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    great responses! keep 'em coming. and please post away so everyone can see.

    actually, if there's interest, i can make it into a .pdf when i'm done and email it out to anyone who wants.

    thanks deborahthecraft, i can't believe it took me so long to think of it. i have a few prayers that i've written myself that i'd like to include as well.

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    I've always liked the one by St Augustine that's paraphrased as "be careful what you pray for, you might just get it!"

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    just bumping this up!

    i'm starting to work on the layout, etc. and i'd love any other ideas!

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    Include a copy of the Desiderata:

    http://www.fleurdelis.com/desiderata.htm

    Beyond a wholesome discipline,
    be gentle with yourself.
    You are a child of the universe
    no less than the trees and the stars;
    you have a right to be here.
    And whether or not it is clear to you,
    no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

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    oh, marina-trilobyte, thanks - i'll definitely include that. i wonder if i should excerpt it or include the whole thing? hmmm... i'll have to see how long it gets.

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    I'm not a Christian (though my country is Lutheran so I'm familiar with that religion), but I find Peace Pilgrim's texts inspirational. They're mostly about peace (inner or outer) but she also talks a lot about God, which can be interpreted as the Christian God or anything else you believe in...

    You can find most of her works at:
    http://www.peacepilgrim.com/pphome.htm

    There are the "steps towards inner peace" but also the entire book "her life and works in her own words", or you could read the quote of the month if you need shorter texts. For example, this month's quote is “The most important part of prayer is what we feel, not what we say. We spend a great deal of time telling God what we think should be done, and not enough time waiting in the stillness for God to tell us what to do.” There's also "Concentrate on giving so that you may open yourself to receiving. Concentrate on living according to the light you have, so that you may open yourself to more light." Or how about:
    God is Love, and whenever you reach out in loving kindness, you are expressing God. God is Truth, and whenever you seek truth, you are seeking God. God is Beauty, and whenever you touch the beauty of a flower or a sunset, you are touching God. God is the Intelligence that creates all and sustains all and binds all together and gives life to all. Yes, God is the Essence of all. So you are within God and God is within you - you could not be where God is not.

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    Athos, what a great idea! Here are some Irish ones for you:

    Irish Blessing

    May the road rise to meet you.
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face.
    And rains fall soft upon your fields.
    And until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

    (note: I've usually heard this one as "palm" instead of "hollow")

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    Old Irish Prayer

    Deep peace of the running waves to you.
    Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
    Deep peace of the smiling stars to you.
    Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
    Deep peace of the watching shepherds to you.
    Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you.

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    The light of God surround you
    The love of God enfold you
    The power of God protect you
    The presence of God watch over you.
    Anonymous

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    If you are interested in more Irish prayers and blessings, this website has pages of them: http://www.irishcultureandcustoms.co...ngs/Bless.html

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    ideas

    The book your making sounds like a great idea. Here are some writings that have been meaningful to me. I think they would make great additions to your prayer book. Check these books for ideas:

    **Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West by Daniel James Ladinsky

    **Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith by Kathleen Norris
    **The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris

    **Traveling Mercies : Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott

    **Holy the Firm by Annie Dillard (or anything else written by her)

    **Reflections for Ragamuffins: Daily Devotions from the Writings of Brennan Manning by Brennan Manning

    other ideas are the writings of Julian of Norwich, Saint Augustine, and Saint Benedict (there are some wonderful commentaries out there on the Rule of Saint Benedict)


 
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