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

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