Angels

When Angels sense you need them,
And Angels always do
They come, unseen, from everywhere
To help and comfort you.

They hover close beside you
'Till all your cares are gone,
'Till they can see you're ready
Once again to carry on.

Then some of them may fly away
And take their gentle touch
To other hearts that need the love
Of Angels very much.

But one, at least, stays with you
As your constant friend and guide,
For Guardian Angels never leave,
They're always at your side.

-Author Unknown

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God took another Angel home...

You're a special girl,
so strong and brave.
So I know now,
why you were taken away.

Your strength, your will,
I'll always adore.
You fought many battles,
you'll suffer no more.

Although I'm sad,
and feel all alone.
I'm happy for you.
your pain is gone.

-Marie Weaver 1998

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Graduation Angel

help me to fly,
to believe and achieve, to reach for the sky.
Give me the vision to seek new horizons,
for this is my moment-my star is risin'.
Lift up my spirit; help me to soar
and rise to each challenge-then try some more.
Allow me to be the best me I can be,
to let my light shine magnificently.
And may your angelic presence remind me
never to leave my values behind me.
Protect and direct me, so heaven will bless
my dreams with fulfillment, my life with success.

-Author Unknown

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Fireman's Prayer

When I am called to duty, God,
Wherever flames may rage
Give me strength to save some life
Whatever be its age.

Help me embrace a little child
Before it's too late,
Or save an older person
From the horror of that fate.

Enable me to be alert,
And hear the weakest shout
And quickly and effectively
To put the fire out.

I want to fill my calling
And to give the best in me,
To guard my every neighbor
And protect his property.

And if, according to "Your will",
I have to lose my life,
Please bless with Your protecting hand
My children and my wife.

Amen

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I said a prayer for you today
And know God must have heard.
I felt the answer in my heart although He spoke no word.
I didn't ask for wealth or fame, I knew you wouldn't mind.
I asked Him to send treasures of a far more lasting kind.
I asked that He'd be near you at the start of each new day.
To grant you health and blessings and friends to share your way.
I asked for happiness for you in all things great and small.
But it was for His loving care I prayed the most of all.

-Frank Zamboni

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A Prayer To The Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit, to You I lift
my open heart and ask for these gifts:
Courage to try with all my might
to follow Your way and do what's right.
Trust, so I have the vision to see
your perfect, loving plan for me.
Joy that shows I'm looking toward
heaven as my final reward.
Wisdom to help me find and fulfill
my mission in life and do Your will.
Hope to handle troubles with prayer,
to look for the good, renouncing despair.
Love to help me do my part
to better the world, heart by heart.
And. most of all, the Faith to see
You walking the journey,
right next to me.

-Author Unknown

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For a special baby

I said a little prayer today
To thank the Lord above
For sending you from heaven-
A miracle of love.
I thanked Him for your little smiles,
For your precious baby sighs,
And for every trace of starlight
That twinkles in your eyes.
I asked Him to send His angels
To protect you all your days,
And as you grow to guide you
In His perfect, loving ways.

-Author Unknown

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A Nurse's Prayer of Compassion

LORD, Help me
To bring Comfort where there is pain
Courage where there is fear
Hope where there is despair
Acceptance when the end is near
A touch gentle with
Tenderness, Patience
And Love.

Amen

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Firefighters Prayer

Oh Lord, please help this firefighter to be skillful and brave.
Please let me never falter when there are lives to save.

Be with my fellow firefighters and ride with us on each run,
from the moment that we "suit-up" until the job is done.

Be with me as I guide a child through the dark and smoky haze,
Give me strength and courage as I fight the deadly blaze.

Lord, I put my safety in your hands, but in the chaos and the strife,
Help me act with selfless courage, God, just let me save a life.

Amen

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Give me concern for others,
a willingness to seek out those in need...
Give me courage,
the boldness of spirit to face and conquer fear,
to share and endure the ordeal of one who needs me...
Give me strength of heart,
to bear whatever burden might be place upon me...
Give me strength of body,
to deliver to safety all those placed within my care...
Give me the wisdom to lead the compassion to comfort,
the the love to serve unselfishly wherever you take me...
And Lord, through it all, please be at my side.

Amen

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The Policeman's Prayer

Almighty God we pray to You,
In heaven up above,
Watch over our dear policeman
And protect him with your love.

Please guide him to keep us
Safe both night and day,
And hold him firmly in Your care,
Should danger come his way.

