Monday, 30 January 2012

Start the week with a quote...

image from The Graphics Fairy



When people are free to do as they please,
they usually imitate each other

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Prayer for World Peace

Dove of Peace ~ Giclee print


We pray to the great Spiritual Power in which we live and move and have our being.
We pray that we may at all times keep our minds open to new ideas and shun dogma;
that we may grow in our understanding of the nature of all living beings and our connectedness with the natural world;
that we may become ever more filled with generosity of spirit and true compassion and love for all life;
that we may strive to heal the hurts that we have inflicted on nature and control our greed for material things, knowing that our actions are harming our natural world and the future of our children;
that we may value each and every human being for who he is, for who she is, reaching to the spirit that is within, knowing the power of each individual to change the world.

We pray for social justice, for the alleviation of the crippling poverty that condemns millions of people around the world to lives of misery - hungry, sick, and utterly without hope.
We pray for the children who are starving, who are condemned to homelessness, slave labour, prostitution, and especially for those forced to fight, to kill and torture even members of their own family.
We pray for the victims of violence and war, for those wounded in body and for those wounded in mind.
We pray for the multitudes of refugees, forced from their homes to alien places through war or through the utter destruction of their environment.

We pray for suffering animals everywhere, for an end to the pain caused by scientific experimentation, intensive farming, fur farming, shooting, trapping, training for entertainment, abusive pet owners, and all other forms of exploitation such as overloading and overworking pack animals, bull fighting, badger baiting, dog and cock fighting and so many more.

We pray for an end to cruelty, whether to humans or other animals, for an end to bullying, and torture in all its forms.
We pray that we may learn the peace that comes with forgiving and the strength we gain in loving;
that we may learn to take nothing for granted in this life;
that we may learn to see and understand with our hearts;
that we may learn to rejoice in our being.

We pray for these things with humility;
We pray because of the hope that is within us, and because of a faith in the ultimate triumph of the human spirit;
We pray because of our love for Creation, and because of our trust in God.
We pray, above all, for peace throughout the world.

prayer for world peace ~ dr jane goodall

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Ta~Dah ~ and A Monthly Make for 2012: January


The BBB ~ aka Beverly's Birthday Blanket ~ was finished in time for her birthday, sweetie~pies ~ yay!

I followed the Art Deco crochet blanket pattern in The Gentle Art of Knitting by Jane Brocket. I substituted a double-knit yarn instead of  the Aran-weight used in the pattern.  I made it using a 4.5mm crochet hook, and fairly closely followed the colours Jane used.  When it was done I edged it with one row of half-treble all round the blanket and then finished off with a bobble-shell edging, which I found on Lucy's blog (attic24.typepad.com/).

I must confess, my loves, that I was a wee bit concerned that it might be a tad too colourful but Beverly assures me that she absolutely loves it ~ thank goodness!

Although it took me quite a while to get it done ~ through a combination of procrastination and working on Christmas projects LOL ~ I am extremely happy with how it has turned out.  Once the foundation and pattern rows are in place it is a very simple blanket to crochet; one soon gets into a lovely gently rhythm which is really quite relaxing :-)

Since I have plenty of yarn left, I have now started a mini blanket for the little girl that Beverly looks after (she is a live-in child-minder) as apparently Niamh thought that Beverly's blanket was for her, bless her! I have also started another large blanket which will be a Christmas gift, so I am able to take my time with it. This is a much more subdued affair using only three different shades of yarn and I am liking it so much that it may be a teensy wee bit difficult to let it go to the intended recipients ;-) 


As an added bonus, I had just enough time to make this rather spiffing tissue-box cover to go with the BBB ~ so my Monthly Make for 2012: January project is complete, sweetie~pies :-)

The tissue-box pattern is on The Royal Sisters blog (http://theroyalsisters.blogspot.com/) and is very easy to make.  I did alter it slightly in that I had to add a couple of rows to make the cover large enough to fit my particular box of tissues.  I am going to make a couple of these for myself as well as some for Christmas gifts!

