Friday, June 17, 2016

Why rainbows? remembering our LGBTQ friends

Rainbows represent many different things. For me rainbows are a symbol of hope because they generally appear after a storm and they are beautiful because they are inclusive of all colors which shows unity.

I started this prayer chain offering support to people who may feel disconnected and alone that they would have a safe place to be reminded that in fact they are not. Since the anniversary of Ben's leaving this life, sharing the first post and delivering the first stones; the outpouring of support for the messages of love and healing has been seen and shared by thousands of folks out in world, yes world. There have been many folks in other countries that have viewed and shared these messages. I share these numbers with you today to remind each and every one of you that you are indeed not alone and it remains my hope and prayer to continue to share these messages and images with all of you.

All I have asked is that if you are able to please share your own prayers of peace and comfort with those that we remember in our hearts to increase our chain of support.

Back to rainbows; rainbows are also a symbol of the LGBTQ community and the representation of beauty and love for all people without  bias. Our friends in this community of folks have often been the victims of the same lack of kindness from others because of stigmas that have been laid on them in part due to the lack of knowledge and the preconceived notions of people who have different lives from our own.

I believe all people are exactly how they were intended to be by the Divine Spirit that created and watches over our world. It is not our place to judge, and sometimes even to understand; however it is our responsibility to show acceptance, love and compassion to all.

Today I am asking that those within our family of support reach out with offerings of love, peace, and healing to those within the LGBTQ family. Remind them that they are not alone and we stand with them as a family of people who want compassion, equality and kindness for all. I will not focus on recent tragic events, which gives those that choose to hurt others more power; I will only focus on the love and beauty of those that we have lost, been hurt and those that love them.
Please give more energy to loving than to those that choose not to, and pray that their hearts be softened to a place of greater understanding.

Please understand I am in no way comparing addiction to a persons choice of who they choose to share their lives with, I am merely making the connection that both families of folks are often treated as if they are less than other people because of who they are.

True beauty is a kaleidoscope

Divine loving Spirit,
I thank you for
creating all people in your image.
You are loving and compassionate
and I am grateful that you love me
just the way I am.
Please place in me a gentle heart
that seeks more unity
and the strength to be compassionate
and loving to others.

In peace, love and hope for a brighter future
for all whom we pray


*There are many in my circle who are part of the LGBTQ community, however I personally have not been treated unkindly because of my choice of life partner. I hope that I have not offended anyone by my statements. My only intention is to include all of those within  the LGBTQ community in my hopes and prayers for a world that is more accepting of everyone and ask that all of those within our community do the same.

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