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If you’re over forty-ish, you probably weren’t that shocked to see the latest video to go viral. We remember the time when we would turn on our T.V.’s  and see celebrities, newscasters and even political figures, blowing smoke.

Egads! I just “outed” myself. Yes, I’m in the fifty-ish range, and it was intriguing to see Mark Block, Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain’s chief of staff, smoke a cigarette in his ad campaign. Equally captivating- the mustache(s).

Allow me to clarify – smoking is bad and I’m not a smoker. It’s bad for your health, your complexion, your breath and a host of other negatives.
But seeing smoke rising from Herman Cain’s camp is… fascinating.

God gives us our body to take care of. The Creator is boss in the soul department, but “Bodies R us.” It’s up to you and me to take good care of our physical and mental health. That’s why when Cain aired the smoking ad, some of us older folk liked it. We saw a spark of defiance, an anti-establishment attitude, from a mustachioed mouth.

Sure, smokers and non-smokers alike recognize the evil that is smoking. And we celebrate the good that is freedom to be politically incorrect, and honest about our bad habits.

Go on— let me know how you feel about a pol using a bad habit to make a point. The cocky side of me, my bad habit of being a “know-it-all,” challenges you to let me have it! Leave a comment below.

Susan Diamond, Prayables

“If God is for us, who is against us?”  Romans 8:31

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I am.
Breathing.
I am breathing.
A prayer runs through it.
A prayer of hope.
A prayer of love.
A prayer of wholeness and heart.

I am.
Hearing.
I am hearing.
A song runs through it.
A song of joy.
A song of wonder.
A song of thanks and praise.

I am.
Seeing.
I am seeing.
A light runs through it.
A light of hope.
A light of love.
A light of wisdom and grace.

I am.
Being.
I am being.
My life runs through it.
A life of mystery.
A life of awe and splendor.
A life exalting God’s Holy Name.

© 2011 Alden Solovy and www.tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.

Click to hear Alden read his prayer out loud and to read more of his work.

Alden Solovy is a liturgist, poet, editor and writing coach, as well as an award-winning essayist and journalist. His work combines ancient ideas with new voices and modern rhythms into a unique range of prayers, meditations and poetry. Find more of his work at To Bend Light on Facebook, Twitter and www.tobendlight.com.

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To start this day with joy.
To end this day with peace.
To start this day with longing.
To end this day released.

Live each day with wonder,
With kindness, awe and grace.
Live each day with courage,
With trust, with hope, with faith.

Hold fast to sacred moments.
Hold fast to precious love.
Hold fast to one another.
Hold fast to God above.

Hold courage through the hours,
And humor through the tears.
Hold God above your sorrows.
Hold God above your fears.

To You I must surrender,
Oh God of hidden spheres.
You are Source and Shelter.
To You I pledge my years.

© 2011 Alden Solovy and www.tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.

Click to hear Alden read his prayer out loud and to read more of his work.

Alden Solovy is a liturgist, poet, editor and writing coach, as well as an award-winning essayist and journalist. His work combines ancient ideas with new voices and modern rhythms into a unique range of prayers, meditations and poetry. Find more of his work at To Bend Light on Facebook, Twitter and  www.tobendlight.com.

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The exquisite and heartfelt sounds of Ginny Owens is captured live at the Cup O Joy music venue in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She performs “If You Want Me To” in finest voice, with piano accompaniment that tickles the soul. Prayables recommends this recorded music video – enjoy!

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she was my favorite singer in my childhood, I always looked up to her, and still do
-jennaluvshorses

omg wow i canteven explain!
-silentwarrior8585 

This song always touches me. It always becomes the cry of my heart when I hear it – just trusting God and leaning on Him no matter where the road goes, no matter how difficult at times. She’s such a beautiful woman and this is an amazing song! I actually prefer this version over the cd version.
-livesinglove

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