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THERE'S NOTHING MORE DOWN HERE... REALLY.
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May all beings everywhere plagued
with sufferings of body and mind
quickly be freed from their illnesses.
May those frightened cease to be afraid,
and may those bound be free.
May the powerless find power,
and may people think of befriending
one another.
May those who find themselves in trackless,
fearful wilderness--
the children, the aged the unprotected--
be guarded by beneficent celestials,
and may they swiftly attain Buddhahood.

-- The Buddha
Dear Readers: Yesterday I quoted two wonderful prayers of acceptance, one for the morning:
'Whatever, Lord' and one for the evening: 'Enough, Lord'.  I'm so pleased that someone has
written in with information about the man who originated those prayers.  Here's an excerpt
of the email I received:

"Jack P. was a major AA 'Hero' of mine from my first year forward. I had the honor of
hearing him speak maybe 15 times over the years. He was a big man -- around 6'6" -- with
white hair & beard. Looked a bit like Moses. Not fiery....soft spoken and riveting.  He got
sober in Hollywood AA in 1946. He'd Hobo-ed on the freight trains in the '30s and killed a
man in a squabble over box car territory on a freight in the Mid-West...And, he was as
near a 'Saint' as any man I ever met in AA...
Jack went to the Meetin' in the Sky in early 2002. It was an Honor just to be in his
presence."
Therefore we do not lose heart.
Though outwardly we are wasting away,
yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
For our light and momentary troubles
are achieving for us an eternal glory
that far outweighs them all.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen,
but on what is unseen.
For  what is seen is temporary,
but what is unseen is eternal.

-- 2nd Corinthians 4:16-18
The Bible (New International Version)
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Watch, O Lord, with those who wake,
or watch, or weep tonight,
and give your angels and saints
charge over those who sleep.

Tend your sick ones, O Lord Christ,
rest your weary ones,
bless your dying ones,
soothe your suffering ones,
pity your afflicted ones,
shield your joyous ones.

And all for your love's sake.
Amen.

--St. Augustine (354-430, A.D.)
Augustine of Hippo was one of history's most influential
figures in the development of Western Christianity.
I cured with the power that came through me. Of course, it was not I who
cured, it was the power from the Outer World, the visions and the
ceremonies had only made me like hole through which the power could
come to the two-leggeds.


If I thought that I was doing it myself, the hole would close up and no power
could come through. Then everything I could do would be foolish.

--Black Elk (1863-1950)
Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux
I waited patiently for the Lord;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.
He drew me up from the desolate pit,
out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure.

He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
and put their trust in the Lord.

--Psalms 40:1-3
The Holy Bible, Revised Standard Edition
And now, the Last Word:
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