Lord God, you have taught us that anything we do without love is worth nothing,
for whoever lives without love is counted dead before you;
send your Holy Spirit, and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love,
the true bond of peace and of all virtues;
grant this for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ
who is alive with with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever.
Amen.

From the New Zealand Prayer Book

Dear God,

Committed love is a sacred treasure
I long to find the one who is mine.
I trust you will grant my desires for love –
to love of myself, and to find love with my mate.
I trust you will bring this to me gently and sweetly,
in a way that is completely right for me and my love.
I give thanks for your presence, your guidance and your love.
And so it is.

Amen

Laurie Sue Brockway (adapted)

Universal Love Prayer

from the Metta Sutta

May all beings be filled with joy and peace.
May all beings everywhere, the strong and the weak, the great and the small, be filled with lasting joy.

Let no one deceive another. let no one anywhere despise another.
let no one out of anger or resentment wish suffering on anyone at all.

Just as a mother with her own life protects her child, her only child, from harm,
So within yourself let grow a boundless love for all creatures.

Let your love flow outward through the universe,
To its height, its depth, its broad extent,
A limitless love, without hatred or enmity.

Then as you stand or walk, sit or lie down,
As long as you are awake, strive for this with a one-pointed mind;
Your life will bring heaven to earth.

Prayer of the Four Immeasurable Minds

Through the working of Great Compassion in their hearts,
May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness,
May all be free from sorrow and the causes of sorrow;
May all never be separated from the sacred happiness which is sorrowless;
May all come to peace without too much attachment and too much aversion,
And live believing in the equality of all beings.

Namu Amida Butsu

Patient Trust

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient with everything
to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient with being on the way to something
unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability –
and that it may take a very long time,
And so I think it is with you.
Your ideas mature gradually – let them grow,
Let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
as though you could be today what time,
(that is to say, grace and circumstances
acting on your own good will)
will make of you tomorrow.
Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming within you will be.
Give Our Lord the benefit of believing
that His hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.

~Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J.

Prayer for the Brokenhearted

O God,
whose love restores
the brokenhearted of this world:
pour out your love,
we beseech you,
upon those who feel
lonely, abandoned, or unloved.
Strengthen their hope
to meet the days ahead;
give them the courage
to form life-giving friendships;
and bless them with the joy
of your eternal peace.
Amen.

SERENITY PRAYER

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him Forever in the next.
Amen.

Bellamy Brothers – Let your love flow 1976

There’s a reason for the sunshine in the sky
There’s a reason why I’m feelin’ so high
Must be the season
When that lovelight shines all around us

So let that feeling grab you deep inside
And send you reeling
Where your love can’t hide
And then go stealing through the moonless night
With your lover.

Just let your love flow
Like a mountain stream
And let your love grow
With the smallest of dreams
And let your love show
And you know what I mean
It’s the season

Let your love fly
Like a bird on a wing
And let your love bind you
To all living things and
Let your love shine
And you’ll know what I mean
That’s the reason.

There’s a reason for the warm sweet nights
And there’s a reason for the candle lights
Must be the season
When those love rites shine all around us

So let that wonder take you into space
And lay you under its loving embrace
Just feel the thunder as it warms your face
You can’t hold back.

Just let your love flow
Like a mountain stream
And let your love grow
With the smallest of dreams
And let your love show
And you know what I mean
It’s the season

Let your love fly
Like a bird on a wing
And let your love bind you
To all living things and
Let your love shine
And you’ll know what I mean
That’s the reason.

Just let your love flow
Like a mountain stream
And let your love grow
With the smallest of dreams
And let your love show
And you know what I mean
It’s the season

Let your love fly
Like a bird on a wing
And let your love bind you
To all living things and
Let your love shine
And you’ll know what I mean

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