Prayers for the Brown family & Ferguson

Couldn’t post all day yesterday. Better late than never.

Let us all unite for the peaceful prayers sent to the Brown family & the Ferguson community. 

Let’s all do our best to leave this world a better place than the one we entered. Spread love, not hate. Teach our kids right from wrong. 

"Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that."

- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Answer me quickly, Lord;
my spirit fails.
Do not hide your face from me
or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I entrust my life.
—  Psalm 143:7-8

I’ll be keeping the protesters and the police in my prayers tonight.

The protesters for their safety.

The officers for hopefully coming to their senses.

I’m not expecting that to happen (at least not for the entire police force) but regardless I can still hope.

Sometimes hope and faith is all there is left.

So I’m sure that many people don’t believe in God or prayer and I know it doesn’t help directly but it’s all I can do right now aside from sign petitions.

"In the center of the storm, there is calm.
In the center of confusion, there is peace.
In the center of exhaustion, there is rest.
Cernunnos, sitting in the midst of the world,
lead me to the center
and grant me the calm and peace and rest that is
found there.”

- Ceisiwr Serith
A Book of Pagan Prayer
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Chant to Increase Confidence

Gods and Goddesses I call upon thee.

To lend me the courage and bravery i need.
I am daring, dashing, and cool. 
My spirit unbreakable, my resolution untakeable.
With courage of a lion I become,
I being that can overcome.

The more times this is chanted the stronger and more effective it will become.

God full of mercy, bless the souls of all who are in our hearts on this Transgender Day of Remembrance.

We call to mind today young and old, of every race, faith, and gender
experience, who have died by violence. We remember those who have died because they would not hide, or did not pass, or did pass, or stood too proud. Today we name them: the reluctant activist; the fiery hurler of heels; the warrior for quiet truth; the one whom no one
really knew. As many as we can name, there are thousands more whom we cannot, and for whom no Kaddish may have been said.

We mourn their senseless deaths, and give thanks for their lives,
for their teaching, and for the brief glow of each holy flame. We pray for the strength to carry on their legacy of vision, bravery, and love.
And as we remember them, we remember with them the thousands
more who have taken their own lives.

We pray for resolve to root out the injustice, ignorance, and cruelty that grow despair. And we pray, God, that all those who perpetrate hate and violence will speedily come to understand that Your creation has many faces, many genders, many holy expressions.

Blessed are they, who have allowed their divine image to shine in the world.

Blessed is God, in Whom no light is extinguished.

—  A prayer (in English) written by Rabbi Reuben Zellman on the occasion of TDOR.