A Blessing

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May the One who brings comfort surround you with goodness and strength.  May your Spirit be calmed and renewed.  May you find wisdom to guide you in your journey.  May you and your loved ones know hope and peace.

a)

Just as the soft rains fill the streams, pour into the rivers, and join together in the oceans, so may the power of every moment of your goodness flow forth and heal all beings, those here now, those gone before, those yet to come.  By the power of every moment of your goodness may your heart’s wishes soon be fulfilled as completely shining as the bright full moon, as magically as by a wish-fulfilling gem.  By the power of every moment of your goodness, may all dangers be averted and all disease be gone.  May no obstacle come across your way.  May you enjoy fulfillment and long life.

b)

I take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha
Until I attain Enlightenment.
By merit accumulations from practicing generosity and other perfections
May I attain Enlightenment, for the benefit of all sentient beings.

c)

May all beings everywhere plagued
with sufferings of body and mind
quickly be freed from their illnesses.
May those frightened cease to be afraid,
and may those bound be free.
May the powerless find power,
and may people think of befriending
one another.
May those who find themselves in trackless,
fearful wilderness-
the children, the aged, the unprotected-
be guarded by beneficent celestials,
And may they swiftly attain Buddhahood.

 

a)

Oh God, lead us from the unreal to the Real. Oh God, lead us from darkness to light. Oh God, lead us from death to immortality. Shanti, Shanti, Shanti unto all. Oh Lord God almighty, may there be peace in celestial regions. May there be peace on earth. May the waters be appeasing. May herbs be wholesome, and may trees and plants bring peace to all. May all beneficent beings bring peace to us. May thy Vedic Law propagate peace all through the world. May all things be a source of peace to us. And may thy peace itself, bestow peace on all, and may that peace come to me also.

b)

May my intellect be steady without agitation.
May it be clear without anger or passion.
May the brilliant light of the sun beam though my intellect so
that perception of the world may be clear, my discrimination
subtle, my judgment correct and quick, and my
comprehension of persons and situations precise and wise.

c)

My Lord God, through whom strength is made perfect in weakness, I pray to you, give me the strength I need. You have said, that to your children who have no might, you will increase strength. I am weak. Bless me with a measure of strength, as may be sufficient for me. When I am tempted by evil, deliver me, by granting me the power to overcome it. When my daily work is too hard for me, give me the strength to be able to do it. If my burden oppresses me beyond my bearing, lighten my load, that my strength may be equal to it. You have helped many, I beg you to help me. Thank you my Lord.

a)

Yivarechicha – the priestly blessing
May G-d bless you and keep watch over you
May the light of G-d’s presence shine upon you and be gracious to you
May G-d’s presence be with you and grant you peace

b)

Creator of miracles, mercy and life,
Protect us from danger, keep us from harm.
Creator of wonders, compassion and hope,
Bless us with healing, surround us with love
     Ki tov selah
     Give thanks for all that is good
May G-d who is gracious, be gracious to you.
Protect you and bless you and care for you.
For all you are, and all you hope to be.
We give thanks for all that is good.

c)

There are often times, O God, when I feel alone, and yet I know in my heart that I am never alone. You are always there waiting for me to speak to You of my desires, hopes and dreams.Yet how seldom do I reach out to You to voice my gratitude for all that is beautiful in my life… all the gifts of my life. Love, family, friendship, have come from You.But the greatest gift of all is Your presence, which time and again has given me strength, faith and courage.Now, in the midst of doubt and confusion, I need to know that You are beside me in the depth of my being. With You there, I know I am not alone – ever. My Friend, my strength, my God.

(From Gates of Healing ©1988 by Central Conference of American Rabbis.)

Prayer is very important within the Latter Day Saints tradition. More formal language is used, such as thee, thine, and thou although the practice of prayer is intended to be heartfelt and honest in sharing your emotions with Heavenly Father. It has four simple steps:

  • Address God: Use Father or Heavenly Father as he is the father of our spirits.
  • Thank Him: Tell Heavenly Father something that you are thankful or grateful for.
  • Ask Him: Ask for the help that you need or want.
  • Close in the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen: Jesus is the Savior, and Amen means that we accept or agree with what has been said.

An example may be:

Dear Heavenly Father: I come before thee today thankful for the opportunity to be in thy presence and for the day which thou hast given. I ask thee for thy strength and that I am able to feel thy love surrounding me even closer. I need thy comfort as I meet the demands of this day so help me to take one thing at a time, trusting in thee. Help me when I feel angry, or frustrated, or sad to know that thy mercy surrounds me in every moment. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

a)

In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.  Praise be to Allah, the cherisher and sustainer of the worlds, most gracious, most merciful. Master of the Day of Judgment, you do we worship, and your aid do we seek. Show us the straight way: the way of those on whom you have bestowed your grace. We humbly ask that you shower blessings and restore peace to all those suffering loss, and grant all people wisdom and compassion.  Amen

b)

O God, you are my Lord. There is none worthy of worship except You. I rely upon You, and You are the Great Lord of the Throne. Whatever God wills happens, and whatever He does not will does not happen. There is no power or strength except by God. I know that God is able to do anything, and that God knows all. O God I seek refuge in You from the evil in myself and every creature that You have given power over us. Verily my Lord is on the straight path.

c)

Oh God,
You are peace.
From you comes peace,
To you returns peace.
Revive us with a salutation of peace,
And lead us to your abode of peace.

a)

O our Father, the Sky, hear us and make us strong.
O our Mother the Earth, hear us and give us support.
O Spirit of the East, send us your Wisdom.
O Spirit of the South, may we tread your path of life.
O Spirit of the West, may we always be ready for the long journey.
O Spirit of the North, purify us with your cleansing winds.

