Inspired by a conversation with my teacher, and this post, I want anyone and everyone to know, that if ever you want to help me you can pray for me. Even right now. I don’t have to be in crisis. Heck, I would welcome a prayer to help keep me in right relationship, in Gebo with my Gods, Ancestors, spirits, and communities.
Prayer is not insignificant. Even a simple “Please, [God/dess, Ancestor, spirit(s)] be with hir” is a powerful prayer. Letting me know you are praying, for me, is a powerful way of letting me know you care.
In Gebo, gift for a gift, if you need a prayer let me know. If you are going through a hard time, and you are finding it hard to pray, let me know. I will be happy to pray for you. If you would just like me to pray for you, let me know. Let me know what kind of prayers would be useful to you, your life, your situation, and to Whom I can or should pray on your behalf. Otherwise, I will ask the Gods, Ancestors, and spirits, and use my best judgment.
Especially: if you cannot pray or connect to your Dead, your Ancestors, let me know.
I would have no issue keeping a list of people to pray for at my altar, for individual names, or even whole groups. I wouldn’t mind praying for others’ Dead, especially if they cannot keep an active shrine.
I cannot do the praying you need to do in Gebo for your Gods, Ancestors, Dead, and/or spirits, as that is your gift to give, and not mine. If you need help getting started I can help with that; if you are in a ‘dark night of the soul’ and need supportive prayer, I can also give that, but I cannot take your Work from you.
I offer this to the communities I serve, and to the Gods I serve as priest, and in my service as a shaman.
We can, and should pray for one another. Enough of us are in rough spots that we all could use the prayers!
To help aid this I am launching a new page here on my blog. It will be a space, inspired by NorthernPaganism.org and its many awesome shrines. The new pages will be made to give a digital prayer wall where people can post prayers as well as prayer requests. Feel free to share your prayer requests, prayers for me, for each other, for yourselves. There can never be too much prayer.