I could spend my whole day praying.
Earth is such a troubled place,
and all over the world,
people need our prayers.
Today, I will say my usual gratitude prayer
because I am thankful for the many blessings in my life.
Most especially, I am thankful for my life.
I don't know how long it will last.
I can't know what my last moments on Earth will be like.
I can only hope when my time here comes to an end
I'm at peace and holding the hand of someone I love.
A good deal of my weekend has been spent watching the news
and imagining the last moments of those innocent victims.
The terror, the disbelief, the sudden, violent end.
I pray for them.
I pray for people living in war zones.
I pray for helpers.
I pray for soldiers.
I pray for leaders.
I pray for ALL leaders,
not just the ones who got my vote.
I pray for those left with overwhelming grief.
I pray for all of us.