Explore Peace

Don’t let peace die.

Breathe life into it.

It’s too precious to perish.

Let the earth rejoice in peace.

Peace has to be explored.

In the streets and alleys of life

It’s vital to keep it alive

Mankind’s future depends on it.

Without peace we’ll fade away.

So sound the trumpets from roof tops.

Let these echoes resonate in villages.

Peace is alive and well

As it marches in a parade for life

Let peace reign!

A noble peace all good people seek.

It has to be based on compromise.

With a golden heart everyone wins.

This is the goal of embracing the truth.

Let peace reign!

“Almighty Negotiator, show us the way to resolve our problems.  Guide our hearts and minds to embrace what is true and just in life.” Amen

Juneteenth Freedom Day

Over 200 cities in 49 states

And the District of Columbia recognize Juneteenth

Either as a state or ceremonial holiday, or a day of observation

And activists are pushing Congress

To recognize June 19th as a national holiday

On June 19th, 1865 General Robert Granger

Issued a proclamation notifying black slaves

That they were free in Texas

This “Juneteenth Jamboree” grew in stature

And in many states it has become mainstream

The Anacostia Museum of the Smithsonian Institution

Has an exhibition Juneteenth ’91, Freedom Revisited

Reading of the works of African American novelists

Like Ralph Ellison and Maya Angelou are popular

And singing of traditional songs like “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”

And “Lift Every Voice and Sing” are sung at ceremonial gatherings

Celebrations on “Jubilee Day” include picnics, rodeos, and cookouts

Families have reunions, park parties,

Attend blues festivals

And there’s a Miss Juneteenth contest

But all revelers never forget to have a Strawberry soda –

The drink associated with these festivities

And for the more serious minded

There are lectures, exhibitions of African American culture

Accompanied by a voter registration drive

But to top it all everyone should participate in a barbecue cookout

The centerpiece of most Juneteenth celebrations

“Divine Providence, bless these Juneteenth festivities on this notable day of remembrance when African Americans began enjoying the fruits of their freedom.”    

Encroachment on Nature

People have invaded the wilderness

Homes are built besides forests

Trees tower overhead in the distant

And there’s constant logging

Mankind has definitely encroached on nature

Wildlife is crying out for help

Creatures of all kinds are losing their habitats

People are now affected

By species carrying viruses

So they are infected with diseases

They never experienced before

CO₂ is heating up the planet

Bringing in its wake unprecedented storms

For months there have been violent winds, rain, and flooding

That has been impacting many Northern and Southern states

Wildfires are raging in the West

Homes and businesses are going up in flames

Thousands are forced to flee

And Washington, Oregon, and California

Are in the throes of such a crisis

People have to be able to live in harmony with nature

“Supreme Spirit, help us learn the best way to be with nature.  Enable us to live in harmony with its abundant gifts that surround us.” Amen 

Elderly at Home

The elderly has many challenges.

A lot of tasks that they did

While younger have become difficult

That’s why there’s need for adjustments.

There are risks of tripping or falling.

So seniors have to be careful in their homes.

As their mobility decreases

The elderly have to be aware how they walk

Some rooms in their homes

May well become dangerous places

So they should try to prevent falling

What can the elderly do about aging in place?

They should endeavor to modify their homes.

Looking into senior care options is a good idea.

Seeking out the advice of caregivers make sense.

And depending on family and friends

In helping them elder proof their homes

It’s the only way that they may be safe

As they endeavor living out their life at home

“Loving God, help the elderly as they make adjustments to living in their home.  Give them the wisdom to turn to family, friends, and caregivers for the help that they will need in making good decisions.”

Amen 

Corolla Wild Horses

Corolla wild horses

Are a hardy bunch

They have adapted

To the weather of winter

While living in the wild

They have done so

By growing thicker coats

And eating a modified diet

That helped them survive the cold

Cold is dangerous for many horses

But these wild ponies

Have survived snowstorms

And whipping frigid winds

Without being in a barn

They just know how to adapt

Because of centuries living on their own

These horses spend most of their time

On the banks in the maritime forests

Living by fresh water marshes

They have a leader of the pack

This stallion leads the mares

Through the winter months

When much of the caloric-filled,

Green grasses on the Outer Banks’

Natural meadow and manicured lawns

Turn brown during the winter months

The horses get their nutrition

By eating dry winter grass

And stalks of sea oats on the dunes

“Great Provider, you have graced us with wild horses on Corolla’s Outer Banks.  Continue to protect, and help these animals to survive the austere weather the Outer Bank experiences.”

