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