Prayers and Meditations

 


Lord, I believe; help thou my unbelief.

Bible – Mark 9:24

 

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If I speak in the tongues of men and angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a tinkling symbol.

 

And if I have prophecy and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

 

And if I dole out all my goods, and if I deliver my body that I may boast but have not love, nothing am I profited.

 

Love is long suffering, love is kind, it is not jealous, love does not boast, it is not inflated.

 

It is not discourteous, it is not selfish, it is not irritable, it does not enumerate the evil.

 

It does not rejoice over the wrong, but rejoices in the truth.

 

It covers all things, it has faith for all things, it hopes in all things, it endures in all things.

 

Love never falls in ruins; but whether prophecies, they will be abolished; or tongues, they will cease; or knowledge, it will be superseded.

 

For we know in part and we prophecy in part.

 

But when the perfect comes, the imperfect will be superseded.

 

When I was an infant, I spoke as an infant, I reckoned as an infant; when I became an adult, I abolished the things of the infant.

 

For now we see through a mirror in an enigma, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know as also I was fully known. But now remain faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

 

1 Corinthians 13:1-13

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I will not die and unlived life.

I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire.

I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me,

to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing,

a torch, a promise.

I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which came to me as seed goes to the next as blossom and that which came to me as blossom, goes on as fruit.

Fully Alive – Dawna Markova

 

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For food that stays our hunger,

For rest that brings us ease,

For homes where memories linger,

We give our thanks for these.

Traditional – Mealtime Blessing

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Praise God from whom all blessings Flow;

praise him, all creatures here below;

praise him above, ye heavenly host;

praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost

 

 

traditional hymn – words by thomas ken – 1674

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As the rain hides the stars,

as the autumn mist

hides the hills,

as the clouds veil

the blue of the sky, so

the dark happenings of my lot

hide the shining of thy face from me.

Yet, if I may hold they hand in the darkness,

it is enough, since I know,

that though may stumble in my going,

Thou dost not fall.

Traditional-scottish gaelic

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Live loyally today

–grow—

and tomorrow will attend to itself.

The quickest way for a tadpole to become a frog is to live loyally each moment as a tadpole.

Urantia Book – 1094:06

 

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St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me a channel of thy peace –

that where there is hatred, I may bring love –

that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness –

that where there is discord, I may bring harmony –

that where there is error, I may bring truth –

that where there is doubt, I may bring faith –

that where there is despair, I may bring hope –

that where there are shadows, I may bring light.

that where there is sadness, I may bring joy –

Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort, than to be comforted –

to understand, than to be understood –

to love, than to be loved.

For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.

It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.

It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life. Amen.

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Third Step Prayer

GOD, I offer myself to Thee — to build with me and to do with me as

Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always! AMEN

6 thoughts on “Prayers and Meditations

  1. AA Meditation/prayer

    I ask your protection and care God. Pg 59 AA

    I Pray only for knowledge of your will for me and the power to carry that out. Pg 59

    God, I offer myself to thee to build with me and to do with me as thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will allways! Pg 63 AA Step 3

    God help me treat people who’s symptoms disturb me with the same tolerance, pity, and patience that I would cheerfully grant a sick friend. God this is a sick person how can I be helpful to him/her? God save me from being angry. Thy will be done. Pg 67.AA Step 4 resentment

    God remove my fear and direct my attention to what you would have me be. Pg 68.AA step 4 fear

    Mold my ideals on sex God. Help me to live up to my ideals and to remember my sex powers are God given. Pg 69 AA Step 4 sex

    In approaching my wrongs in sex relations, God what should I do about each specific matter. Pg 69 AA Step 4 sex

    I pray for the right ideal, for guidance in each questionable situation, for sanity, and for the strength to do the right thing. Pg 70 AA Step 4 sex

    Thank you God that I know you better. Pg 75 AA Step 5 (Having talked with you, myself and another human.)

    God help me to be willing (to let go of any defects I cling to) Pg 76 Step

    My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.”
    Pg 76 Step Seven.

    I ask for strength and direction to do the right thing, no matter what the personal concequences may be to make amends. Pg 79 step 8

    God help me not to shrink in making amends Pg 80 Step 9 (once I’ve consulted with others who may be affected and obtained permision )

    I pray God to make amends to my spouse keeping always his or her happiness uppermost in mind Pg 82 Step 9 (amends to spouse)

    God, show me the way of patience, tolerance, kindliness and love. Pg 83 Step 9 (With my family )

    God remove from me this. ((selfishness), (dishonesty), (resentment), and (fear)). (All or each) Pg 84 AA Step 10 (watch for )

    How can I best serve Thee – Thy will (not mine) be done.Pg 85 AA Step 10. morning

    God forgive me and show me what corrective measures should be taken. Pg 86 Step 10 evening (Upon reviewing my day)

    God direct my thinking I especially ask that it be divorced from self pity, dishonest or self seeking motives. Pg 86AA Step 11

    God grant me inspiration, an intuitive thought or a decision Pg 86AA Step 11(When undecided)

    God show me the right thought or action. Pg 87 Step 11(When agitated or doubtfull )

    Thy will be done Pg 88 Step 11

    What can I do today for the man who is still sick. Pg 164 AA Step 12

  2. Thought you might enjoy this site: World of Prayer website. Prayers from all faiths and paths. One of my favorite’s is a very human prayer by a monk: Thomas Merton: Prayer of Thomas Merton
    My Lord God I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself; and the fact that I think I am following Your will, does not mean I am actually doing so. But I believe that my desire to please You, does in fact please You. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this, You will lead me by the right road although I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always, though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death, I will not fear, for You are ever with me, and You will never leave me to face my perils alone. Amen.

    He may not have been an alcoholic, but it is a prayer alcoholics can appreciate.

  3. Here is a prayer you might like, by a alcoholic priest that was a Fire Department Chaplin that died in NY on 9/11/2001 :
    Mychal’s Prayer
    Lord, take me where You want me to go;
    Let me meet who You want me to meet;
    Tell me what You want me to say;
    and Keep me out of your way.

    father mychal judge – FDNY – died 9/11/01

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