From lyrics by Eddie Watkins, Jr.:
We’re not alone and there’s nothing we have to do on our own, because we are the place where God lives, moves and breathes and has Its being.
We are the place where God shows up.
Inspired by lyrics to “If You Want To Be Happy” (Words and music by Sloan Wainwright, Sue Riley, Jana Stanfield):
“Don’t believe all that you think ? if you want to be happy.”
“If you want to be happy, be careful what you say.
Resist the urge to criticize when things don’t go your way.
You can’t make yourself feel better putting other people down. Remember words can hurt you when they come back around.”
“Focus on the things you have, not what you haven’t got ? if you want to be happy.”
“Give up control.” “Trust the Mystery ? if you want to be happy.”
Inspired by lyrics to Memory Makers, by Sue Riley.
“After the dazzle of Christmas, the holiday frazzle is past. Peace descends in the silent night, at last.”
We give thanks for the memory makers: the wise ones who shared with us the unforgettable moments that we treasure still.
We give thanks for the memory makers: the dear ones of Christmases past who kept alive their faith in the shining potential within us and who never lost faith in us.
We give thanks for the memory makers: the precious ones who loved us through the passage of time and kept alive for us the promises of a bright new year and sweet Christmases yet to be.
Thank You, God, and may we all be Memory Makers.
Inspired by words by Nancy Tillman:
On the night or day that each of us was born, the moon smiled with such wonder that the stars peeked in to see each of us, and the night wind whispered, “Life will never be the same.” Because there had never been anyone like any of us, ever in the world.
So enchanted with every child was the wind and the rain, that they whispered the sound of each baby’s name. The sound of each name is a magical one.
Now, we’ll whisper, very softly, for every baby being born, all over the world: “You are the light of the world.”
So whenever we doubt just how special we are ? and we wonder who loves us, how much and how far, listen for the sound of the voice of the one known as the Light of the World whispering our names, and know that we are each unique and every one dearly loved.
This is true of every newborn child: “Never before in story or rhyme (not even once upon a time) has the world ever known a YOU, my friend,
and it never will, not ever again.
Heaven blew every trumpet and played every horn on the wonderful, marvelous night you were born” and forevermore, there is joy in our hearts.
Stables, by Peter Mayer
In Bethlehem a manger waits, long ago and so today,
Where hatred-weary people pray Love will come and lay there.
And so do countless stables stand in hearts as harsh as desert lands,
Rough shelters in the wind and sand, so Love will come and stay there ?.
Love that opens fists of hate, heaps of gold on beggars’ plates,
Love that shows a kindly face to enemies and strangers.
And walls of stables tremble so when winds of fear and judgment blow.
For a stable hopes in Love alone and knows that Love’s the answer.
Oh, Love, the prophets’ only word, the only lesson left to learn,
The only end of heaven’s work, and the only road that goes there ?
Love that sees with mercy’s eyes, holds its arms out open wide,
Threads its loom with separate lives and weaves them all together.
So, may the lamps of stables glow brightly lit that light may go
for miles in the darkness, so Love will find its way there.
Inspired by lyrics to “Search the Sky,” by Sloan Wainwright:
“Search the sky for that star, star of light, star of love ? bright enough to guide believers from afar, seeking their rumored newborn King.
And when we wish upon it, we wish for our only gift, peace around our troubled world, peace within ourselves.
Search the face of the child, shining with the spirit of Christmases in your heart, and all that joy shall easily be restored.
We’ve traveled such a long way ? we’ve forgotten what for. Then we gaze upon the face of that child and hope for the only gift: peace around our troubled world, peace within ourselves.”
Search the sky ? and your heart ? for that star of light, star of love.
Based on lyrics by Eddie Watkins, Jr., to "All Is Well"
Today I declare freedom from yesterday, mistakes of the past.
Today all things are made brand new. And it feels so good to know that all is well and unfolding as it should.
I can change my reality by changing my mind.
Perfect peace, joy and happiness is yours and it's mine.
I am loved and so are you, and it feels so good to know that all is well, and unfolding as it should.
I am led by the Spirit, I am fed by love divine. I am one with all that is. My soul is free from time.
I am blessed and so are you, and it feels so good to know that all is well, and unfolding as it should. All is well and all is well and Divine Spirit is directing me right now.
All is well, all is well, all is well and unfolding as it should.
Based on lyrics to “Keep the Table Set” by David Roth and Tom Ryan:
God has prepared a feast for me and has set the table for me to enjoy every good thing.
My mind set is to expect the best. In all my life, I give thanks in advance, expecting good and only good.
I shine all my dishes with my dreams and my wishes. I keep the table set.
I believe that God’s will for all people is good and only good.
There is always room for more people at our table. We can always set an extra plate.
Although we may say grace in many ways, we all stay grateful. We bring hope and peace to the table.
God is our instant, constant, abundant Source, and something wonderful is always coming our way.
We are ready for God’s banquet: we keep the table set.