PIECES OF PEACE

In these confusing, painful, anxious times… a few nuggets of peace to nourish the faith, joy, and beauty within….

Peace, Shalom, Sala’am,
Rev. Karen MacDonald, M.Div.
President, Health Ministries Association


May the Creator
give you eyes to see
the new creation springing forth—
May Christ
give you ears to hear
the laughter of new life—
May the Spirit
set the feet of your heart
dancing to the rhythm
of resurrection.

Rev. Sam Hamilton-Poore
in Earth Gospel: A Guide to Prayer for God’s Creation


  This is an hour of change.
Within it we stand uncertain on the border of light.
Shall we draw back or cross over?
Where shall our hearts turn?
Shall we draw back, my brother, my sister,
or cross over?
This is the hour of change, and within it,
we stand quietly
on the border of light.
What lies before us?
Shall we draw back, my brother, my sister,
or cross over?

Baruch atah, Adonai, hamaariv aravim.
Leah Goldberg, adapted
in Mishkan T’filah, A Reform Siddur

May I be filled with lovingkindness,
may I be free from suffering,
may I be joyful and at peace…
 
May we be filled with lovingkindness,
may we be free from suffering,
may we be joyful and at peace….
 
May all beings be filled with lovingkindness,
may all beings be free from suffering,
may all beings be joyful and at peace….

a Buddhist meditation chant

 

Let the beauty we love be what we do….
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.

Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi
from his poem “Spring Giddiness”