- Sioux prayer

b)

As I walk,
The universe is walking with me
In beauty it walks before me
In beauty it walks behind me
In beauty it walks below me
In beauty it walks above me
Beauty is on every side
As I walk, I walk with beauty

– Navajo prayer

c)

Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the wind,
Whose breath gives life to all the world.
Hear me; I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty, and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have made and my ears sharp to hear your voice
Make me wise so that I may understand the things you have taught my people.
Help me to remain calm and strong in the face of all that comes towards me.
Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock.
Help me seek pure thoughts and act with the intention of helping others.
Help me find compassion without empathy overwhelming me.
I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother, but to fight my greatest enemy: Myself.
Make me always ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes.
So when life fades, as the fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame.

a)

The light of God surrounds me;
The love of God enfolds me;
The power of God protects me;
The presence of God watches over me
Wherever I am, God is.
And all is well.

b)

Weaver God, we come to you, or - more the truth - you find us, disconnected and out of sorts. We are disheartened by our failures, discouraged by our weakness, and little that we do seems worthy of your grace. Restore our fortunes. Restore our future. Weave for us the tapestry on which our lives are stretched. Give us patience with the endless back and forth of shuttle, hand, and effort. We look too closely, seeing only strands and knots and snarled threads of too-much-trying or none-at-all. Grant us eyes to see the whole of which we are a part. In the end, we ask for gentleness with ourselves, acceptance of our less than perfect ways. We pray that what we do and what you weave form patterns clear to all, of mercy in the warp of it and love throughout.

– Pat Kozak and Janet Schaffran

c)

O Holy Spirit.
Replace the tension within me with a holy relaxation.
Replace the turbulence within me with a sacred calm.
Replace the anxiety within me with a quiet confidence.
Replace the fear within me with a strong faith.
Replace the bitterness within me with the sweetness of thy grace.
Replace the darkness within me with a gentle light.
Replace the coldness within me with a gentle warmth.

a)

Loving and ever-present God, we believe that your grace is sufficient for all things. Comfort us anew by your presence.  Allow that in our weakness we may be made strong, in our grief, consoled, and in our ignorance, wise.   Protect and guide us that we may know the way to take and that at each crossroad of life we may see the right path to choose. Safeguard us by your power, uphold us your kindness, and warm us by your love. By your divine grace help us to do what is right, to act courageously, to love our neighbors, to forgive our enemies.  By your grace, bless us through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

b)

My God and God of all generations, in my great need I pour out my heart to you. Long days and weeks of suffering are hard to endure. In my struggle, I reach out for the help that only you can give. Let me feel that you are near, and that your care enfolds me. Rouse me with the strength to overcome my weakness, and brighten my spirit with the assurance of your love. Help me to sustain the hopes of my loved ones as they strive to strengthen and encourage me. May the healing power you have placed within me give me the strength to recover so I may fulfill my journey in the Divine Plan.

c)

Lord Jesus Christ, you are the gentle moon and joyful stars, that watch over the darkest night.  You are the source of all peace, reconciling the whole universe to the Father.  You are the source of all rest, calming troubled hearts, and bringing sleep to weary bodies.  You are the sweetness that fills our minds with quiet joy, and can turn the worst nightmares into dreams of heaven.  May I dream of your sweetness, rest in your arms, be at one with your Father, and be comforted in the knowledge that you always watch over me.  - Erasm

a)

Be at Peace
Do not fear the changes of life--
Rather look to them with full hope as they arise.
God, whose very own you are,
Will deliver you from out of them.
He has kept you hitherto,
And He will lead you safely through all things;
And when you cannot stand it,
God will bury you in His arms.
Do not be afraid of what may happen tomorrow;
The same everlasting Father who cares for you today
Will take care of you then and every day.
He will either shield you from suffering,
Or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at Peace--
And put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.
--St. Francis de Sales

b)

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.

To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word incarnate, despise not my petitions, but, in your mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.

c)

Thank you, Lord, for being there for me and allowing me to cry out to you in my times of need. It is amazing to me that the Lord of the Universe would take time to listen to me and to care about what I say. God, there are things happening around me right now that I do not understand. Some of these things make me feel weak, helpless and afraid. Even in the midst of this, I know that you are the Lord. I know that the situation is in Your hand, and I trust You. I beseech you for strength and for wisdom that I would be able to endure this situation and be able to handle it in a way that would bring glory to Your name. I ask this in your name:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

a)

With your soothing fingers, wipe away the lines that worries have etched on our faces. Surround us with calm, let us rest in the glow of peace, as if we were encircled with the Moon's own light.  Let our concerns and tensions drain away from us, pouring as water into your Earth.

b)

O Gracious Goddess, O Gracious God:  Lend me health, strength and love during this coming day. Assist me with the challenges ahead. Share Your divine wisdom. Teach me to respect all things. Remind me to respect all things. Remind me that the greatest power of all is love. Blessed Be.

c)

from The Spiral Dance by Starhawk

Hear the words of the Star Goddess,
the dust of whose feet are the hosts of heaven,
whose body encircles the universe:
"I who am the beauty of the green earth
and the white moon among stars
and the mysteries of the waters,
I call upon your soul to arise
and come unto me.
For I am the soul of nature
that gives life to the universe.
From Me all things proceed
and unto Me they must return.
Let My worship be in the heart that rejoices,
for behold—
all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals.
Let there be beauty and strength,
power and compassion,
honor and humility,
mirth and reverence within you.
And you who seek to know Me,
know that your seeking and yearning
will avail you not,
unless you know the Mystery:
for if that which you seek,
you find not within yourself,
you will never find it without.
For behold,
I have been with you
from the beginning,
and I am that which is attained
at the end of desire."