lightly stepped a yellow star to its lofty place

- Yahweh - Great Spirit - God -

Look with compassion upon the whole human family;

Take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts;

Break down the walls which separate us;

Unite us in bonds of love;

and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish good purposes 

on earth and in all the heavens,

so that all nations and races may serve with peace and love.*




Each morning I walk the beaches across the street from my home. 

Often I bring a trash bag with me

and collect pieces of plastic, water bottles, straws (so many darn straws),

things that no one wants anymore. 

things that we don't care about any more.

Lately, I have been considering the fact that the tide on my beach gives way to other beaches

where the bodies of little boys wash up on the shore like bits of refuse


So many refugees fleeing for their lives

millions and millions of refugees

little boys that no one saw

mothers and fathers and sisters and grandmothers and uncles and aunts and grandfathers and neighbors and friends and teachers and brothers and preachers and warriors and lovers and haters and writers and musicians and children and children and children and children and children and children and children

that no one sees

can one individual life make a difference?

and I bend to pick  another straw up off the beach

and I am engulfed in sadness

God's speed little Aylan

may you lie down with heroes and martyrs and saints

and may you wake up all nations

*Adapted from the Book of Common Prayer

I is for....Individual


  1. Goodmorning

    A wonderful post, wich touches my heart and soul, giving me the chills ,,,, with you i pray for the salvation of people all over the world.

    Have a nice day!
    ♫ Mel☺dy ♫ (abc-w-team)

  2. Gut-wrenching, heart-breaking.

  3. I think this image will mark 2015, unfortunately...

    Mersad Donko Photography

  4. This is absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing your heart with us. Praying along with you. (So glad we are neighbors at Women with Intention!)

  5. I shed tears for all the lost souls eternally in God's loving care and I pray for God to forgive the INSTIGATORS of the
    atrocities in these war tor countries Amen.
    ABCW team.

  6. Calling by from ABC Wednesday, very poignant.

  7. what a powerful post. Love the post and the importance of it that it brings a situation to life that others can see
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  8. Your imagery is strong. I don't think I shall look at a straw the same way anymore. Each of us has to unlearn a lot to expand beyond the restrictive walls that institutions teach us to feel safe within.
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

  9. Dreadful situation. More must be done.

  10. Beautiful tribute. Every once in a while we get a reminder of what it means to be human.

  11. This little soul touches all our hearts. Lets pray those who can take charge of this horrible situation.

  12. I lift up my prayers with you.

  13. thanks for touching my heart, love you.

  14. Thanks for sharing this, tenderly written. It's a sad thing when through the shouting and crying in spirit at God I hear myself saying 'thank You that you a. allowed this, b. allowed it to be seen globally, that the world might have her heart jump started again. I don't even want to say #refugeeswelcome, I want to say #humanswelcome. Whether from war, persecution, or simply wanting to have/make a better life....from syria, from africa, from mexico....don't we all want that? "He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord.." (prov. 19:17) and "As much as you did for the least of these you did for Me" (matthew 25:40).
    Take care, and keep your heart warm--He said the way the world would see Him would be through Love.
    Blessings (and love!) from Holland,


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