Spirit Day USA 2012

 Please support our friends in the USA in their 
 stand against bullying and violence that targets GLBT students in American schools on Spirit Day, 19th October.

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To all that is chaotic
in you,
let there come silence.

Let there be
a calming
of the clamoring,
a stilling
of the voices that
have laid their claim
on you,
that have made their
home in you,

that go with you
even to the
holy places
but will not
let you rest,
will not let you
hear your life
with wholeness
or feel the grace
that fashioned you.

Let what distracts you
Let what divides you
Let there come an end
to what diminishes
and demeans,
and let depart
all that keeps you
in its cage.

Let there be
an opening
into the quiet
that lies beneath
the chaos,
where you find
the peace
you did not think
and see what shimmers
within the storm.

from To Bless the Space Between Us

Prayer    by Maya Angelou

Father, Mother God,

Thank you for your presence during the hard and mean days. 
For then we have you to lean upon. 

Thank you for your presence during the bright and sunny days,
for then we can share that which we have with those who have less. 

And thank you for your presence during the Holy Days,
for then we are able to celebrate you and our families and our friends. 

For those who have no voice, we ask you to speak. 
For those who feel unworthy, we ask you to pour your love out in waterfalls of tenderness.

For those who live in pain, we ask you to bathe them in the river of your healing.
For those who are lonely, we ask you to keep them company. 

For those who are depressed, we ask you to shower upon them the light of hope.

Dear Creator, You, the borderless sea of substance, 
we ask you to give all the world that which we need most 

John Rutter A Clare Benediction

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