Category: Prayers

Traditional Native American Prayer

I found this prayer/poem in a book called Poetry Please!

Apparently, it is a traditional Native American funeral reading of the Ishi people from the Pacific Northwest.

I love it, it is so short and poignant and yet it says so much.  It makes a positive out of a negative outlook to death and bereavement.  It tells the people left behind to move on with their lives after the briefest of mourning.

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Traditional Native American Prayer

When I am dead
Cry for me a little
Think of me sometimes
But not too much.
Think of me now and again
As I was in life
At some moments it’s pleasant to recall
But not for long.
Leave me in peace
And I shall leave you in peace
And while you live
Let your thoughts be with the living.

Everyday Prayers

PAGODAS are, like mosques, true houses of prayer;
’Tis prayer that church bells waft upon the air;
Kaaba and temple, rosary and cross,
All are but divers tongues of world-wide prayer.
– Omar Khayyām.

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When a man is at his wits’ end it is not a cowardly thing to pray, it is the only way he can get in touch with Reality.
~Oswald Chambers

Everyday Prayers

Below are some example of prayers.  You do not have to be in need to pray.  In fact it would be lovely to pray to God to give Him thanks and praise.  A prayer is a dialogue with God.

 

 

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Through every minute of this day,

Be with me, Lord!

Through every day of this week,

Be with me, Lord!

– John Oxenham

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O god, help us not to despise or oppose what we do not understand.

– William Penn

Florence Nightingale – Nursing Pioneer

12 May 2015 – Celebrating International Nurses’ Day!

Florence Nightingale

Her conception of God was certainly not orthodox.  She felt towards Him as she might have towards a glorified sanitary engineer; and in some of her speculations she seems hardly to distinguish between the Deity and the Drains.
– Lytton Strachey

 

Florence

Florence Nightingale –
Lady of the lamp

Florence Nightingale – known as the Lady of the Lamp –  was the pioneer of proper nursing.  She worked selflessly and tirelessly as a young nurse during the Crimean War.  She campaigned for clean up in filthy army field hospital thereby dramatically slashing death of wounded soldiers from typhoid and cholera between 1854 – 1856.

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Florence had a favourite prayer which comes from the end of Plato’s Phaedrus.

“Give me beauty in the inward soul, and may the outward and inward man be at one.”

Navajo Prayer

Virgil Nez's painting of a grandma praying and giving an offering to the Yei'bi'chi (prayer warriors).

Virgil Nez’s painting of a grandma praying and giving an offering to the Yei’bi’chi (prayer warriors).

May I walk happily.

May it be beautiful before me.

May it be beautiful behind me.

May it be beautiful below me.

May it be beautiful above me.

May it be beautiful all around me.

In beauty it is finished.

– Navajo Prayer

Prayers – Dialogue with God

prayerGod give us the grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed;
Courage to change the things that should be changed;
And the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.
– Reinhold Niebuhr
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I pray Thee, O God, that I may be beautiful within.
—Socrates.

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O God, help us not to despise or oppose what we do not understand.
– William Penn
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Teach me to listen, Lord,
To those nearest to me
My family, my friends, my co-workers.
Help me to be aware that
No matter what words I hear,
Their message is,
‘Accept the person I am. Listen to me.’

Teach me to listen, Lord,
To myself.
Help me to be less afraid,
To trust the voice inside-
In the deepest part of me.

Teach me to listen, Lord,
For Your voice-
In busyness and in boredom,
In certainly and in doubt,
In noise and in silence.

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If the only prayer you said in your whole life was “thank you”, that would suffice.
– Meister Eckhart

I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had absolutely no other place to go.
– Abraham Lincoln

Pray often, for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan
-John Bunyan

In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
– Mahatma Gandhi

“More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.”
Alfred Lord Tennyson

“Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.”
Benjamin Franklin

The fewer words the better prayer.
-Martin Luther

“Satan trembles when he sees the weakest Christian on his knees.”
William Cowper

 

Martin Luther Quotes

lutherAll which happens in the whole world happens through hope. No husbandman would sow a grain of corn if he did not hope it would spring up and bring forth the ear. How much more are we helped on by hope in the way to eternal life!
– Luther.

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Faith is under the left nipple.
– Martin Luther

Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance by laying hold of his willingness.
Martin Luther
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When I am angry I can pray well and preach well.
– Martin Luther

A Wedding Prayer

I am getting ready to go to a friend’s wedding.  It got me thinking what poem is appropriate to commemorate a wedding.  The prayer below came up and I thought yeah, brilliant.

To those who are getting married, I pray that you have a happy and lasting marriage!  Amen

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A Wedding Prayer

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hated, let us sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, union;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, Grant that we 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.