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have mercy

I have a hard time knowing what to do on days like today. The news kept on coming. A friend struggling through a difficult time, a teenager killed in St. Louis and the ensuing riots, racial tension, continued violent conflict in the Middle East, children exploited through slavery, another soul lost to the lying voice of mental illness.

I let myself feel the weight of these sad things. Acknowledged their wrongness and horror. 

The decisions about what to eat or wear or do on the weekend seemed so unimportant.

But I've also learned that sometimes the most powerful way to fight evil is to do good...even in small ways.

So tonight, I made veggie lasagna. I walked Rufus. I prayed while I stirred the sauce and washed the dishes. 

Yes, there are times for bigger actions. Tonight was a night for small actions, small prayers, small faith, and belief that peace will one day rule on the Earth.


Don't bring me bad news, no bad news
I don't need none of your bad news today
You can't have my fear, I've got nothing to lose, can't have my fear
I'm not getting out of here alive anyway
And I don't need none of these things, I don't need none of these things
I've been handed
And the bird of peace is flying over, she's flying over and
Coming in for a landing

Patty Griffin

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