You Are Precious To Me

The following extract is from My Father My King by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin

You are precious to Me. Your infinite value and worth are your birth right and can never be withdrawn. View yourself as My child at all times. I have created you in My image, and your task in life is to follow My wishes so you will be close to Me for all eternity.

You are unique. From the beginning of Creation until the end of time there will never be another person exactly like you. You have a unique nature and were given unique circumstances and life tests. Your specific mission was given to you alone.

View the world as having been created especially for you. This gives you a great responsibility and expands your consciousness of your importance.

Nothing any human being says to you can diminish your measureless value by even one iota. Anyone who understands that you are My child will talk to you with respect.

In spite of your limitations and handicaps, your mistakes and your errors, your intrinsic value as My child is irreversible. Correct that which needs correction, yet remember that as My child your value is infinite.

At times you will feel better and at times you will feel worse. At times you will feel spiritually elevated and at times you will feel lowly. Regardless of how you feel at any given moment, your value and your worth are constant. You are always My child and you are always precious. Remember this when you need it the most.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. – Jeremiah 29:11

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. – Psalm 139: 13-16

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. – Psalm 145:18

Prayers Before and After Reading the News

The following was written by Rabbi Irwin Keller.

For a while now I have found reading the morning paper to be a risky moment. Sometimes there is something lovely that gives me hope for humanity. Sometimes there is something flashy but arguably trivial that catches my eye and helps me avoid the rougher news. But every day there is something upsetting, saddening happening in the world. In this last month I have been reading news of atrocities in Ukraine and a new wave of terrorist attacks in Tel Aviv with a combination of hunger and nausea.

I find myself not infrequently afraid to open the morning news. I am aware that I have the privilege of not reading the paper and going about having, by most accounts, a good day. But I don’t want to be so frightened of how upset the news will make me that I stay uninformed and close myself off to the witnessing, compassion, and action that I feel this moment requires of me and of us.

The rest of the article can be found here on Ritualwell.

This unknown time

Follow your own vision.
From Bryan at Visions of a People’s Dharma

Visions of a People's Dharma

I no longer want to involve my being with endless chats of maybes and possibilities.

Nor debate opinions, or so-called truths, whatever they may be.

Or stories of her, him, and it, dancing in endless drama.

Or seeking what isn’t and never will be.

Nor do I care to listen to empty commitments, made from an empty existence, attempting to force change.

Or pretending to care, or not care.

I want to spend my unknown amount of time,

embracing exactly what is in my moments, seeing my vision, not yours or others.

Not running, or chasing after, changing it, manipulating it, forcing it, or pretending it.

Just, A Human, Being,

Being.

Bryan Wagner

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