Friday, December 18, 2009


Peace, according to a variety of dictionaries, means freedom from war, mental calm, quiet tranquility, and living harmoniously in relationships and in society.

At this time of year it is easy to lose track of our sense of peace so I leave you for the next two weeks with the gift of two poems - poems that I hope will help you to rest in the moment, to b-r-e-a-t h-e out the stress and to b-r-e-a-t-h-e in the peace. The first is an adaptation of an old Celtic prayer and the second was written by Mattie Stepanek, a 10 year old boy with muscular dystrophy whose writing touched the hearts of thousands during his short life.

Deep Peace

Deep peace of the running wave to you.

Deep peace of the flowing air to you.

Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.

Deep peace of the shining stars to you.

Deep peace of the infinite peace to you.

December Prayer

No matter who you are,
Say a prayer this season.
No matter what your faith,
Say a prayer this season.
No matter how you celebrate,
Say a prayer this season.
There are so many ways
To celebrate faiths,
There are so many faiths
To celebrate life.
No matter who
No matter what,
No matter how...
You pray.
Let's say a prayer
This season,
Together, for peace.

Mattie Stepanek, December, 1999

Warmest blessings and deep peace to you and yours this holiday season,


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