Mindful Monday: Moment of Prayer and Reflection
Monday, June 1, 2020

Noon -12:05 PM

Please take the time to stop and offer prayer, reflection, meditation, whatever your practice is that invites you to enter a focused time that connects you to God and or the world around us and focus on Continued recovery and sincere lessons from experience and hindsight.

If you need some words to center your prayer or reflection, we suggest the following Baha’i prayer, offered by Kayvon Haghpeykar. Each Monday’s prayer will be offered out of different faith traditions.

I’d like to share one of Baha’u’llah’s writings, which in his exhortations, he provides a remedy to our current condition of suffering and injustice, and the realization of “ The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens”, and to close, I have shared a prayer for America by Abdul-baha, while visiting US in 1912.

“Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor and look upon him with a bright and friendly face. Be a treasure to the poor, an admonisher to the rich, an answerer of the cry of the needy, a preserver of the sanctity of thy pledge. Be fair in thy judgment and guarded in thy speech. Be unjust to no man and show all meekness to all men. Be as a lamp unto them that walk in darkness, a joy to the sorrowful, a sea for the thirsty, a haven for the distressed, an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression. Let integrity and uprightness distinguish all thine acts. Be a home for the stranger, a balm to the suffering, a tower of strength for the fugitive. Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring. Be an ornament to the countenance of truth, a crown to the brow of fidelity, a pillar of the temple of righteousness, a breath of life to the body of mankind, an ensign of the hosts of justice, a luminary above the horizon of virtue, a dew to the soil of the human heart, an ark on the ocean of knowledge, a sun in the heaven of bounty, a gem on the diadem of wisdom, a shining light in the firmament of thy generation, a fruit upon the tree of humility.”

Baha’u’llah (Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, pp 285)

Prayer for America

O’Thou kind Lord! This gathering is turning to Thee. These hearts are radiant with Thy love. These minds and spirits are exhilarated by the message of Thy glad tidings. O God! Let this American democracy become glorious in spiritual degrees even as it has aspired to material degrees and render this just government victorious. Confirm this revered nation to upraise the standard of the oneness of humanity, to promulgate the Most Great Peace, to become thereby most glorious and praiseworthy among all the nations of the world. O God! This American nation is worthy of Thy favors and is deserving of Thy mercy. Make it precious and near to Thee through Thy bounty and bestowal.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Each Monday’s prayer will be offered out of different faith traditions. Please include hashtag #MindfulMondayCOVID19. Let us and the world know that we are together, wherever we are whatever our faith, in prayer and reflection from Noon-12:05pm every Monday.

Please include hashtag #MindfulMondayCOVID19. Let us and the world know that you we are together, wherever we are whatever our faith, in prayer and reflection from Noon-12:05pm every Monday.

For more information email IRCP@imgh.org.

Each Monday’s prayer will be offered out of different faith traditions. Please include hashtag #MindfulMondayCOVID19. Let us and the world know that we are together, wherever we are whatever our faith, in prayer and reflection from Noon-12:05pm every Monday

Below is our list of prayer themes for each Monday:

April 6  – Pray for our medical professionals and that they have enough medicine, equipment and staff to care for those who are suffering.

April 13  – Pray for the sick, the dying, and the vulnerable.

April 20 – Pray for those outside the hospitals but on the front lines of need who do not have to option to stay home

April 27 – Pray for our scientists and developers who are creating new medicines, machines, and protective equipment to save lives.

May 4 – Pray for the children, impacted both physically and emotionally.

May 11 – Pray for the countries and regions who have yet to be affected.

May 18 – Pray for those facing financial hardship due to losing their jobs or businesses.

May 25 – Pray for continued generosity and charity for those impacted physically, emotionally and economically.

June 1 – Pray for recovery and sincere lessons from experience and hindsight.

Mindful Monday: Moment of Prayer and Reflection

Monday, April 6, 2020
Noon -12:05 PM

Please take the time to stop and offer prayer, reflection, meditation, whatever your practice is that invites you to enter into a focused time that connects you to God and or the world around us and focus on our medical professionals and that they have enough medicine, equipment and staff to care for those who are suffering.

If you need some words to center your prayer or reflection, we suggest the following prayer, offered by Rabbi Steven Gross of the Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism. The prayer is written reflecting that Passover begins this Wednesday evening, April 8th. Each Monday’s prayer will be offered out of different faith traditions:

Master of the Universe,

amidst the ongoing uncertainty of our daily existence

we commit ourselves to the sanctity of life.