Now that the BBB is finally finished I have started some more projects ~ please note the plural there, my loves LOL  Not only have I started another two ripple blankets, albeit one is only a mini version ;-), I also have a knitted clothes-hanger cover on the go (which is a test-run trying out the best number of stitches and rows, ready for a clothes-hanger-making bonanza!) and a little making-it-up-as-I-go-along knitted bag in moss stitch which is to be a birthday (or perhaps Christmas, depending on when I get her little blankie finished!) gift for Niamh :-D

Plenty there to keep me out of mischief, methinks, not to mention lots of candidates for future Monthly Makes for 2012!

How can it be.....

a few days before they were born by elective c-section

...that my babies are 21 years old today!  The years have just flown by so quickly, sweetie~pies, and now here they are, all grown up!
with my parents last year
"helping" Grandad!

in Mummy and Daddy's bed

peeking over the child safety gate with Daddy

fun in the snow

Sam does love his sister really LOL

a school prom photo

is it really only three years since they turned 18???

another school prom photo

the four of us, with Amber too

striding out ahead on a family walk


Happy 21st Birthday my darlings!  Hoping you both have the most fantastic day ~ so sorry we can't all be together to celebrate but I'm sure you will both have lots of fun with your friends ;-)

Sending you lots and lots of (((hugs))) ~ Dad and I are so proud of you and we love you both so very much!

Thursday, 26 January 2012

The Thursday Poem




What The Dog Perhaps Hears
If an inaudible whistle
blown between our lips
can send him home to us,
then silence is perhaps
the sound of spiders breathing
and roots mining the earth;
it may be asparagus heaving,
headfirst, into the light
and the long brown sound
of cracked cups, when it happens.
We would like to ask the dog
if there is a continuous whir
because the child in the house
keeps growing, if the snake
really stretches full length
without a click and the sun
breaks through clouds without
a decibel of effort,
whether in autumn, when the trees
dry up their wells, there isn't a shudder
too high for us to hear.

What is it like up there
above the shut-off level
of our simple ears?
For us there was no birth cry,
the newborn bird is suddenly here,
the egg broken, the nest alive,
and we heard nothing when the world changed.
Lisel Mueller
(8th February 1924 - )

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Little splashes of sunshine...


At long last, my loves, we have got ourselves a fire surround ~ now we just need to get the chimney-breast decorated ;-)

Who would've thought that it would be such a difficult job finding a surround that I really liked!  It was quite hard to find one that was a suitable fit for the hearth and opening and I also didn't want anything "fancy".  I was so pleased when I finally found this simple oak surround on ebay :-)


And we now have a little door on our chimney-breast too, sweetie~pies!  I expect you already know that it is a soot door LOL  Our very nice chimney-sweep, Mr Fisher, fitted it for us last week.  Now he will find it so much easier each time he comes to clean our chimney!


A little splash of sunshine in the corner of the living room windowsill ~ aren't the flowers on this cactus pretty, sweetie~pies?  It really must like living on this windowsill, even though it faces more or less north and doesn't exactly get much sunshine during the winter.  Mind you, it does get lots of daylight so I guess that helps. 

It was a gift from my Mum quite some time ago and when she bought it, it had little orange dried flowers glued to the spines!  I really didn't like them at all, they looked so unnatural, so I very carefully pulled them off.  I was so pleased when it flowered, it was almost as if the cactus was saying thank you for removing those nasty 'ole dried flowers!


A closer view of the pretty yellow cactus flowers :-)  Why anyone would glue dried flowers to a cactus when it has its own perfectly lovely blooms beats me! 


Hip, hip, hooray ~ Tesco are doing the bunches of daffodils in their online grocery shopping once more, my loves!  I always buy some when I do my shopping, they are just so cheerful.  I put these in this pretty blue jug to brighten up our somewhat dark hall :-)

Monday, 23 January 2012

Start the week with a quote...

image from The Graphics Fairy



The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Prayer for World Peace

Dove of Peace ~ Giclee print


We pray to the great Spiritual Power in which we live and move and have our being.
We pray that we may at all times keep our minds open to new ideas and shun dogma;
that we may grow in our understanding of the nature of all living beings and our connectedness with the natural world;
that we may become ever more filled with generosity of spirit and true compassion and love for all life;
that we may strive to heal the hurts that we have inflicted on nature and control our greed for material things, knowing that our actions are harming our natural world and the future of our children;
that we may value each and every human being for who he is, for who she is, reaching to the spirit that is within, knowing the power of each individual to change the world.

