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Everyone’s Hurting


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Remember that everyone’s hurting
In one way or another.
Everyone has burdens deep
Some under long-buried cover.

Remember everyone’s in need
Of our love and empathy.
They may not tell us why;
They may try to hide it from you and me –

But everyone is hurting.

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“We may all be in the same storm, but we’re not all in the same boat,” said Inez Barron, a New York City councilwoman.

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As I sit in my comfy living room
Far away from a march or a riot,
I feel the storm from a distance.
It adversely affects my daily diet.

I taste the bitter injustice
As I watch discrepancies on screen.
I see the deaths, feel the pain,
And cry at how it demeans.

Demeans the dignity of life,
Demeans the intent of our Maker,
Affects the vulnerable poor, marginalized –
Slams them down with each breaker.

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Lightening may strike my neighbor –
But it doesn’t leave me unscathed.
I feel the storms all around me.
I understand the outraged.

I, too, am angry at COVID-19
For the way it has taken its toll
On the most compromised among us.
But the virus does not pigeonhole.

Like the injustice of racism,
The virus and the prejudice tumble
Across everyone in the storm’s path.
We all feel the hate of their rumble.

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As we work to eradicate COVID
By our adherence to following guides,
May we work to eradicate prejudice
By the way that we live daily lives.

May we live with respect for each other.
May we notice and feel each one’s pain,
And remember that everyone’s hurting.
Share love and shelter – come walk with me

out of the rain.

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Lord, help us see and understand
Each other’s pain,
And help us be part of the solution
Not the problems.
Amen

Have a healthy, love-filled Sunday.
See ya tomorrow.
Hugs,
JanBeek



Rinse and Repeat


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Rinse away the hurt
Like water over the rocks
Don’t let anger stay

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Let the hurt dissolve
Like bubbles in the bathtub
Rinse and then repeat

Whatever you do,
Smile, because God loves you…
And so does JanBeek!

See ya later!

Which Blessing Do You Need?


Blessed are the ____ for they shall ______

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The Beatitudes are a series of blessings
well-known by most Christians.

Usually when I read them, I think:
They are for others
… those folks long ago …
or “hurting” folks today.

But rarely do I see myself in them!

I’m not trapped…
I’m not hurting THAT much!

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… or am I?

How are we hurting?
Each of us has an area of vulnerability.
Each of us has a past that haunts us when we give it permission to emerge.
Each of us has need for forgiveness.
None of us is immune
from identification with the Beatitudes.

Jesus preached
in the Sermon on the Mount (The Book of Matthew, chapter 5:1-12) blessing the:

  • poor in spirit,
  • those who mourn,
  • the meek,
  • hungry,
  • merciful,
  • pure in heart,
  • peacemakers,
  • those who are persecuted and insulted.

He told each of those how they would be blessed and invited each to “Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven…”

The blessings included:

  • The Kingdom of Heaven
  • comfort
  • inheritance of the land
  • satisfaction
  • mercy
  • seeing God
  • rejoicing

In The Artist’s Rule,

the book I am reading/studying, by Christine Valters Paintner,
we were invited to write our own Beatitudes.
I invite you to try it, too. It was an enlightening exercise.

Let me share my results with you:

Blessed are the broken,
….. may they find the Glue of God.
Blessed are those in pain,
….. for their endurance is heartening.
Blessed are the parents who’ve lost children or spouses,
….. for their pain is unfathomable, but their love is endless.
Blessed are those who serve others,
….. may they also be served.
Blessed are the lonely,
….. may they feel the presence of God.
Blessed are the homeless,
….. may they know the Promise of their eternal home.
Blessed are the caregivers,
….. for their compassion is great.
Blessed are those who seek to know God,
….. for He is in them.
Blessed are we in our imperfection,
….. for we recognize the One who is Perfect.
Blessed are the lame,
….. for their perseverance strengthens us all.
Blessed are the weathered,
….. for they have dwelt in the sun.
Blessed are the scarred,
….. for they have fought the battle and won.
Blessed are the tarnished,
….. for they shall sparkle with the balm of forgiveness.

We all are tarnished.
… all in need of blessings.

Which blessing do you need most?

God bless you!

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Heartbreak


 

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Heartbreak

 

She said she would come.

I waited all day long.

I should have known better.

It’s the same, familiar song.

 

Gee, I know I told you

I’d be at your place by noon,

But life got in the way

And night came way too soon.

 

You said you would come

After he took a nap.

I waited all afternoon –

Played Scrabble in the gap.

 

I let you know you hurt me,

I counted on seeing you three.

I waited for you all afternoon.

You could have texted me.

 

My heart is really hurting.

I have a great-grandson near.

But I rarely see him.

I wish she’d bring him here.

 

I had a “Grandma Corner”

Full of books and games and toys.

It was the perfect corner

For little girls and boys.

 

But since you rarely come here,

I gave it to a friend

Whose grandkids are here visiting.

When will this heartbreak end?

 

 

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