Our prayers for all animals continue to circle the earth, to
uplift humanity's consciousness, and to bless the animals themselves.
Thank you for joining people around the world who are praying this
prayer in many different languages but all with the same love:
"COMPASSION ENCIRCLES THE EARTH FOR ALL BEINGS EVERYWHERE"
Our dear prayer partners, Shannon Murphy and Diana Stout, are inviting everyone to join them on Thanksgiving Day in fasting and prayer for the turkeys. This can be done wherever we are. They wrote, "The Thanksgiving holiday is a holocaust of horrific proportions for these gentle birds. More than 45 million are killed for this one holiday alone. I am deeply saddened and distressed that we so callously and mindlessly treat these beautiful beings so badly, Their short lives are filled with misery on factory farms, where they are often ill, injured and cruelly abused. I am ashamed that my species continues to mindlessly exploit and murder these sentient beings, especially as part of a celebration that is supposedly one of love, gratitude, thankfulness and sharing."
Mark Stroud of Cincinnati is coordinating a similar effort and will be including prayers for Native Americans as well. He calls this holiday Reconciliation Day instead of Thanksgiving, in recognition of the holocausts of both Native peoples massacred by whites and of turkeys whose 45 million bodies now lie in the refrigerated sections of stores waiting to be eaten instead of given due respect.
Even if family responsibilities keep us busy all day, we can still spiritually attune ourselves to the energy field of these important remembrances and memorials. Let us join Shannon, Diana, Mark and thousands of others in spirit on this day in mourning, remembering, respecting, and bearing witness. May the millions of deaths not be in vain. May hearts once closed to the obscene cruelty on their plates, suddenly break free of tradition and denial and join this ever growing circle of compassion for all beings everywhere.
And may we give thanks for the blessing of awareness of the sacredness of all life. For we have somehow been given the great gift of seeing the truth of who turkeys really are. We have discovered our true kinship with all living beings and the joy that comes from nonviolent living. How rich we are!
Once more I'd like to share this mealtime prayer with you in case you would like to use it on this special day.
We joyfully give thanks for this our meal of love and peace,
For no one's child lies on our plate. None suffered for our feast.
We pray for peace on earth for all and grace to do our part.
To God and to all life we are connected heart to heart.
In my prayers of gratitude, I think of you all who selflessly, for no gain of your own, continue to hold the most vulnerable and most exploited beings close to your hearts. It is a sweet and precious comfort to them.
May all beings, including all people, be happy and free.
With Love, peace, and gratitude from Judy
Please visit the website www.circleofcompassion.org often to see updates and special prayers,
and also to join in our "A prayer a day for animals" which features a prayer for a different group of animals each day of the week.
It is also a place to send ideas or prayer requests.
Please forward this widely so that we may continue to add more people to our ever-expanding circle of compassion.