Time to Pray by Donna Berger

What a meaningful interpretation of the Lord’s Prayer Donna gives us in her blog today! I had to share it with you. The “Our Father” is a conversation with God–so much more than words to be repeated.

Billy Graham once said, “To get nations back on their feet, we must first get down on our knees.” Worldwide, the calls for prayer are growing louder. On the topic of prayer, Ecclesiastes 5:2 tells us, God is in heaven, and you are on the earth; therefore, let your words be few.

My personal go-to is The Lord’s Prayer. When His disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, He gave them the perfect model of prayer. The Lord’s prayer is simple and short; but prayer is not meant to be thoughtless repetition. It is after all a conversation with God and should be filled with our love, gratitude, and praise. Let’s practice making it a dialogue, not a monologue.

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A Wee Thought After a Difficult Week – #Poetry (Sort of)

I found this gem of a poem today about a mysterious, elusive, stunning visitor who stayed longer than usual. Marcia Meara takes it as a sign of good things to come. So do I. What do you think?


Ode to a Painted Bunting

A sign.
My heart called out for a sign.
Something to hang onto.
Something to give me hope.
Something to remind me the world can be beautiful,
And people can be kind, generous, and loving.

Just a sign.
Nothing momentous.
A simple reminder that Life can be good.
That’s all I asked.
All I needed.

Purple Grackles by Amy Lowell

I’ve had the pleasure of reading two beautiful poems about some of my favorite birds today. Amy Lowell has captured the visit of a plague of grackles beautifully in this moving poem. Yes, a flock of grackles is called a plague, but I’d call them a wonder, instead. What do you think?

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Purple Grackle

It occurs to me that no blog on books and writing should be without a bit of poetry now and then, so with that thought in mind, I offer you my favorite autumn themed poem of all time, Amy Lowell’s “Purple Grackles.”  The imagery is divine, and the message, bittersweet.  Hope you enjoy it!

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