Blessed Are You, O God

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Blessed are you, O God of justice

Blessed are you, O God of beauty

Blessed are you, O God of gentleness

Blessed are you, O God of wild unbridled winds.

We find you in all things.

We find you in every creature.

We find in the depths of our ever-living souls.

Praise be to you.

John Philip Newell, Celtic Treasure: Daily Scriptures and Prayer | Photo by Karin Baard

Prayer of Thanksgiving & Intercession

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That from our depth new life emerges

thanks be to you, O God.

That through our body

and the bodies of men and women everywhere

heaven’s creativity is born on earth,

children of eternity are conceived in time

and everlasting bonds of tenderness

and forged amidst the hardness of life’s struggles,

thanks be to you.

That in our soul

and the soul of every human being

sacred hopes are hidden,

longings for what has never been are heard

and visions for earth’s peace and

prosperity are glimpsed,

thanks be to you.

For those near to us who are in turmoil this day

and for every family in its brokenness,

for the woundedness of our own life

and for every creature that is suffering,

O God of all life, we pray.

John Philip Newell, Sounds of the Eternal | Photo by Karin Baard

Prayer of Blessing

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In sleep may we be made new this night.

In sleep may we let go of today

and release the worries of tomorrow.

In sleep may we know you

as Soul within our soul

as Guide within our dreams

as Lover within our longings.

In sleep may we be one with you

one with earth’s darkness

one with heaven’s shining

one with each creature dying

one with each newborn breath.

In sleep may we be one with you

and one with all.

John Philip Newell, Praying with the Earth | Photo by Photo by Fabian Oelkers on Unsplash

Light Within All Light

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Light within all light

Soul behind all souls

at the breaking of dawn

at the coming of day

we wait and watch.

Your Light within the morning light

Your Soul within the human soul

Your Presence beckoning to us from the heart of life.

In the dawning of this day

let us know fresh shinning in our soul.

In the growing colors of new beginnings all around us

let us know the first lights of our heart.

Great Star of the morning

Inner Flame of the universe

let us be a cooler in this new dawning.

John Philip Newell, Praying with the Earth |Photo by Artem Sapegin on Unsplash

May Our Enemy Become Our Friend

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May our enemy become our friend, O God,

that we may share earth’s goodness.

May our enemy become our friend, O God,

that our children may meet and marry.

May our enemy become our friend, O God,

that we may remember our shared birth in you.

May we grow in grace

may we grow in gratitude

may we grow in wisdom

that our enemy may become our friend.

From Praying with the Earth by John Philip Newell | Photo by Levi Guzman on Unsplash

Deep Peace

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This day and this night,

may I know O God

The deep peace

of the running wave

The deep peace

of the flowing air

The deep peace

of the quiet earth

The deep peace

of the shining stars

The deep peace

of the Son of Peace.

From Celtic Prayers from Iona by John Philip Newell | Photo courtesy of Karin Baard

Ways of Seeing

IMG_7739Like an infant’s open-eyed wonder

and the insights of a wise grandmother,

like a young man’s vision for justice

and the vitality that shines in a girl’s face,

like tears that flow in a friend bereaved

and laughter in a lover’s eyes,

you have given us ways of seeing, O God,

you have endowed us with sight like your own.

Let these be alive in us this day,

let these be alive in us.

From Sounds of the Eternal: A Celtic Psalter by John Philip Newell | Photo courtesy of Karin Baard

Prayer of Blessing

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May the angels of light

glisten for us this day.

May the sparks of God’s beauty

dance in the eyes of those we love.

May the universe

be on fire with Presence for us this day.

May the new sun’s rising

grace us with gratitude.

Let earth’s greenness shine

and its waters breathe with Spirit.

Let heaven’s winds stir the soil of our soul

and fresh awakenings rise within us.

May the almighty angels of light

glisten in all things this day.

May they summon us to reverence,

may they call us to life.

 

From Praying with the Earth by John Philip Newell | Photo courtesy of Ben Lindwall

Prayer of Awareness

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The peace of morning’s stillness

the peace of new beginnings

the peace of heaven’s kiss

to welcome us to this day

to root us in this day

to free us for this day

that we may grow with the greening earth

that we may grow from the ground of glory

that we may grow in grateful wonder

of You

Gracious Giver of this day

Great Giver of this new day.

From Praying with the Earth by John Philip Newell | Photo courtesy of Chuck Summers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Prayer for Grace

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The ageless mountains are full of your glory
the vast seas swell with your might
the shining skies expand beyond our imagining
so we pause to praise
we wait in wonder
we listen to learn
of the mountain glory within us
of the sea force in our veins
of love’s shining infinity.
Grant us the grace, O God,
to serve this inner universe of soul among us.
-from Praying With the Earth: A Prayerbook for Peace by John Philip Newell. Photo courtesy of Chuck Summers.