We pray for social justice, for the alleviation of the crippling poverty that condemns millions of people around the world to lives of misery - hungry, sick, and utterly without hope.
We pray for the children who are starving, who are condemned to homelessness, slave labour, prostitution, and especially for those forced to fight, to kill and torture even members of their own family.
We pray for the victims of violence and war, for those wounded in body and for those wounded in mind.
We pray for the multitudes of refugees, forced from their homes to alien places through war or through the utter destruction of their environment.

We pray for suffering animals everywhere, for an end to the pain caused by scientific experimentation, intensive farming, fur farming, shooting, trapping, training for entertainment, abusive pet owners, and all other forms of exploitation such as overloading and overworking pack animals, bull fighting, badger baiting, dog and cock fighting and so many more.

We pray for an end to cruelty, whether to humans or other animals, for an end to bullying, and torture in all its forms.
We pray that we may learn the peace that comes with forgiving and the strength we gain in loving;
that we may learn to take nothing for granted in this life;
that we may learn to see and understand with our hearts;
that we may learn to rejoice in our being.

We pray for these things with humility;
We pray because of the hope that is within us, and because of a faith in the ultimate triumph of the human spirit;
We pray because of our love for Creation, and because of our trust in God.
We pray, above all, for peace throughout the world.

prayer for world peace ~ dr jane goodall

Thursday, 19 January 2012

The Thursday Poem



Sea Fever

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a gray mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking. 

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull's way and the whale's way, where the wind's like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.

John Masefield
(1st June 1878 - 12th May 1967)

Monday, 16 January 2012

Baby, it's cold outside!

image by Simon Howden



Okay, sweetie~pies, so the photo I chose above is a slight exaggeration ~ it's not snowing, granted, but it is jolly cold nevertheless!  I just can't seem to get warm today; mind you, I am feeling a touch under the weather with a little flare-up of the 'ole IBS so perhaps that's why.  And, of course, it is still only mid-January so we really shouldn't be expecting anything other than cold weather should we, my loves :-)

I do hope we don't get any snow this winter as taking the dogs out in it really won't be my idea of fun ~ nor their's either I suspect!  I will also be worrying about slipping over ~ like I did yesterday, although that was on mud rather than ice or snow.  I felt such a fool but luckily only Adrian was there to see me go down.  My, but I landed heavily *sigh*  It really knocked the wind out of my sails and I had to just sit there for a moment or two to catch my breath.  The daft thing is that I did actually see the flippin' muddy patch and just as the thought was going through my mind that I must take care, down I went!  I had stepped to the side but obviously not quite far enough and my foot just went out from under me.  It sounds daft I know, my loves, but I must confess that I felt a little unwell for much of the remainder of the day, and today my leg muscles and left foot feel somewhat sore and achey.  Oh well, I must just ensure that I take more care in future ;-)

So apart from falling over what else have I been up to?  Well, to be honest not a great deal!  I am still beavering away on Beverly's birthday blanket but thankfully it is nearing completion now.  Which is just as well, since the gruesome-twosome will be celebrating their 21st birthdays on the 28th January ~ and I have to get said blanket posted up to Beverly in Orkney in time!  I only have about 6 or 8 rows left to crochet then it will just be the edging to do to finish it off.  I have to say that I am very pleased with my efforts ~ I just hope that my little girl will like it too.  I wasn't really sure about all the different colours at first but now that it is almost finished I like the way they look together.  Once Beverly has received it, sweetie~pies, I will be able to show you all some photos :-)

There will be plenty of yarn leftover from the project so I will probably make Beverly some little bits and pieces to go with the blanket.  I would quite like to make a cover for a large cushion and have been mulling over in my mind how to approach it.  And if there is still yarn left after that, then I think some crocheted clothes-hanger covers may well be on the agenda.  Hey, methinks that solves some of my Monthly Make for 2012 projects ~ with Beverly's blanket being the January offering LOL   

Start the week with a quote...

image from The Graphics Fairy



Courage is the power to let go of the familiar

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Prayer for World Peace

Dove of Peace ~ Giclee print


We pray to the great Spiritual Power in which we live and move and have our being.
We pray that we may at all times keep our minds open to new ideas and shun dogma;
that we may grow in our understanding of the nature of all living beings and our connectedness with the natural world;
that we may become ever more filled with generosity of spirit and true compassion and love for all life;
that we may strive to heal the hurts that we have inflicted on nature and control our greed for material things, knowing that our actions are harming our natural world and the future of our children;
that we may value each and every human being for who he is, for who she is, reaching to the spirit that is within, knowing the power of each individual to change the world.

