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© 2017 Dennis Ference

My book of original inspirational verses, From the Water’s Edge, is  available from https://www.createspace.com/6040109, http://www.amazon.com/dp/1530558018 and Kindle eBooks at Amazon.

A Blessed New Year

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When 2016
shall come to a close
may you be able to look
back on the year completed
with awe and wonder
at the growth
in life and love
that has expanded
and gladdened
your heart
and soul.

© 2015 Dennis Ference

A Blessed New Year to all!

Darkness and Shadow

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If we can truthfully concede
that darkness and shadow
have legitimate roles
to play in the real universe
of which we are a part,
we increase our options greatly
for transcending the inevitable
pain and suffering of life.

© 2015 Dennis Ference

Prayer for Compassion for Others

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how easy it is for me
to get trapped in the maze
of my own sufferings
and the tangle
of my own concerns.

I wake up in the morning,
and I begin the stretch
through the usual stiffness
and expected aches and pains.
I go to bed at night
to recline with memories
of a past that I treasure
but that no longer can be.

And in between
I often stumble in the dark
of a self-absorption
firmly planted
behind a closed door.

But you have placed a light
deep in my spirit,
shining always outward
and not merely within.
It lights the faces
of my brothers and sisters,
exposing our oneness,
baring their need.

Help me, Lord,
to move out
toward the other.
Help me, Lord,
to pry open my door.
Help me to do justice
and be compassion.
Help me, Lord,
Help me.

Adapted from Psalm Prayers for Seniors,
by Merging Traffic blog author Dennis Ference,
© 2000 Liguori Publications. Available from Liguori,
Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

Prayer of Praise for the Light

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There have been days
when I thought I
would never smile again.

There have been days
when I thought I
surely must die.

Those were the times
when the weight of some loss
seemed too heavy to bear.

Those were the times
when the shadow of sadness
never left my side.

But the daylight broke through
on an unexpected morning
as the clouds surrendered
to the faithfulness of the sun.

And I soon found a song,
and I soon felt a rhythm,
and I soon danced again
to the music of life.

And now I thank you
and I praise you
for all of your doing.
And I will thank you
and I will praise you
all the rest of my days.

Adapted from Psalm Prayers for Seniors,
by Merging Traffic blog author Dennis Ference,
© 2000 Liguori Publications. Available from Liguori,
Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.