Seniors’ Coffee Hour

What’s it like to have a cup of coffee?

What does a coffee hour mean to seniors?

And where do they gather?

Seniors meet around the country

At their favorite coffee shops

You can find them any morning

At McDonald’s, Hardee’s, or Wendy’s

At these joints they come

To socialize with their friends

Many of these older folks

Talk about their families and friends

Often they discuss politics

And in the group are liberals and conservatives

So at times the exchanges become heated

Others that isn’t politically inclined

Tell folks about their hobbies

Their love of America is on display

And are clear by the way they dress

Some wear clothing of years of service

In the military of the United States

While others don the clothing,

Caps, jerseys, and pullovers

Of the universities they have attended

“Loving Creator, be with seniors as they socialize in coffee shops throughout America.  Help them as they bond and share their experiences with each other.”

Amen 

Power of Example

Society needs good leaders

That will seek not to divide

But to do everything to unify

They should restore the soul of America

Leaders should be the backbone of their nation

And make their country respected

Not only by its citizenry, but by people around the world

To accomplish these ends

There should be a coalition that’s diverse

Progressives, moderates, and conservatives

Would all be part of this mix

Young and old, women and men,

Gay, straight, and LGBTQ,

Latinos, Blacks, Asians, and Native Americans

Will all be welcomed under this tent

Americans ought to build on its values

There should be inclusivity, justice and fair play

All forces should be marshalled to inspire

Goals of hope, decency, and excellence

These are all tenets of a healthy nation

May its people live to see these realities come to pass!

“Omniscient Provider, you have blessed our nation with many gifts.  Help those in government and their various constituents embrace what best for America.”

Amen

Misinformation is Dangerous

News organizations that peddle misinformation undermine our democracy.

There’s no place for such news in America.

America has a history of news presentation being objective.

But now the society is polarized by agents that focus on divisiveness.

Fox News, Breitbart News, Newsmax, and One America News Network (OANN)

Are known to present their audiences with news of disinformation

Why can’t news outfits present information that’s fair and credible?

Some may argue that it’s the ratings that matter most to these peddlers of untruths.

But it’s the quest of gaining a foothold in the marketplace that’s their life’s blood.

In the American society elite and liberal organs are known for their readership.

These include The New York Times and the Washington Post.

But the Wall Street Journal is in the top tier and is conservative.

Yet these newspapers have standards that measure up to the ethics of good journalism.

These are credible sources of news that have endured as journalism best for years.

Still disinformation has been rampant with the Trump administration.

It has undermined the news, put science in a defensive posture, and impact climate change.

Polls show some 75 percent of Republican voters believe the 2020 election results to be false.

Pro-Trump media continue to peddle this truth although the elections were most credible.

This division has far reaching implications for they will undermine America’s democracy.

“Almighty God, help the people of this nation to separate truth from untruths.  Let them hold close to the tenets that the truth will set them free.”

Amen  

Happy New Year 2021!

Let the new tides roll in.

2020 has been a disaster

With so many deaths and suffering

Many thousands have died in the world

And people were stricken with the coronavirus

But with the end of 2020

A new reality has begun to shine

Vaccines – Pfizer + BibNTech and Modena

Have come aboard to rescue us

Hooray! to the scientists who invented them

And kudos to the FDA for their approval

So 2021 is time to turn a new leaf

No longer will science be denigrated

There will be a move afoot

For the United States to join the Paris Climate Accord

Attention to climate change will be on the table

With the new elect-president Biden

This New Year promises hope for all

With the healing of political divisions

There will be a new focus in America

The marketplace will rebound again

With more jobs for the unemployed

Who have suffered through this pandemic

And many Americans once again will be able

To put food on their table and pay their bills

“God, help us in 2021.  2020 has been a tragedy of the worse kind.  We have suffered with this pandemic, many thousands have died, and people suffered horrendously.  Heal the inhabitants of this world and those of our beloved nation.  And grant them peace and prosperity in the coming New Year.”       

Coronavirus Vaccine

What a relief to this pandemic!

A vaccine from Pfizer

– BioNTech and Moderna

Americans will be inoculated

Against this virus that’s raging

Healthcare workers and those in nursing homes

Will be first to receive these shots

It’ll be an attempt to counter the rise

Of thousands of infections each day

And hundreds of thousands of those who have died

Once the entire population is inoculated

It’s hoped that the American society

Will return to a new normal

Gone will be the days when people have to isolate

Wear masks, practice social distancing, and washing hands

The American society will rebound

People will return to their jobs

Especially those occupations where they work with the public

But expect some may continue working from home

Although offices that we know will still exist

Society will once again come alive

Gyms will be open for those to exercise

People will enjoy going to restaurants and dining in

There will be new realities concerning how people relate

No doubt zoom will continue to be the norm

With all those communicating with families and friends

“Almighty Savior, we thank you for the development of the coronavirus vaccine.  Undoubtedly we’re grateful for all the lives that will be saved.”

Amen

God is Nature

The 17th century Jewish philosopher

Of Dutch origin Baruch Spinoza viewed religion

In Theological-Political Treatise as superstitious

He considered Nature and God ubiquitous

Nature encompasses all things Spinoza considered Providence.

Every aspect of its essence is reflected in good and bad experiences.

