The Last Word

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This is the poem that comes to my mind when shocking violence fills the newsfeed. Even though it was written about the Boston Marathon bombing, it resonates today, the day after the massacre at Las Vegas. Written by my writing partner, sacred poet Lori Strawn.

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I won’t lie to you: I’m finding it difficult to write about the events of last week. When I get emotionally bottled-up like this, I turn to poetry. Let this be my contribution to the discussion.

It was a week
to shake the faith
right out of our bones.

But faith cannot fall
to such a small god:
a god of bombs, bullets, ripped limbs.

Seek God elsewhere.
He is there in the helpers.
In solace, yes, and mourning, too.
In healing hands, in hope.

Look to those who know the truth:
What is not love
cannot be God.

Hate destroys.
Love restores.
There is your answer.

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Accentuate the Positive

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Deep Truth

Anytime you feel negative emotion, stop and say: Something is important here; otherwise, I would not be feeling this negative emotion. What is it that I want? And then simply turn your attention to what you do want.

In the moment you turn your attention to what you want, the negative attraction will stop; and in the moment the negative attraction stops, the positive attraction will begin. And—in that moment—your feeling will change from not feeling good to feeling good. That is the Process of Pivoting.

Esther Hicks, the Teachings of Abraham

Goodbye Ritual

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Wonderful post from a blog worth visiting, Impromptu Promptlings!

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Yesterday I reblogged a post by Ruth Williams from praypower4today. She mentioned in it remembering how her dad used to stand outside his garage when she was coming over for a visit and remark that she was late. She said she finally realized it was his way of saying, “You’re the highlight of our day! Couldn’t wait for you to get here.”

The light bulb went on and I remembered something I’d written about MY dad on the anniversary of his death. Thinking about it made me wonder if that’s really some kind of “parent” thing. If we all have our little rituals that give our lives continuity.

If you do, I’d love it if you’d share it in the comment box!

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Goodbye Ritual

I don’t remember when it started, when my father decided, consciously or not, that saying goodbye needed to…

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Before the Sun is Lost

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Great Poets of the Blogosphere: S. Thomas Summers

S. Thomas Summers

Here’s a part of my today.

Consolation

There’s always dusk,
when the shadows stretch
across the porch

like a splay of soft blankets
A catbird, gray as ash,
will, for a moment, perch

on the railing as it considers
the steam rising from your tea.
You’ll only notice the pine’s perfume,

as fresh as winter, after the bird
is called away: there’s a nest to repair
before the sun is lost, before it’s lost.

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Don’t Forget Good Friday

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Don’t Forget Good Friday by Lori Strawn

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There’s something in the air. Easter is almost upon us. But before we get there, let’s take a moment. Let’s remember Christ crucified, Christ beaten and belittled and spat upon. Christ bleeding and gouged and broken. Let’s spend a moment with the deep terribleness of Good Friday.

Why? Because we can’t fully appreciate the joy of Easter without acknowledging the horror of what came before. And because it is a timely reminder of Jesus’ love and understanding for us. We all suffer. We all feel broken and forsaken. It is good to remember that Jesus felt this way too, and that he continues to feel for us in our most hurting moments. Jesus understands pain. He feels it with us, even though we are the ones who caused his pain to begin with. That’s a huge revelation. It is a portrait of forgiveness and love that points the way for…

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Gift of Guilt by Pat Cegan – Didn’t Write This One. Wish I Had! :)

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Just Wow!

Source of Inspiration

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Follow your guilt
for it is your soul
talking to you
making you feel uncomfortable
showing you what needs attention.

Love yourself more than
your need to please others.
Let go of needing acceptance
release the need to fix, save
rescue others.
Let others live their lives
to learn from their experiences.
You do the same.

The best way to help others
is to live the life you
want them to have.
Practice allowing
which creates space
for others to find
their own answers.
Become selfish
live your own life
to its fullest–a life of love.

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Instead of Panicking About it, Talk to God About it!

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Here’s an uplifting, encouraging post from A Story be Me Blog. Like manna from Heaven!

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2 Corinthians 129

Have you ever found yourself feeling completely overwhelmed by what God has asked you to do?

Do you feel not big enough, strong enough, or smart enough?

Sometimes the tasks God puts in front of us seem huge and very overwhelming.  They may seem way bigger than us and that’s because they ARE way bigger than us!

Our God is BIG and He does BIG things! And guess what? Sometimes He uses people like us to help Him do them!

Still feeling overwhelmed and unequipped?

I know that overwhelmed and unequipped feeling all to well. Over the past few years I have felt it way more times than I would like to have felt it, but something I have learned is you don’t have to feel that way.

Because if God asks you to do something he will equip you to do it.

So instead of panicking about it, talk to God…

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