Can You See?

The quick glance.

Immediate recognition.

“AHA” I see it — him — her.

Sometimes in life this happens.

At other times I, we do not see!

Can we see the cat in the above picture?

I labored over it and never saw it.

What do we miss in people, groups of people, in circumstances because of a quick glance?

What do we not see, not get it, no matter how much we focus?

Enough Of Not Enough Of

Enough of

Illness

Death

No masks

Favorite places closing

Rudeness

Carelessness of others

Inane noise masquerading as wisdom

False news portraying a true news

Science being thrashed.

Life being devalued

Livelihood been crowed and crowned

Not Enough of

Kindness

Smiles

Hugs given and received

Anniversary celebrations

Parties

Silence

Good true news

I can and will

Make and send postcards and notes which will comfort, inspire, and support hurting persons

Make and send cookies to send to lonely persons

Smile

Sing to myself

And enjoy. https://youtu.be/48CuhRAjLyE

Your Will Be DOne

God whose will is health and wholeness, hear your people as we pray:

Many now are facing illness; more face sickness every day.

As we lift our song toward heaven, may we use the gifts you give —

Science, justice, and compassion — to help others safely live.

Jesus taught that your commandments call for us to use the mind.

May we use the gifts of science to seek health for humankind.

Bless the ones who work for healing; bless the ones who seek to be

Builders of a health care system that protects society.

God, you call for love and justice, yet our laws are far from wise:

Many don’t have good insurance; lack of health care threatens lives.

Many workers must keep working, sick or not, to pay the bills.

Turn us round when we have sanctioned greed that leads to greater ills.

Loving God, we ask your blessing on the sick and those they love,

And we pray for those now grieving as they lift their cries above.

There is trouble all around us; illness causes pain and fear.

Give compassion, love and kindness as we serve your people here.

https://youtu.be/qrdzN3RaU4Q

During this current time

Lord Jesus Christ, you travelled through towns and villages curing every disease and illness. At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.

Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their health and strength.

Heal us from our fear, which prevents neighbors from helping one another.

Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.

Good Lord, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.

May those who have died from the virus rest in peace and rise in glory.

Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair.

Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace.

Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with prudence and charity for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve.

Stay with us, Lord, and grant us your peace.

Pandemic Invitation

Come to Me

See My Light

I filter through

The tress

The forest

Of your life

The brush

The foliage that

Hinders your path

Keep walking

To My Light

I’m with you now

In the forest

In the foliage

I will continue to be

With you

Through the foliage

Into the future

Into a future

Even brighter

Even better

I know that

Your heart is

Restless

Come To Me!

Phillip F. Kapela 11/13/2020

Our Past Is A Statement Not A Sentence

Tarra Simmons quit school at thirteen and gave birth at fifteen.

Nonetheless, she graduated high school and nursing school, then worked for eleven years as a registered nurse.

However, drugs she was taking for depression, along with the alcohol abuse that began when she was a teenager, led to a downward spiral that nearly destroyed her life.

Tarra was arrested three times for selling drugs and sentenced in 2011 to thirty months in prison.

When she was released in 2013, “Burger King was the only place that would give me a job,” she says. “My wages were being garnished to pay my court fines, and I was also trying to reunify and catch up with my kids. It was a really hard time—the barriers to succeed seemed overwhelming.” 

Worried that she might start the cycle of drug abuse again, she reached out to a law student who had been outspoken about his own conviction for bank robbery.

He helped her apply to law school.

She eventually graduated with honors and became a civil rights attorney.

Last week, she was elected to the Washington House of Representatives with nearly 65 percent of the vote. 

When people wonder what it feels like to be the first ex-con to take a seat in the Washington House, she quips, “Usually it’s the other way around.”

Now I Want To Just

A new hymn in the time of coronavirus

God Whose Will is Health and Wholeness

God whose will is health and wholeness, hear your people as we pray:

Many now are facing illness; more face sickness every day.

As we lift our song toward heaven, may we use the gifts you give —

Science, justice, and compassion — to help others safely live.

Jesus taught that your commandments call for us to use the mind.

May we use the gifts of science to seek health for humankind.

Bless the ones who work for healing; bless the ones who seek to be

Builders of a health care system that protects society.

God, you call for love and justice, yet our laws are far from wise:

Many don’t have good insurance; lack of health care threatens lives.

Many workers must keep working, sick or not, to pay the bills.

Turn us round when we have sanctioned greed that leads to greater ills.

Loving God, we ask your blessing on the sick and those they love,

And we pray for those now grieving as they lift their cries above.

There is trouble all around us; illness causes pain and fear.

Give compassion, love and kindness as we serve your people here.

https://youtu.be/qrdzN3RaU4Q

At Home

“Being at home” both expresses clearly the physical condition of many of us currently and all people around the earth.

If possible, go outside, even if briefly, and savor the wisdom and comfort of the following:

“All visible creation is your home.” Peter Chrologus.

If you cannot go outside, view the following:

Right outside where I live.

Needed To Say Tonight

Usually I am a news follower, sometimes too much so.

Lately I realize that I have had too much of … fill in your enough of …

I now watch very little TV now and in its stead I read, and pray.

I realize that while Carol and I are by ourselves, we also have many others persons with us — in our minds and on our hearts.

So I pray for those who are with us but not with us physically.

Prayer links these persons to the present.

Heart Speaks To Heart.

That is the motto of a writer and thinker of some time ago — John Henry Cardinal Newman.

May He support us all the day long,

till the shades lengthen and

the evening comes, and

the busy world is hushed, and

the fever of life is over, and

our work is done.

Then in His mercy

may He give us

a safe lodging, and

a holy rest and

peace at the last.