Monthly Archives: August 2019

Migration — the Butterfly project for children in detention

Migration It is the time of monarchs here and we pray for the safety of their long deeply endangered flight, pesticide destroyed milkweed, their only food, and the possibility of extinction. For surely this country is a brutal place for … Continue reading

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Guest Post, Heather Kelly, Aotearoa, New Zealand

Heather Kelly of Invercargill sent me a poem. It is a Pentecost poem and it is set in the winter season in which Pentecost comes in the Southern hemisphere. It called to me today — a day when I saw … Continue reading

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Prayers of intercession for India and China

Psalm 137 for India By the waters of Kerala and Karnataka, of Maharashtra and Gujarat of Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, of Goa and Andhra Pradesh, we sit down and weep for those who grieve their dead, for those in … Continue reading

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Guest post — Robert Train Adams — music for “School Shopping”

Robert Train Adams has written music for my poem School Shopping. I am deeply grateful. Sheet music and mp3 follow. If you have trouble accessing, contact me at giftsinopenhands@gmail.com. School Shopping

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School shopping

Go ahead — buy the bullet-proof backpack, because in New Hampshire the governor just vetoed a ban on guns on school property, along with background checks and a three day wait for gun delivery. So, you don’t need to leave … Continue reading

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“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” Franklin Delano Roosevelt

In Times Square, New York City motorcycles backfire and people flee the active shooter in their imaginations, banging on the doors of theatres to get inside, screaming, running, pushing, injuring twelve. In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, two men are fighting and … Continue reading

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Guest post — Psalms from Aotearoa / New Zealand from Thomas Newton

Thomas Nelson Director of Religious Studies Mā te Atua me te wāhi ngaro tātou e tiaki e manaaki Villa Maria College Christchurch has re-written psalms to come alive in Canterbury, New Zealand, using a combination of European and Māori imagery. … Continue reading

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For those who did not see …

For those who did not see, who did not realize the child or parent, brother, sister, friend, neighbor, workmate, acquaintance, would pick up a gun and kill, I pray today. For those who say — he was quiet,  or — … Continue reading

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Prayer for the shooting in Dayton, Ohio

(first we mourn, then we must act) God, we are broken psalmists for weeping came in the night and more weeping comes in the morning. We lift up in sorrow all of those affected by the gun tragedy in the … Continue reading

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Prayer for El Paso

God, who walks with us in our all marketplaces and runs with frightened children everywhere, but especially these who were buying new clothes, shoes, notebooks for school, until they heard gunfire. Comfort those who grieve, on this day in El … Continue reading

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