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….is like the Balm in Gilead.

Or the Balm in Wisconsin.

Whatever. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you, my friend.

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โ€œRegarding my actions in this world, I care little in the existence of a heaven or hell; self-respect does not allow me to guide my acts with an eye toward heavenly salvation or hellish punishment. I pursue the good because it is beautiful and attracts me, and shun the bad because it is ugly and repulsive. All our acts should originate from the spring of unselfish love, whether there be continuation after death or not.โ€ – Heinrich Hein

Amen.

I don’t give a bloody damn whether there is a heaven or a hell! I just want people (myself included) to stop causing one another pain! Stop treating each other like crap. Stop doing things you know are going to cause the person standing next to you grief. Stop speaking badly of one another. Help. Each. Other. Stop being selfish and thinking only of your wants and desires. Stop living as though your choices don’t effect other people. Because they do. Your poor choices, as well as your good ones, effect people you will never meet. In ways you could never imagine. Don’t be the cause of someone else’s pain. There is enough suffering in the world already.

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” – Dalai Lama

“We look into mirror but we only see the effects of our times on us, not our effects on others.” – Pearl Bailey

“Do what you can to show you care about other people, and you will make our world a better place.” – Rosalynn Carter

And once I find that quote that Gary read this morning in church, it’s going up too.

When it is hot, pray for the fire of the Holy Spirit and let this outside heat be your constant reminder.

When it is cold, pray for more unity with the Lord and let the cold remind you of how sin can bring the coldness of heart and put out the fire of love.

When it rains, pray for the free grace which is given to all of us and pray for those who have not the grace of God in their life.

At midday our Lord was crucified. Do not let go of this moment in which we were reconciled to God. It is time to forgive all sins and injuries that we have sustained.

When you see the cloud pray for the Shekinah* of God to protect you from evil. Pray also that this Shekinah overshadow the church.

At evening it is time to remember our own death and give an account of what has happened during the day. Let us give thanks for what we have done and pray for the people whom we have seen and pray for a peaceful time for our sleep.

May the trees remind you of our growth (Psalm 1:3) and the roads of Jesus Who is our Way, the building of our eternal dwelling with the Holy Trinity where we will not dwell in what is made by hands.

When we enter our dwellings let us remember our eternal dwelling in God and pray to be secured by God’s justifying grace which cannot be compared with our doors and walls.

If you have your hope in the life to come and in the resurrection and the eternal life, pray that your bed be your grave and your covers be your shrouds. Say with the Lord, “Father, into Your hands I commit my spirit and sleep.”

Do not let this become the chains of servitude.

As for the movements of our body:

When you sit to pray, you are sitting at the Right-hand of God the Father in Jesus Christ.

When you stand to pray, you are in the position of the resurrection with Christ our Lord.

When you kneel to pray, say the same words of our Lord in the garden and surrender daily to regain your peace, the gift of God to us.

Enjoy sleeping as someone who is waiting to be raised by the Lord.

When getting dressed, pray that the Lord may take away the old life and give you the new one.

Give thanks for everything you eat and drink, for this is not in essence separated from the Holy Eucharist. If Christ is the food and the nourishment of your life then every meal will become a chance to pray to receive Him and to be nourished by Him, waiting for the Meal that gave new meaning for every meal.

May your walking be always a renewal to commit your life to the Way of the One Who is our only Mediator.

This does not mean, however, that each of the above should be performed with particular words or fixed manners; nor does one fix a particular way of behavior, because the sense of the presence of the Lord is the goal of prayer.

Our prayers and our behavior are unified to adjust our life to our fellowship with the Lord.

* A feminine Hebrew word which means “the presence of God”.


Because I sure am! ๐Ÿ˜€

Here’s the blogthing that inspired it:

Are You Happy Being Single?

And my results:

You Are Very Happy Being Single

You’re not anti-relationship. You just don’t need one to be content.
You find plenty of happiness from your life as it is.
And if you find someone you love, then that’s just icing on an already decadent cake!

(Thanks to Crystal for the pic.)

Today at church, our friend George spoke on prayer. At one point in his lecture, he mentioned that it was a bad habit to pray with your kids before you put them to bed at night. That really confused me so after the service was over, I approached him and asked for clarification. He had mentioned something about his son wriggling around and hiding under the covers previous to this so he told me that he meant that praying while they were goofing off was a bad idea. He then asked me if I had any children. I said no. He asked if I was married. I said no. Then, in that great Egyptian accent of his, he said, “Are the American boys blind? You are very pretty.” I laughed, blushed, and said, “I guess they are.” He said, “No, really. You are very pretty.” I blushed further and told him thank you. Then he said, “Why do you thank me? I did not make you this pretty. God did.” I grinned and told him he was right. Then he says, “I am going to pray that God brings you a good man to kneel at your feet and adore your beauty.” To this I nearly keeled over laughing. So he says, “Did I say anything wrong?” I told him no. But I was thinking, “Now I’m screwed. If anyone has sway with God, it’s George. I may end up married after all.” ๐Ÿ™‚