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Weekly Quotes & Prayers (202)

A LABOR DAY TRIBUTE

9/3/2006

I Hear America Singing
I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
Those of the mechanics, each one singing his as it
should be, blithe and strong,
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank
or beam,
The mason singing his as he makes ready for work,
or leaves off work,
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his
boat, the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck,
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the
hatter singing as he stands,
The wood-cutter’s song, the ploughboy’s on his way
in the morning, or at the noon intermission or at
sundown,
The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young
wife at work, or of the girl sewing or washing,
Each singing what belongs to her and to none else,
The day what belongs to the day--at night the party
of young fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing with open mouths their strong melodious
songs.

 

Remember 9/11

9/10/2006

I’ve Seen The Angels Cry
I have always thought that angels wore halos and
wings of white, but now I find they wear hard hats
and black coats with yellow stripes.
And angels, in my mind, wore long flowing gowns
of white, but now I see dark pants and shirts and
badges shining bright.
And angels always floated, with bare feet above the
ground, not true! For they wear steel-toed boots
and go where death is found.
Not all angels have smooth hands that look like
porcelain, some angels have torn gloves and cuts
and burns upon their skin.
And while I thought all angels glowed from heaven’s
light, I see an angel cutting steel, his torch is shining
bright.
And while these earthly angels passed buckets of
debris, the angels up in heaven looked down on
bended knee.
So while the smoke continued to rise into the sky,
I watched the rescue workers weep, I’ve seen the
angels cry.

 

“The Eagle”

9/17/2006

The eagle soars and flies in peace,
and casts it’s shadow wide
Across the land, across the seas,
across the far-flung skies.
The foolish think the eagle weak,
and easy to bring to heel.
The eagle’s wings are silken, but
it’s claws are made of steel.
So be warned, you would-be
hunters, attack it and you die
For the eagle stands for freedom,
and that will always fly.

 

Getting Beyond “I”

9/24/2006

What is more important, the way you look or the
way you look at the world? Is it a face gracing the
mirror or facing life with grace? So here are some
tips on how to be perfectly miserable.
Ask yourself if you:
• talk about yourself
• use “I” as often as possible
• listen greedily to what others say about you
• expect to be appreciated
• are suspicious, jealous and envious
• never forgive a criticism
• never forget a service you have rendered
• shirk your duties if you can
• do as little as possible for others
• love yourself supremely
If this sounds like you, fair warning. On the other
hand, you may be perfectly miserable because you
never think about yourself or your needs. Or, you
relentlessly critique yourself or take on too many
duties. Strive for more balance. Think of others
without neglecting yourself.

 

 

 

An Indian Prayer

8/6/2006

O’Great Spirit,
Whose voice I hear in the winds;
And whose breath gives life to all the world,
hear me! I am small and weak, 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.
Let Me Learn the lessons you have hidden in every
leaf and rock.
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.

 

Finding God on the Job

8/13/2006

• Surround yourself with objects that recall
your roots and connections to family and
community.
• Live with imperfections; realize that you
cannot do God’s work on your own.
• Give thanks and congratulations during
the ordinary workday.
• Know that a job well done furthers God’s
kingdom on earth.
• Deal with others as you’d have them deal
with you, honestly and respectfully.
• Build support and community.
• Decide what is enough and stick to it.
• Balance work, personal, family and church
responsibility.
• Engage in personal and professional
development.
• Work to make the system work.

 

Hope

8/20/2006

Hope looks for the good in people instead of
harping on the worst.
Hope opens doors where despair closes them.
Hope discovers what can be done instead of
grumbling about what cannot.
Hope draws its power from a deep trust in God
and the basic goodness of human nature.
Hope “lights a candle” instead of “cursing the
darkness.”
Hope regards problems, small or large, as
opportunities.
Hope cherishes no illusions, nor does it yield to
cynicism.
Hope sets big goals and is not frustrated by
repeated difficulties or setbacks.
Hope pushes ahead when it would be easy to quit.
Hope puts up with modest gains, realizing that
“the longest journey starts with one step”.
Hope accepts misunderstandings as the price for
serving the greater good of others.
Hope is a good loser because it has the divine
assurance of final victory.

 

Labor Day Prayer

8/27/2006

O God, the creator of all
things, you framed the law of labor
for the human race. Dear God, may
we do the work you provide us and
earn the reward you promise.
Gracious heavenly Father, as the
United States pauses to contemplate
the freedom to work and the
employment opportunities that are
available to us, may we never lose
sight of the fact that it is only
because of your grace and favor that
we are able to work. Thank you, God,
for the blessings of employment and
work that I have had in the past and
at present. May all that I do at work
give glory to you. Amen.

