A Prayer for Animals

Harley

Harley

Hear our humble prayer, O God, for our
friends the animals,
especially for animals who are suffering;
for any that are hunted or lost or
deserted or frightened or hungry;
for all that must be put to death.

We entreat for them all Thy mercy and pity,
and for those who deal with them we ask a
heart of compassion and gentle hands and
kindly words. Make us, ourselves, to be true
friends to animals and so to share the blessings
of the merciful.

— Albert Schweitzer —

Chai

Chai

Her Silent Prayer

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Domestic violence is both a national and a worldwide crisis. According to a 2000 UNICEF study, 20-50% of the female population of the world will become the victims of domestic violence.

African-American women experience more domestic violence than White women in the age group of 20-24. However, Black and White women experience the same level of victimization in all other age categories.

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bluetears

Her Silent Prayer


I stand and wipe the tears from my eyes

No one knows, no one to realize

The home I live in is not safe

The bruises are hid and not on my face…

The pain inside, I hide so well

No friends for me, no one to tell…

With family away and will never see

For I keep the secret deep inside of me…

Hiding the pain and living a lie

Never complain and try not to cry…

A part of me dies with each new mark

I’m so afraid as I stand in the dark…

No longer can I take the pain

I am not the one to blame….

This love hurts and should not be

God please send an angel for me…

© Copy rite- Mattie (Deaton) Herald 2001

Winner of the “Editors Choice Award” 2001

Book: A Sublime Remembrance” (ISBN: 0-7951-5065-2)

As Long as There’s a Christmas

As Long as There’s a Christmas

The first few lights glow brightly,
as you watch the season start.
You know you should be happy,
but don’t feel it in your heart.

Instead you think about a time
when someone laughed with you,
and the love you shared then filled your soul.
But too soon it was through.

So Christmas comes with sadness,
and a yearning deep inside,
a thirst for love and peace and hope
that will not be denied.

Late one night you hear a voice,
so soft, and without blame,
and then, surprised, you realize,
He’s calling you by name.

“I know your hurt and loneliness,
the heartache that you bear.
I listen and I cry with you
through every single prayer.

“I promised in the manger
and fulfilled it from the cross.
I built a home that’s filled with love
for all those who are lost.

“So let me come and heal your heart
and give you rest within.
For my way is kind and gentle
and will bring you joy again.”

His words still echo through the years,
a vow that He made true,
“As long as there’s a Christmas,
I will be in love with you.”

Jack Zavada

The Good & Bad Days of Prayer

The Good & Bad Days of Prayer

 

There are good days and bad days.

 

On a bad day:

I find myself in difficulty, so
I pray;

Worry stifles me, so
I pray;

Temptation overcomes me, so
I pray;

 

On a good day:

I pray,
and I overcome temptation;

I pray,
and I stifle worry;

I pray,
and in difficulty, I find myself.

~ by Lester Wall

Every Morning

 

Every Morning

Every morning lean thine arms awhile

Upon the window-sill of heaven

And gaze upon thy Lord,

Then, with vision in thy heart,

Turn strong to meet thy day.

 

~by Thomas Blake

We Give You Thanks, O Lord

We give You thanks, O Lord.

For faith in a world laden with fears;
For joy in a world drowning in tears;

For justice in a world that is so unfair;
For hope in a world filled with despair;

For the family and friends we know and love;
For your grace and guidance from above;

For our humble home; For all we wear;
For our daily bread; For our nightly care;

We give You thanks, O Lord.

Amen.

 

~ by Lester Wall