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Joanna Depue "DJ/Deacon J" writes original songs and liturgies, does daily Farm office work and records Barbara's eMos on The Geranium Farm. A singer and dog trainer she utilizes healing touch in her private massage practice. PLEASE share YOUR original ideas for worship, special liturgies, prayers, songs, sermons and noteworthy blogs right here.
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Thursday, January 01, 2009

Starting Here, Starting Now

"No heaven can come to us unless our hearts can find rest in today. No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present little instant. Take peace! The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it yet within our reach is Joy. There is radiance and glory in the darkness, could we but see - and to see we have only to look. Life is so generous a giver, but we judging its gifts by their covering, cast them away as ugly or heavy or hard. Remove the covering and you will find it a living splendor, woven of love, by wisdom, with power. Welcome it, grasp it, and you touch the Angel's hand that brings it to you. Life is so full of Meaning and Purpose, so full of Beauty - beneath its covering - that you will find earth but cloaks your heaven. Courage then to claim it: that is all! And so, at this Christmastime, we greet you. Not quite as the world sends greetings, but with profound esteem and with the prayer that for you now and forever, the day breaks, and the shadows flee away."

Fra Giovanni, 1513

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Settings One's Sights on a New Dawn

This is another picture by G.F. farmer H. L. Taplin - taken on January 5, 2008 showing dawn over the Hudson River in New York from the Tappan Zee Bridge. How appropriate we are able to display it here, with the dawn of a new year, new possibilities, new challenges, new opportunities and adventures. Tomorrow the Son rises again where there had been only darkness.

The Geranium Farm wishes you and yours, no matter the language you use:

Happy New Year!
Felice Anno Nuovo! (Italian)
Saale Nao Mubbarak! (Afgani)
Kul 'am wa antum bikhair! (Arabic)
Shuvo Nabo Barsho! (Bengali)
Soursdey Chhnam Thmeiy! (Cambodian)
Xin Nian Kuai Le! (Chinese)
Bonne Anné !(French)
Prosit Neujahr! (German)
Ake-Mashite-Omedetou-Gozaimasu! (Japanese)
S Novym Godom! (Russian)
Feliz Año Nuevo! (Spanish)
Ma-Nee-gung Bah-gawn Ta-awn! (Tagalog)
Stastny Novy rok! (Czek/Slovak)
Blwyddyn Newydd Dda! (Welsh)
Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! (Dutch)
Bliadhna mhath ur! (Gaelic)
Newroz Pirozbe! (Kurdish)
Godt Nyttar! (Norwegian)
Warsa Enggal! (Sudanese)
Heri Za Mwaka Mpya*! (Swahili)
Iyo Sanad Cusub Oo Fiican! (Somali)
Feliz Ano Novo! (Portuguese)
Kenourios Chronos! (Greek)

photo Copyright © 2008 Henry L. Taplin

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