We pray for social justice, for the alleviation of the crippling poverty that condemns millions of people around the world to lives of misery - hungry, sick, and utterly without hope.
We pray for the children who are starving, who are condemned to homelessness, slave labour, prostitution, and especially for those forced to fight, to kill and torture even members of their own family.
We pray for the victims of violence and war, for those wounded in body and for those wounded in mind.
We pray for the multitudes of refugees, forced from their homes to alien places through war or through the utter destruction of their environment.

We pray for suffering animals everywhere, for an end to the pain caused by scientific experimentation, intensive farming, fur farming, shooting, trapping, training for entertainment, abusive pet owners, and all other forms of exploitation such as overloading and overworking pack animals, bull fighting, badger baiting, dog and cock fighting and so many more.

We pray for an end to cruelty, whether to humans or other animals, for an end to bullying, and torture in all its forms.
We pray that we may learn the peace that comes with forgiving and the strength we gain in loving;
that we may learn to take nothing for granted in this life;
that we may learn to see and understand with our hearts;
that we may learn to rejoice in our being.

We pray for these things with humility;
We pray because of the hope that is within us, and because of a faith in the ultimate triumph of the human spirit;
We pray because of our love for Creation, and because of our trust in God.
We pray, above all, for peace throughout the world.

prayer for world peace ~ dr jane goodall

Thursday, 12 January 2012

The Thursday Poem




absinthe and stained glass
(i)
absinthe makes the hurt grow fonder
the green fairy burbles what's this 'ere
when vincent (sozzled) knifes his lug off
all spirits then succumb to fear
depression takes the gloss off wonder
and people (lost) tell god to bug off
the twentieth century drowns in sheer
excuse that life is comic blunder
temporality dons its gear
forbidden thought soon rips its gag off

stained glass (you think) must be bystander
its leaded eyes seek far not near
the day's bleak dirt it learns to shrug off

(ii)
the history of the race confuses
heady spirit with bloody need
nothing can stop the sky from tingling
intrinsic hope rewords its screed
assumes it must outlive its bruises

stained glass deigns to face the mingling
of atavistic search for creed
with each desire gets what it chooses
it tries to suck out truth from greed
and calmly pacifies the wrangling

lasting spirit allows no ruses
what's bottled dreads to pay much heed
between the two meek life is dangling

(from le trianon - stained glass window by berge)


Rg Gregory
(January 1928 - )

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

The "Art" of Procrastination


There are only two of us, sweetie~pies, but my word there sure is an awful lot of stuff in my basket waiting to be ironed!  You see, I am a master of the art of procrastination and the Merriam-Webster definition describes yours truly with frightening accuracy:

"to put off intentionally the doing of something which should be done"
I am ashamed to admit that my procrastination skills are not just confined to ironing.  Oh no indeed, I employ this "art" in many other areas of my life too ~ which rather goes to explain why the house is in such a dire mess, not to mention many other aspects of my life..... 

The silly thing is that in the case of ironing, for instance, the thought of doing it is far worse than the actual doing.  In fact, I would go so far as to say that once I get started I really do rather enjoy the task!  Of course, the way I go about it probably seems rather peculiar, even a bit daft and time-consuming, but it makes me feel very efficient and well organised ;-)  First off, I unload the laundry in the ironing basket, putting things into various piles: long-sleeved shirts; short-sleeved shirts (see I said I was waaaaay behind, didn't I my loves!); tee shirts; pillowcases; hankies; etc.  At the moment, because I have so much ironing to catch up with, I am setting myself the task of filling no more than six clothes-hangers at each session, with two shirts on each hanger.  So I iron a shirt, then do something like a tee shirt and say three hankies, then another shirt ~ and so it goes on LOL  I've been following this ironing pattern for years now sweetie~pies!  I expect some of you do all the shirts first, or all the tee shirts or pillowcases, and others just do each piece as it comes up in the pile.

