I call on you to walk me through the struggle between my immediate needs and my long-term needs.
When I am tempted to complain, reliving the negativity in my life, I call on you to silence me and show me all of my life’s good.
When I am tempted to skip meals due to forgetfulness or inconvenience, I call on you to make me stop and eat!
When tempted by unhealthy food and drink, I call on you to help me choose alternatives.
Grace, remind me that immediate satisfaction is fleeting.
Only by playing the long game may I feed my soul.
Amen/So be it!
Tonight I want to thank you for my physical security.
There are people all over the world with nothing. They have nothing to a degree I have never know, even in my leanest times.
No roof over their heads and no food to eat. Bless them, Lord and let me be ever grateful.
Lord, I also want to thank you for my inner security.
There are people all over the world who have never known peace. They may have money and power, but no moral compass.
No support from family and no integrity to lead them. Bless them, Lord, and let me be ever grateful.
Sometimes I feel like all we do is chatter at each other down here. Each of us seem bent on making ourselves heard or understood.
And so rarely to do we simply listen to one another.
This may be the greatest lesson you teach us, Lord.
To Listen – to the beat of life around us.
In listening we learn and in learning we have more patience for each other and our need to be understood.
Thank you, Lord, for always understanding us.
(The purpose of this prayer is to give thanks to the spirit of creation, often called ‘Earth Mother, Mother Nature or by several specific names like Gaia, Demeter, Hutash. It is appropriate to say before gardening or preparing food. Also before taking a walk – or as part of a daily meditation. It is meant to be simple and easy to say often;>)
O, Glorious womb of harvest,
You fiery heart of creation,
Gracious green mother,
I give this offering in thanks and praise.
(Make an offering – could be a gesture, or something that has been fashioned by man like oil or bread or the lighting of a candle. Feel free to be creative – just never offer her that which she has already given you, For example a leaf or a flower or a seed without newly fashioning it in some way.)
Earth Mother! I thank you for your love and constant teaching.
To that which stands against my purpose,
To that which stands against my joy,
To that which stands against my best self,
I thank you for the lessons you teach and the strength you build.
(Offering in thanks – may be a simple gesture or pause.)
But I ask you to remain beyond my thoughts at this time.
(Offering of exchange – may be a simple gesture or pause.)
Take these offerings and trouble not this day!
So be it. (Use hearth language if desired. Ie: ‘amen’; So Mote it Be; etc . . . )