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    Posted: 21 August 2012 at 2:44pm
I would like to open a thread in which any of us could post prayers (which already exists or composed by him/her) which can inspire people of every religion, and even non-religious readers.

I will start with a wonderful prayer composed by the Catholic St. Francis of Assisi (1881-1226):

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury,pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.


O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen
Spare me the political events and power struggles, as the whole earth is my homeland and all men are my fellow countrymen. K.Gibran
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All shall be well, and all shall be well. In all manner of things, all shall be well. By Julian of Norwich. It's always one of my favorites.

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The best prayer is the prayer for guidance -  "The opening" chapter of the Quran:
1 In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. 
 
 2 All the praises and thanks be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds. 
 
 3 The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. 
 
 4 The Only Owner of the Day of Recompense.
 
 5 You Alone we worship, and You Alone we ask for help. 
 
 6 Guide us to the Straight Way. 
 
 7 The Way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace , not of those who earned Your Anger, nor of those who went astray.
…and I bear witness that the Messiah, Jesus son of Maryam, is a messenger of God...
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I think it was Meister Eckhart, a medieval German mystic, who said, "if the only prayer you ever say is Thank You, that is enough".
Religion: Unitarian Universalist          What is wanted is not the will to believe but the wish to find out which is its complete opposite. Bertrand Russell
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Originally posted by uuken

I think it was Meister Eckhart, a medieval German mystic, who said, "if the only prayer you ever say is Thank You, that is enough".
 
Ditto:)Thanks for posting.
 
Reminds me of a Wendell Berry's excerpt...
 
You mustn’t wish for another life. You mustn’t want to be somebody else.
What you must do is this:

“Rejoice evermore.
Pray without ceasing.
In everything give thanks.”

I am not all the way capable of so much, but those are the right instructions.
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23rd Psalm:

Psalms 23:1-6

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.



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Our Father, who art in Heaven hallowed be Thy Name,
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom,
and the Power, and the Glory,
for ever and ever. Amen
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." - Mother Teresa
"I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and peace." - Muhammad Ali
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Come, let us join our hands in prayer.
We, who can not remember the exact ritual
We, who, except the passion and fire of Love,
do not recall any god, remember no idol.

Let us beseech, that may the Divine Sketcher
mix a sweet future in the present’s poison
For those who can’t bear the burden of time,
the rolling of days on their souls, may He lighten

Those, whose eyes don’t have in their fate, the rosy cheek of dawn
may He set for them some flame alight.
For those, whose steps know no path
may He show their eyes some way in the night.

Faiz Ahmad Faiz
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i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes...
 
— e.e. cummings
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Let me do my work each day; and if the darkened hours of despair overcome me, may I not forget the strength that comforted me in the desolation of other times.

May I still remember the bright hours that found me walking over the silent hills of my childhood, or dreaming on the margin of a quiet river, when a light glowed within me, and I promised my early God to have courage amid the tempests of the changing years.

Spare me from bitterness and from the sharp passions of unguarded moments. May I not forget that poverty and riches are of the spirit. 

Though the world knows me not, may my thoughts and actions be such as shall keep me friendly with myself.

Lift up my eyes from the earth, and let me not forget the uses of the stars.  Forbid that I should judge others lest I condemn myself. 

Let me not follow the clamor of the world, but walk calmly in my path.

Give me a few friends who will love me for what I am; and keep ever burning before my vagrant steps the  kindly light of hope.

And though age and infirmity overtake me, and I come not within sight of the castle of my dreams, teach me still to be thankful for life, and for time's olden memories that are good and sweet; and may the evening's twilight find me gentle still.
 
 
---Max Ehrmann
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Originally posted by a well wisher

<FONT face="Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size=3>Let me do my work each day; and if the darkened hours of despair overcome me, may I not forget the strength that comforted me in the desolation of other times. May I still remember the bright hours that found me walking over the silent hills of my childhood, or dreaming on the margin of a quiet river, when a light glowed within me, and I promised my early God to have courage amid the tempests of the changing years. Spare me from bitterness and from the sharp passions of unguarded moments. May I not forget that poverty and riches are of the spirit.  Though the world knows me not, may my thoughts and actions be such as shall keep me friendly with myself. Lift up my eyes from the earth, and let me not forget the uses of the stars.  Forbid that I should judge others lest I condemn myself.  Let me not follow the clamor of the world, but walk calmly in my path. Give me a few friends who will love me for what I am; and keep ever burning before my vagrant steps the  kindly light of hope. And though age and infirmity overtake me, and I come not within sight of the castle of my dreams, teach me still to be thankful for life, and for time's olden memories that are good and sweet; and may the evening's twilight find me gentle still.
 

 

---Max Ehrmann


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Spare me the political events and power struggles, as the whole earth is my homeland and all men are my fellow countrymen. K.Gibran
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Beggarly Heart

When the heart is hard and parched up,
come upon me with a shower of mercy.

When grace is lost from life,
come with a burst of song.

When tumultuous work raises its din on all sides shutting me out from
beyond, come to me, my lord of silence, with thy peace and rest.

When my beggarly heart sits crouched, shut up in a corner,
break open the door, my king, and come with the ceremony of a king.

When desire blinds the mind with delusion and dust, O thou holy one,
thou wakeful, come with thy light and thy thunder.

 
-Rabindranath Tagore
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Is it so small a thing
To have enjoy’d the sun,
To have lived light in the spring,
To have loved, to have thought, to have done...

The day in his hotness,
The strife with the palm;
The night in her silence,
The stars in their calm.
 
Calm soul of all things! make it mine
To feel, amid the city’s jar,
That there abides a peace of thine,
Man did not make, and cannot mar.
 

~Matthew Arnold
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Praise the Lord God; to Him be power, glory and praise forever;
Who was and is and is to come the Almighty ancient of days
His mercy endures forever; if you should count my sin oh Lord,
How shall I stand when they are numbered as the sand?
It is by your grace I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.
Out of the the depths of the sea you rescued me;
You gave me Your hand; You set me free.
If no one will give the glory due your name;
Then, the rocks of the earth will cry out like the angels and say:
Prasie the Lord God; to Him be power, glory and praise forever;
Who was and is and is to come the Almighty ancient of days


Edited by Burninglight - 08 April 2013 at 10:56pm
"Christ is not valued at all unless He is valued above all."
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