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St. Patrick's Day
An Irish Prayer
May God give you...
for every storm, a rainbow,
for every tear, a smile,
for every care, a promise,
and a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
a faithful friend to share,
for every sigh, a sweet song,
and an answer for each prayer.
When my sister and I took a trip to Ireland in the late 1980's, lovely thatched-roof cottages like this dotted the Emerald Isle. Because it rains almost every day, the grass is verdant in Ireland. We often saw double rainbows after a rainshower in this country.
When our bus driver drove on the left side of the road, I almost screamed, but soon got used to the Irish driving on this side of the highway. Here's a photo where cattle crossed in front of the tour coach as we traveled through the country.
It was common for horses to pull "traps" loaded with milk and cream in the country. My sister and I had ice creams that were pure, rich cream. Oh, my strawberry ice cream was so good!
My mother thinks the reason I talk so much is because I kissed the Blarney Stone!
"A Poppy for Mother"
Karen Ponischil; Charlotte, NC
The Sacred Threads Travel Exhibit was displayed at the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Hayesville, NC in May, 2016. The display of art quilts explore themes of joy, inspiration, spirituality, healing, grief, peace and brotherhood. The exhibit is staged in Herndon, VA in odd numbered years.
"Aspen IV-Sunny Day"
Dorothy Raymond; Loveland, CO
"War in Black & White"
Deb Cashatt & Kris Sazaki,
Cameron Park, CA
"Let Justice Roll Down Like Water" Kit Tossmann; Louisville, KY
Marianne Williamson; Miami, FL
Sally Wright; Los Angeles, CA
Jane Bachus; Paradis Valley, AZ
Judy Warner; Victor, NY
"Hope & Love"
Yvonne Porcella; Modesto, CA
Brenda Kay Ledford's story, "Angels Over Iraq," was published in The Best Angel Stories 2016 by Guideposts Organization. This hardcover book is available at Amazon.com.
Brenda's story, "Angels Over Iraq," was first printed in Angels Magazine. Guideposts selected the best stories that appeared in this magazine and published a hardcover anthology. Brenda's story was included in this book.
Her story is about her nephew who served two tours of duty in Iraq. She had a dream that angels were protecting him and wrote a story about her vision. It was included in both the magazine and anthology.
The Lord did in fact protect John and he got home to America. He was called to preach and is now attending divinity school.
God does great things!
His grandfather was also a Southern Baptist minister for 40 years. We are praying God will lead John in the field where it's His will to use him for God's glory. We appreciate very much the prayers of our blogg…