February 22nd, 2008

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Prayers -

I request prayers for little Kara this morning.  I didn't receive this email last night, so we need to pray really hard and fast for her today.

Dear Family and Friends,

Just got off the phone with Elaine. Kara is in the hospital (CPMC). She has a ruptured appendix. She is on a morphine drip, different IV's and an antibiotic to HOPEFULLY control the infection.

Your prayers of intercession are needed: that the antibiotic does its job to control the infection NOW, so that Kara doesn't need surgery tomorrow morning.
Kara personally has requested that your prayers ask for her to "heal quickly".

Kara is feeling tired - and no wonder. She's had a CT scan, had to drink a quart of that yucky stuff, and she's been tolerating pain "that would bring a 40-year old man to his knees", says her doctor. "I would have been in here four days ago, if I was having that kind of pain". Our Kara is strong!

She's in the pediatric ward, and the staff is really friendly. They answer all of Kara's questions. Thanks, God, for a caring staff.

So please imagine the antibiotic working through her body to the area of infection and controlling it.
Prayers for good rest, strength, and healing. Prayers of assurance for Elaine, Karl and Sabine as well.

Thanks for your prayers!
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Happiness -

I love the little bird in the corner, a photo taken by a friend.  You can view him, the friend, at:

Mudita Nisker sends this:

Last night's Sixty Minutes did a piece, The Pursuit of Happiness, which featured an interview with Tal Ben-Shahar, author of Happier as well as a profile of people in Denmark (rated as the happiest people in the world).

If you click on this link and then click on The Pursuit of Happiness you'll be able to see the piece:


Daffodils -

You can google The Daffodil Principle if you are interested, though you may already be aware of the woman who planted all the daffodils, leading to a spectacular display.  Well, daffodils seem to be up all over the place today.  It is quite a spring treat, those yellow, ruffled buckets of spring.

It is an odd precursor to the huge storm that comes.
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Prayers -

I have not heard from Elaine, so continue to request prayers for Kara.   Let us all go to sleep, picturing her sweet young face.

Galway Kinnell said:   "If the Notre Dame du Tochet blew out its glass, all Normandy would be a spectral illumination."

On Mount Tam, about a half-a-mile above Fern Canyon Road up the Temelpa Trail is a boulder with a plaque.  There is a quote from the Sioux holy man Sitting Bull.

    "Behold, my brothers, the spring has come; the earth has received the embraces of the sun and we shall soon see the results of all that love!  Every seed has awakened and so has all animal life.  It is through this mysterious power that we too have our being and we therefore yield to our neighbors, even our animal neighbors, the same right as ourselves, to inhabit this land.  Yet hear me, my people, we now have to deal with another race - small and feeble when our fathers first met them, but now great and overbearing.  Strangely enough they have a mind to till the soil and the love of possessions is a disease with them. These people have made many rules that the rich may break but the poor may not.  They take tithes from the poor and weak to support the rich who rule. They claim this mother of ours, the earth, for their own, and fence their neighbors away; they deface her with buildings and their refuse.  That nation is like a spring freshet that overruns its banks and destroys all who are in its path."

Odd to read those words and know they are about "us."    May we each tread lightly tonight, knowing there is as much value in what is unformed as what is, and allowing an easy exchange of love, light, and life, knowing the world is change.