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Mercy

Northern_Baikal_RussiaWhat mercy you have shown me in forgiving my many faults, what grace by which you have led me into the bounty of your love, and what love with which you have pillowed my head every night of my life, may you give all that and more to every being in every world forever.

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Dear Beloved, sweet Divinity, precious Illumination, holy Unity, highest of Purposes, please harken to my prayer.

Today, as much of the world enters into a new year, I reflect upon the year that has passed and find myself dazzled by your glorious blessings, saddened by your absences, in awe of the splendor of the world that was gifted to us and angered by the injustices pervading our reality. I look back and wonder what you were thinking when innocent children were murdered, when villages starved to death, when hatred ran rampant, when madness gripped the world. I wonder where you were.

Then I sit in silence and close my eyes and wait for you to account for yourself. And then I hear my daughter saying, “I love you.” I see myself reclining in my warm house on a snowy day. I feel my stomach full of my wife’s cooking.

Now I am by the lake on a family camping trip, marveling at the sunset. Now I am congratulating my friend on becoming a parent.

I remember the inspiring words of a monk who told me, “You are not on a different path. God is one.” I remember the white man in a turban, wearing a t-shirt that read “We Are All Sikhs.” I remember a book by an atheist urging people of all faiths and no faith to come together in harmony.

Yes. Yes. That is where you were. That is what you did. That is how you answered our prayers. That is how you fulfilled our lives. That is how you showed your glory to the world. And you took no credit. You took no credit.

Please help me to remember you as you have remembered me. Please help me to love as you have loved. Please help me in all things, for I can do nothing without you. My purpose, my life, my true self.

May all be happy. May all be free from misery. May all attain to the highest illumination.

Peace, peace, peace be unto all.

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