In the face of persistent threat,

we have sought out shelter in our homes.

Flooded with a sense of relentless fear,

we have sought to ground ourselves in faith. 

In this time of unprecedented peril,

we continue to distance ourselves from danger.

Keep us safe as we hunker down.

Embolden us in our moments of despair.

Bless us with patience, resilience and hope. 

Bless also those who put their lives on the line to protect us,

our first responders, health care professionals, elected officials and general citizens

who are using their skills and wisdom to keep us from harm and heal us as we hurt.

Human history has witnessed miraculous redemptions in ages past,

And so – today – we call out to You again: 

In this time of global pandemic:

Shield us.

Help us. 

Heal us.

Please include hashtag #MindfulMondayCOVID19. Let us and the world know that you we are together, wherever we are whatever our faith, in prayer and reflection from Noon-12:05pm every Monday.

Mindful Monday: Moment of Prayer and Reflection

Monday, April 13th, 2020
Noon -12:05 PM

Please take the time to stop and offer prayer, reflection, meditation, whatever your practice is that invites you to enter into a focused time that connects you to God and or the world around us and focus on the sick, the dying, and the vulnerable.

If you need some words to center your prayer or reflection, we suggest the following prayer, offered by the Rev. Juanita Rasmus of St. John’s Downtown Church (United Methodist). The prayer is written reflecting that upon the reality of life in the season of Easter. Each Monday’s prayer will be offered out of different faith traditions:

Good and Gracious God whom we call by many names. We welcome your presence abiding in each of us as the breath of life. Breathe in us anew, that we might gain Christ consciousness. Call us to our highest and best way of being even now. Quicken us to see the wonderful miracles happening around us and in us as we seek to be awakened to the power of love. Dwell in us boundless and raise us not for our old lives but for new life, courageously present to love and to serve one another may it be so!

Please include hashtag #MindfulMondayCOVID19. Let us and the world know that we are together, wherever we are whatever our faith, in prayer and reflection from Noon-12:05pm every Monday.

Mindful Monday: Moment of Prayer and Reflection

Monday, April 20th, 2020
Noon -12:05 PM

Please take the time to stop and offer prayer, reflection, meditation, whatever your practice is that invites you to enter into a focused time that connects you to God and or the world around us and focus on those outside of the hospital but on the front lines of need who do not have the option to stay home. 

If you need some words to center your prayer or reflection, we suggest the following prayer, offered by the Sikh community of Greater Houston. Founded in 1469, Sikhism is the world’s 5th largest world religion. Sikhs, coming from a word meaning “student, disciple” believe in one Immortal Being; ten Gurus, from Guru Nanak to Guru Gobind Singh; the sacred text called the Guru Granth Sahib; the teachings of the ten Gurus, and the baptism bequeathed by the tenth guru.”
Many thanks to Kulbir Singh, along with Manpreet Kaur, for this prayer.

Sikh prayers traditionally begin with:

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Kee Fateh (“The Khalsa belongs to Waheguru, Victory is gifted by Waheguru”) with Waheguru being a term for God (meaning “Wondrous Guru”) and the Khalsa being both the Sikh community as a whole as well as a body of initiated Sikhs.

The world goes through cycles of distress and misery – shower it with Your mercy.
Give us the blessings of Your understanding to guide us through these times
With this understanding, all fear gets erased regardless of where we are or what we are doing
The one Waheguru is my protector
Whatever path pleases You, is the path we follow
Without you, we cannot do anything.
With you by our side and contemplating on your teachings, peace can be found
You reside in every thing and every one
The cares of all are on Waheguru’s mind and no one is turned away from Waheguru
Those who have Waheguru as their friend and companion and are in love with the Creator of all, then pain, suffering and doubt run away from them
Provide strength and courage to your beloveds who are risking their well-being to serve others
May we all remember the Creator is intertwined within the Creation and the oneness that connects us all
Give us the understanding, faith and peace throughout the upcoming days and in our lives
Bless those on the frontline and allow those suffering to maintain a state of chardi kalla – a state of eternal optimism.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Kee Fateh

Each Monday’s prayer will be offered out of different faith traditions. Please include hashtag #MindfulMondayCOVID19. Let us and the world know that we are together, wherever we are whatever our faith, in prayer and reflection from Noon-12:05pm every Monday.

