Today’s Prayer to Passage continues within the ancient Sanskrit texts of “The Rig Veda”. This month’s spiritual devotion to these sacred writings will take place between May 1 – May 31, 2017.

Today I pray, “Dear God, Today is my grandfather’s 90th Birthday. We, as a family, held a celebration in his honor at my parents’ home on the farm where I grew up. My grandfather’s father, my great-grandfather, built the original house on the farm site where I grew up and where we gathered to celebrate today. My grandfather is 100% Norwegian, a grandson of an American immigrant from Norway. He is an example of faith in what is possible. A house built on possibility — full of loved ones gathered to honor love, family, and miracles. Thank You for today’s celebration. And thank You for my grandfather. Amen.”

Following my prayer, I held the closed book in my hands and opened it to reveal this passage:

“HYMN LXXIII. Bṛhaspati.

1. SERVED with oblations, first-born, mountain-render, Aṅgiras’ son, Bṛhaspati, the Holy,
With twice-firm path, dwelling in light, our Father, roars loudly, as a bull, to Earth and Heaven.
2 Bṛhaspati, who made for such a people wide room and verge when Gods were invocated,
Slaying his enemies, breaks down their castles, quelling his foes and conquering those who hate him.
3 Bṛhaspati in war hath won rich treasures, hath won, this God, the great stalls filled with cattle.
Striving to win waters and light, resistless, Bṛhaspati with lightning smites the foeman.”

A family gathering is a wondrous occasion to recognize one another and the gifts we bring. I love and honor my family. I see the connections we share. There is light and love in the rooms where we gather. There are cups that overflow. There is a brightness of honor. And there is peace.


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