September 13, 2011
Navajo Early Morning blessing
Navajo Healing song
September 7, 2010
Khamemi savve jive
Savve jiva khamantu me
Mitti me savve bhuesu
Veram majaham na kenai
I ask for forgiveness from all living beings;
May all living beings grant me forgiveness.
My friendship is with all living beings;
I have hostility towards none.
Listen, nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus Our Lord.
Brothers and sisters, not out of dread and fear, but believing that God is faithful to forgive, let us rid ourselves of what we need to carry no longer.
Gracious God, our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo. Forgive what our lips tremble to name, what our hearts can no longer bear, and what has become for us a consuming fire of judgement. Set us free from a past that we cannot change; open to us a future in which we can be changed; and grant us grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image; through Jesus Christ, the light of the world.
Assurance of forgiveness :
God Forgives us. Christ renews us. The Holy Spirit enables us to grow in love.
We take into our daily lives signs of hope and healing.
August 11, 2010
“Great graces cannot be obtained without humility. When you yourself experience
humiliation, you should take it as a sure sign that some great grace is in store.”
-St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Considering this quote by St. Bernard of Clairvaux, is it possible that I can begin
to praise God for the humiliations I receive? How can I begin to hone the eyes of
my soul so that I don’t miss the “great grace” that is to come after the humiliation?
February 25, 2010
A is for Allah
Lord of the Universe, who is One,
He made the earth, stars, and sun
He made angels to worship and pray,
He made man from a dab of clay
B is for Bilal
Bilal is that tall, brave African man,
Islam freed him and gave him iman
Calling the Muslims to come and pray,
Was his duty each night and day
C is for Children
Black, white, red, yellow, and brown,
Better than the jewels in a crown
Laughing or crying, short or tall,
Allah loves children, one and all
D is for Du’a
Remembering Allah all nights and days,
By giving Him our thanks and praise
Thank Allah with “Al Hamdulillah”
And praise Him with “Subhanallah
E is for Earth
With its mountains, rivers, and seas,
Animals, birds, fruits, and trees
They all declare Allah’s Might,
Following His laws, wills, and light
F is for Faith
That which the Muslims call Iman,
Is in the heart of the believing man
Will come from his lip and hand,
Love for Allah pouring out like sand
G is for Gabriel
An angel (called Jibraeel in Islam) created by Allah from light,
His duty is to serve Allah all day and night
To Prophet Muhammad (S) he did appear,
To bring mankind the Holy Qur’an so dear
H is for Heaven
God’s garden of joy, peace, and love,
The home for Muslim’s souls above
The path to this heavenly place
Is faith in Allah’s guidance and grace
I is for Islam
A way of life for all of who,
Give to Allah the praise that is due
We worship and pray five times a day,
Because we know it is the best way
J is for Jesus
Peace be upon him, ‘Isa, the son of Maryam,
To his people Allah’s word did he carry
By Allah’s help, he made the sick well,
So people would believe what he had to tell
K is for Ka’bah
First house of Allah in Makkah was made,
By Ibrahim and Isma’il the stones were laid
Millions of believers from every race,
Come for Hajj tot his extra special place
L is for Life
A precious gift from Allah to you,
Don’t waste it, he knows what you do
Don’t chase pleasure or forget Allah,
No matter how little, say “Al-Hamdulillah
M is for Muhammad
Peace be upon him, Abdullah’s son,
From Allah’s enemies he did not run
Of all the Prophets, he was the last,
Islam his message which we hold fast
N is for Nuh
Peace be upon him, a Prophet who was very good,
Allah told him to build an ark, fast as he could
Take pairs of animals and the believers-all,
The flood was coming and the waves would be tall!
O is for Obedience
It is the duty of each Muslim to obey,
The Qur’an and the Sunnah all the way
Go for Hajj, give Zakah, fast, and pray,
And to your parents do not say, “Nay!”
