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Published 5/12/10
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Pueblo blessing, Prayer for bravery, Max Lucado, Book of 2 Corinthians, Book of Revelation


Dear Readers,

I'm dating myself, but do you remember that '70s poster of a kitten cling-
ing precariously to a branch with the encouragement to "Hang in there"?
Holding on when life has left us out on a limb takes tenacity and courage;
it may mean refusing to succumb to a feeling of helplessness; focusing
on the grace of God that we know exists, even when we have lost sight of
it. Holding on can mean waiting patiently, hoping in the depths of our soul
and believing with all our heart that a dawn is coming to shatter the dark
of our night. While Truth may ask us to wait, Love will never forsake us.
You may cling to that. Then you may claim it. Eventually you will know it.

- Lisa

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photo of desert branch
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Hold on to what is good

Even if it is a handful of earth

Hold on to what you believe

Even if it is a tree that stands out by itself

Hold on to what you must do

Even if it is a long way from here

Hold on to life

Even if it is easier to let go

Hold on to my hand

Even if I have gone away from you.

Pueblo blessing

Source: "Prayer,"
by Richard W. Chilson
Sorin Books, 2006


God, make me brave for life;
oh, braver than this.
Let me straighten after pain,
as a tree straightens after the rain,
Shining and lovely again.
God, make me brave for life;
much braver than this.
As the blown grass lifts, let me rise
From sorrow with quiet eyes.
Knowing Thy way is wise.
God, make me brave; life brings
Such blinding things.
Help me to keep my sight;
Help me to see aright
That out of dark comes light.

Author unknown

12th century italian oven
Photo by Lisa Bowman      All rights reserved

The vessel of faith journeys on soft waters.
Belief rides on the wings of waiting.

Excerpted from "Tough Times,"
by Max Lucado
W Publishing Group,2006


Therefore, we are not discouraged; rather, although our
outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed
day by day. For this momentary light affliction is producing
for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as
we look not to what is seen but to what is unseen; for what
is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18
New American Bible

The Last Word:

Hold on to what you have, so that
no one will take your crown.

Book of Revelation 3:11
The Holy Bible
New International Version

































































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

I pray and I sing. And sometimes
my prayer is my singing.

Bobby McFerrin, Jr.  (1950 -  )
Grammy award-winning singer and conductor


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