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WORLD PEACE PRAYER SERVICE

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On this frigid day of January 7th, 2018, many people gathered to pray for World Peace at Unity Chapel of Southgate. By the presence that enveloped me and the facial expressions I observed, I have no doubt that many hearts were moved in a unique and special way, both in the chapel and all over the entire world. It was an honor and a pleasure to meet, greet, and share refreshments with all our loving sisters and brothers from different cultures and religions. We are all connected and we are one.

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Peace Prayers were asked  or chanted in several languages, Lakota, English, Polish, Hebrew, Baha’i, (Farsi) Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, French, Islamic, (Arabic) Hungarian and Hawaiian. I felt humbled and also felt it to be a privilege to be invited to share an original peace prayer that I had written for last year’s service among the resplendent ethnic prayers presented.

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I have faith that there were people on the other side of the globe shaking their heads in wonder, maybe with an onset of unexpected tears, openness, a comfort or loving warmth, as they felt God’s peace wash over them today. The sentiments were well articulated and focused and I believe all of our souls felt the intensity of the prayers being asked and answered.

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Well, you know about best laid plans, sometimes our plans don’t match God’s. I had intended to read last year’s peace prayer titled, “We Can,” until Friday evening. I sat alone snuggled in my cozy blanket, listening to the fire crackle, and soft music while watching the flames flicker in our woodstove when suddenly I realized there was such peace in my heart, that it overwhelmed me to tears. I wished everyone in the whole world could feel what I was feeling in that moment, such love, such gratitude, and such peace. I noticed my notebook and pen that sat on the table and began to write. When I read what I had written the next morning I knew I was meant to share this peace prayer poem at church on Sunday.

I’ve copied the prayer below if you have a desire to read it, pray it, or share it.

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Wishing You Peace Within and A Happy New Year to All

Unity Chapel of Southgate, World Peace Prayer Service 1-6-18

Prayer by M. M. Scheidel

 

WE ARE ONE 

We are one – Humankind

Connected through life force, prana, and our Mind

We are one

One world, we are all diverse

Yet connected throughout the universe

We are one

Our eye and skin color may differ

But all our veins carry that almighty red river

We are one

We share in our God’s love and creation

Peace among us is our visualization

We are one

Let’s place our hands over our hearts

This is where it truly all starts

We are one

Close your eyes, take a deep inhale, now let it go

Envision the peace within that you know, feel it, let it flow.

We are one

Let this sensation caress every part of your being,

Enjoy it . . .  now send it to your hands for freeing

We are one

Inhale, let it go, open your eyes, as you raise your hands

We ask  that these precious moments of peace fill all God’s lands.

We are one

And so it is – Amen

 

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HOLDING YOU HOLDS ME TOGETHER

Our Wedding Anniversary

Tomorrow, my husband and I will celebrate our anniversary with a special dinner and a toast to the next thirty-four years.

We literally grew up together knowing each other from the time we were children barely into our double digits. We were in our early twenties when we tied the knot. Yes, we married young, but we both committed to the relationship and our vows and before we knew it over three decades had flown by.

Has it been easy? Not always. Not everyday. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that there were those times the train momentarily left the track, but somehow, someway, we were always strong enough to get it back on the rails and headed in the right direction.

I have to say,  there has been way more wonderful moments, days, months, and years than there have been negative ones. And oh my, how they’ve flown by.

We’ve never had a song we considered “ours”, and still don’t,  but when this song came out several years ago, it touched a truth deep within my heart and still makes me think of my husband every time it plays.

I have shared the lyrics below and have attached a YouTube link if you care to listen.

“Holdin’ You”

By, Gretchen Wilson

 I don’t need whiskey to drown out the pain
Or some old umbrella to hold off the rain
Don’t have to cross over a river of tears
All that I need is right hereHolding you holds me together
When holding on gets just a little to hard
When this tight rope I travel
Begins to unravel and I feel like
I’m falling apart
Holding you holds me together

You know lifes a freight liner on
A runaway track
But I’ll take the ride knowing
That you’ll bring me back
No fates too uncertain no distance to far
As long as your here in my arms

Holding you holds me together
When holding on gets just a little to hard
When this tight rope I travel
Begins to unravel and I feel like
I’m falling apart
Holding you holds me together

Whener I hold you tight
This crazy world of mine falls right in place
Whatever the trouble is
You find a way to give back what it takes

Holding you holds me together
When holding on gets just a little to hard
When this tight rope I travel
Begins to unravel and I feel like
I’m falling apart
Holding you holds me together

You can Listen to it here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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