A Special Love

Do you see each one as special?

Are you condescending to some people?

Do you pay attention to how they speak?

Do you have other concerns?

Every person ought to be treated with the utmost respect.

This is what we should know when interacting with people.

Love with the breath, smiles, and tears of all your life.

Show sincerity in the very love you share.

This love should be supreme and know no bounds.

The best results come with cooperation and being authentic.

People work together to organize and solve problems.

Be sure to demonstrate dignity and strength in supporting their needs.

Embrace love to put wings on your ideas.

Its acts like these that are necessary to give them hope.

People regardless to class distinctions ought to be cared for.

To love poor souls you’ll capture the essence of what’s true.

So resist making distinctions about the people you meet.

One could never tell where the depths of ultra-special love may lead.  

“Great Mediator, teach us to practice special ways to love others.  Help us to do the simple things to show that God’s grace is abundant in its blessings.”

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

A Peacemaker

Peacemaking is more than winning wars

A peacemaker isn’t a nation’s warrior.

He or she should be beyond wars.

This individual should love their country

And has its interests at heart

Peace often calls for patience.

It’s an ability to negotiate problems.

A peacemaker has to be able to compromise.

This should be the goal of every ambassador.

Building bridges to other peoples and nations

Should be silver lining that a negotiator should pursue

It’s how a ruler endeavors to leave such a legacy.

But few of them will succeed if this isn’t done wisely.

Some ambassadors will do anything to pursue peace.

Christian leaders will remember the admonition –

“Blessed are the peacemakers”

They will see peacemakers as children of God.

These rulers will be judges among many people

And arbitrate between warring nations abroad

They shall beat their swords into plowshares

And used their spears as pruning hooks

They shall learn war no more

And their neighbors will be wise to compromise

“Omnipotent Arbitrator, help warring nations to seek peace and understanding.  Guide their rulers as they negotiate so that they will secure a lasting peace.”

Amen

A Good Marriage

It’s a delight to have a good marriage.

Marriage is a blessing that’s most sacred.

Couples exchange vows

Pledging their faithfulness to this union

Marriage is the foundation

On which many responsible families

Are nurtured with sound goals

There’s trust in such a relationship.

Marriage is important and beneficial.

This union shouldn’t be entered casually.

It’s serious when couples are united for life.

Undoubtedly both parties are sincere.

Marriage vows attest to a shared future.

It’s a mystery for much is unknown.

But couples make promises to be faithful.

In good health and in sickness

They must hold hands down their path

Once the marriage is consecrated

There are other concerns to worry about

Couples may decide to have a family

That in itself can be stressful

But a couple must persevere in their lives

“”Holy Benefactor, be with couples as they pledge their matrimonial vows.  Guide them in their new life together, and lift them up to be a loving family.”

Amen

Warming of Oceans

Warming of Oceans

Oceans are our life blood

Living with water is imperative

Water sustains us in many ways

It isn’t only the sea creatures that are important

But the use these waters to traverse vast continents

Billions of tons of heat-trapping gases are in the atmosphere

These are the work of humans’ industrialized age

Our oceans however absorb these gases

The temperature of these waters rise

And marine life like sea lions, fish, and lobsters are affected

Heat waves cause toxic algae in the seas to grow

The sources of food for marine life die off or migrate

And such heat waves have caused extreme weather patterns

On the West Coast California has experienced drought

Heat has the effect of allowing stagnant air to warm the oceans

Storms are formed by heat waves

In 2018 the Gulf Coast was hit by the tropical storm Gordon

This storm generated by heat impacted cold water

It mixes with warm water to cause unpredictable weather conditions

In 2020 Michael was a tropical cyclone

That was strengthened to hurricane force winds

Killing over 60 people in Florida

“Universal Spirit, help our scientific efforts in combatting climate change.  Guide the work of scientists and citizens alike that they will have a handle in fighting unpredictable weather patterns.”

Amen    

Essentials of Peace

Live in peace and be secured

Refrain from strife

And don’t be quick to quarrel

So depart from evil and do well

Let us be instruments of peace

Let our hearts sow love

By always offering the gift of compassion

These are the gestures of peacemakers

Peace is a journey that calls for many steps

So be sure to take a step at a time

But first people have to make peace with themselves

This is a question about living up to challenges

Let the power of love drown out the love of power

For its power that’s the stumbling block in our lives

Only by recognition of this warped reality

Will artificial divisions between nations crumble

Peace can’t be kept by force

It could only be achieved through understanding

So let nations come together at the bargaining table

Where their grievances could be ironed out

A negotiator’s attitude is essential for successful talks.

“Almighty Advocate, help conflicting parties reach just agreements.  Guide our nations so that they will discover true peace through patience, understanding, and dialogue.”

Amen  

Human Rights Defenders

Human Rights Defenders

How would you like to be a human rights defender?

What does this mean?

Where do you work?

And what can you expect?

These answers are most challenging.

A human rights defender fights to protect human rights.

He or she promotes the welfare of all citizens.

They work locally, nationally, and internationally.

These are the defenders of a variety of cases.

They range from employment issues, health care, rights to life,

Food, water, executions, torture, indigenous, and women rights

These defenders fight for human rights for all.

Problems are everywhere in the vast expanse of the world.

They are in democratic and non-democratic countries.

Challenges vary from HIV/AIDS, the coronavirus, migration,

Structural adjustment policies and political transitions

Defenders monitor regional and worldwide conditions.

They collect and disseminate information on violations

And work to bring reports to key political and judicial officials

Human rights organizations publish reports about their findings.

They ensure accountability to respect human rights legal standards.

“Benevolent Judge, help the human rights defenders to work for the best interests of their countries.  By so doing give them wisdom, and the will to be effective change agents in their respective communities.”

Amen  

LGBT Rights

Equal rights are an imperative.

It’s the bedrock of all classes,

Peoples, creeds, and national origins

So LGBT rights are no different

The Equality Act, a bill in the United States

Would prohibit discrimination against LGBT,

Women and minorities

It campions sexual orientation and gender identity.

LGBT would have equal rights

In employment, housing, public accommodations,

Public education, federal funding, credit, and the jury system

But in 2020, 29 states haven’t outlawed

Anti-discrimination laws about LGBT

It’s time for that to change

The House of Representative in a bi-partisan vote

Has sent this bill to the U.S. Senate

Where it stalled and not acted on

This Equality Act was intended

To prevent discrimination against LGBT

Let the provisions of this legislation become law.

“Universal Judge, help the new Biden administration to pass this federal Civil Rights law.  Give the legislators the will to see this bill become the law to end discrimination against LGBT.”

Amen  

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