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Friday, August 12, 2016

A Prayer To Pacify Hateful Feelings





While the lotus leaves and flowers appear on the surface of the water, its roots settle into the mud below. It is a marvelous image of our capacity for transformation: that even the "mud" of our lives, our hateful thoughts, can grow into peace, courtesy, respect, acceptance and love. Here is a prayer found in an Eastern priest's ritual book. I've adjusted the language a little to make it more accessible for people today.


A Prayer To Pacify Hateful Feelings

I thank You, O Master and Lord of humankind, King of the ages and Giver of every good thing, Who destroys the wall of hatred and Who grants peace to the world. Instill in me a love for You and fear of anything that would take me from You, and confirm me in love for other people. Extinguish every dispute and banish every temptation to bitterness and contention. For You are our Peace, and to You I send up glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

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  1. Amen. If only the war makers and haters would read this and believe and destroy the walls that evil is made of, then we might have hope.

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    1. I understand. But I can only be sure that I am praying it and only for today. I have hope because YOU'RE praying the prayer and all the other folks who will see it over the next days. The haters win if I become discouraged.

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  2. Thank you Fr Stephen...I can actually hear you speak these words of encouragement.

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    1. We must stay encouraged. In the midst of all the Middle East destruction, death and collapse, three priests were ordained in Iraq the other day. Happy young men who are ministering to refugees now - people who have had to flee their homes.

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  3. Scrolling through and reading various postings on the election, terrorism, who is doing what to whom, and nestled in there was the little lotus flowers and the link to this post. I am grateful for this prayer with your adaptations to make it timeless. I hope it helps others to grow into peaceful thoughts as it does for me.

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    1. The world is a better place because YOU are praying and stepping into peaceful thoughts. And maybe today someone will experience peace and non-violence and respect and courtesy OFF of you. It works that way.

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  4. I love this Father. Thank you for making it accessible.

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