These Times

My mind, spinning,

the heart, quickening,

both fixed on the kin,

the Christian 

brethren,

the American

countrymen

and women

of the Charleston

killing’s

victims.

Amen.

— ava wood

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Blue Dream

“I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.”  — e.e. cummings

And what’s a blue sky without a cloud…or two.

From readers of Giving Back

The Best Luck

Charles W. Thomas, photographer

The best luck I’ve ever experienced in life is my beautiful mother. Continue having a Happy Birthday Week, Momma! 

“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” — Abraham Lincoln

 

Prayer for the day . . . and week ahead

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.

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.

— Prayer of Saint Francis