The Hills Are Alive ~ ~ ~

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You are playing your music again
And I run after each golden tone.

Suddenly I ring like a gong struck by God.
Oh, my heart is indestructible whenever You play on it.

Strike me, Beloved, again and again.
Never stop sounding my wild thunder heart.

~ Janine Canan
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Earth Teach Me

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Earth teach me quiet ~ as the grasses are still with new light.
Earth teach me suffering ~ as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility ~ as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring ~ as mothers nurture their young.
Earth teach me courage ~ as the tree that stands alone.
Earth teach me limitation ~ as the ant that crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom ~ as the eagle that soars in the sky.
Earth teach me acceptance ~ as the leaves that die each fall.
Earth teach me renewal ~ as the seed that rises in the spring.
Earth teach me to forget myself ~ as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember kindness ~ as dry fields weep with rain.
~An Ute Prayer

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What Shall Be The Holy Wonder?

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What shall be the Holy Wonder
that comes to fill my heart this day ~ ~
walking in the splendor
of a thousand blessings sent my way?

I pause to listen
to the voice of song and praise
as birds come singing
choruses of joyful song they raise.

My thankful heart shall ponder
all the beauty present here
as You speak in silent whispers
with Your Presence ever near.

~ Anna Lin

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Remain With Me

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Remain with me, my Jesus,
Lord of all my life;
Stay to tend and bless me
in these hours of great strife.

For I am lost and weary,
and I need Your loving care;
Come to bless and keep me
in this hour of my despair.

All that You have promised
shall be given by God’s grace;
and so I trust You fully
in the arms of Your embrace.

Remain with me, my Jesus,
Lord of all my life;
Stay to tend and bless me
in these hours of great strife.

~ Prayers of Anna Lin
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I Am Thinking About You ~

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I am thinking about you, thinking about all the good that you have done in this life, all the people you have helped, all the kindness you have shown to others. No, don’t shake your head. I know you will want to argue that you are far from saintly and have much to regret, but counting your mistakes is not my job. My calling is to celebrate the goodness within you, to honor you for who you are, to encourage you to keep going so you will discover the next miracle waiting for you around the corner of hope. You go do what you do now. I will be thinking about you, thinking how wonderful you are.
~ Bishop Charleston

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Thank you to Bishop Charleston for his beautiful words today.