VIII: A Million Miles

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released January 18, 2015

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Track Name: Morning
Morning Prayer:

O Lord, let my soul rise up to meet you
as the day rises to meet the sun.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
- Common Prayer

May God bless us with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that we may live deep within our hearts.
May God bless us with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that we may work for justice, freedom, and peace.
May God bless us with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, hunger, and war, so that we may reach out our hands to comfort them and turn their pain into joy.
And may God bless us with enough foolishness to believe that we can make a difference in this world, so that we can do what others claim cannot be done, to bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor. Amen.
- A Franciscan Blessing
Track Name: A Million Miles
You’re a million miles
You’re an endless road
You’re a winding river
You’re a waterfall
In the darkest sky
You’re the brightest star
In the deepest waters
You’re the ocean floor

Oh, I can’t run
I can’t run, I can’t hide away from You

You’re the mountain high
You’re the valley low
In the deepest sunset
You’re the afterglow
In the darkest heart
You’re the brilliant light
In the coldest winter
You’re a raging fire
Track Name: Heartbeat
Hope is building in my chest
I can feel it like a heartbeat
Somewhere underneath this mess
I can feel it like a heartbeat
I can feel it like a heartbeat

Love is building in my hands
I can feel it like a heartbeat
The kind of love that hears and understands
I can feel it like a heartbeat
I can feel it like a heartbeat

Praise the God of all the heavens and
Praise His name in every circumstance
We give You praise, We give You praise
Every tongue in every nation sing
Lift your voices to the risen King
We give You praise, We give You praise

Light has got a hold of me
I can feel it like a heartbeat
The kind of light that heals the dark in me
I can feel it like a heartbeat
I can feel it like a heartbeat

Hope is building in my chest
I can feel it like a heartbeat, building in my chest
Track Name: Together in This
We’re together in this
Sure, we’ve got our own politics
Sure, we’ve got our own religions
But we’re still together in this

We’re together in this
Sure, we’ve got our own set of problems
Yeah, we’ve got our own things we wanna change
But we’re still together in this

I’ll carry your weight, brother
And you’ll carry mine
We’ll leave the battle far behind
Let love and peace become all that we need
'Cause we’re still together in this

We’re together in this
So put away your blood and your violence
Rest in solitude and silence
'Cause we’re still together in this

I’ll carry your weight, sister
And you’ll carry mine
We’ll leave the battle far behind
Let love and peace become all that we need

I’ll carry yours, you’ll carry mine
We’ll leave the battle far behind
Track Name: Writing on the Walls
Oh Jesus, hear my cry for help
Hear my humble prayer
My soul waits for You
Oh Savior, You’re my only friend
When the night caves in
We ground our hope in You

Oh Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
We’ll keep writing on the walls
Of a love that comes to free us
Free us from it all

Oh Jesus, hear my cry for help, redeem us
Hear my humble prayer, forgive us
My soul waits for You

Oh Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
We’ll keep writing on the walls
Of a love that comes to free us
Free us from it all
Oh Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
You’re the liberating King
When the night caves in around us
Be the still in me

Everyday my soul cries
Everyday my soul cries
Everyday my soul cries out for You
Track Name: Midday
Midday Prayer:

Draw us into your love, Christ Jesus : and deliver us from fear.

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;

And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;

To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

And it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life. 
Amen.
- St Francis
Track Name: Thank God
We thought You wanted temples and blood above our doors
We thought You wanted vengeance and all out holy wars
We thought that You were distant, You were far away
But You are here and You are love

We thought we’d have to prove ourselves to ever feel Your love
We thought that blood and sacrifice would somehow be enough
We thought that You were angry God, You were far away
But You are here and You are love

Thank God, we don’t have to worry
Thank God, we don’t have to pay
All our wrongs are covered in Your glory
Thank God, thank God

We thought that life was hopeless and heaven was the end
We thought Your love could only reach a fraction of our friends
We thought we’d never make it God, we were far away
But You are here and You are love

God, help us love our neighbors, help us be a light
Help us love our husbands and help us serve our wives
Keep us far from evil, keep us far away
'Cause You are here and You are love
Track Name: Lighthouse
Faithful God
You are faithful God
Even in the midst of all this
Constant God
You are constant God
Even in the midst of all this

Your word is a lamp unto my faltering feet
Your voice is a lighthouse in this raging sea
Your love is a shelter, Covered over me
Even in the midst of all this

Faithful God
Make us faithful God
Even in the midst of all this
Humble God
Make us humble God
Even in the midst of all this
Track Name: Keep Us All Close
God bless our friends, God bless our enemies
All of our children, all of our families
We've got no idea what we're doing

