A BIRTHDAY PRAY…

Bday2

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A BIRTHDAY PRAYER

O God, I thank You for giving me another year of life.
I thank You for all the people who have remembered me today, and who have sent me cards and letters, good wishes and presents.
I thank You for everything which I have been abled by You to do and to be in the past year.
I thank You for all the experiences of the past year;
For times of success which will always be happy memories;
For times of failure which reminded me of my own weakness and of my need of You;
For times of joy when the sun was shining;
For times of sorrow which drove me to You.
Forgive me
For the hours I have wasted;
For the chances I failed to take;
For the opportunities I missed in the past year.
Forgive me for not making of life all that I might have made of it and could have made of it; and help me in the days which lie ahead to make this the best year yet, and in it to bring credit to myself, happiness to my loved ones, and joy to You.
This I ask for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

– From Prayers for Special Occasions, Fr William Barclay

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IN PRAYER

A powerful light shines in the dark.

A light in the dark. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Don’t let my light go out.

That plea haunting at night

When she felt her prana slack, her chi fade

When alone with no one about

 

Don’t let my light go out:

She whispered in the dark

Examined the babble of scribes

The words she now began to doubt

 

Don’t let my light go out!

Not now, not with a life half-lived

Her life-force as yet unspent;

Angry at last she began to shout

 

Curses at the images

 

©Millicent Danker

3 August 2013

SAY YES!

English: Power of life Deutsch: Lebensenergie

 Power of life  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

SAY YES

“Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? What could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now?

“Surrender to what is. Say ‘yes’ to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.”
― Eckhart Tolle, author of ‘The Power of Now’

A THING OF FAITH

The Hajj kicks into full gear

The Hajj (Photo credit: Al Jazeera English)

That elusive thing keeping us going
That lubricator of motivation
That gives life its meaning
That precious ingredient amply
Bestowed on some, and not all
That seed needing nurturing
To produce belief in the greater god;
The feeling that no matter how
Bad a life, its maker understands
Forgives and loves:
That balm of peace.
That ointment of comfort.
That destroyer of fear.
That redeeming grace.

©Millicent Danker
24 July 2013

NOISILY WE LIVE

Moorhen

Moorhen (Photo credit: Sergey Yeliseev)

on the lawns

ice tinkling

Pimms jugs crackling;

in the sky

an airplane drones, then another –

in between, placidity:

on the water

a moorhen’s cry;

this pond, thickly green

like jelly under a crust of glass

a bird’s flight slices through it;

on the courts

the thud of tennis balls

then a triumphant male shout;

from the earth

the summer heat rising –

Life’s noises reprising

day in and out.

©Millicent Danker

16 July 2013

Living the Mome…

Living the Moment to the Fullest

“Patience is a hard discipline. It is not just waiting until something happens over which we have no control: the arrival of the bus, the end of the rain, the return of a friend, the resolution of a conflict. Patience is not a waiting passivity until someone else does something. Patience asks us to live the moment to the fullest, to be completely present to the moment, to taste the here and now, to be where we are. When we are impatient we try to get away from where we are. We behave as if the real thing will happen tomorrow, later and somewhere else. Let’s be patient and trust that the treasure we look for is hidden in the ground on which we stand.”
– Henri Nouwen, Dutch Catholic priest, 1932-1996

Patience

Patience (Photo credit: AngSocialMed)

SHEDDING

English: Onion

Onion (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When you shed layers of conceit
It’s like peeling an onion
Over a lifetime.
You come to the core
But there’s not much there
It’s as if you need the layers
Along the way
To plump your bulb.
Perhaps once you cut into the heart
The Ego dies
It is the end.

©Millicent Danker
9 February 2001 / 13 June 2013

REFLECTIONS ON ‘SKYLIGHT’*

Stained glass skylight in Church of the Holy T...

Stained glass skylight in Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My own hovel being cleaned out,
a new life laid out for me
except I don’t yet see.
I must trust in this skylight
that has opened up –
this window on the world
setting me free.
I can now see
the life in this death
before me.

Why resist these little dyings?
It’s time to
step out of my skin.

*by Seamus Heaney

©Millicent Danker
15 January 2010

LORD OF MY LIFE…

An example of handwritten Bengali script. Part...

An example of handwritten Bengali script. Part of a poem written by Rabindranath Tagore in 1926 in Hungary. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

LORD OF MY LIFE

“Thou who art the innermost Spirit of my being,
art thou pleased, Lord of my Life?
For I give to thee my cup filled with all
the pain and delight that the crushed
grapes of my heart had surrendered,
I wove with rhythm of colors and song cover for thy bed,
And with the molten gold of my desires
I fashioned playthings for thy passing hours.
I know not why thou chosest me for thy partner,
Lord of my life…”
– Rabindranath Tagore, 1861-1941

FEAR NOT THE RISING

fresco at the Karlskirche in vienna (by Johann...

Fresco at the Karlskirche in Vienna (by Johann Michael Rottmayr) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do not fear the fire in your belly:
That shaft of flame rising
or the burning tongues on your head,
leaping, tickling;
It is the shakti that stirs –
the paraclete.
Who wakens the sleeping spirit
and warms the chakras?
Is that the chi I see
now snaking up like bolt of energy?
Where is my God in all of this?

He waits inside in secret.

© Millicent Danker
18 May 2013