Dear Whispers’ Friends,
It is with mixed emotion that I write this November editor’s column. While I wish all of you a wonderful holiday season filled with joy, I know many of you are dealing with difficult challenges. I hope you can find peace and some joy in the midst of your struggles.
I am sad to report that Erich Goller passed away on November 14. We also said good-by to Beth Winchcombe last month. I hope to do a tribute to Erich, but am waiting for family consent. I respect the need for people’s privacy especially in the time of deep loss. Like Beth, Erich was a friend that I will miss. Please keep both of these writers and their families in your prayers.
It’s hard sometimes to find “Peace on Earth and Good Will to Man” in the wake of violence like the France terrorist attacks, the beheadings and murders in the Mideast and elsewhere in the world, and the stunning wave of teen violence. Yet there are births and other celebrations of life Pope Francis reminded us of in his visits to various countries. His message of love was a vision of hope for the future.
For those that have been rocked and devastated by violence--
Prayer for France and the World
I pray you know peace--
to walk safe streets
to make choices without fear
to truly know freedom
I wish you the gift of hope--
to share a child’s smile
to reach beyond survival
to dream new dreams
I hope you have faith--
to seek understanding
to share a new vision
to know in God all is possible
Please join me in prayer and hope as we walk into the next year. May our leaders find ways to settle their differences in peace instead of bloodshed. May we extend our own hands to those around us instead of judging others with different ideas than our own. May our words resound around the world as a Whispers’ community spreading light and hope.
Please add your own thoughts and prayers as my words are just a humble beginning. Thank you to each and every one of you that make our online journal/poetry community possible.