Give him true strength and courage
As he serve's 'till duty's end,
And one more thing we ask dear Lord,
Protect his family and his friends.

-Author Unknown

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As You Graduate,
God is smiling on you!

Look up GRADUATE...
Face the sunshine of joy,
float on clouds of promise,
feel the breeze of blessing,
soar on the wings of your spirit,
reach for the stars of potential...
and trust in God's love always.

-Author Unknown

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Dear Graduate...

The room is full as I scan the crowd,
My heart is beating, oh so loud.
There you are, blending right in...
I wave to you as the lights grow dim.

I blink my eyes to remove the tears,
I blink again to remove the years.
There you were as a two-year-old,
Then again as a ten-year-old.

How can it be, Lord, so little time,
From a child to adult, so short a climb?
What a climb it was from day to day!
But here you are-you're on your way.

I'll be here when you need me, you know.
Take those years with you, as you go.
And I'll take comfort as the days go by,
Knowing I've given you wings to fly.

Fly away, Graduate-enjoy the view,
Spread your wings, and always remember,
I Love You!

-Author Unknown

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Ten Commandments For Graduates

Thou shalt remember thou art always loved.
Thou shalt phone home (and not just for money).
Thou shalt have fun-but not too much!
Thou shalt balance thy priorities and thy budget.
Thou shalt take care of thyself-body, mind, spirit.
Thou shalt not forget thy virtues and values.
Thou shalt make time for family and friends.
Thou shalt pursue thy purpose and follow thy dream.
Thou shalt shine thy light upon the world.
Thou shalt do thy best and let God do the rest.

-Author Unknown

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As My Little Girl Gets Married

There you are in your wedding gown, The world's most beautiful bride,
And though I'm truly happy for you, I'm holding back tears inside.
For it seems like only a moment ago that I first held you in my arms,
The world's most beautiful baby, Enchanting us with your charms.
You grew into the most beautiful girl, And I watched you dress up and play,
Giggling with friends about boys, And who you might marry someday.
Soon you became a young woman, And dated the world's luckiest guys,
But never with any of them did I see the light that shines now in your eyes.
I can see how deeply you care for this man, And the power of your emotion,
I can tell he already has your love, And will soon have your lifelong devotion.
So remember as you take his hand to begin your life together--
You'll always be my little girl...And I'll love you forever and ever.

-Author Unknown

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A First Communion Blessing

May you always feel
as close to Jesus
as you to today,
May you always count on Him
to gently guide you
on your way...
May you always trust in God
to answer every single prayer,
May you always
feel Him blessing you
with tender, loving care.

-Author Unknown

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I said a graduation prayer
especially for you,
and I asked the Lord to give you
success in all you do.
I prayed that He would guide you
so your plans fall into place,
and bring you strength and courage
for the challenges you'll face.
Most of all, I prayed that this
would be the shining start
of reaching for the dreams
that are closest to your heart.

-Author Unknown

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I said a first communion prayer
just for you today,
As Jesus comes into your
heart in such a special way.
I prayed that as you take the host and
bow your head in prayer,
you'll feel His love inside you
and know His tender care.
I asked that every moment be blessed
with friends and laughter,
And that you'll know true happiness--
today and every after.

-Author Unknown

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On Your First Holy Communion...

Remember how He broke the loaf made from golden wheat,
And said, "This is my body.  Take this bread and eat."

Remember how the sun-ripe grapes taken from the vine
Became a cup of blessing:  "Take and drink this wine."

Remember how a cross of wood became a symbol of
Christ's giving of himself to us-the greatest kind of love.

Remember Jesus' love for you today as you receive
His bread of life, His cup of grace...Remember and believe!

-Author Unknown

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Bless this house, O Lord we pray,
Make it safe by night and day;
Bless these walls, so firm and stout,
Keeping want and trouble out.

Bless this roof and chimneys tall,
Let The peace lie over all;
Bless this door that it may prove
Ever open to joy and love.

Bless these windows shining bright,
Letting in God's heavenly light;
Bless this hearth a blazing there,
With smoke ascending like a prayer.

Bless the folk, who dwell within,
Keep them pure and free from sin;
Bless us all that we may be
Fit, O Lord, to dwell with Thee.

--Helen Taylor

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A Wedding Prayer

As your lives join in love forever,
and your hopes and joys twice increase,
may the road your hearts travel together,
be paved with God's perfect peace...

And may you delight in discovering,
as you walk hand-in-hand every day,
that throughout the course of love's journey,
God is with you each step of the way.