Miracles described in the monotheistic faiths of Judaism, Christianity,

And Islam could be explained through the varieties of ever-changing nature

These are natural occurrences that surprise people when such phenomena occur.

The first rainbow that humans saw must have struck them as a miracle.

But science later showed this resulted from scientific evidence.

Prophecy could be viewed as another of these phenomena.

In ancient times people were uneducated and had vivid imaginations.

Many of their delusions were motivated by vivid dreams and visions.

In modern society these ancients would be seen as having psychotic episodes.

But these visionaries appear to the Israelites to be filled with images of a Creator.

Therefore God is perceived as being human and personalized.

Nature is all things good and bad that exist in the vast Universe.

It’s more realistic to think about the Divine as Nature by an objective analysis.

God in Nature is material and immaterial.

God doesn’t have human characteristics that are alluded to in sacred texts.

This spiritual essence is universal and governs all things.

Putting a human face on God of Nature is an error that equates God with humankind.

“Divine Creator, who isn’t conservative or liberal, help people so that they will promote what’s best for the citizenry.  Let them see the 20th century treatise and ethics of Spinoza as a visionary work in religion for democracies where free speech is a hallmark.”

Amen     

Holiday Shopping

The coronavirus pandemic

Is surely making its mark

It’s changing the way

People will shop during the holidays

Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Christmas

Won’t be the same for shoppers this year

Stores like Best Buy, Macy’s, and Target

Are planning ways to safeguard the health of their consumers

So these businesses have decided to have early shopping

This shopping season will start in early October

And is meant for shoppers not to flock to the stores

Just cutting down on the dangers of them being infected

But there exists uncertainties if buyers’ demand will be great

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought quite a back lash

Many workers have been laid off, others furloughed

And while many more are working from home

Quite a few have lost their jobs with the down turn of the economy

Companies will use a variety of tactics to get consumers to buy their products

People could be expected to be steered to their stores’ websites for deals

So consumers will have the option of shopping online

But businesses don’t know what to expect because of the down turn

Some executives predict since people are spending less on travel and restaurants

There will be a great chance for online businesses like amazon.com to pick up the slack

“Heavenly Provider, help businesses at this time of uncertainty as they cater for the needs of consumers during the holiday season.  May shoppers act wisely and be safe as the crisis of the coronavirus pandemic rages.”

Amen  

A Joyful Heart

Give thanks to the Almighty

For a joyful heart

A heart that embraces

The good things of our lives

These gifts can’t be seen

But they surround us

Like the air we breathe

And how we feel every passing day

They are goodness, kindness, and truth.

Attributes we feel with our hearts.

So reach out to the splendor that surrounds you

Know that you aren’t alone in this world

But you’re surrounded by the grace of God

Build bridges that enlighten others

Light a lamp that shines in the entire world

And be at peace with everything you do

Put your heart, mind, and soul in the smallest acts

This is the way you’ll find true joy

Small things do matter most in our lives.

“Universal Spirit, guide us in ways to live more fulfilling lives.  Let our hearts be open to those things we don’t see, but know that they will be in our best interest.  Grant us peace, love, and joy.

Amen 

Pandemic Blues

The coronavirus pandemic

Has struck with some drawbacks

It isn’t always a rosy picture

Like some people working from home find

Working parents are experiencing other trials.

They not only have the responsibility of their jobs

But they are bothered by the additional stress of childcare

Some of these adults are also in a bind of caring for aging parents.

As seniors they are quite vulnerable to Covid-19 infections.

Quarantined parents have to schedule appointments for their loved ones.

It’s stressful thinking about risks, wearing masks, and social distancing

When attempting to shop for the necessities of life, and have doctors’ visits

Its true there has been times when there are online medical visits.

But working parents may have to leave the home to fill prescription medications.

Other problems may arise if some employees are living alone.

Some may feel exhausted by the isolation without communicating with friends.

These individuals have no roommates with whom to share their problems.

So they become distracted and overwhelmed by the demands of the pandemic.

Changes to solo lives caused by the coronavirus add unexpected stress.

Being bombarded by the social unrest on TV might well trigger anxieties.

These swings of emotions could be cause by bad news that floods the airwaves.

There have been natural disasters like hurricanes and wildfires in regions of the country.

“Infinite Reality, help us so that we don’t become overwhelmed with the crises in our daily lives.  Guide us to do our best to face all uncertainties wisely that arise when we are quarantined.”

Amen    

Let Truth Prevail

The United States is at crossroads.

Truth is on the line.

The election of 2020 has focused on this truth.

Still dark forces continue to deny this fact.

More than 140-million voters have spoken.

The results are clear.

There wasn’t any massive fraud.

But still the Trump’s administration

Has decided not to recognize Biden as the winner

Democracy is in peril

False insinuations only undermine

The cherished ideals of the U.S. Constitution

It’s time for justice to prevail

This is necessary for peace in the land

Why isn’t the Trump administration accepting this reality?

People can only speculate

Is it the desire to overturn a legitimate election?

A POLITICO/Morning Consult poll

Shows 70 percent of Republicans support these false claims

This fact doesn’t hover well for the nation’s democratic traditions.

But all good citizens should embrace the truth

And not fan the flames as the hypocrites do

A smooth transition of power will uphold the nation’s ideals.

“God help our nation as Americans see “untruths” masquerading as “truth.”  Banish from our midst all falsehoods that seek to undermine the democratic process.”

Amen