National Day of Prayer - Today
Today, I learned that it was the National Day of Prayer. I read that news, as I sat on the balcony, with Tibetan Prayer Flags flapping in the breeze.
The flags were a gift from my daughter-in-law, a few years ago. I tucked them away, waiting for a special time to use them. I forgot about them, until recently.
Tibetan Prayer Flags
I can't believe I never really understood how these were to be used. Now is the time to learn, when our entire world is dealing with a crisis.
There are a lot of different ways to worship in this world. Some pray and some don't. But these prayer flags offer a symbol of hope, for all.
The flags are supposed to be displayed high. The breeze carries the blessings of each flag, while bringing good will and compassion to all beings.
It's hard to argue with that.
The five colors represent five elements. Blue for sky and space, white for air and wind, red for fire, green for water. Yellow symbolizes the earth.
On this day, I hope that people who pray, do so for all people and not just themselves. I hope they don't try to pray the virus away, because we need to do more than pray. I hope prayers go out to people around the world, not just the people we know.
On this day, I'm going to also think back to the Norman Rockwell exhibit that I enjoyed, just weeks before lockdown. I was moved by the four images from 1943... Freedom from Want, Freedom from Fear, Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Worship.
Nearly 20 years later, Rockwell was able to share a more worldly image, in his piece titled, Golden Rule. I remember seeing those faces from around the world and wondering about their prayers and thoughts.
We are all in this together near and far... praying, hoping, wishing, together!
I started this complaining list/blog, in May 2016. I posted 200 gripes about my breast cancer and then I was done.
On March 13, 2020, I started venting all over again, when another disease (starting with a C) interfered with my life. Only this time, it was affecting more than me. I ranted for a year, until I got my vaccine in March 2021.
Coronary Artery Disease was the reason I restarted this blog on September 26, 2021. This time it was Don who was dealing with a worry that started with the letter "C".
Coronavirus and Cancer, Coronary Artery Disease! All are evil, but none can totally get me down... if I vent! I usually end up feeling a little more positive at the end of each post!