Peace and Light

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Now We Are Six | A. A. Milne


I promise to honor the 26 lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School; I promise to do everything I can to encourage and support common sense solutions that make my community and our country safer from similar acts of violence.

Today marks one month since the horrific tragedies at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  

As a mother of 7 year-old and 9 year-old boys, this has truly affected me--as I am sure it may have affected you in your own personal way.  Every time I read or watch a story about these amazing teachers and beautiful children, I have had to grab my heart for fear it will break.  I just want to hold these families.  The children who have left this earth--I feel that they were my children too.  I can't even fathom what their families and friends are going through during these dark days.

I pray for every single one of them.  I pray for peace and light.

I hope that this poem by Mary Elizabeth Frye brings some bit of comfort and hope. May her words flow with peace to anyone who has lost someone special.

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there.  I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there.  I did not die.

Amen.

Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment by Katrina Kenison

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013



I am very excited to begin reading the latest book by one of my favorite authors Katrina Kenison called Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment.  Katrina is also a mother of two boys (who are now grown up), and I feel such a kindred connection to her.  The words that she shares always move me and inspire me.  They seem to be the right words when I need to hear them.  She is such a soulful and thoughtful writer.  I wish her a flood of goodness with this latest gem.  If you have not yet read any of her other books, I highly recommend that you add Mitten Strings for God and The Gift of an Ordinary Day to your library or bedside table.  I cherish my copies, and I often give them as gifts because they are just that beautiful.  You will look at your life more mindfully and with an abundance of gratitude.

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