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Thursday Thirteen Ed.# 94: Thirteen Prayers

May 23rd, 2007

Dear 13ers,

Look at me!!! Look at me now, please. (Jumping up and down.) Thank you for stopping by.

Dear Regulars,

Howdy. You’re pretty. Did you bring me a cappucino?



13 Little Prayers

1) “Better than a hundred years lived in ignorance,
without contemplation, is one single day of life
lived in wisdom and in deep contemplation.
Better than a hundred years lived in idleness and in
weakness is a single day of life lived with courage
and powerful striving.
Better than a hundred years not considering how all
things arise and pass away is one single day of life
if one considers how all things arise and pass
Better than a hundred years not seeing one’s own
immortality is one single day of life if one sees
one’s own immortality.”

— the Dhammapada

2) “Night is drawing nigh.
For all that has been –
For all that shall be –

— Dag Hammarskjold

3) “It is prayer that restores to
us the ability to feel, to see,
and to appreciate.”

— Reuven Hammer

4) “i thank you God for most this
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of
and for a blue tree dream of sky;and
for everything
which is natural which is infinite
which is yes”

— ee cummings

5) “Like a gold beacon signaling
on a moonless night,
Tao guides our passage through this
transitory realm.
In moments of darkness and pain
remember all is cyclical.
Sit quietly behind; your wooden
Spring will come again.”

— Loy Ching Yuen

6) “Earth our mother, breathe forth life
all night sleeping
now awaking
in the east
now see the dawn

Earth our mother, breathe and waken
leaves are stirring
all things moving
new day coming
life renewing.”

— Pawnee prayer

7) “Bless
something small
but infinite
and quiet.

There are senses
make an object
in their simple
feeling for one.”

— “A Prayer”
Robert Creeley

8) “This ritual is one.
The food is one.
We who offer the food are one.
The fire of hunger is also one.
All action is one.
We who understand this are one.”

— Ancient Hindu blessing

9) “ Prayer is for the soul, what
food is for the body. The
blessing of one prayer lasts
until the next, just as the
strength gained from one
meal lasts till the one after.”

— Jewish prayer

10) “But give me the strength that
waits upon You in silence and
peace. Give me humility in which
alone is rest, and deliver me from
pride which is the heaviest of

— Thomas Merton

12) “The most powerful prayer, one
well nigh omnipotent, and the
worthiest work of all is the
outcome of a quiet mind.”

— Meister Eckhart

13) “It’s fun to have fun/
but you have to know how.”

— “The Cat in the Hat”
Dr. Seuss


  1. Chatterbox says

    You get cappucino from your regulars? I’m jealous!!

    Great quotes, though.

    May 23rd, 2007 | #

  2. The Splintered Mind says

    I don’t drink coffee. Can I have a hot cocoa? Thanks!

    That was a nice list. Thanks for dropping by my site.

    My Thursday Thirteen

    The Splintered Mind – Overcoming Neurological Disabilities With Lots Of Humor And Attitude

    May 24th, 2007 | #

  3. Naeva - Mom of 2 says

    Wonderful TT…I’ve learned a lot from this TT.


    May 24th, 2007 | #

  4. Kuanyin says

    What a beautiful selection of prayers and blessings! mahalo for sharing them!

    May 24th, 2007 | #

  5. Colloquium says

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    A friend e-mailed me a list of random thoughts today. I don’t know where …

    May 24th, 2007 | #

  6. MamaToo says

    sweet list of thoughtful prayers. thanks for sharing – your cappucino is ready.

    May 24th, 2007 | #

  7. Barb says

    I love #’s 4, 9 & 10.

    My Thursday Thirteen is finally up.

    May 24th, 2007 | #

  8. Jen says

    The last two hit home for me, how irreverent is that? What a thoughtful TT.

    May 24th, 2007 | #

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