I do like my method of tackling my ironing though; it is soothing to have a familiar, well-trodden, routine.  Ironing, like so many of the other household chores, doesn't really require much thinking about does it?  So my mind is free to wander in many different directions and I can get a great deal of thinking/daydreaming/planning done during an ironing session ~ multi-tasking, my loves ;-)

So whilst I haven't made any New Year resolutions as such, I do have a list of goals I would like to achieve this year.  And right at the very top of that list is to eliminate my tendency to procrastinate ~ after that, many of my other goals should simply drop into place!

Monday, 9 January 2012

Start the week with a quote...

image from The Graphics Fairy




Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Prayer for World Peace

Dove of Peace ~ Giclee print


We pray to the great Spiritual Power in which we live and move and have our being.
We pray that we may at all times keep our minds open to new ideas and shun dogma;
that we may grow in our understanding of the nature of all living beings and our connectedness with the natural world;
that we may become ever more filled with generosity of spirit and true compassion and love for all life;
that we may strive to heal the hurts that we have inflicted on nature and control our greed for material things, knowing that our actions are harming our natural world and the future of our children;
that we may value each and every human being for who he is, for who she is, reaching to the spirit that is within, knowing the power of each individual to change the world.

We pray for social justice, for the alleviation of the crippling poverty that condemns millions of people around the world to lives of misery - hungry, sick, and utterly without hope.
We pray for the children who are starving, who are condemned to homelessness, slave labour, prostitution, and especially for those forced to fight, to kill and torture even members of their own family.
We pray for the victims of violence and war, for those wounded in body and for those wounded in mind.
We pray for the multitudes of refugees, forced from their homes to alien places through war or through the utter destruction of their environment.

We pray for suffering animals everywhere, for an end to the pain caused by scientific experimentation, intensive farming, fur farming, shooting, trapping, training for entertainment, abusive pet owners, and all other forms of exploitation such as overloading and overworking pack animals, bull fighting, badger baiting, dog and cock fighting and so many more.

We pray for an end to cruelty, whether to humans or other animals, for an end to bullying, and torture in all its forms.
We pray that we may learn the peace that comes with forgiving and the strength we gain in loving;
that we may learn to take nothing for granted in this life;
that we may learn to see and understand with our hearts;
that we may learn to rejoice in our being.

We pray for these things with humility;
We pray because of the hope that is within us, and because of a faith in the ultimate triumph of the human spirit;
We pray because of our love for Creation, and because of our trust in God.
We pray, above all, for peace throughout the world.

prayer for world peace ~ dr jane goodall

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Red sky in the morning.....and I think I'm in love!


Oh yes indeedy, my loves, I think I may be in love with my new vacuum cleaner!  I was getting pretty frustrated with my Dyson as it simply wasn't picking up the animal hairs very well at all. The final straw was when I took a close-up photo of Nikki's mouth and was absolutely horrified to see a thick layer of black hair all over the carpet *eeeeek

So I went online and searched for reviews on vacuums suitable for households with pets.  The Miele Cat & Dog came out very favourably indeed plus Beverly had recommended it as well, since they have the same model.  As luck would have it John Lewis had it in their sale, so we bought one for £199 instead of the usual price of £249.  It arrived on Tuesday and I used it for the first time yesterday.  Sweetie~pies, I was totally amazed at how much dirt and gunk it slurped up ~ I just keep looking at the floor because the carpets look so much cleaner, it's as if they have been shampooed!  I was also quite shocked at how much of my hair ended up wound round the roller ~ pieces of my long hair, from before I had it cut short.  The Dyson hadn't been picking that up either.  The other thing which was very noticeable was that the air actually smelt fresher, which I guess is due to the charcoal filter in the machine.

Beverly thinks it's rather sad to be so excited about a vacuum cleaner LOL  But I am not in the least bit embarrassed to admit that I am very happy indeed with my new jolly red household helper :-)


And talking of red, just look at this photo of the sky I took first thing yesterday morning.  Isn't it beautiful, my loves, a real "Bob Ross" sky!