P is for Prayer
It is the cornerstone of Muslim life,
And the devil it cuts like a knife
Prayer five times a day is a must,
In Allah, you should put your trust
Q is for Qur’an
A blessing and guide for all of mankind,
In it Allah’s message you will find
Of all His messages, it is the last,
Perfect for present, future, and past
R is for Ramadan
For Muslims this blessed month of fasting,
Is to celebrate Allah’s love everlasting
All day, no food, nor drink, nor evil deeds,
Pray and read Qur’an, to heaven this leads
S is for Surah
One hundred and fourteen in the Qur’an,
Read them and trust in Al-Rahman,
Do you know ten of them that you can say?
Knowing them will help you pray
T is for Tawheed
La ilaaha illallah, Allah is the only one,
There is no partner with Him, nor son
Allah is the answer to all that we need,
Watch your heart and tongue, He knows every deed
U is for Ummah
The Muslim community, which Muhammad (S) found,
The brotherhood of Islam made it sound
Allah’s laws in the Qur’an and Sunnah,
Are to help everyone in the Ummah
V is for Victory
It is the help from Allah to you,
His guidance in everything you do
Work and prayer a Muslim does need,
To celebrate Allah’s victory, indeed!
W is for Wudu’
We must keep our minds and bodies clean,
Because by Allah we are always seen
Whenever you hear the call of athan,
Prepare and come pray as soon as you can
X is for ……
X is not easy for us to rhyme,
So, we’ll not waste much of your time
In higher math, X is hard to find,
But Allah’s path is clear even to the blind
Y is for Yunus
Peace be upon him, a good man in a wicked town,
He ran to the sea and a whale gobbled him down
By the mercy of Allah, he was saved to tell,
His people to become good and obey Allah well
Z is for Zero-sin
It is the way we each begin,
Free from worldly sin
So, don’t let yourself forget,
Keep out of the devil’s threat!
ABC Poem for Children, author unknown
February 25, 2010
What a beautiful concept…
<em>”… Move beyond any attachment to names.” Every war
and every conflict between human beings has happened because
of some disagreement about
names. It’s such an unnecessary foolishness, because just
beyond the arguing there’s a long
table of companionship, set and waiting for us to sit down.
What is praised is one, so the praise is one too,
many jugs being poured
into a huge basin. All religions, all this singing,
The differences are just illusion and vanity. Sunlight
looks slightly different
on this wall than it does on that wall and a lot different
on this other one, but
it is still one light. We have borrowed these clothes, these
from a light, and when we praise, we pour them back in.</em>
mevlana jelaluddin rumi – 13th century
|When I despair,
I remember that all through history
the ways of truth and love have always won.
There have been tyrants, and murderers,
and for a time they can seem invincible,
but in the end they always fall.
Think of it – always.
|mahatma gandhi – early 20th century|
I consult You as You are all Knowing,
and I seek ability from Your power and I ask you for Your great favor,
for You have power,
but I do not,
and You have knowledge,
but I do not,
and You know all hidden matters.
|prophet muhammad – peace be upon him – 7th century|
February 25, 2010
|May I be filled with loving kindness.
May I be well.
May I be peaceful and at ease.
May I be happy.
February 25, 2010
|Let the rain come and wash away
the ancient grudges, the bitter hatreds
held and nurtured over generations.
Let the rain wash away the memory
of the hurt, the neglect.
Then let the sun come out and
fill the sky with rainbows.
Let the warmth of the sun heal us
wherever we are broken.
Let it burn away the fog so that
we can see each other clearly.
So that we can see beyond labels,
beyond accents, gender or skin color.
Let the warmth and brightness
of the sun melt our selfishness.
So that we can share the joys and
feel the sorrows of our neighbors.
And let the light of the sun
be so strong that we will see all
people as our neighbors.
Let the earth, nourished by rain,
bring forth flowers
to surround us with beauty.
And let the mountains teach our hearts
to reach upward to heaven.