I used to pray…..

“I used to pray that God would feed the hungry, or do this or that,
but now I pray that he will guide me to do whatever I’m supposed to do, what I can do.
I used to pray for answers, but now I’m praying for strength. I used to believe that prayer
changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us and we change things.”

.✻´´¯`✻.¸ Mother Teresa 

Text & image source: Mitra Shahidi

Goodnight . . . . Day is dying in the west,

Day is dying in the west,
Heav’n is touching earth with rest,
Wait and worship while the night
Sets her evening lamps alight
Through all the sky.

Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God of Hosts!
Heav’n and earth are full of Thee!
Heav’n and earth are praising Thee,
O Lord, most high!

Lord of life, beneath the dome
Of the universe, Thy home,
Gather us, who seek Thy face,
To the fold of Thy embrace,
For Thou art nigh.

While the deepening shadows fall,
Heart of love, enfolding all,
Through the glory and the grace
Of the stars that veil Thy face,
Our hearts ascend.

– Mary A. Lathbury (1877-1879)

–Anthony Evans Photography ( Cosmeston Lakes Country Park, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales )

Text & image source: Tom Woolley

…I…believe…. .

……..the storm…….

..a smallest prayer…….
………will still……
…… heard….. 

Text & image source: Whispers/ Maj Magdalena. @

Sunday morning prayer

May I be at peace.
May my heart remain open.
May I be aware of my true nature.
May I be healed.
May I be a source of healing to others.
May I dwell in the Breath of God.

~Saint Teresa of Avila

Photo by Susan Etherton Text & image source: Shalem Institute

Sunday Morning Prayer

God, help me discern what matters and what does not.
What helps me trust you and serve the world,
what helps me honor who you create me to be—
and what does not? 
Help me let go of fears and desires and meaningless opinion, 
judgments of the way things ought to be,
other people’s ideas about me. 
They don’t matter. Let them go. 
Set my mind on what is actually true and life-giving.
Help me be mindful of your grace at work always,
your constant presence, even in the awful times, 
and the gift of being with you, even in the horrible times.
Fix my mind on your grace, 
and give me faith to let go of everything else.
Nothing else will fit in this little lifeboat
but me and you, and your infinite grace.

~Steve Garnaas-Holmes #Shalem

Text & image source: Shalem Institue

Sunday reflection . . . . Pray in calm and purity

…….. man should only pray for what is really necessary! Avoid all empty phrases,
as they are bound to lead to fragmentation and in time must foster hypocrisy!
Prayer requires profound earnestness. Pray in calm and purity, so that the power of the intuitive perception will be increased through calm, and through purity it will receive that luminous lightness which will enable the prayer to be carried upward to the heights of all that is light and pure. Then the supplicant will receive that fulfillment which will be most beneficial for him and really advance him in his whole being!

 “The Grail Message” (In The Light of Truth) by Abd-ru-shin

Image source: Garden of Illumination