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Coming Together

There are multiple stories about people of different faiths and nationalities coming together for iftar, the meal eaten after sunset during the month of Ramadan. To be honest, I don’t know much about this holy time, but I’m learning and very hopeful that people from diverse backgrounds can come together in peace.  Seeing this happen means it can happen again. Even when we believe differently, there is common ground. We can find it. Peace is possible.

 

There’s plenty of good news -Personal, local, or global. Please feel free to share in the comments!

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Working Together

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Today, I offer two stories about two men working together:

1. After many years at war, the leaders of North and South Korea met in person for the first time on April 27th and agreed to work together for peace! No matter what happens, this gives me hope that the hardest hearts can become open to peace and healing.

2. After the accident, Willie Burnman was told he would never never walk or even move his limbs again. But he got a little feeling in his toes. Then he met Jeff, the YMCA intern. Watch what happened:

https://www.wfmynews2.com/video/news/two-men-form-unlikely-but-inspiring-brotherhood/291-8109373

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In personal good news, I’m having the bathroom in my parents’ house redone – new tub, new sink, new toilet, new floor! The not so good news is I’ll have limited internet access there, so I won’t be on WP much this week. But the good news in that is, I’m going to work on de-cluttering and writing.   

I hope the week brings you good news and sweet surprises!

 


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One Day

I’m thinking I need to give myself a little flexibility in my blogging schedule in order to take care of personal business. Today, I just feel like sharing this video and song.

 

 

And here’s the same song with the lyrics:


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One-Liner Wednesday: Peace on Earth

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“It is as if nature pauses to take a moment of silence, softly wishing for peace on earth.”

This quote comes from a Hallmark Christmas card I got yesterday. It’s one of the most beautiful cards I’ve ever seen. (Thanks, Linda and Jeff.) I looked up the quote, and all I found was “unknown” and Hallmark Christmas cards. Well, somebody did a good job on it.

Tomorrow, I’ll be driving to 6 hours to pick up my grand daughter and heading back with her Friday for her first overnight visit at grandma’s house! Prayers for our safe travels will be much appreciated. I probably won’t post for a few days, but look forward to checking in at WP when I can.

Please enjoy these Christmas photos I’ve taken over the years. The first two are storefront windows.

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My husband made this balloon ornament.

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See the deer on the hill? Maybe they’re reindeer!

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Palm trees decked out at Brookgreen Gardens

 

 MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

And Happy Holidays,too!

For more information on One-Liner Wednesday, visit Linda Hill at:

https://lindaghill.com/2017/12/20/one-liner-wednesday-so-how-was-your-evening/

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Peace Like A River

Song Lyric Sunday

I couldn’t pass up Helen’s theme of peace for today’s “Song Lyric Sunday.”

I’ve always felt “Peace Like a River” was an old song. Some sites list it as African American Spiritual. But I’ve also seen John O. Schroeder identified as the author. It feels like a spiritual to me. One nice thing about this song is that it’s easy to learn. Some versions are faster, but I picked a relaxing one for this Sunday afternoon.  I hope you enjoy it.

I’ve got peace like a river,
I’ve got peace like a river,
I’ve got peace like a river in my soul.
I’ve got peace like a river,
I’ve got peace like a river,
I’ve got peace like a river in my soul.

2. I’ve got joy like a fountain,
I’ve got joy like a fountain,
I’ve got joy like a fountain in my soul.
I’ve got joy like a fountain,
I’ve got joy like a fountain,
I’ve got joy like a fountain in my soul.

3. I’ve got love like an ocean,
I’ve got love like an ocean,
I’ve got love like an ocean in my soul.
I’ve got love like an ocean,
I’ve got love like an ocean,
I’ve got love like an ocean in my soul.

Lyrics found here.

For more on “Song Lyric Sunday,” and more peace songs, visit:

https://helenswordsoflife.com/2017/10/21/song-lyric-sunday-theme-for-102217/


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Peace Songs

September 21st is the International Day of Peace.