We've tried to find You throughout the centuries
Different religions in different countries
We've got no idea what we're doing

We'll never make it on our own
We've got too much dark inside of us
We'll never make it on our own

God bless the poor, God bless the broken-hearted
God bless the widow, God bless the long departed
We've got no idea what we're doing

God bless the christian, God bless the atheist
God bless the muslim, God bless the rest of us
We've got no idea what we're doing

Keep us all close, every one of us close
Don't let anyone go

Let all our friends in, and all our enemies
All of our children, all of our families
We've got no idea what we're doing
We've tried to find You throughout the centuries
Different religions in different countries
We've got no idea what we're doing
Track Name: Evening
Evening Prayer:

O gracious Light,
pure brightness of the ever living Father in heaven,
O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!
Now as we come to the setting of the sun,
and our eyes behold the evening light,
we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices,
O Son of God, O Giver of life,
your glory fills the whole world.

in word or song…
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise God all creatures here below.
Praise God above, ye heavenly hosts.
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Let nothing trouble you,
let nothing frighten you.
All things are passing;
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
He who possesses God lacks nothing:
God alone suffices.

-St Teresa of Avila
Track Name: Slow and Steady
Father God we've drifted far away
Slow and steady, further from Your grace
Pull us close, don't let go
Father close, don't let go

Father God we've drifted far from You
Slow and steady, further from Your truth
Pull us close, don't let go
Father close, don't let go

Find us here in these drifting waters
Find us here in this undertow
Father don't let go

Father God we need you every day
Slow and steady, help us on our way
Pull us close, don't let go
Father close, don't let go

Find us here in these drifting waters
Find us here in this undertow
Bind our fear, make our love grow strong
Father don't let go
Track Name: Beautiful Love
Beautiful Love
With arms of a mother
Holding her daughter
And guiding her son
Beautiful Love
With strength of a woman
Birthing her children
And bearing their pain

Every breath that You breathe
Every song that You sing
Strong and gentle
Wild and controlled
Every move makes a sound
Every tear feeds the ground
Strong and gentle
Beautiful love

Beautiful Love
With eyes full of comfort
And hands that have nurtured
Your house is our home
Beautiful love
Dressed in all wisdom
All God and all human
All light and all love
Track Name: Live in Joy / Hope in Love
Praise the Father, praise the Son
Praise the Spirit, all in one
Tell of all that He has done
And praise His name for there is so much still to come

Pray for comfort, pray for peace
Pray for those in times of need
Beg for mercy, plead for grace
And pray that all of us would somehow find our way

Live in joy, hope in love
Find your rest in kingdom come
Cast your burdens far away
And trust that Jesus Christ is strong enough to save

Love your neighbor, love yourself
Love in sickness, love in health
Always patient, always kind
Love with everything you've got deep down inside
Track Name: Examen
Prayer of Examen:

The Daily Examen is a contemplative prayer led by memory. Rather than a prayer utilized to clear one’s conscience, the Examen is a prayer of consciousness. During an Examen, one reflects on the current day, focusing on memories from the events of the day as a way of recognizing God’s Presence.

Often, the Examen awakens the practitioner to the Divine through routine or ordinary moments to illustrate the subtle and surprising ways God speaks. This prayer practice helps cultivate and refine discernment as well as an awareness of God’s presence.

Traditionally there are five movements or steps in the Examen. The following steps outlined below are adapted from the technique outlined by Ignatius Loyola in the 16th century.

1. Acknowledge an awareness of the presence of God.
2. Review the day in a posture of gratitude.
3. Recognize a “Consolation”* and a “Desolation”* from the day.
4. Choose a “Desolation”* to pray into.
5. Look with hope for new tomorrow.

*A consolation is an experience that causes you to feel fully alive, at peace, joyful, happy, comforted, whole, connected, your best self, etc. and could be understood as an experience in which you feel close God.

*A desolation is an experience that causes you to feel drained of energy, frustrated, irritated, angry, sad, sorrowful, alone, isolated, unaccepted, fragmented, less than your best self, etc. and could be understood as an experience in which you feel far away from God.
The tricky thing about desolation is that even though it is an uncomfortable and sometimes distressing experience and we may feel as if God is far away, God is still very near. So the gift is praying with the desolation, telling God about your experience and asking for God’s grace in the experience. (It is also good to give God thanks for the consolation experiences.) God shows up in desolations AND consolations. It’s just that it’s easier to “experience” God in consolations and we often move away from God in desolations.