I got up early one morning
And rushed right into the day
I had so much to accomplish
That I didn’t have time to pray.
Problems just tumbled about me
And heavier came each task
“Why doesn’t God help me?” I wondered
He answered, “You didn’t ask.”
I wanted to see joy and beauty
But the day toiled on, grey and bleak
I wondered why God didn’t show me
He said, “But you didn’t seek.”
I tried to come into God’s presence
I used all my keys at the lock
God gently and lovingly chided
“My child, you didn’t knock.”
I woke up early this morning
And paused before entering the day
I had so much to accomplish
That I had to take time to pray.
“Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive,
I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it.
I am going to use all my energies to develop myself,
to expand my heart out to others;
to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings.
I am going to have kind thoughts towards others,
I am not going to get angry or think badly about others.
I am going to benefit others as much as I can.”
― Dalai Lama XIV
The new guidelines by the American Cancer Society for the screening of breast cancer have received mixed reviews. Some women believe that early screening saved their lives. In fact it is known that women are getting breast cancer before age thirty. I know of one individual who was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer at the age of 28. She died before her thirtieth birthday leaving two young children. Maybe early detection could have saved her…
However I am also aware that many women have received false cancer diagnosis and some have gone through unnecessary treatment. Cancer is a scary thing and just the thought that they may have cancer is enough for some women to want to do something about it. We have to maintain a balance so we are not doing more harm to women rather than saving them. I believe however that women who have higher risk of getting cancer should continue to get early screening and not wait until age 45.
“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy;
it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for.
We can cure physical diseases with medicine,
but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love.
There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread
but there are many more dying for a little love.
The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty –
it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality.
There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.”
― Mother Teresa,
Infuse your life with action,
don’t wait for it to happen
Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high but by doing what you can to make grace happen…yourself, right now, right down here on earth.
A SIMPLE PRAYER
Oh Lord, what simple prayers we pray,
Giving You thanks and glory every day.
Our prayers like misty clouds ascend,
Seeking wisdom at each days end.
May our prayers be worthy in Your precious sight
As we struggle daily to do what is right.
Many we never give in to deep despair
As You hear oh Lord, our simple prayer.
~~Shirley H. Powell~~