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Praying for those in the dark

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.
Compassionate Spirit,
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.

 

Man praying, meditating in harmony and peace at sunset. Religion, spirituality, prayer, peace.

 

 

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So Much to Be Thankful For

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Thanksgiving holiday celebration. Turkey dinner invitation card. Vector design of traditional thanksgiving roasted turkey dish, vegetables harvest, pumpkin, wooden table plenty of food, corn, autumn leaves

Happy Thanksgiving to all my followers down south. As you settle in with loved ones over stuffing, yam, gravy and the big bird, take some time to be thankful for all the great things you have in your life – health, wealth (even if it’s not what you call wealth), family, friends, and most of all a country under democracy.

Now I know some of you may be in a state of despair after the recent election, but you are still living in a country where you have the freedom live as you like; speak your mind; vote in elections; travel around the country. These are luxuries which, unfortunately, not everyone else around the world gets to enjoy.

In addition to being thankful for what you have, you should think about your fellow man, and offer prayer. Offer prayers to:

  • your family and friends
  • those who are sick, depressed or need help
  • Americans who are living, studying, and serving abroad
  • families travelling, refugees, and those affected by natural disasters
  • all those affected by the Syrian civil war

The list goes on. I particularly like praying for my countrymen living abroad, since I’ve lived abroad myself.

So may your Thanksgiving feast fill your bellies and reflections fill your hearts and souls. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

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