Sunday, January 21, 2018

In memory of Betty and Iola and Dorris

Psalm 102:18
Let this be written
for a future generation . . .

Alex Haley is often quoted as having said that when an old person dies, it is like a small library burning. 

The difference is, most libraries only have books for which there are duplicates in many other libraries. 

But when an old person dies, it is a tragic loss of the many and varied pages and chapters of the assorted books of that person's unique life . . . it is left to us, the living, to remember and record and memorialize their stories . . .

Remembering and honoring
the varied lives of . . .

my neighbor and friend
21 January 1928 ~ 17 January 2018


my 1st cousin once removed
11 February 1921 ~ 20 January 2018


mother of my 2nd cousins
19 January 1926 ~ 20 January 2018

Let them not vanish
like ghosts of forgotten memories . . . 

Monday, January 1, 2018

Prayer for the New Year

For Thy guidance all the way
Through the New Year, Lord, we pray,

And in deep humility
Pray for speedy victory.

Let us hear it sung again:
"Peace on earth; good will to men."

Let this year see nations freed
Once again from war and greed.

On the home front help us keep
Faith with those in plane and jeep.

On the land and on the sea
Fighting for our liberty.

Bring them back, whom we hold dear,
Early in this hopeful year.

This poem / prayer was written by Nancy Richey Ranson . . . who was Poet Laureate of Texas from 1941 'til 1943 . . . it was published in the Dallas Morning News on January 1, 1945 . . .