It is time to pause, time to put down the newspaper and tune out the never-ending political, world conflict and pandemic news. This last 12 months have been a long season of trouble, division and too much isolation. But as we are passing through a remarkable confluence of at least six rivers of spiritual celebration, let’s rest for at least a couple of days. Let’s turn our focus away from our divisions and disagreements and ponder the power of unity that is imbedded in each of these traditions.
Prayer for Equinox, March 20
“As we mark this time of equinox, may we find the balance we desire in our lives: light and dark; spirit and body; mind and soul. At this Spring equinox may we recognize the promise of rebirth both within and all around us.” The Brigidine Sisters
Islamic Prayer for Peace, Ramadan, April 12-May 12
“Praise be to the Lord of the Universe who has created us and made us into tribes and nations, that we my know each other, not that we may despise each other. If the enemy inclines towards peace, do thou also incline towards peace. Trust in God, for the Lord is the one that heareth and knoweth all things. And the servants of God, Most Gracious are those who walk on the earth in humility, and when we address them, we say Salaam.” Based on the Koran, 49:13, 8:61
Jewish Prayer, Passover March 27-April 4
“How wonderful, Adonai, are the works of your hands! The heavens declare Your glory, the arch of the sky displays Your handiwork. In Your love you have given us the power to behold the beauty of Your world robed in its splendor. The sun and the stars, the valleys and the hills, the rivers and the lakes all disclose Your presence. The roaring breakers of the sea tell of your awesome might. The beasts of the field and the birds of the air bespeak your wonderous will. In your goodness you have made us able to hear the music of the world. The voices of loved ones reveal to us that you are in our midst.” Jewish World Healing Prayer
Christian Prayer for World Peace, Holy Week & Easter, March 28-April 4
“We pray for the power to be gentile; the strength to be forgiving; the patience to be understanding and the endurance to accept the consequences of holding on to what we believe to be right. May we put our trust in the power of good to overcome evil, and the power of love to overcome hatred. We pray for the vision to see and the faith to believe in a world emancipated from violence, a new world where fear shall no longer lead men and women toward violence.” Author unknown
Hindu Celebration of Holi, March 28-29
“Let this We pray Holi be a time when we change not only the color of our faces but the color of our hearts. Let us not only ‘play’ Holi but let us become Holy.” Hindu blessing at the celebration of Holi
Pagan Prayer for Summer Solstice, June 20
“The sun is high above us shining down upon the land and sea, making things grow and bloom. Great and powerful sun, we honor you this day and thank you for your gifts. Ra, Helios, Sol Invictus, Aten, Svarog, you are known by many names. You are the light over the crops, the heat that warms the earth, the hope that springs eternal, the bringer of life. We welcome you, and honor you this day, celebrating your light, as we begin our journey once more.” Pagan prayer for the summer solstice
Peace, Shalom, Salaam, Shanti
Bill Jamieson’s career has included leadership positions in business, government, and education. He was also an ordained deacon in the Episcopal Church and his ministry centered around advocacy for low-income families and children.