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Light a candle

Light a candle. It may be real. It may be imaginary.
When the candle is lit, pray the following prayer:

God, I open myself to your grace.
May this candle remind me
of your abiding presence
in this place and in all places;
may this candle remind me
of Christ’s unfailing love
for me and for all people;
may this candle remind me
of the Holy Spirit’s sustaining love
in this and all circumstances.

Lift up to God the challenges and problems you face. Ask God for what you need.
Give thanks to God for the good things in your life.

Please pray for those involved in education: teachers, aides, librarians, custodians, bus drivers, security personnel, students, parents, family–everyone involved in education. May God provide them strength and grace at this challenging time.

Please pray for Silvia and the family and friends of Silvia’s son who died recently. May God comfort them as they walk death’s shadowed valley.

Sit with the candle as long as you would like. Then, with a breath of kindness, blow it out.

Written by W. Mark Koenig

Check out this video resource for these days. Rest assured the video quality will get better as I work with it more. 


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Arthur Ashe statue

We were in Richmond for Eric’s graduation from Union Presbyterian Theological Seminary. It seemed a moment to view the statue to Arthur Ashe – athlete, author, educator, witness, activist, justice-seeker, and hero of mine for how he played and how he lived and how he faced death.

“The best way to judge a life is to ask yourself, “Did I make the best use of the time I had?”
Arthur Ashe

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4 June 2016
Richmond, VA

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Purple flowers – Arthur Ashe statue


4 June 2016
Richmond, Virginia

In Richmond for Eric’s graduation from Union Presbyterian Seminary, we went to see the Arthur Ashe statue on Monument Avenue. Purple flowers grew around the base.

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