Content written by Lori
I celebrate the life of the beloved I knew,
the hands I held, the life I shared.
God, who forms all creatures with loving hands,
bless this, our new companion animal.
Help us to commit to peace
in our dealings with one another.
‘Remind them that they always have a home in your heart.’
‘… think of the relief you’ll feel facing Easter with a clean heart!’
‘It is true? Is it helpful? Is it inspiring? Is it necessary? Is it kind?
‘It’s the first week of Lent – are you tempted yet?
Thanksgiving this year, in many ways, hearkens back to Thanksgivings of old. As a nation, we remain bitterly divided politically. Those on the margins face terrible persecution. But mightn’t we still manage to have one good day together?
Did you have a pen pal growing up? What did you learn from your pal?
Today, why not discover the work of a poet you’ve never heard of before?
Everything you do now in the interest of others, in the interest of stemming the tide of this disease, is growing yourself beyond your former boundaries. And that is a good thing.
Let the holy within you rise
to greet silence as a friend
and enter into prayer
that moves and lives
and has being in you
for as long as it lasts.
Providence Associate Lori Strawn is a freelance writer and editor who lives in Witchita, Kansas. A 1987 graduate of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Lori formerly served on the advisory board for the Providence Associates.