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A prayer for these difficult times

Everybody Means Something

The Cudgel Fight (for source of image see link) Goya’s Cudgel Fight (for source of image see link)

For those of us who feel unable to do more and perhaps even more so for those affected by or seeking to change the darkness of the current condition of the world, and especially on this day for those in France struggling to come to terms with what has happened, this prayer seems especially appropriate.

God, my God!  Thou seest how black darkness is enshrouding all regions, how all countries are burning with the flame of dissension, and the fire of war and carnage is blazing throughout the East and the West.  Blood is flowing, corpses bestrew the ground, and severed heads are fallen on the dust of the battlefield.

O Lord!  Have pity on these ignorant ones, and look upon them with the eye of forgiveness and pardon.  Extinguish this fire, so that these dense clouds which obscure the…

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Monochrome photos challenge – day 1

A beautiful image.  Thank you as always to John for permission to share his images here.

the Book of Bokeh


Thank you to Norma at Emovere  and Virginie at Darwin on the Rocks  for passing the Five Day Monochrome Photos Challenge on to me. On this first day I have chosen a photo of my father praying.

In choosing which photos to make over into monochrome, I tried to select those which either suggest a story or seem to capture a strong, unique moment. In any event, I hope you enjoy them.

Today I challenge Ted, a new friend and exceptional photographer from a local photography club; his blog is TPJPhoto.

I would also like to invite you to visit the poetry blog, the Book of Pain. As always, special thanks to my dearest spouse Lyn, who does most of the hard part: the photos selection. Thank you for dropping by the Book of Bokeh.

Photograph and comments ©John Etheridge with all rights reserved; not to be used without the expressed written permission of…

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Diversity of Prayer


Pow Wow. Thanks dollarphotoclub. Pow Wow.
Thanks dollarphotoclub.

Constant pounding of the drums

Jingling of the rattles like a snake

The bead and leather under the sun

On Pow Wow Feast days a lot at stake


You dare say this is not true Prayer

Look again as the feet stomp our Mother

Catch the light reflected in what dancers wear

Living, breathing meditation like no other


Everyone and every thing is alive with vocation

Spirits calling and dancing igniting the very air

Intercourse of the physical and sanctification

All are occupied with praise of Him with care.

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