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The scientists say
We are more alike
Than we are different

Our genetic code
Shows that we all
Have the same mother
From whom we have descended

But
It is
The color of our skin
That has created
This world where
Those with black and brown skin
Struggle to exist

This world where
Those with black and brown skin
Are suspect

This world where
Those with black and brown skin
Fear for their lives
When they go about
Their daily business

God, you created us
More alike
Than we are different

Save us from ourselves
From our prejudice
Our injustice
Our fear

Save us
Transform us
Comfort us
And show us the way
To be your people
One people
Once again

 
Find more of my blessings in my book Christ Beside Me, Christ Before Me: Celtic Blessings. Subscribe to my video channel at YouTube.

Hold on to Hope

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I saw the moon setting
As I drove to work
Early this morning.

It hung over the horizon,
Round and orange,
Its beauty suspended
Over the blackness of trees
The shadows of houses.

The full moon
Reminds me that life goes on
Even in the midst
Of chaos, of grief,
Of confusion or hopelessness.

Hold on to hope, to beauty,
To love, to the assurance
That no matter what we face,
God is there beside us, saying,
“You are my beloved.”

 
Find more of my blessings in my book Christ Beside Me, Christ Before Me: Celtic Blessings. Subscribe to my video channel at YouTube.

I Come to the Water

I come to the water,
Broken,
Depleted,
Full of sadness.

By the shore,
I set my burdens down
And paddle away
Into the still beauty of the sunrise.

This other world welcomes me.
The call of the kingfisher,
The grace of the heron,
The soaring beauty of the eagle, the osprey,
The jump of a fish.

This other world soothes me.
The vastness of sky and bay,
The burning clarity of summer sun,
The gentle breeze upon my face.

My heart sings in morning prayer:
“God said, ‘Let there be light …'”
“New every morning is your love, Great God of light …”
“You are my God, I search for you from early in the morning …”

I return to the shore.
My burdens still there, waiting for me,
But somehow, a bit lighter.

Or perhaps,
I am a bit stronger, more hopeful,
Lifted up by the stillness, the beauty,
The prayers of morning
That sing inside my heart.

 
Find more of my blessings in my book Christ Beside Me, Christ Before Me: Celtic Blessings. Subscribe to my video channel at YouTube.

Join me in “Noticing the Sacred” – Webinar

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What?
Join me in The Upper Room eLearning’s next LIVE webinar, “Noticing the Sacred in Everyday Life.” I’ll be talking about practices of noticing the sacred in everyday life and will invite you to create practices of your own.

When?
Thursday, September 8, 2016, 6:30 to 7:30 pm (Central Time). (You don’t have to be available at that time to participate. A recorded version of the event will be available.)

How? Register online here. All you need to participate is a computer with good internet access. Participants will be invited to share questions or blessings during the live event.

Cost? $15 (A recorded version of the event will be available.)

I hope you will join me for this time of rest, renewal, and peace.

We Are All Complex

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We are all complex. I wish I were made of just one self — consistent, wise and loving — a self I should never wish to get rid of at any time or place, which would move graciously through my autobiography ‘trailing clouds of glory.’ … It is no use trying to reconcile the multitude of egos that compose me. I cannot fathom them myself. I ask myself questions that I cannot answer. I find my heart aching when I expected to find it rejoicing; tears flow from my eyes when my lips were formed to smile. I preach love … and peace, but I am conscious of antagonisms, and lo! I find myself brandishing a sword and making ready for battle.

– Helen Keller
My Later Life
Quoted in inward/outward