Amen

The Golden Rule

Every religion has a golden rule.

Treat others as you wish to be treated.

How marvelous are those words.

They show the depths of love and compassion.

So what should you do if your neighbor offends you?

Some may say like the bible verse “an eye for an eye.”

But this will only make the whole world blind.

Instead it’s best to practice forgiveness.

But suppose the hurt is quite deep.

What should you do to alleviate this pain?

It’s best to pray and be sure you’re in the right frame of mind.

Talk your situation through with a loved one that you trust.

If that doesn’t help, seek the service of a trusted counselor.

Suffering such a painful hurt could be devastating.

So it’s better to realize that two wrongs don’t make things right.

Why rub salt in a wound that’s already open.

Instead, endeavor to ease the pain to find peace.

Always remember looking at a ray of sunshine

Is better than ushering in disastrous consequences

Live according to the golden rule.

“Loving God, let us remember it’s better to forgive than to retaliate in kind.  Guide us to follow the tenets of the golden rule as we deal with our family, friends, and enemies.”

Amen   

Vaccine Passport

Do people need a vaccine passport?

Is it necessary to travel?

Is it required for a gym, theater, and bar?

This may become the norm in some countries.

In the United Kingdom

People may have to prove

That they were inoculated against the virus

Or that they have tested negative

Israel may have Israelites

Show that they have been vaccinated

To go to hotels and gyms

Other nations like Saudi Arabia, Iceland,

And the United States are exploring options

Like having app-based health passports

Or COVID-19 vaccination certificates

But are these developments of ethical concerns?

Do they discriminate against those wishing not to be tested?

Studies show minorities have inhibitions about the vaccine.

Young people could be at a disadvantage

Since they might not be eligible to be vaccinated

Businesses see vaccination as how they can open safely

Some attest for this option for re-opening their shops

By making the shot mandatory for workers

But still it’s unclear whether the vaccinated

Could still be transmitting a variant of the coronavirus    

“Omniscient Creator, help the nations of this world find appropriate ways of curtailing the spread of COVID-19 virus.  Grant that the scientists and governmental officials work diligently to contain this dreadful disease.”

Amen  

Handicap Challenges

Talk about challenges the handicap comes to mind.

Some individuals are born with disabilities.

How can they overcome these problems?

Do they have a chance in this world?

How can they survive with such impediments?

Some children with disabilities are mentally challenged.

They work at a slower rate and need help assimilating information.

With these individuals a great deal depends on their condition.

Nevertheless, some are in regular classes with other students.

Still there are those that have to be tutored in a special group.

Some handicap students have other problems.

From birth they may be physically challenged.

They grow up in a world where they are unable to fully compete.

But some are able to overcome their disabilities.

This calls for work with therapists, friends, and family members.

Many schools have classes that cater for handicap students.

These individuals despite their limitations are able to succeed.

They work especially hard and over time they are able to make progress.

Teachers and students have to be sensitive to their special needs.

Little by little these students are able to develop in their confidence.

For the handicap there are special sports.

Some of these students may go on to participate in Paralympics.

This is a yearly event with six broad Paralympics categories –

Amputee, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, wheelchair, vision impairment, and “others.”

“Omniscient Creator you have created mankind with different abilities and limitations.  Help all individuals to be sensitive to the handicap needs and work in helping them fulfill their dreams.”

Amen

Aging in Place

Why should a couple want to age in place?

Why can such a decision make sense?

It’s certain that many seniors have asked this question.

What are the benefits from these goals?

For one thing it’s living wisely in familiar surroundings.

No doubt many seniors have come to love their neighbors.

They have been able to socialize with friends at local coffee shops.

They don’t have to travel far to do volunteer work.

Seniors can have adjustments done to their homes.

These changes are in keeping with the fact that they have aged.

They can build special ramps, change their bathrooms,

And be sure that their bedroom is located on the ground floor

Other responsibilities would strike seniors as essential.

They can arrange for their doctors’ visits to be convenient.

Some of these appointments they will be able to do virtually.

All they will take is some knowledge of a computer or iPad.

There are cases where they will have visit doctors at their office.

If they live in senior facilities they can use their transportation

So seniors may find aging in place to their liking

Many of these problems could be handled successfully as they age.

“Wonderful Provider, help seniors as they age to find their footing.  Be with them as they make adjustments to their living conditions.”

Amen

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