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Prayers for Today: Songs of Strength

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THANK YOU, GOD

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

I want to thank You, God,
For life and all that’s in it.

Thank You for the day
And for the hour and for the minute.

I know many are gone;
I’m still living on.

– Maya Angelou

SPIRIT OF LIFE

Carolyn McDade

Carolyn McDade

Spirit of Life, come unto me.
Sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion,
Blow in the wind, rise in the sea;
Move in the hand, giving life the shape of justice.

Roots hold me close; wings set me free:
Spirit of life, come to me, come to me.

– Carolyn McDade

INVOCATION

Starhawk

Starhawk

Nameless One—of many names
Eternal—and ever-changing One
Who is found nowhere—but appears everywhere
Beyond—and within all.

Timeless—circles of the seasons,
Unknowable mystery—known by all.
Lord of the Dance—Mother of all life:

Be radiant with us,—
Engulf us with Your love,
See with our eyes,
Hear with our ears,
Breathe with our nostrils,
Touch with our hands,
Kiss with our lips,
Open our hearts!

That we may live free at last
Joyful in the single song
Of all that is, was, or ever shall be!

– Starhawk

GOD OF MANY NAMES

Jonaly Johnstone

Jonaly Johnstone

God of many names
Who has no beginning and no end
Who is male and female and neither one
who serves and is served
who creates and is created
who binds the world together and tears it apart

God of many names
Touched and untouchable
Mysterious and answering all mystery
Out reaching and all-embracing
Apart from and part of all
God of many names
We acknowledge your presence
Now and forever
Here and everywhere

– Jonaly Johnstone

THE AVOWAL

Denise Levertov

Denise Levertov

As swimmers dare
to lie face to the sky
and water bears them,
as hawks rest upon air
and air sustains them,
so would I learn to attain
freefall and float
into the Creative Spirit’s deep embrace.
knowing no effort earns
that all-surrounding grace.

– Denise Levertov

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