Mindful Monday: Moment of Prayer and Reflection

Monday, April 27th, 2020
Noon -12:05 PM

Please take the time to stop and offer prayer, reflection, meditation, whatever your practice is that invites you to enter into a focused time that connects you to God and or the world around us and focus on our medical professionals and that they have enough medicine, equipment and staff to care for those who are suffering.

If you need some words to center your prayer or reflection, we suggest the following prayer, offered by Imam Ahmad Khan, Imam of Maryam Islamic Center. Each Monday’s prayer will be offered out of different faith traditions:

God, we ask you to grant us ease and tranquility, and grant us victory over this crisis. I pray that You grants us victory over this Covid crisis.
We ask You to allow us to stay united with our fellow brothers and sisters in Houston.
We ask that You protect our doctors, nurses and all other healthcare professionals on the front lines and provide patience to their families.
We ask that you heal all those that have been afflicted, and that you energize them through your spirit, that You protect them through Your might and that You make them successful through your will.
We ask that you protect all of humanity from this affliction, You make this affair easy on the hearts of your beloved creation, Amin.

Each Monday’s prayer will be offered out of different faith traditions. Please include hashtag #MindfulMondayCOVID19. Let us and the world know that we are together, wherever we are whatever our faith, in prayer and reflection from Noon-12:05pm every Monday.
Please include hashtag #MindfulMondayCOVID19. Let us and the world know that you we are together, wherever we are whatever our faith, in prayer and reflection from Noon-12:05pm every Monday.

Mindful Monday: Moment of Prayer and Reflection
Monday, May 4, 2020
Noon -12:05 PM

Please take the time to stop and offer prayer, reflection, meditation, whatever your practice is that invites you to enter into a focused time that connects you to God and or the world around us and focus on children of all ages who are impacted by Covid19 physically, mentally and emotionally.

If you need some words to center your prayer or reflection, we suggest the following prayer, offered by Partha Sarathi Chatterjee, Director, Hindus of Greater Houston. Each Monday’s prayer will be offered out of different faith traditions:

Hinduism believes in the omniscient and omnipotent, God. The deepest single spiritual truth for Hindus is that Brahman (‘the Absolute’ or ‘the Divine’) pervades the entire universe. Hence, Hinduism sees a strong connection between nature and humanity.

Hindus believe that the soul, atman, is eternal. When the physical body dies the soul is reborn in another body. Moksha is the ultimate spiritual goal of Hinduism. The goal is to reach a point where you detach yourself from the feelings and perceptions that tie you to the world, leading to the realization of the ultimate unity of things—the soul (atman) connected with the universal (Brahman).

In times of crisis, it is critical to understand that there is a greater good and we as humans do not control every facet of our existence. Soul is indestructible, and the omniscient and omnipotent God has a purpose and will ultimately deliver something good.

With that in mind, we advise people to pray, maintain the balance in life, coexist with nature and have good thoughts and trust in God to relieve the stress. It is more important for the children and the sick to understand the importance of keeping the faith and trusting God to keep the mind and body healthy.

Here are relevant prayers for the children and affected people during troubled times:

1) May all beings in the entire universe be happy and free. May there be happiness in all. May there be peace in all. May there be completeness in all. May there be success in all
2) From unreal lead me to real, from darkness lead me to light, from death lead me to transcend it.
3) I implore you, the Source of the cycle of birth, life and death, to free me from its bondage, make me fearless, and lead me to the absolute truth and bliss.
4) Om, may the Divine protect everyone. Let us be nourished and protected. May we work together with great energy. May our studies be effective. May we never hate or fight one another. Om Peace, Peace, Peace.
5) We worship the word that is present in the earth,
the heavens and that which is beyond.
By meditating on this glorious power that gives us life,
we ask that our minds and hearts be illuminated.

May you keep the faith in God. May you nurture everyone around you. Finally, may there be peace and happiness all through the Universe.

Please include hashtag #MindfulMondayCOVID19. Let us and the world know that you we are together, wherever we are whatever our faith, in prayer and reflection from Noon-12:05pm every Monday.
For more information email IRCP@imgh.org.

