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Handout 1: UU Prayers and Meditations

Prayers

Dear God,

May I be kind,

Strong and brave,

Joyful, useful, loving,

Honest and healthy.

— Meg Barnhouse, used with permission

Thank you for my friend next door

And my friend across the street

And please help me to be a friend

To each and every one I meet.

 — Anonymous

Here at the table now we pray;

Keep us together day by day;

May this, our family circle be

Held fast by love and unity.

— John S. Mackey, used with permission

Earth, who gives to us this food,

Sun, who makes it ripe and good;

Dear Earth, dear Sun, by you we live;

To you our loving thanks we give.

— Native American prayer

Help us to be the always hopeful

Gardeners of the spirit

Who know that without darkness

Nothing comes to birth

As without light

Nothing flowers.

— May Sarton, used with permission

Meditations

There is love

Holding me.

There is love

Holding you.

There is love

Holding all.

I rest

In this love.

— Rebecca Ann Parker, used with permission

May I be peaceful.

May I be happy.

May I be well.

May I be safe.

May I be free from suffering.

May all beings be peaceful.

May all beings be happy.

May all beings be well.

May all beings be safe.

May all beings be free from suffering.

— William Collinge, from Subtle Energy: Awakening to the Unseen Forces in Our Lives (Warner Books, Inc., 1998); used with permission.

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