‘Give us grace’ to persevere

This prayer by W.E.B. DuBois, educator, journalist and activist, is relevant today. The challenges of the 19th and 20th centuries appear perpetual and universal. I pray for courage and strength for all of us so we can stand up to do the right and necessary thing for ourselves and others and to persevere in the doing.

 

Give us grace, O God, to dare to do the deed which we well know cries to be done. Let us not hesitate because of ease, or the words of men’s mouths, or our own lives. Mighty causes are calling us — the freeing of women, the training of Black Heritage stamp W.E.B. DuBoischildren, the putting down of hate and murder and poverty — all these and more. But they call with voices that mean work and sacrifices and death. Mercifully grant us, O God, the spirit of Esther, that we may say: I will go unto the King and if I perish, I perish.


— W.E.B. DuBois

 

Image: Smithsonian Institution, National Postal Museum.

YouTube video from Biography.com, W.E.B. DuBois — Civil Rights Pioneer

 

Valentine’s Day is not for the faint-of-heart

It is the day before Valentine’s Day and I am happy to report that at least one greeting card has arrived by mail. Also happy to report I did not send it to myself (girls can we talk?).

This afternoon, I heard the familiar sound of a UPS truck. Yes, familiar. The UPS driver was at my house so often last year, we were on a first-name basis. I ran to the window and yes, there was the truck parked right in front of my door. What excitement. Someone has sent me a surprise gift.

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I opened my door but somehow had lost sight of the driver. I closed the door to maintain the warm, toasty air inside. I realized it must be a pretty big package because the driver probably went to the rear of the truck to retrieve it. I continued peering through the peephole when suddenly I saw the driver walking from my neighbor’s house across the street. He hopped in the truck and then drove away. What? How can this be? He never delivers to that house. How can you trick a woman this way on Valentine’s eve?

Oh, well. The gift of chocolate I received earlier will certainly help assuage my woes.

Chocolate with laughter on top — an unbeatable combination. For you, a YouTube video of a very funny “Dating Game” episode from the TV show “In Living Color,” with Jim Carrey and Jamie Foxx. Happy Valentine’s Day.

 

Bless our communications

Nearly six years ago, my director asked me to give the opening prayer at our communications department meeting. I looked through books and surfed the Internet but I could not find a prayer that resonated with me. So, I wrote one. I realize it has applications beyond my department meeting. I will include it in my upcoming ebook of prayers.

Bless Our Communications

Lord, bless our communications

with one another and the world.

 

By our calling and our profession,dreamstimefree_120186

we share your good news

through all channels of communication —

in the spoken and written word

as well as through the art

that graces the printed and the virtual page.painting1 portrait of woman reading a newspaper

 

Grant us patience in this journey —

give us the right words to say

and the right way to say them.

 

May our words be kind —

may they bring comfort

to people we see in our daily lives

and to those we may never meet.

 

May we remain open to what you have to say Lord.

May we honor your expression.

Amen.

Copyright © 2009 by Tanya Goodman

 

Image: “Portrait of a Woman Reading a Newspaper,” oil on canvas by Stanislaw Debicki, Wikigallery

Microphone photo: © Jostein Hague|Dreamstime Stock Photos

 

 

Stress can create precious gems

How do you handle stress? I admit I do not always handle it well. From time-to-time, I have to remind myself stress can be a good thing. Our stressors may differ, but no life is free of stress. How we respond to it, how we handle it, makes all the difference. I choose to make diamonds. I hope the same for you.

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