Mindful Monday: Moment of Prayer and Reflection
Monday, May 11, 2020
Noon -12:05 PM

Please take the time to stop and offer prayer, reflection, meditation, whatever your practice is that invites you to enter into a focused time that connects you to God and or the world around us and focus on the countries and regions who have yet to be affected.
If you need some words to center your prayer or reflection, we suggest the following prayer, offered by the Buddhist community of Greater Houston. Buddhism is world’s fourth-largest religion. It was founded on the teaching of a mendicant and spiritual teacher called ‘the Buddha” at 5th to 4th century BC.

Many thanks to Charlene Chuang for this prayer.

The Buddhist prayers traditionally begin with: Namo Buddha, Namo Dharma, Namo Sanga (3 times)

The following prayer includes contents extracted from the talk by abbot Venerable Phra Paisal Visalo of a Buddhist monastery in Thailand.

Let us embrace the virtues of acceptance, mindfulness, and compassion as the Covid-19 pandemic continues unabated: disrupting societies and communities and impacting lives and livelihoods around the world. For those who are not infected by the virus, let our senses not be overwhelmed by the fear and uncertainties.

This is our opportunity to understand and accept reality. Mankind will continue to live with various forms of infectious diseases. Hand-washings, mask wearing, and social distancing give us opportunities to accept a new norm in our daily lives.

This is our opportunity to practice mindful living. Fear and anxiety are spreading, harming our minds and even impacting our humanity, causing us to become selfish and distance ourselves from those who are infected. As we act to prevent COVID-19 from infecting our body, we should also prevent fear of COVID-19 from infecting our mind. Let us take this opportunity to pause and reflect on our purpose in life.

This is our opportunity to be compassionate and support each other. Let’s be thankful for the countless people who have been risking their lives working and volunteering at hospitals around the world. We can learn from this crisis that life is fragile, and we all depend on each other.

Let us pray for blessing and wisdom, not only for ourselves but for all beings. Let us put the interests of others in front of our own. With a compassionate heart, good deeds from each one of us will bless us away from disasters.

In Buddha’s words: We are accountable for our actions, words and thoughts. Purify our mind and all good things follow.

Let us be free from fear, sincere in our repentance and pray with piety.

Let us have patience, forbearance, tolerance, understanding, and be able to bear hardships, difficulties, and insults without losing our temper.

Let us pray for cures for those infected; vaccines for the rest; safety nets for those out of work; comfort and assurance that the pandemic will come to pass.

We end this prayer by the Buddha’s words: ‘One should win anger through kindness, wickedness through goodness, selfishness through charity, and falsehood through truthfulness.’

Each Monday’s prayer will be offered out of different faith traditions. Please include hashtag #MindfulMondayCOVID19. Let us and the world know that we are together, wherever we are whatever our faith, in prayer and reflection from Noon-12:05pm every Monday

Mindful Monday: Moment of Prayer and Reflection
Monday, May 18, 2020
Noon -12:05 PM

Once again, today is Mindful Monday. People of all faiths are asked to stop at noon, raise their collective voices, pray in their own way, unite in our common humanity, and implore our Gracious God to help us bring an end of this Covid19 pandemic.

Today we will focus our prayer on all who are facing financial hardship due to losing their jobs, loss of business, or other virus-related losses of income and opportunities.

If you need some words to center your prayer or reflection, we suggest the following prayer, offered by Sister Jane Meyer, O.P., St. Agnes Academy. Each Monday’s prayer will be offered out of different faith traditions:

In the Catholic Christian Tradition, we know and call God by many attributes: Loving God, Healing God, Defender God, etc. Today I want to focus our thoughts and reflection on God our Provider. And so, we will begin as we always do… In the name of God, our Creator, Jesus, our Redeemer, and the Holy Spirt our sanctifier. Amen.

Jesus, in the gospel of Matthew 6:24-36, you tell us not to worry about material provisions but rather, trust in God for all our needs. You said . . .” just as the birds of the air who are fully provided for…” God will take care of us.

Loving God, we trust you know each one of our needs right now and that you will provide what we need.
Lord I ask you, please be with all of those being impacted by the economic struggle brought on by Covid19. Please heal the anxiety and suffering of those who have lost their jobs, been furloughed, received pay cuts or who are still facing unemployment. Help them to find courage and hold on to faith as they weather the storm. We implore you to provide and sustain these families during this economic hardship.

We pray also, for business owners who are in danger of losing their livelihood. Protect them and their employees. Give them insight as they struggle to retain all that they have worked hard for to build up our communities.

Bless the volunteers and workers at the food banks, non-profit centers, and churches for their service to those in need. Lord, help us to walk this week in courage and hope trusting in your providence.

