Prayers, Quotes

The Buoyancy of Hope (COVID Vaccine) …

May it be Your will, Lord our God and God of our ancestors that this endeavor bring healing, for You are the generous healer. Siddur Edot HaMizrach from Assorted Blessings and Prayers (Hebrew Text) A Prayer for Receiving the COVID Vaccine I have been praying for this day and now it is here!With great excitement,… Continue reading The Buoyancy of Hope (COVID Vaccine) …

Days of Advent, Interreligious, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 21: Sanctuaries That Emerge From The Magnificent Stream (Winter Solstice) …

On the scale of our human history, rituals like putting up Christmas trees, lighting menorahs, reading Hafiz, and baking rice dumplings are new. We, humans, have celebrated the earthly repercussions of our orbit longer than we’ve celebrated virtually anything. Before Christmas and Hanukkah, before monotheism or any other kind of theism, our ancestors were staring… Continue reading Advent Day 21: Sanctuaries That Emerge From The Magnificent Stream (Winter Solstice) …

Days In The Desert, Prayers, Quotes

Desert Day 32: To Forgive Others Is To Forgive Ourselves …

To forgive our brother is to forgive Ourselves -- We abandon our revenge; Our lives have seen suffering enough. We are tired and worn out with Ourselves -- If we take revenge, it will be the cause; The effect will follow me into my next life. Look into the mirror; see the compassion in your… Continue reading Desert Day 32: To Forgive Others Is To Forgive Ourselves …

Prayers, Seasons

Prayer for a Year of Blessings …

Sometimes I need only to stand wherever I am to be blessed. ― Mary Oliver from "It Was Early" in Evidence May this [year] be a [year] of blessings: blessings of goodness, blessings of joy, peace and kindness, friendship and love, creativity, strength, serenity, fulfilling work and dignity, satisfaction, success, and sustenance, physical health and… Continue reading Prayer for a Year of Blessings …

Interreligious, Prayers, Quotes

Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Parable of the Good Samaritan …

On the one hand we are called to play the good Samaritan on life's road; but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey… Continue reading Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Parable of the Good Samaritan …

Interreligious, Quotes

The Eternal Light of the Servant Candle …

One candle is a small thing. But one candle can light another. And see how its own light increases as the candle gives its flame to another. You are such light. Light is the power to dispel darkness. You have this power to move back the darkness in yourself and in others, to do so with the… Continue reading The Eternal Light of the Servant Candle …

Interreligious, Quotes, Seasons

Better To Light A Candle …

A candle is a small thing. But one candle can light another. And see how its own light increases, as a candle gives its flame to the other. You are such a light. — Moshe Davis and Victor Ratner from The Birthday Of The World At this time of year, when the sun is most hidden,… Continue reading Better To Light A Candle …

Interreligious, Prayers, Quotes, Seasons

Cultivating Gratitude (Thanksgiving Prayers) …

For the laughter of the children, For my own life breath, For the abundance of food on this table, For the ones who prepared this sumptuous feast, For the roof over our heads, The clothes on our backs, For our health, And our wealth of blessings, For this opportunity to celebrate with family and friends,… Continue reading Cultivating Gratitude (Thanksgiving Prayers) …

Interreligious, Prayers

A Prayer for the World …

Let the rain come and wash away the ancient grudges, the bitter hatreds held and nurtured over generations. Let the rain wash away the memory of the hurt, the neglect. Then let the sun come out and fill the sky with rainbows. Let the warmth of the sun heal us wherever we are broken. Let… Continue reading A Prayer for the World …