A Prayer of Affirmation

Dear Lord of Heaven and Earth, of all that is seen and unseen, I praise your name with a heart full of love! As I ask for forgiveness, I also affirm my responsibilities as Your child:

I now affirm that I choose to live a life as Your disciple!

I now affirm that I will take every opportunity to learn from everyone, even if it’s painful so that I can live and grow in Your light!

I now affirm that this day is precious and I will live in it and not in the past!

I now affirm I will respect myself and care for my body properly!

I now affirm that a joyful life is my birthright given by You!

I now affirm I will observe myself and others without judgment!

I now affirm I will meditate on Your Word and pray for guidance daily!

I now affirm I will trust in You to find courage in times of turmoil!

I now affirm You created me for a purpose and I am significant in this world!

I now affirm that my words and deeds will be used to nourish myself and others as I release all grudges and resentments!

I now affirm that at this moment all is well and I thank You Lord for the miracle of my existence!

I now affirm that my words and actions will be used to glorify You and draw me closer to You!

As always, I love You! As always, I trust You!

Amen!

Adapted from Enneagram Transformations: Release and Affirmations for Healing Your Personality Types by Don Richard Riso

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Contagious

 the unknown evolves when we are silent
when we close our eyes and refuse to see
slowly fear creeps upon the heart
it is contagious and drives people apart
 
don’t let the unknown win
 
fear grabs hold of the train tracks
crushing out all light as the windows pass
the horn only tells contagious lies
intending for hope to surly die
 
don’t let the fear win
 
take responsibility for yourself
don’t fall into that contagious mob
let go anger and hate from what is different
stand up straight on the solid ground
 
don’t let anger and hate win
 
peace and love can spread their wings
if we open the doors otherwise unseen
let their contagious song be heard
and break the chains crumbling our world
 
let love win
 
 
 

A Prayer

Dear Father,

Thank You for the breath of life. Thank You for the depth of Your love. Thank You for never giving up on me.

Please help me to shine Your Light with the gifts you have bestowed on me. Show me how to see with Your eyes all that is happening in this world around me. Guide my heart to hear those in pain, so that I may wrap Your arms around them. Rid my mind of judgment and resentment, so I can be free to love and understand myself, and free to love and understand others.

As I hear sirens pass down the road, I pray for all involved. As I listen about a recent shooting, I pray for all involved. As I learn of a natural disaster destroying cities, I pray for all involved.

But what I understand from Your Word is that prayer includes action.

I pray for guidance to move in Your direction; not sit back and ask: “Why?”

I pray for courage to answer the question: “What more can I do right now?”

Amen

Love, Acceptance, Intervention

thank you, Lord
I have a safe place to be
there’s Peace and Support
Love and Understanding
 
Hate seems to be
magnified
since my younger days
or maybe I wasn’t exposed
 
Love
Tolerance
Acceptance
grew within our home
 
peaceful debates
inside my childhood walls
no place for Hate
no place for assault
 
I learned early
I don’t have to agree
or like every person
inorder to be me

I learned instead
Love
even if repulsed by
different thoughts
 
Love
Acceptance
Intervention, Prevention
some roads to start today
 
to combat Hate
live in Openness
Intervene before
souls are maliciously swayed
 
Loneliness - a major culprit -
a wanting to belong and be seen
but hiding behind deceitful ideals
is only reproachful and cowardly
 
sadness fills my heart
when we don’t understand
the power of individual actions
affirming existence and connection
  
smile
“hi”
“how are you”
today may seem trivial
 
but I have witnessed
the transformation
from acknowledging a person
as an individual
 
we must see all people
the world chooses to ignore
don’t let anyone live in Isolation
show them they are not alone
 
Isolation and Ignorance
only breed Fear and Hate
a dangerous place to be
consuming and contaminating the soul
 
stop Greed
stop Anger
stop Isolation
stop Division
 
teach
Love, Compassion
teach children
they are seen
 
Intervene
before the youth are lost
to violence inspired
by Evil
 
I’ll never tire
of reminding
to teach
Love and Respect for all
 
Hate
may be powerful
but let us choose
Love, Acceptance, and Intervention 

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Spinning Thoughts

spinning
spinning
spinning
around go my thoughts
 
I need to grab
just one
this continuous circus must
stop
 
I feel this chair
as I sit
I feel the floor
and tap on it
 
something is off
something isn’t right
I wish I could feel some emotion
instead there’s nothing but sight
 
am I real
or am I not
I can’t pinpoint it
with these crazy thoughts
 
these thoughts I have
won’t go away
maybe I can accept
that they are here today
 
let them become
background noise
this way I can pray
for peace and more
 
right now
I accept God’s peace
and can reflect it
with saying “Hey”
 
the return smile
from saying “Hi”
moves the noise back
behind the unbearable line

Is This a Test?

why would God “test” us
He already knows our names
yes, there are times which are difficult
yes, there are times to pray
 
only recently have I realized
how much different I see this world
I don’t see tests
I don’t see the same ordeals
 
I see God challenging me
He knows which buttons to push
to get me going within His direction
even when it’s difficult
 
I don’t see Him “testing” me
I see him granting opportunities
opportunities to grow in faith
opportunities to decide which road to take
 
does God test you
does the universe torment you
or are you given choices to make
opportunities to decide your fate

Filling the Cracks

our world is fallen
our lives are broken
but God is there
to fill the cracks
 
our earth is dying
we are responsible
but God is there
to inspire the impossible
 
we are at war
inside and out
but God is there
to create light within doubt
 
our hearts ache
we wound our Temples
but God is there
to walk with each mile
 
our world is fallen
our lives are broken
but God is there
as we seal the cracks