It’s been awhile since my last post, which is usual, but life has kept me busy with two jobs, community involvement and everything else it has thrown at me. So I thought I would post something related to all the hype that’s been occurring of late. I’m talking about the Trump travel ban and the chaos that has subsequently ensued as a result. Now I’m not one to get into political discussions on social media. That’s not me. I like to keep my political opinions to myself. I prefer to talk about positive things, writing, travel and other tidbits that could be otherwise helpful.
I do feel for those affected by the ban. I have Muslim relatives, and I want to travel to the Middle East someday. Being one who loves to experience new places and cultures, I think about those suffering injustice around the world. So I offer a prayer, which was shared by one of my fellow members at my Rotary club. This prayer is not just for those affected by the travel ban. It’s for anyone who is depressed, confused or just looking for someone to come out of the shadows and tell them, “everything’s going to be alright.”
So here’s the prayer, and if you like it, please share it with others:
We pray today for the day when peace is known in all the world.
We pray that understanding will triumph over ignorance, that generosity will triumph over indifference, that trust will triumph over contempt, and that truth will triumph over falsehood.
Bless the leaders of all nations.
Bless those in harms way.
Bless those who are suffering.
Bless those who are scared
Bless those who are dying and the lost and unknown dead.
Bless those who love and those who are helping.
Bless those who can do nothing but wait.
Bless those with limited information.
Bless those of limited understanding.
Bless those who, though with good intentions, do wrong.
Bless us all and give us strength to be instruments of peace in all we say and do each day.
Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors the 8-10 sentence blog hop featuring many talented writers. Click on the link if you want to see the official list, and/or view the guidelines on how to participate. Happy Father’s Day to those in the U.S. and Canada. Today I’m continuing to offer another snippet from The Burning Night. Melissa’s mom tries to make her daughter feel a little more comfortable in the country house where they are staying in. She sings her a lullaby that she used to sing to her as a little girl. This snippet is formatted in the 10 sentence limit, and this is Melissa’s POV:
She pulled me into her arms, resting my face on her shoulder. The scent of perfume was even stronger as she rocked me back and forth. The hotness of her breath tickled my back.
“The moon is up, the stars are out, the world’s asleep toni-iiight,” she sang. That old lullaby she used to sing to me and Ashley when we were little. “The comfy sheets keep you warm from your little shoulders down to your baby toes, toni-iiight. My love will protect you from the evil fright, wrapping around you all through the ni-iiight.”
Her soothing words caressed me from head to toe. Memories of her coming into my room and singing to me after a bad dream instantly flashed in my mind. I purred as her fingers trailed down my back.
Who says lullabies are just for kids? You find this particular one later in the story. Your feedback with this is much appreciated. I will share one more snippet next week before I go away on vacation. Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to visit other participating writers.
I imagine that many of you are spending Christmas with your families – sitting by the fire, watching the snowflakes tumbling, exchanging presents, you get the idea. I do hope you savor the moment and are grateful to have these people in your lives. May God bless you all. For me, I’m spending my Christmas a little differently. Being divorced and without children, I have a little more flexibility so I’m spending the holidays in Florida, by the beach. Sure, it’s not the same without the white stuff, but I’m sure Santa can find his way down here on a surfboard. But a lot has happened this year and I need some time to be alone with my thoughts.
In addition to my job teaching English, I’ve been working really hard on my novel as well as improving my writing skills. I’ve faced many challenges and successfully come out on top. I’ve also had to make some tough decisions – one which I still regret presently. It was one of those fork-in-the-road choices, and I always think ‘Should I have gone the other way?’ Do you ever have regrets like this? How do you deal with them? I’ve done my best to just move on and say it was the best thing for me, but still look back at times. Being at place, which I’ve loved since childhood, gives me a chance to reflect on all that I’ve accomplished this year and what I can do to improve myself in the new year. I think it will be nice to just stroll the beach on Christmas day with some friends, while barbecuing some steaks at sunset – something I really love doing here. Of course I will be in the company of family, so don’t think I’m shutting myself from the outside world completely (LOL).
I also want to send a special thank you to all those who have been following my blog this year. Your support has done more than words can describe, so thanks a million! I hope you spread the word to your friends and that I can have my book finished next year, so that you can delight in all that brings. Merry Christmas to all of you! Wishing you peace and happiness this holiday season!
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