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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Healing Prayers from Africa

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Thank you Marilyn for suggesting that I purchase and read the book, Prayers for Healing: 365 Blessings, Poems, & Meditations from Around the World early in my time of distress. There are some gems in there that I'm still discovering.

As Dr. Larry Dossey said in the foreward to Prayers for Healing, "Prayer helps us contact sources of inspiration and wisdom that transcend the rational, analytical side of the mind. Prayer provides a sense of hope and meaning--the certainty that we are part of a pattern that is purposeful and intelligent. Without this awareness, life is not just unsatisfying, in can be unendurable." (Prayer is supernatural).

Here are two of my favorites from the book:

Dinka Prayer

Now that the sun has set,
I sit and rest, and think of you.
Give my weary body peace.
Let my legs and arms stop aching.
Let my nose stop [bleeding],
Let my head stop thinking.
Let me sleep in your arms.


African Prayer

I have no other helper than you, no other father, I pray to you.
Only you can help me. My present misery is too great.

Despair grips me, and I am at my wit's end.
O Lord, Creator, Ruler of the World, Father.
I thank you that you have brought me through.

How strong the pain was--but you were stronger.
How deep the fall was--but you were even deeper.
How dark the night was--but you were the noonday sun in it.
You are our father, our mother, our brother, and our friend.


Amen. And Amen.

6 comments:

michael_rbrown said...

…and so it shall come to pass that in our darkest hour we shall be healed and made whole by the awesome power of prayer. Blessed are those who walk in his divine light… God bless you and keep you strong for the battle has just begun…

Alicia Benjamin said...

Yes, I greatly believe in the awesome power of prayer. Thanks Mr. Brown for commenting.

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Alicia Michele Benjamin said...

Thanks so much. Please come back to visit soon.
:-)
alicia

Anonymous said...

Hi there,

This is a question for the webmaster/admin here at cappuccinosoul.blogspot.com.

May I use part of the information from this blog post right above if I give a link back to this site?

Thanks,
Charlie

Alicia Michele Benjamin said...

Charlie,

That's no problem at all! Let me know what you post, OK?

Peace,
alicia