Most Merciful and Compassionate God, Giver of life and love, hear our prayers and let our cries come unto you.
We weep with Your people in Japan. We hear the cries of orphaned children and laments of bereaved parents. We feel the desperation of those searching for loved ones. We behold the silence of vanished villages.
We see the devastation. We are overwhelmed by the enormity of it all. Our hearts are hushed, our minds are numb. Let not our hands be stopped, our voices dumb.
God of the universe, Open our hearts to feel Your compassion. Galvanize in us the act of continued giving. Bond us to our sisters and brothers in need Comfort and heal the injured, the bereaved, the lost.
Strengthen the aid workers and medical personnel. Bolster the resolve of governments and those with power to help. Open through this tragedy pathways to partnerships and peace. In Your Name, full of mercy and healing and compassion we pray, Amen.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
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A couple of years ago, I declared Death to my Credit Cards and have aspired to be financially free. But after struggling with my debt I am not a penny richer as when I first started blogging. Though I may not have gained riches and material things but with introspection and experience I have attained wisdom and understanding that is far greater than any wealth
acquired in this world. Now I have vowed to detach myself from earthly pleasures through fasting and abstinence to start focusing on my soul instead of my debt.