Tiny Practice: Who will I help today?

“Never underestimate the difference you can make in the lives of others. Step forward, reach out, and help. Reach out to someone who might need a lift.”

Pablo

As compassion for others is one focus of area of tiny practices, I am asking you today to reach out to someone who may need help. You may find someone right in front of you in your journey today or need to reach out to a friend or family member you know is lonely. You will know.

Shared by Marcie Doll

Resurrections – again and again on this day

I find my resurrections

From dark, lonely, dreary tombs

Of fear, separation and loss

In the mockingbird that sings joyfully while playing hide and seek in the holly bush.

In the thread of a text with beloved sisters who hear my cry.

In the empathetic, sympathetic melodies of a piano and strings.

In the chit chat and giggles of nurses attending to my wellbeing.

In the routine, soothing hum of a ferry ride on the river

   whisking me gently to and from a mandatory destination

   and the familiarity of home base.

In the blooms on the magnolia – echo, echo, echo – of my childhood home.

In the swirling dervish of cherry blossoms relinquishing their turn to budding greenery.

In the relief that the tears lurking behind my eyes and within my heart are not all that I feel,

If not outright joy, then glimmers of tranquility

That bring small, yet encouraging, Resurrections, again and again

Susan Ceely Phillips

Going Home

On this Sunday with a moment of music, I share Yo-Yo Ma playing Dvorak’s Going Home. Yo-Yo Ma is an American of Asian descent.

Today, I want to say a prayer of peace for all of those of Asian-descent, who call America, home. In the past year, the rate of hate crimes against Asian-Americans, especially the elderly dramatically rose in rural, suburban, and urban areas.

The Marble Women’s Ministry prays for the end of hatred towards Asian-Americans in this country. And pray that all people in this country can come together and live in peace. Amen.

A Fun Song for a Saturday

I thought this would be a good day to share a fun song and video from Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors. “I Need to go Somewhere” will help give you a bit of levity on a Saturday. Enjoy!

The Summoning

There is a battle that ensues
In mind and body both
Each fights within itself nonstop
And both against the other too.

The more my mind darts forth and back
And far and wide and long and fast,
The more my busy body sinks
And aches and downward droops.

As these two the battle goes
There is another dwells within:
The heart -- in all its glory lies
Between the two and yet forgot.

Divine Redeemer help me see
That heart alone doth summon me
And should those walls come down at last
Then I might love
And peace will reign

And I might truly live. 

By Karla Hendrick

The Light that Shines in the Darkness–A Poem About Hope

-Poem Written by Justin Farley


There’s a light that shines in the darkness.
There’s a destiny waiting at the end of the road.
There’s meaning in the middle of this emptiness.
There’s a reason you’ve been asked to carry this heavy load.

Lessons are taught when we reach out
Farther than we thought we’d ever dare.
Faith abounds when we confront our deepest doubts,
Enduring more than we dreamed we could ever bear.

There’s a dawn waiting at the edge of every midnight.
There’s a seed planted with every fallen leaf.
With every wrong there’s the chance to make a right.
With every hour of suffering there’s an eternity of relief.

Our darkest moments give us the opportunity
For seasons of our greatest growth.
Every day we work towards continuity
Of acceptance and persistent hope.



And there’s a light that shines in the darkness.
There’s a star that guides the way.
There’s a gate that’s open to forgiveness.
There’s a shepherd who saves those who’ve gone astray.


Submitted by
Sandy Diaz

Reflections and Sacrifice

It feels like we’ve lived through an extended Lenten season for the past year. As I reflect on how all of our lives have changed, it reminds me of Jesus fasting in the desert. A time to focus on God and discern what our next steps might be to make our communities stronger, wiser and better than before.

1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

Shared by Brenda Walker

Tiny Practice: Turn the Story Around

“The greater part of human pain is unnecessary. It is self-created as long as the unobserved mind runs your life.” ~Eckhart Tolle

What stories are going on in your head today? Many of us have lots of stories running through our minds. Have you ever thought about these stories that make you worry or fearful? It is time to put these stories to rest and give some headspace to more positive thinking.

  1. Be mindful of the stories taking up our precious headspace.
  2. Write these stories down on a piece of paper.
  3. Today, is the day to take control of these stories.
  4. Rip up this piece of paper.
  5. When a story comes up, put yourself back into the present.
  6. Talk back to the story.
  7. Take a few deep breaths to ground yourself in the present.
  8. Move on.

By being more aware of the stories in our head and controlling them, you will be more mindful of the present.

Shared by Marcie Doll

At the Dawn

Our first glimpse of reality this day – every day – is your fidelity.

We are dazzled by the ways you remains constant among us,

            in season, out of season,

            for better, for worse,

            in sickness and in health.

You are there in watchfulness as we fall asleep;

You are there in alertness when we awaken…and we are glad.

            Before the day ends, we will have occasion

                        to flag your absence in indifference…

                        but not now, not at the dawn.

            Before the day ends, we will think more than once

                        that we need a better deal from you…

                        but not now, not at the dawn.

Now, at the dawn, our eyes are fixed on you in gladness.

            We ask only that your faithfulness

                        permeate every troubled place we are able to name,

                        that your mercy

                        move against the hurts to make new,

                        that your steadfastness

                        hold firmly what is too fragile on its own.

And we begin the day in joy, in hope, and in deep gladness. Amen.

A prayer from Walter Brueggemann

A Woman

By Ellie Holcomb and Amy Grant

I could never speak it
But I didn’t quit when they called me heretic
They said I was too dangerous
So I stood with all the women at a distance
But once my name crossed His lips
How could I keep quiet
He is not ashamed to be seen with me beside Him
Mhmm I have seen the Lord
I will speak of Him
And nobody could talk me out of it
I have seen the Lord
And my Lord’s seen me
Oh He said my name
And told me
Go and speak
Of what you’ve seen How could I not speak it?
That You didn’t quit when they called You heretic
Mhmm
They said it was too scandalous
For You to come so close to me
But You still did it
MhmmAnd once my named crossed His lips
How could I keep silent?
He is not ashamed to be
Seen with me beside Him Oh I have seen the Lord
I will speak of him
And nobody could talk me out of it
I have seen the Lord
And my Lord’s seen me
Oh, He said my name
And told me
Go and speak
Of what you’ve seen I will run and tell the story of
The world denied, stayed buried, but it is still alive
Spirt’s setting tongues on fire
All the Heaven’s singing glory, glory, glory
Trees are clapping, clapping, clapping
Rocks are shouting, shouting, shouting
And then there’s me, a women And I will speak
Of what I’ve seen
I will speak (I will speak)
Of what I’ve seen (What I’ve seen)
Go and speak (I will speak)
Of what you’ve seen (What I’ve seen)
Go and speak
Of what you’ve seen
Go and speak

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