If peace is possible in one heart, for one day, it is possible in many hearts, for many days. We can begin with a breath, a prayer, or a song.

I’ve picked out 4 peace songs I hope you will enjoy.

The words written by Saint Francis of Assisi were put to music in “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace. ” This video was filmed in the home town of Saint Francis.

Taize is a meditative form of musical worship that originated in France after World War II.  Many Taize chants are sung in Latin, Spanish or German as well as English. Da Pacem Cordium can be translated as Give Peace to Every Heart.

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Here’s a classic peace song with beautiful pictures and quotes. (When I sing it, I sing, “With God our Creator, together all are we. Let us walk with each other in perfect harmony.”)

This one will get you moving!

 

I hope you have a beautiful day with many peaceful moments!

What songs bring you peace?

 


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When People are Hard to Love

“Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Some people are hard to love.  Maybe it’s a teenager who you love deeply, but it’s hard to like her when she’s spewing drama. I remember telling my daughter, “I love you, but I hate the way you’re acting right now,” and “Please lower your volume. I can’t hear you when you’re yelling.”
It’s even harder to love the haters, the racists, the ones who intentionally do harm. But Matthew 5:44 says to love your enemies and to pray for those who persecute you. Now, I know I’m not persecuted. Not really. But it’s still hard to love the haters. I can pray for them, but love them? How do I do that?
Can I say, I love you as part of humanity, because you are created by God. Can I ask, Could we try to listen to each other with respect?
I have no way of knowing if that would work. And to be honest, I’m not too keen on putting myself in situations where hate is strong. I’d much rather avoid conflict altogether, though sometimes I’ve pushed past the fear.
My heart goes out to the family of Heather Heyer who was killed when she stood against hate in Charlottesville, Virginia. They had no way of knowing  her life would be cut short by an act of violence. It’s hard to know when and how to make a stand – when to push past the fear and when to love people from a distance.

In Trust the Timing, I considered it a victory when I finally learned I could just walk away from toxic relationships that would have killed me slowly if I had stayed in them.
But I don’t want to walk away from my country. I love my country in spite of it’s flaws and with all our different kinds of people. But I have to admit, I find myself fearing the actions and beliefs of some of those people.

    The Southern Poverty Law Center recommends in this article  that if hate groups plan to demonstrate on a campus (or in a city) to ignore them and ask administrators to denounce them. We need to realize that facing hate head on might give haters the distraction they crave to keep from looking at some turmoil stewing inside themselves. I believe that deep down, haters are using anger to cover up hurt and fear. That’s no excuse. That doesn’t mean we accept the behavior. But perhaps this could bring us closer to the love the Bible talks about in Matthew.

“Grief unprocessed becomes bitterness, resentment, and unharnessed fury.  Grief processed becomes an unstoppable force of compassion, empathy, and love.     __Allison Fallon

I have no plans to go into places where hate is strong.

But sometimes hate crops up unexpectedly.
      I want to be ready with love if hate crosses my path.
I want to avoid posting negative comments on social media.
I want to hold up positive stories of people doing good work.
I want to say less about what I’m against,
and more about what I stand for.
I want to remember that peace begins with me.
      I want to recognize any seeds of hate that might hide away in the deep corners of my mind – the lingering resentments from old hurts.
I want to forgive myself and others, to bring the hurts to the light, open them up and see if I can love the hate away and heal the fear and sadness underneath. I can’t do this by myself. But with God’s help, maybe I can let love grow so big that it takes up all the space and seeps into the dark places.

What if that could happen in our country? In our world?

      We can start by finding the gardens of love within ourselves and letting that love grow. Water the love. Nurture it. Give it light.
        I wish you peace and strong growing love.
The above is from my August Newsletter. Here’s one more article of interest:

SOCS badge entry 2017

 

On a side note, please hop over to Linda’s blog and vote for this year’s SOC Badge. My entry is the “Sparkly Stream.”

Click here:  https://lindaghill.com/2017/08/17/vote-here-for-the-4th-annual-socs-badge-contest-winner/