Prayer

7/2/2006

Almighty God, who has given us this good
land for our heritage, we humbly beseech
Thee that we may always prove ourselves a
people mindful of Thy favor and glad to
Thy will. Bless our land with honorable
industry, sound learning, and pure
manners.
Save us from violence, discord and
confusion; from pride and arrogance, and
from every evil way. Defend our liberties,
and fashion into one united people the
multitude brought hither out of many
kindreds and tongues.
Endow with the spirit of wisdom those to
whom in Thy name we entrust the
authority of government, that there may
be justice and peace at home, and that
throughout obedience to Thy law, we may
show forth Thy praise among the nations
of the earth.
In time of prosperity, fill our hearts with
thankfulness, and, in the day of trouble,
suffer not our Trust in Thee to fail; all of
which we ask through Jesus Christ our
Lord, Amen.”
Each day of his eight years of the Presidency,
and every day thereafter until his death,
President Thomas Jefferson recited this prayer:

 

Introspection For A Summer Day

7/23/2006

Let All Bitterness
And Wrath And Anger
And Clamor And Slander
Be Put Away From You,
With All Malice, And Be
Kind To One Another,
Tender Hearted, Forgiving
One Another, As
God Forgives You. (EPH.4:31)
~So~
Decide to forgive
for resentment is negative
resentment is poisonous
resentment diminishes and devours the self.
Be the first to forgive, to smile and to
take the first step,
And you will see happiness bloom on the face of
your human brother or sister.
Be always the first
do not wait for others to forgive
for by forgiving you become the master of fate
the fashioner of life
the doer of miracles.
To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form
of love…

 

A Summer Blessing

7/30/2006

May you walk with God this
summer, in whatever you do,
wherever you go.
Walking with God means... walking
with love and respect and concern
for the feelings of others.
May you talk to God this summer,
everyday and in every situation.
Talking with God means... praying
words of praise for the beauty of
creation, saying prayers of thanks
for friends and good times, asking
God’s help in all your decisions,
expressing your sorrow when you
have failed.
May you walk with God every day.
Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May you walk with God this summer, in whatever you do, wherever you go.
Walking with God means... walking with love and respect and concern for the feelings of others.
May you talk to God this summer, everyday and in every situation.
Talking with God means... praying words of praise for the beauty of creation, saying prayers of thanks for friends and good times, asking God’s help in all your decisions, expressing your sorrow when you have failed.
May you walk with God every day.
Amen.

Let All Bitterness And Wrath And Anger And Clamor And Slander Be Put Away From You, With All Malice, And Be Kind To One Another, Tender Hearted, Forgiving One Another, As God Forgives You. (EPH.4:31)

~So~ Decide to forgive for resentment is negative resentment is poisonous resentment diminishes and devours the self. Be the first to forgive, to smile and to take the first step, And you will see happiness bloom on the face of your human brother or sister. Be always the first do not wait for others to forgive for by forgiving you become the master of fate the fashioner of life the doer of miracles. To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love…

Let Me Take Each Day
As Coming From You
To Give It Back To You
With Your Will
Complete.
And Dear Lord,
Let Me Be Kind.
Let Me Never Be
Discouraged Or Feel
Sorry For Myself,
Because Dear Lord,
You Stand Beside Me
Every Day.
Amen
“Almighty God, who has given us this good
land for our heritage, we humbly beseech
Thee that we may always prove ourselves a
people mindful of Thy favor and glad to
Thy will. Bless our land with honorable
industry, sound learning, and pure
manners.
Save us from violence, discord and
confusion; from pride and arrogance, and
from every evil way. Defend our liberties,
and fashion into one united people the
multitude brought hither out of many
kindreds and tongues.
Endow with the spirit of wisdom those to
whom in Thy name we entrust the
authority of government, that there may
be justice and peace at home, and that
throughout obedience to Thy law, we may
show forth Thy praise among the nations
of the earth.
In time of prosperity, fill our hearts with
thankfulness, and, in the day of trouble,
suffer not our Trust in Thee to fail; all of
which we ask through Jesus Christ our
Lord, Amen.”
Each day of his eight years of the Presidency,
and every day thereafter until his death,
President Thomas Jefferson recited this prayer:
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