-Author Unknown

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Just PUSH

When everything seems to go wrong,
Just PUSH.
When the job gets you down,
Just PUSH.
When people don't react the way you think they should,
Just PUSH.
When your money looks funny and the bills are due,
Just PUSH.
When you want to tell them off for whatever reason,
Just PUSH.
When you ask the question, When is my ship coming in?
Just PUSH.
When people just don't understand you,
Just PUSH.
And what does it mean...
P=PRAY
U=UNTIL
S=SOMETHING
H=HAPPENS

If your life is going well, just remember you are truly
blessed and you too should continue to PUSH
for even better blessings.

-Author Unknown

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A.S.A.P.
(Always Say A Prayer)

There's work to do,
Deadlines to meet,
You've got no time to spare,
But as you hurry and scurry,
Always Say A Prayer.

In the midst of family chaos,
"quality time" is rare,
do you best;
let God do the rest:
Always Say A Prayer.

It may seem like your worries
Are more than you can bear.
Slow down
And take a breather--
Always Say A Prayer.

God knows
How stressful life is;
He wants to ease our cares,
And He'll respond A.S.A.P.--
Always Say A Prayer.

-Author Unknown

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Two Boxes

I have in my hands two boxes,
which GOD gave me to hold.
He said, "Put all your sorrows in the black,
and all your joys in the gold."
I heeded His words, and in the two boxes,
both my joys and sorrows I stored.
But though the gold became heavier each day,
the black was as light as before.
With curiosity I opened the black,
I wanted to find out why.
And I saw, in the base of the box, a hole
which my sorrows had fallen out by.
I showed the hole to GOD, and mused aloud,
"I wonder where my sorrows could be."
He smiled a gentle smile at me,
"My child, they're all here with me."
I asked, "GOD, why give me the boxes,
why the gold, and black with the hole?"
"My child, the gold is for you to count your blessings,
the black is for you to let go."

-Author Unknown

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I Asked GOD

I asked GOD to take away my pain.
GOD said, "No.  It is not for me to take away,
but for you to give it up."

I asked GOD to make my handicapped child whole.
GOD said, "No.  Her spirit was whole,
her body was only temporary."

I asked GOD to grant me patience.
GOD said, "No.  Patience is a by-product of tribulations;
it isn't granted, it is earned."

I asked GOD to give me happiness.
GOD said, "No.  I give you blessings,
Happiness is up to you."

I asked GOD to spare me pain.
GOD said, "No.  Suffering draws you apart from worldly
cares and brings you closer to me."

I asked GOD to make my spirit grow.
GOD said, "No.  You must grow on your own,
but I will prune you to make you fruitful."

I asked GOD for all things that I mighty enjoy life.
GOD said, "No.  I will give you life so that you
may enjoy all things."

I asked GOD to help me LOVE others, as much as he loves me.
GOD said, "Ahhh, finally you have the idea."

-Author Unknown

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Directions To "His House"

Make a Right onto "Believeth Boulevard." 
Keep straight and go through the Green Light, which is Jesus Christ. 
From there, you must turn onto the "Bridge of Faith", which is over troubled water. 
When you get off the bridge, make a Right turn and Keep Straight. 
You are on the "King's Highway" -- Heaven-bound.  Keep going for
three miles:  One for the Father, One for the Son, and One for the Holy Ghost.
Then exit off onto "Grace Boulevard." 
From there, make a Right turn on "Gospel Lane." 
Keep Straight and then make another Right on "Prayer Boulevard." 
As you go on your way, Yield Not to the traffic on "Temptation Avenue." 
Also, avoid SIN Street because it is a DEAD END. 
Pass up "Envy Drive" and "Hate Avenue."
Also, pass "Hypocrisy Street", "Gossiping Lane" and "Backbiting Boulevard." 
But you have to go down "Long Suffering Lane", "Persecution Boulevard",
and "Trials and Tribulations Avenue".  But that's all right,
because "Victory Boulevard" is straight ahead!!

