Around the Table

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As we sit around the table, may we be thankful for the food we eat

realizing there are those that have none, may we lift up a prayer

and ask God to help us make a difference in our world

and even dismantle, some of the hate.

May we love our neighbor

as ourselves.

 

 

 

 

Poetry and Image © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

So We Can Love Again

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When our love for humanity is devastated by the sins

of rhetoric, deeds of the unholy – there is

still a source of singing, the music

deep within us, bringing

healing to others

going deeper.

      

And I love how the earth is cleansed

every day as if the Creator

is forgiving – pointing us

to the waves

washing us,

so we can love again.

        

Poetry and Image © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

One Conversation

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And one night he had a dream, where he was talking to a woman he had never met before. She had been so wounded in life, so torn to pieces, that she lived in a dark place. Was it a cave? Perhaps she lived in fear, and would not come out of her house.

He could see her face, and they were talking about food. He noticed that all of her food came from cans. So he mentioned about food that was healthy, but not in a preachy way. He saw her, as equal to himself.

More importantly he told her she was valuable, that her life did matter. He began to inspire her with things she could really do, and that life held possibilities. Hopefully she felt that someone cared about her.

In the dream he realized, that this is how you do damage, to the realm of darkness

simply one conversation, at a time.

And now he hopes, and prays, he will meet her someday.

         

Poetry and Image © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

Caring About Others

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From the book, The Way of Serenity:

“When we are suffering, it’s very hard to see beyond our pain to the world around us. It is precisely this “getting beyond ourselves,” however, that offers us the opportunity to begin to heal the wounds in our own soul. When we remain aware that everyone around us has some pain to undergo………..we grow in our communion with them, and our own sorrow becomes a vehicle for understanding theirs. This is the sense of the beautiful virtue of compassion, a word that comes from the Latin words for “suffering with” someone else. To feel compassion is to appropriate to ourselves the sorrow of others, to enter into their world and participate in it.”

      I love this book. Have a great day everyone!

         

Quote from: The Way of Serenity,  by Father Jonathan Morris, 

Harper One Publishers

Image © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

Life Changing Compassion

from malaysia chronicle

A true story from Malaysia illustrates just how amazing compassion can be.

A man was caught stealing food in a store, and at the time he had his small son with him. Rather than pressing charges against the man, the store manager listened to the man’s story.

The man’s wife had gone into a coma, and he recently quit his job, in order to take care of their 3 children. He needed food for his children. What would you have done?

Rather than press charges against the man, the store manager gave the man money out of his own pocket, and offered him………a job! I’m not sure how it will all work out, but this man and his family had their lives changed forever!

So how will you show compassion today?

      

Writing © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

image from malaysia-chronicle.com via google

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

Love Does That

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A poem by Meister Eckhart

All day long a little burro labors, sometimes

with heavy loads on her back and sometimes just with worries

about things that bother only

burros.

  And worries, as we know, can be more exhausting

than physical labor.

    Once in a while a kind monk comes

to her stable and brings

a pear, but more

than that,

    he looks into the burro’s eyes, and touches her ears

  and for a few seconds the burro is free

and even seems to laugh,

   because love does

that.

   Love frees.

        

Poetry by Meister Eckhart (German monk) 1260-1328

Image © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”