the sun sets on 2020…

 

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind
For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.

 

 


Poem: Alfred Lord Tennyson
Image: Dave Allen – North Carolina Great Smoky Mountains Sunset, Cherokee NC

Truth (be told)

 


thank you, David Kanigan 

convicted by silence

 

Correct with kindness and love
but also with zeal and holy freedom.
If you do not speak out,
if you do not sound the alarm
when it is needed,
you will be justly convicted
by your silence.


Quote: St. Mary Euphrasia
PHOTO: Igor Ovsyannykov

Community of truth

 

We are participants in a vast communion of being,
and if we open ourselves to its guidance,
we can learn anew how to live in this great and gracious community of truth.


Quote: Parker Palmer
Photo: Danny Moore

Gratefulness.org

Ways to Be Fooled

There are two ways to be fooled.
One is to believe what isn’t true.
The other is to refuse to believe what is true.

 


Quote: SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Photograph: Creative Photography by Joel Robison