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A Prayer for the New Year - January 1, 2015

Since endings and new beginnings flow together as the old year ends and a new one takes its place,

we call to the Spirits that we hold dear, and to the Divine within ourselves.

Kindreds!

Fill us with gratitude for the blessings we have received, since gratitude improves all lives.

Help us learn from our mistakes and not be blind to how our deeds impact the world. Self-knowledge leads us to forgive, both others and ourselves.

Grant us compassion for both our fellow creatures and for each other, and may we live in harmony and peace.

Religious Tolerance

In the past few days we have seen some horrific acts done in the name of religion.  In Pakistan, we had an extreme part of the Islamic faith kill nearly 150 people, mostly school children, in the name of religion.  In Sydney Australia, we had a lone follower of this extreme set of beliefs take many people hostage and cause the deaths of 3.

Prayer of Transformation: Honoring the Earth Mother

This was a prayer used during a Beltane ritual about transformation.  This particular prayer was in honor of the Earth Mother.

Sacred earth
Mother to us all
You teach us the beauty in the ways of transformation
Each day we can observe and learn something new thanks to you, for you are constantly changing.

A Prayer for Ferguson and After

I call for nine blessings on the nations of America.
On the transplanted, on the remnant, on the deep-rooted,
on men and women and every child let there be nine blessings.

A Prayer for all Those Who Died Because They Were Black in America.

My voice in prayer is raised this day.
Ragged words spun into the tangled thread of history and pain.
Fear rides Blackness like a cancer caused by Whiteness
And I can only assume my complicit action unseen by my own eye.
This is a false dichotomy more dangerous than many;
Decartes’ divide of mind and body doesn’t bring Death’s implacable grasp.

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