May the light of the One
That illumines all souls
Illuminate our path throughout this new year.
May that light enable us all to love and be loved
And to grow that love
Into the World the One knows
We are capable of growing.
Happy Chinese New Year
Today and always.
May we come together as one human race
Through this holiday season
And every day of 2020 and beyond
Holding one another of all races, religions and sexual preferences
As one great God-given family.
With love as our guide.
Kindness still lives in Roanoke
The place I now live with its gracious townsfolk.
The majority strive to live and be as good
As God would want them to be: One beautiful neighborhood.
Baskets of welcome on my doorstep
Glorious holiday lights shining through my windows with pep.
I never thought I’d find a place as sweet
As Roanoke, Virginia, the place God directed me — what a treat!
2019 has been heartbreaking on so many levels, it’s been hard to endure
For children of Holocaust survivors like myself witnessing hatred of Jews and Israel rising like some newfound couture.
It seems no matter how hard we work
To show the world we love our neighbors as ourselves and we’ll never shirk
Our commitment to this beautiful world
To be kind and loving to Mother Earth and all God’s creatures, animal and man unfurled.
My prayer for 2020 is that this ridiculous hate propaganda machine
Is stopped in its tracks so love can envelope the Earth again with a glowing sheen.
And God can smile again at His/Her human children
Knowing they’re doing what they were sent here to do: Become all-lovin’.
You know where you need to grow
What your heart and mind needs to sow
To make your dreams come alive
And soar through the rest of this, your Earthly life.
Just start with a calendar
An accomplishment-a-day’s a good start for sure.
If you can visualize it, you will see
You can turn it into your reality.
Dear God, Creator of Heaven and Earth,
Today we sit alongside this beautiful, ailing child.
Although we recognize that when we come into this world, you lay before each of us our life’s mission,
Today we ask that you expand this child’s mission and tenure with us.
In doing so, we ask that you please bring complete healing of body and soul to _____________.
While we recognize that only You know what is best for this child; we ask that You make this perfect healing the best and right path for this beautiful being.
For hearing us fully today,
For listening to our hearts as we beseech thee with all that we are,
We thank You.
For being with us and with this child throughout this journey and into the next,
We thank You.
For all this, for that which we are unaware, and for the Light and Love that we recognize You surround us and enfold us with daily,
We thank You,
And together we say:
I pray with all my heart
That You be with my patients until they pass and restart
Life again beyond their body
Up with you, the one and only Almighty.
Please, Dear Lord, guide them there
With all the love they need — and tender care.
Comfort them when they feel scared.
Let them know You’re always near
That death seems final, but it really isn’t.
That it’s simply moving from here to Heaven Unlimited.
And when they get there, please envelope them
With eternal love, friends and kin.
For these things I pray I thank You now
Because only You can make this happen
Only You know how.
Chaplain Tamar/Chaplain Tammy