I invite you now to pause, reflect, and add your own prayer intentions.

Loving, Providing God – We ask all this in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Thanks, my friends, for praying with me. Let us continue to encourage and support one another and to be voices of peace and hope to our community.
Let us continue to wash our hands, wear our masks, socially distance and keep each other safe. God bless you.

Mindful Monday: Moment of Prayer and Reflection
Monday, May 25, 2020
Noon -12:05 PM

Please take the time to stop and offer prayer, reflection, meditation, whatever your practice is that invites you to enter a focused time that connects you to God and or the world around us and focus on Continued Generosity and Charity.

If you need some words to center your prayer or reflection, we suggest the following Zarathushti prayer, offered by Kai Dotiwala. Each Monday’s prayer will be offered out of different faith traditions.

Today on Memorial Day as we Honor and remember all those who gave their full measure so that humanity can live in freedom, we can never forget the lesson of giving and generosity. It was an ultimate Charity. How all of us can pay this debt forward will be a testament on what we have learnt from their sacrifice.

Lord of Wisdom and Light, as we look at Nature we learn about bountiful Generosity, Giving and Charity. The Sun brightens our days and warms us. The earth allows nature to ripe as flowers and plants burst forth in a blaze of glory beautifying the earth with color and perfume. The trees open their arms and give generously of their fruits without asking anything back in return. Your cooling waters from the babbling brook to the soothing sea quietens our mind and soothes our souls. All creation gives freely of itself without asking anything back in return. Oh!

Lord of Wisdom and Light, help us to learn about Generosity and Giving freely just like Nature does. May we be among those who, “Relieve those who have fallen in distress” (Visparad xv. 1). “May, in this house, generosity and Charity triumph over hoarding and stinginess!” May we do Charitable Deeds that consist not merely in relieving distress and satisfying the physical wants of those around us, but also in ministering to their intellectual, moral, and spiritual wants.

Lord of Wisdom, we live in the midst of the anomalies of life, with riotous riches on one hand and grinding poverty on the other. Whatever we can give, teach us to give with Grace making our gift rich in humility and love.

In these desperate needy times, let our hearts go out to those in need. Let us have a ready disposition to help them. Let us be ever ready to help those that need our help. Let us feel for the needy. Let our thoughts, words and deeds be devoted to their welfare. Let our generosity to ministering to the needy know no bounds. Let us think and work diligently for the happiness of those in need even if we happen to be in the midst of need ourselves. Let us always feel the sorrows of those in need and let us sympathize with them, as if their trials were our own. Let us chase away poverty and need from amongst us by giving generously of ourselves, our hard work and honest industry.

Oh Lord of Wisdom, the entire creation attests to thy bounty, 0 Bountiful Lord. Thy bounty feeds and protects and shelters all that live. In our time of need put thy protecting hand on the heads of the needy and soothe their pangs by whispering words of kindliness into their ears. Let us never forget that we are all stewards of your bounties. Help us to share these bounties without any expectations.

Help us make sure we never fail to care for the poor, the needy and the downtrodden. May we like thee help those that are without means of sustenance through no fault of theirs. Lord of Wisdom and Light, we serve thee best, when we serve thy poor and downtrodden, that are forsaken of men. Guide us to serve our brethren and love our brethren for thou, Ahura Mazda, art in them all.

When hearts are united with hearts and souls are united with souls, the whole of humanity will be one heart and one soul in thee, the Father of all. Teach us, Lord of Light to love all humanity as thou dost love all thy children. Let us live unto thee and let us live for thee and let us live for all of thine.

Let everyone’s heart go out to the heart of everyone else. Let everyone give of themselves to everyone else. the ideal of, “Cooperative Giving Life” grow day by day. Let it not stop at community and nation. Help it, Ahura Mazda to grow to the supreme ideal of one Common Humanity, One Universal Brotherhood.

May we be among those who bring Peace, Prosperity, Health and Happiness to thine Universe.

Ashem Vahou

Each Monday’s prayer will be offered out of different faith traditions. Please include hashtag #MindfulMondayCOVID19. Let us and the world know that we are together, wherever we are whatever our faith, in prayer and reflection from Noon-12:05pm every Monday.

Please include hashtag #MindfulMondayCOVID19. Let us and the world know that you we are together, wherever we are whatever our faith, in prayer and reflection from Noon-12:05pm every Monday.