Looking into the purpose and the practical observance of Ramadan has me thinking a bit about the rituals or routines that play a part in most spiritual practices. While applauding the overlaps and places where we intersect, I note that each faith tradition has its distinct elements that comprise a daily practice — for example, a foundation point, typically revisited each morning, to gain spiritual uplift and sustenance to carry one forward, through the day.
Along these lines, Christian Science offers the Daily Prayer (Church Manual, by Mary Baker Eddy):
Without presuming to provide an in-depth analysis of this prayer, here are a few thoughts I’m happy to share:
- I’ve always loved the way this prayer begins with God, quoting right off the bat from the Lord’s Prayer, in the Bible.
- Then it moves to a two-part petition for help — first, a humble request to express nothing but Godlike qualities (Truth, Life, and Love are synonyms for God in Christian Science); second, a desire to be rid of anything that is unlike God, good.
- Next, it turns outward, to embrace “all mankind” — a desire for all to be enriched and governed by the divine.
- And finally, it ends with an exclamation point! So be it! That always makes me smile.
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