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Day 14 - Daily Sharing of: Gratitude, Concern, Prayer/Inspiration

A friend who shares my love for gardening shared some seeds with me today. It’s been some time since I’ve truly had a garden. I always have my basics from my yard; such as my Italian bay leaf, sage, rosemary, mint, and plentiful fruit trees. I am grateful for those growing without much tending. A garden is a more tender act that takes time to plan, plant, nurture and if all goes well; harvest. So in this time of sheltering and praying for the world, it seems a good time to garden. Today was clearing some beds and trimming excess and dead things in the yard to allow for more sun, and growth. So many profound steps. Slow steps. I have time to do this. There are ways that touching the earth in this time reminds me of the pain; and the possibilities. Grateful to be outside this day to feel the earth and look to the sky. Daily I learn of more people I know and stories of those I’ve never met, affected by COVID-19 in various ways. More faces and names to put to my growing list of prayers, that always end with a global net, to pray for all. I lift up this Shinto Prayer for Peace

Although the people living across the ocean surrounding us, I believe, are all our brothers and sisters, why are there constant troubles in this world? Why do winds and waves rise in the ocean surrounding us? I only earnestly wish that the wind will soon puff away all the clouds which are hanging over the tops of the mountains.

May it be so…

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