Mind you, we have had the weather to go with the red-sky-in-the-morning warning here in good 'ole Blighty.  Gale-force winds, rain and we even had a little sleet thrown into the mix yesterday as well *sigh*  'Tis still pretty windy today but at least the sun has been shining at times and it hasn't been so wet. 

The pooches and I timed it right for our morning walk ~ we got back just before it rained!  We didn't go as far as we usually do, though, as both Matty and Nikki seemed very keen to get back home again once they had provided me with a little something to poop-scoop ;-)  Poor Matty in particular really isn't keen on wet and/or windy weather, bless him.  Nikki, though, is much more stoic and will plod on beside me ~ but it has to be said that she doesn't protest when I turn for home LOL

If you are having a bout of bad weather, my loves, do take care and keep safe (((hugs)))

The Thursday Poem

Young Woman Reading by a Window by Delphin Enjolras



The Garden in Winter

Frosty-white and cold it lies
Underneath the fretful skies;
Snowflakes flutter where the red
Banners of the poppies spread,
And the drifts are wide and deep
Where the lilies fell asleep.

But the sunsets o'er it throw
Flame-like splendor, lucent glow,
And the moonshine makes it gleam
Like a wonderland of dream,
And the sharp winds all the day
Pipe and whistle shrilly gay.

Safe beneath the snowdrifts lie
Rainbow buds of by-and-by;
In the long, sweet days of spring
Music of bluebells shall ring,
And its faintly golden cup
Many a primrose will hold up.

Though the winds are keen and chill
Roses' hearts are beating still,
And the garden tranquilly
Dreams of happy hours to be­
In the summer days of blue
All its dreamings will come true.


Lucy Maud Montgomery
(30th November 1874 – 24th April 1942)


Monday, 2 January 2012

Start the week with a quote...

image from The Graphics Fairy




We will open the book. Its pages are blank. 
We are going to put words on them ourselves. 
The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day. 

Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Sunday, 1 January 2012

It's 2012!

image from The Graphics Fairy




Happy New Year, sweetie~pies!

May 2012 bring you peace, joy, health and happiness

Sharon
xxx

Prayer for World Peace

Dove of Peace ~ Giclee print



We pray to the great Spiritual Power in which we live and move and have our being.
We pray that we may at all times keep our minds open to new ideas and shun dogma;
that we may grow in our understanding of the nature of all living beings and our connectedness with the natural world;
that we may become ever more filled with generosity of spirit and true compassion and love for all life;
that we may strive to heal the hurts that we have inflicted on nature and control our greed for material things, knowing that our actions are harming our natural world and the future of our children;
that we may value each and every human being for who he is, for who she is, reaching to the spirit that is within, knowing the power of each individual to change the world.

We pray for social justice, for the alleviation of the crippling poverty that condemns millions of people around the world to lives of misery - hungry, sick, and utterly without hope.
We pray for the children who are starving, who are condemned to homelessness, slave labour, prostitution, and especially for those forced to fight, to kill and torture even members of their own family.
We pray for the victims of violence and war, for those wounded in body and for those wounded in mind.
We pray for the multitudes of refugees, forced from their homes to alien places through war or through the utter destruction of their environment.

We pray for suffering animals everywhere, for an end to the pain caused by scientific experimentation, intensive farming, fur farming, shooting, trapping, training for entertainment, abusive pet owners, and all other forms of exploitation such as overloading and overworking pack animals, bull fighting, badger baiting, dog and cock fighting and so many more.

We pray for an end to cruelty, whether to humans or other animals, for an end to bullying, and torture in all its forms.
We pray that we may learn the peace that comes with forgiving and the strength we gain in loving;
that we may learn to take nothing for granted in this life;
that we may learn to see and understand with our hearts;
that we may learn to rejoice in our being.

We pray for these things with humility;
We pray because of the hope that is within us, and because of a faith in the ultimate triumph of the human spirit;
We pray because of our love for Creation, and because of our trust in God.
We pray, above all, for peace throughout the world.

prayer for world peace ~ dr jane goodall