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It’s a little bit cliche now. What once used to be a cute bumper sticker has really caught on… in name.  From time to time you may do something for a friend and call it a “RAK”, maybe bake cookies or buy something that you know they’d like. You might even send a card to a friend that you’ve been thinking of recently. These things are great but are they really random?

It’s easy and mostly comfortable to  do something for someone you know – but I want to step outside of that comfort zone. I want to show kindness to the people around me, even the strangers. But I need your help! What are your ideas for brightening the day of those who I come in contact with every day? I’m going to take these ideas and put them into practice over the next several months.

This is part of a larger journey that I’m trying to write about but the words haven’t come out quite right. Long story short = I’m rediscovering my spirituality and faith journey. I know it sounds a bit cheesy and trite and that’s why I haven’t written about it at length yet. I want to make sure I put the right words to what’s happening in my life.

So let me hear from you, dear friends. What are some great and tangible ways I can love others?


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Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. This reminds us to pause and take stock of our life and faith. Many people make changes during the Lent season for these very reasons.

My biggest change is not one I’m doing voluntarily. Today is my first day back to work after maternity leave. I love my little life at home with my family, but bills have to be paid. Jeff will be a stay-at-home dad for now while he’s looking for work. It’s a good job, but a tiring one – and even before P was on the way, I did not do much else but sleep and work during the week. I’m apprehensive about how I’ll be able to manage everything. It’s just a season, and ideally I will eventually be home with P full-time.

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This year, I’m spending Lent in the Common Book of Prayer. I have a pocket-sized copy from 1945 that belonged to my great-great-aunt Verona. It is a beautiful little book and it’s been a treasure to thumb through. I love the history of this book, the history of this copy and the tradition it stands for. This year, I’ll be diving into it more fully than just a simple turning of the page.  I want to pray the same prayers that my family has prayed for generations before me.

I’m coming into this season also with a heavy heart. The grandson of one of my mother’s dear friends was diagnosed with cancer this week.  Just a child, his liver is 90% covered with a tumor and there are several spots on his lungs as well. It’s been a whirlwind of discovery for this family and my heart aches for them. I can’t imagine myself in their shoes. They did surgery to biopsy the tumor and it did not go well. As of last night, he was in ICU with a breathing tube after losing a lot of blood on the operating table. All of this has been discovered/happened since Friday.

If you have a moment today, please think of little Micah. Whatever your spiritual beliefs, that whole family could use a whole lot of loving.

For Micah, I’ll be praying the following prayers from the Common Book of Prayer today.

A prayer for recovery.

O God of heavenly powers, who, by the might of thy command, drivest away from mens’ bodies all sickness and all infirmity; Be present in thy goodness with this thy servant, that his weakness may be banished and his strength recalled; that his heath being thereupon restored, he may bless thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

A prayer for healing.

O Almighty God, who art the giver of all health, and the aid of them that turn to thee for succour; We entreat thy strength and goodness in behalf of this thy servant, that he may be healed of his infirmities, to thine honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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