-Author Unknown

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Heaven's Grocery Store

I was walking down life's highway a long time ago. 
One day I saw a sign that read "Heaven's Grocery Store". 
As I got a little closer, the door came open wide.
When I came to myself, I was standing just inside.
I saw a host of angels.  They were standing everywhere. 
One handed me a basket and said, "My child, please shop with care".
Everything a Christian needed was in that Grocery Store.
All you couldn't carry, you could come back the next day for.
First, I got some PATIENCE; LOVE was in the very same row.
Further down was UNDERSTANDING, you needed it wherever you go.
I got a box or two of WISDOM, a bag or two of FAITH.
I just couldn't miss the HOLY SPIRIT, for He was all over the place!!
I stopped to get some STRENGTH and COURAGE to help me run this race.
By then my basket was getting full but...I remembered I needed some GRACE!
I didn't forget SALVATION, for SALVATION was free.
So I tried to get enough of that to save both you and me.
Then I started up to the counter to pay my grocery bill,
for I thought I had everything to do my Master's will.
As I wind up the aisle I saw PRAYER and I just had to put that in.
For I knew when I stepped outside, I would run right into sin.
PEACE and JOY were plentiful; they were on the last shelf.
SONGS and PRAISES were hanging near, so I just helped myself.
Then I said to the angel, "How much do I owe?"
He just smiled and said, "Just take them everywhere you go."
Again I smiled at him and said, "How much do I owe?"
He smiled again and said, "My child, JESUS PAID YOUR BILL A LONG TIME AGO!"

-Author Unknown

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Footprints

One night a man had a dream.  He dreamt he
was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Across the sky flashed scenes from his life
and for each scene, he notice two sets
of footprints in the sand:  one belonging to him,
and the other to the Lord.

When the last scene of his life
flashed before him,
he looked back at the footprints in the sand.
He noticed that many times along the path of his
life there was only one set of footprints.
He also noticed that it happened at
the very lowest and saddest times in his life.

This really bothered him and he questioned
the Lord about it.  "Lord, you said that
once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me
all the way.  But I have noticed that during
the most troublesome times in my life,
there is only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why when I needed you most
you would leave me."

The Lord replied, "My precious, precious child,
I love you and I would never leave you.
During your times of trial and suffering,
when you see only one set of footprints,
is was then that I carried you."

-Author Unknown

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Angel on my Shoulder

There's an angel on my shoulder,
Though I've never heard her sing,
I know she keeps me safe each day
And close beneath her wing.
My angel does not
Play a harp or rest
In clouds all day.
She's much too busy
Guarding me,
Keeping me from
Harm's way.
She rejoices in
My life's success
And weeps when
I'm in pain.
She picks me up
When I have failed
And helps me try again.
Tonight I'll say a prayer for her,
And thank the Lord above
For sending me an angel
To lead me with her love.

-1999 Abbey Press

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Whenever I see a rainbow against a darkened sky,
I think of the precious promise God mad to You and I.

First a sign given Noah that floods no more would be,
The rainbow says there's still hope when only dark clouds we see.

This hope that God did promise was made complete one day,
When Jesus died on the cross and took our sins away.

So when I see a rainbow shining bright above,
I recall God's gift of hope and thank Him for his love.

-Beth Stuckwisch

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Why God Made Little Girls

God made the world with its towering trees;
Majestic mountains and restless seas.
Then paused and said, "It needs one more thing;
Someone to laugh and dance and sing.
To walk in the woods and gather flowers;
To commune with nature in quite hours."
So God made little girls
With laughing eyes and bouncing curls;
With joyful hearts and infectious smiles
Enchanting ways and feminine wiles.
And when He'd completed the task He'd begun
He was pleased and proud of the job He'd done.
For the world when seen thru a little girls eyes
Greatly resembles paradise.

-Author Unknown

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Why God Created Little Boys

God made a world out of His dreams
of majestic mountains, oceans and streams,
prairies and plains and wooded land,
then paused and thought...

"I need someone to stand
on top of the mountains, to conquer the seas,
explore the plains and climb the trees.
Someone to start out small
and grow sturdy and strong like a tree,"
and so...

He created boys, full of spirit and fun,
to explore and conquer, to romp and run,
with dirty faces and banged up chins,
with courteous hearts and boyish grins.

When He had completed the task He'd begun,
He surely said, "That's a job well done."

-Author Unknown

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God hath not promised skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through;
God hath not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.

But God hath promised strength for the day,
Rest for the labor, light for the way.
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love.

-Author Unknown

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In This Home

We BELIEVE in living deeply,
Laughing often and loving always.
We BELIEVE we were brought together
To support and care for each other.
We BELIEVE in celebrating together--
Our faith, our heritage, our traditions.
We BELIEVE that everyone's feelings count,
And that the uniqueness of each of us
Strengthens all of us.
We BELIEVE
In the power of forgiveness to heal
And the power of love
To carry us through.
We BELIEVE in one another,
In this family,
IN THIS HOME.

-Author Unknown

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