you."
Red could stand it no longer he shouted out:
"I am the ruler of all of you. I am blood(DNA) - life's blood! I am the
color of danger and of bravery. I am willing to fight for a cause. I
bringfire into the blood. Without me, the earth would be as empty as
the moon. I am the color of passion and of love, the red rose, the
poinsettia and the poppy."
Purple rose up to his full height:
He was very tall and spoke with great pomp: "I am the color of royalty
and power. Kings, chiefs, and bishops have always chosen me for I am
the sign of authority, knowledge, and wisdom. People do not question me!
They listen and obey."
At last Indigo spoke, much more quietly than all the others, but with
just as much determination: "Think of me. I am the color of silence.
You hardly notice me, but without me you all become superficial. I
represent thought and reflection, twilight and deep water. You need
me for balance and contrast, for prayer and inner peace."
And so the colors went on boasting, each convinced of his or her own
superiority. Their quarreling became louder and louder. Suddenly
there was a startling flash of bright lightening thunder rolled and
boomed. Rain started to pour down relentlessly. The colors crouched
down in fear, drawing close to one another for comfort.
In the midst of the clamor, Great Creator, God of many names in
many religions and belief’s began to speak:
"You foolish colors, fighting amongst yourselves, each trying to
dominate the rest. Don't you know that you were each made for a
special purpose, unique and different? Join hands with one another
and come to me."
"Doing as they were told, the colors united and joined hands!"
Great Creator, God of many names in many religions & belief’s continued:
"From now on, when it rains, each of you will stretch across the sky
in a great bow of color as a reminder that you can all live in peace.
The Rainbow is a sign of hope for tomorrow." And so, whenever a good
rain washes the world, and a Rainbow appears in the sky, let us
remember to Love & appreciate one another."