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My UU minister shared this on Facebook. Enjoy!

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My friends, we have arrived. We are here, in this new year. 
We have crossed the boundary of time, into the next year, with all its resolutions and plans and schedules ahead of us. 
Let us pause, for just this moment, before we move boldly onward. 
Let us pause to hear the breathing of those around us, 
to feel their presence in this room. 
To know their presence in our lives. 
Let us pause to consider the trees, their branches stripped bare, 
their elegant architecture on display. 
Let us pause to feel the spirit of life and love that ties us to each other, that winds its way through our very bones and settles in our hearts. 
Before we march forward, armed with resolutions that will shortly be forgotten in the day-to-day of living, let us notice what it is that remains every year, every day. What exists beyond schedules and months, beyond time. It welcomes us to life, not just at the start of the year, but every day. And let us answer . . . Amen.

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This was “Bonus Sunday Prayer” from The God Article on Facebook today. I loved it to much I had to share it; hopefully you will be blessed by it, too.

Good and gracious God,

We come before you now
with deep concerns
and restless hearts.
When we look at the world around us
we see clearly
that it is not what you intended it to be.
Nations war over differences.
Religious tensions rise over differences.
People judge, marginalize, attack and kill
… over differences.
And it all takes place
in the midst of your Creation
where the differences and diversity
you created abound.
Call this, your Creation,
back to a holy celebration
of diversity.
Bring your healing power
to a world sorely in need.

Remind us that
the healing begins with us –
your hands and your feet
in this world.

We pray for those
who are singled out for their differences —
we ask you to be with them
and strengthen them
in the times when they are in need
and we ask that you remind us
that you are with them
when we are with them.
So, continue to encourage us
to be with them.

In the times that we are the ones
being singled out for our differences
we ask for the presence of your Spirit
to encourage us
and for the presence of mind
to seek out supportive communities
where we can be accepted and loved.

We also pray for those who are
sick, lost and alone.
May they find comfort in your Spirit
and may we become part of that comfort.

Remind us of the work in front of us
and teach us that to do that work
we must find time and space
to be renewed.
Strengthen your servants,
O God,
that we may continue
to run this race.

We ask this and all things in your name,
Amen.

Happy Sunday!

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This was posted by Tracy over at the Facebook page Democrats Organizing for America. It’s so true and so well-put, I just had to share it!

Happy 4th of July, everyone. May our country’s progress only continue. 🙂

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HAPPY 4TH OF JULY ~ To All You Anti-American Teapublican ‘Secessionists’…

“This is not my nation any more.

This is not my America!” they say.

Don’t laugh- they’re probably right.

Because if you believe that America in the 21st century should function under the same assumptions and with the same values as America in the 18th century…

Then no, this actually isn’t your America any more.

If you believe that “Freedom of religion” means that you have the right to make decisions about health care, family planning, equal rights, evolution and education for people who do not share your religion…

You’re in the wrong place.

If you believe that black people vote for a black man only because of race but white people never vote for a white guy because of his race…

If you believe that a 90 year old veteran who has been voting for 50 years should be denied a ballot because he no longer has a driver’s license…

Then it’s not your America any more.

If you believe that bullying and abuse is ok as long as you do it for Jesus, and that kids are better off in orphanages than with gay parents and that rape shouldn’t be an ‘excuse’ for an abortion because some girls rape easy…

This is not your America.

If you believe that the working poor, pensioners and veterans in America just want ‘free stuff’ but the wealthy demand their personal income tax cuts for the good of the nation…

No, this is not your America.

If you think you have the right to say who other people can love…

This isn’t that place.

And if you believe that it’s not possible for your candidate to lose an election unless the “urban” people cheated… By voting…

That an acceptable way to win is to try to stop as many people as possible from voting…

That “bipartisan’ means that all the wrong people are supposed to do things your way…

And that the “United” part of “United States of America” only applies when your party is running the show…

Then you don’t understand what America is.

It’s not a country where you can just ‘opt out’ when things don’t go your way, and where a bunch of people whining that they want to leave will make us turn our backs on our principles.

It’s not a place where beginning a sentence with “I’m not a racist’ makes it ok to call the President a ni**er.

It’s not a country where a rich, privileged old man can attack a young woman’s character in vicious and almost pornographic simply because he disagrees with her politics and not suffer consequences.

It’s not a place where we believe that a helping hand in the middle of a natural disaster should come with a pricetag..

It’s not a nation where we think it’s ok for poor people to die from treatable diseases because millionaire CEO’s don’t want to cut into their profits.

And thankfully, it’s not a nation where bitter, obscenely wealthy men can buy themselves an election.

You folks are the same people who yell “America- love it or leave it” at us every time we try to fix what’s broken around here.

Now, it seems like you don’t love it enough to stick around and work together.

Well, we’re not trying to run you out, but you are certainly free to go.

Of course you don’t get to take your state with you- sorry, but that ‘Constitution’ thing you’re always going on about says the states stay together.

And you don’t get the flag you’re always waving; that belongs to America.

But you can leave, if that’s really what you want.

The border is that-a-way…

Tracy

https://www.facebook.com/Estes.Park.Democrats.OFA

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