November Prayer for Peace

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“Amongst all good works, which is the virtue which requires the greatest effort? Said a brother to Abba Agathon.  He replied, ” Forgive me, but I think there is no labour greater than that of prayer to God.”

Dear WordPress Family,

Abba Agathon was a monastic monk/desert father in the 4th century.  I was reminded of the above quotation while I contemplated the Prayer for Peace for November.  I can’t help but believe his words.  Prayer is a great labor.  It’s a wonderful labor that requires constant obedience.  To me, prayer is a way I console, praise, show love, plead to God and lay in His arms.

This month’s Prayer for Peace flows through me as I asked God about the suffering in the world.  How can the recent acts of violence around the world help us to progress?

As I asked this question I hear the word compassion…over and over again.  I have compassion for the army vets that are away from home.  I have compassion for the Syrian refugees whom are making a new home amongst a land they do not know.  I have compassion for the victims of the attacks in Paris just a few days ago as well as their families and friends.  Are these events just?  Not from my eyes or the eyes of those I’ve spoken to about worldly events.

How can one prayer sum it all up for Peace?  It can’t.  Prayer is laborious and needed without ceasing.  I never fully understood this saying of St. Paul until I read a quote from Abba Lucius from the book, To Pray and To Love.  He speaks of pray without ceasing as not only praying but service with love.

So, when I have spent the whole day working and praying, making thirteen pieces of money more or less, I put two pieces of the money outside the door and I pay for my food with the rest of the money.  He who takes the two pieces of money prays for me when I am eating and when I am sleeping; so, by the grace of God, I fulfill the perception to pray without ceasing. – Abba Lucius

So, pray, work and give love through generosity and not self-sacrifice; if you give but feel you are sacrificing then how is that giving love but rather giving in vain?

So, this month’s Prayer for Peace is dedicated to those that pray without ceasing:

Today I pray for the lonely or vulnerable or those that don’t pray without ceasing.

I pray that one day they will be able to give love out of generosity and unconditionally.

There is but one way to live out the virtue of prayer and that is through communicating using our whole being.

It is our truth and nature to solemnly live our days out consulting with one another and You, God, by actively listening; listening in the sense of having the intention to pursuit what is just for all of humanity and not only blind knowledge.

Please shine Your Light on those that pray without ceasing, Dear Lord.

Show them that their giving heart is plentiful and just.

Show them how their good deeds and prayers go hand-in-hand.

Wake them up to the beauty You created to enjoy with them.

With Love,
Brooke

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October Prayer for Peace

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“I give you my spirit that you may pray in me.”  – Anonymous

A very warm October welcome to you!

This month’s prayer for peace was inspired by my conversation with God today.  I asked Him to help me create a poem/prayer that would help me understand and appreciate the human condition.  This is what came to me without hesitation:

Justice

Worthy of justifiable lessons
Dedicated to official rules
Warranted of lust

Abling us to go forward
Living in this world
of just cause

Destroying the world along the way…

Giving your all in concert
Living life with joy
Vulnerable actions sway judgement

Letting go of things that are too heavy
Wanting to give love away
because it was given for free anyway

Recreating the world along the way…

Virtuous knowledge of the One that we know
Ever surrounding us
Ever knowing
Ever being

As I was typing these words out, I couldn’t help but feel they revolved around our society and how structured it is around the need for structure and not the needs of humanity (ex: america’s judicial system).  I am also being shown that many of us have awoken to a puzzle that needs to be put together.  After it is assemble then do we glue and frame it for display?  What glue should we use?  A glue that offers bondage or one that offers flexibility depending on our condition?  I can’t help but feel that love ought to be that glue.  Think about it, feel it.  Love keeps people together.  Bondage tears people apart jaggedly.

How can we give love so freely that it keeps the pieces together without a sense of bondage?

What does this have to do with peace?

It has everything to do with the Living Presence.  By letting go of the ways/structures that no longer provides abundance with a filling effect, we will be able to forge a way forward that is in tune with all the beauty that surrounds us.

How can we live in accordance with the laws of nature and still find that growth that we so desperately seek out?

By releasing with love the imperious fabric that human beings weaved.  Thus, allowing us to profit from that release.  Instead of carrying around–with gluttony–a heavy frame every day, we could release these heavy structures and awaken to the true equity and happiness that was already created for us.

God Bless,

Brooke

September Prayer for Peace

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“Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is unhealthy, your body is full of darkness.” – Luke 11:34

Glory be to God and in His restitution for all,

Below is the Prayer for Peace that God showed me:

Open to us, Lord, your great Door, O Fountain of all mercy, hear our prayer and have mercy on our souls.
Lord of the morning and ruler of all seasons, hear our prayer and have mercy on our souls.
Shine upon me, Lord, and I shall be Light like the day. I will sing your praise in Light while I marvel. May the morning awaken me to the praise of your Godhead and I will pursue the study of your Word all the day long.
With the day may your Light shine on our thoughts and may it drive away the shadows of error from our souls.
The creation is full of Light, give Light also to our hearts that they may praise you with the day and the night.
Rise up, O children of Light, and let us give glory to the Lord who alone can save our souls.
O Lord, as you withdraw sleep from the eyes of our body, grant us wakefulness of mind so that we may stand before you in awe and sing your praises worthily. – Syrian Orthodox Prayer

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