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Five Essentials of Life

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  Five Essentials of Life One – The Word is the Universal Spirit Causing everything to exist And this Word forms the basis Of the world’s religions Two – The breath or wind is of God, Making it possible for us to be alive It fills the ecosystem. Three – The sun is like a ball of fire Suppling energy, evaporating water, Determining the seasons, And causes storms on the earth Four – The earth consists of matter Through which all animate, And inanimate things are composed Five – All matter consists of water. Oceans, rivers, and streams Are replenished by the rains, and snowstorms From the heavens above “Gracious Provider, help us to appreciate these gifts to mankind.   Guide us to use your blessings wisely.” Amen

God's Wisdom & Mercy

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  God’s Wisdom & Mercy God’s wisdom and mercy are indescribable For the Divine is known for infinite grace Christian believers have an apostolic Spirit They embrace this eternal gift for spiritual growth That’s seen as an unquenchable fire A devotee of this Universal Essence says, “Don’t go where the path may lead, But go instead where there’s no path And be sure to leave a trail.”   Contemplating God is great For people experience goodness, and mercy Love heals wounded hearts So when you witness think about God’s omnipotence For this is how to touch unfaithful people   In your pastoral outreach love all mankind Be industrious and walk in the light And be devoted believers of the Word For its God’s wisdom   “Almighty God, grant us the peace that passes all understanding.   Let our words be soothing to all we encounter on our earthly sojourn.” Amen       

On Matthew's 40th Birthday

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  Matthew’s Early Life You came crying into this world On August 12 th , 1981 at Norfolk General Hospital There to greet you were mom, dad, the doctor and hospital staff. That day surely felt like Christmas For you as a blessed gift had entered our lives This feeling lasted for years And it was a premonition that a special person was born   You were baptized Matthew Joseph Thomas At the Church of Holy Apostles On that day the congregation couldn’t take their eyes off of you Dressed in a unique baptismal gown handmade by Nonnie The Catholic priest Father Ray Barton held you up As the church accepted you as a new member of their family Holy Apostles became an important part of our family.   Your first babysitter was Mrs. Ethyl Weeks in College Park where we lived. Months later we chose babysitters CeCe and Barry to do this job. Then, you were at Gloria and Children’s World. Dad would pick you up after work  As a toddler you liked vacuuming, doing dishes, baking, and attending Gymboree cl

I Shall Live

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  I Shall Live I shall live. I had a dream last night. I dreamt that I would live. I was at an Eternal School. There were teachers and students. Just like the way people are taught on earth. But this dream convinced me that there’s an eternity. When I showed up for class all the teaching slots were taken. And many students were in attendance.   I stuck around awaiting my fate. It seems as though karma was at work. And I was merely standing aside not knowing what to do. Then an advocate stepped forward who I didn’t quite recognize and insisted I stay. This incident was quite revealing and I thanked my stars. Standing in my midst were visions of family and friends who were deceased. Their appearances were quite fuzzy, and some I vaguely recognized. But I could sense from this celestial body that they wanted me to be on their team.   I was submitted to an oral examination and my partial removed. This was just like some medical examinations on eart

Black Eyed Susans

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  Black-Eyed Susans Yes! Planters are more than mortals We’re helpers of nature We’re able to make plants grow And we’re active in the process But it’s nature that determines the outcome.   Take black-eyed Susans There’s a planter’s playbook About how to get the best results Black-eyed Susans must be planted When the soil temperature is around 70 degrees For the best results The planting period is March to May These seedlings will flower from June to September.   Black-eyed Susans enjoy the sun So be sure to give them plenty sunlight But be mindful and fertilize the soil for the best results Check the plants regularly to see if they need watering And be sure they don’t dry out   Further tips would be to remove Faded or dead leaves to prolong blooming You must know when to prune So that smaller blooms will occur in the fall But all gardeners do, they are just helping nature To ensure that black-eyed Susans grow their best Still a p

Aging Wisely

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  Aging Wisely What does it mean to age wisely? Have you been preparing for the ride? You better grab the steering wheel Because sooner or later you’ll get there   Aging has to do with people’s attitude. You can be a couch potato or active. Doing activities are beneficial as you age. They help to keep one’s mind sharp.   Having confidence brings joy to life. It’s imperative that seniors love what they do. They can participate in a variety of activities. Some can spend their time exercising, painting, Learning a new language, going to coffee hours, Practicing music, playing games, and doing crosswords   It’s true that as people age they face challenges. Some may suffer from arthritis, lung disease, Cancer, heart disease, memory loss, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, falls, or Osteoporosis But with proper medical care and medication Sufferers are able to control these diseases     “Almighty Creator, help people as they age to live productive liv

Independence Day (U.S.A)

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  Independence Day (U.S.A) July 4th is an auspicious federal holiday. It’s unlike other holidays. For the American Colonies were no longer subject to British rule. This national day is a time for celebration.   Independence Day ushered in America’s freedoms. So let’s commemorate this day of deliverance. Let’s fall on our knees in devotion to Almighty God. And mark our nation’s birth with pomp and parades.   Let fireworks explode and decorate the evening sky. Americans celebrate with carnivals, fairs, and games. It’s time for reunions, ceremonies, and public events. Independence Day began when the Second Continental Congress Voted to approve the resolution for Independence proposed By Richard Henry Lee of Virginia Declaring the United States independent from Great Britain From that time on its celebration Was marked by gun-salutes, speeches, music, and prayers   “God has continued to guide our nation.   Let’s glorify this achievement.   And let