Monthly Archives: November 2022

A prayer for patience and grace

God of infinite patience,

God of unquenchable grace,

help my impatience,

touch my ungraciousness,

When I become frustrated with,

or angered by,

or annoyed at,

another person,

remind me that person

is your beloved child,

made in your image.

Strengthen my patience;

renew my grace,

that I might find ways,

beyond what I perceive as my capacities,

to act in kindness and

to demonstrate love

that we might walk together humbly with you

and work for justice.

I pray in Jesus’ name.

Amen.

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AdventWord 2022 – December 1 #make

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A lot of my “making” lately has revolved around food. I cook more than I ever imagined I would. The colors and textures of this breakfast are intriguing.

Writing of prayers is a form of making, I suppose. As is writing at work.

God makes all things. And God makes all things new. And when we make, we live into being created in the image of God.

Photo: 12 December 2019; New York, New York

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AdventWord 2022 – November 30 #mountains

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
July 8, 2011

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AdventWord 2022 – November 29 #teach

Louisville, Kentucky
May 31, 2021

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AdventWord 2022 – November 28 #together

Women’s Day March
March, 2015
New York, New York

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27 November 2022

Walking. Gym in the aparment
Cru of a Tiny Babe – Bruce Cockburn
Christmas in the Trenches – John McCutcheon
Christmas Must Be Tonight – The Band
The Bushes of Jerusalem – Tommy Sands
The Rebel Jesus – The Chieftains
Aguinaldo Jibaro – Pepe Castillo
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear – Nashville Christmas Orchestra
Un Flambeau, Jeanette, Isabella – Rosemary Beland
There Is No Rose of Such Virtue – Sting
The March Of The Kings/Hark The Herald Angels Sing – Trans-Siberian Orchestra
O Christmas Tree – Paul Pike And Medicine Dream
Good King Wenceslas – The Roaches
O Little Town of Bethlehem – The Choir
All I Want for Christmas – david m. bailey

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AdventWord 2022 – November 27 #walk

Parkinson’s Unity Walk 2019, Central Park, New York

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AdventWord 2022

I am participating in AdventWord 2022. I have participated in this spiritual discipline off and on for several years. As in year’s past, the photos are usually ones that I have taken and saved, or that others have taken and saved. Should I take a photo for AdventWord 2022, I will note that. Here is the list of words.

Wishing you a blessed Advent of waiting and preparation.

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A prayer for the first Sunday of Advent

Slow us down, God,

that in this season,

we might wait

we might watch

we might prepare

to celebrate the birth of Jesus

to experience Jesus coming into your world and our lives each day

to live following Jesus more closely.

In his name we pray.

Amen.

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Don’t Forget Where You Come From -Archie Roach

photo by Australian Human Rights Commission

I knew he would not be around forever.

No one ever is.

But Archie Roach endured so much.

He seemed indestructible.

Part of the Stolen Generations.

An orphanage.

Two foster care placements.

Fourteen years on the street after the death of his mother.

Alcoholism.

The death of Ruby Hunter, his wife and musical partner when she was 54.

A stroke.

Lung cancer.

Surgery.

Activism on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Through it all, Archie Roach made his way with a song.

He entered my life through the radio. Driving in the Richmond area, many years ago, NPR broadcast a story about him which featured clips from his songs.

I was hooked and began collecting his music.

His songs spoke with power and passion of this life, his pain, his joy, his family, and his people. Brutal and tender, universal and personal, his songs spoke to me.

He did not forget where he came from but he used his experiences to lament what had been and dream what might be.

Today, I learned that Archie Roach died on July 30 of this year.

I grieve today. Listen to his music. And add some more, almost completing my collection.

Archie Roach will dominate my playlists for a couple days. I will take to heart some lyrics from “One Song,” a song released in February 2022.

Thank you for sharing your gift, your wounds, and your heart, Archie.

Remember well what we have told you
And don’t forget where you come from
Mother Earth will always hold you
And you are born of just one song

I will remember.

Archie Roach. Presente!

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