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"Sacred Readings on Grace"

Compiled by Rev. Mikail Davenport


"God the Rescuer, God the Savior, Almighty, whom we joyfully adore, Powerful God, invoked by men, May He, the bounteous, grant us his blessings." 

Rig Veda 7.100.4


"I am the Tathagata, the Most Honored among men; I appear in the world like unto this great cloud, to pour enrichment on all parched living beings, to free them from their misery, to attain the joy of peace, joy of the present world, and the joy of Nirvana." 

Lotus Sûtra


"Through Thy power, O Ahura Mazda, make life renovated, real at Thy will. Grant Thou me Thy indication, how the more devoutly I may approach unto Thee in my worship!." 

Zend Avesta, Yasna 34

Divine Feminine: "Blessed are you, Matriarch of the Universe, for creating me and re-creating me more and more in Your image, as I enter daily, more deeply, into the meaning and the mystery of Your unconditional love. I who am daughter of earth, daughter of word, daughter of fire and Spirit, lift my heart and the whole of my being in prayer and praise to you, Blessed Shekinah-Shaddai! Blessed are you, forever!" 

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Native Peoples

"The Sun, the Light of the world, I hear Him coming. I see His face as He
comes. He makes the beings on earth happy, and they rejoice. O Wakan-Tanka, I offer you thisworld of Light. The Light of Wakan-Tanka is upon my people; it is making the whole Earth bright. My people are now happy! All beings that move are rejoicing!"

Black Elk, The Sacred Pipe


"O Lord of Hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob. Behold, O God, our shield and look on the face of Thy anointed. Truly one day in Thy courts is better than a thousand others; I would rather stand upon the threshold of the house of my God than to dwell in the tent of sinners. For the Lord God is a sun and a shield; the Lord grants grace and glory; He refuses not good things to them who walk in innocence. O Lord of Hosts, blessed is the woman
and man who trust in Thee."

Psalm 84. 9-13


"Consider how the lilies of the field grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I say to you that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass which flourishes in the field today but tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more you, O ye of little faith. And as for you, do not seek what you shall eat or what you shall drink,...your Father knows that you need these things. Seek first the kingdom of God and all else will be given to you."

Luke, 12. 27-31


"Allâh charges no soul save to its capacity; standing to its account is what it has earned, and against its account what it has deserved. Our Lord! Take us not to task if we forget or make mistake. Our Lord! Charge us not with a load as that which You laid upon those before us. Our Lord! Burden us not beyond what we have the strength to bear. Pardon us, O Lord, forgive us,
and show us Thy Mercy." 

Qur'an, II.286

Gayan of Hazrat Inayat Khan

"How shall I thank Thee, my King, for Thy bountiful gifts? Every
gift Thou givest me, my generous Lord, is invaluable. A tongue of flame arose from the spark in my heart by Thy gentle blowing. Thou dost hear my softest whisper; Thou hast taught me Thine own tongue and to read the character written by Thy pen."

"Thy music causeth my soul to dance; in the murmur of the wind I hear Thy flute; the waves of the sea keep the rhythm of my dancing steps. Through the whole of nature I hear Thy music played, my Beloved; my soul while dancing speaketh of its joy in song."