Beautiful Words of Life

Beautiful Words of Life!

“So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.

The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip. ..

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I was raised singing a hymn, entitled “Beautiful Words of Life. “SpeakEasy”, for whom  I write book views, gave me a copy of the NIV translation entitled Beautiful Words of Life. It is a translation that has not been a favorite because it is often used in the conservative views on queerness.

On June 20, while working the Haight, I was assaulted, my ear required surgery, and now am working with damaged ligaments. It was brought to the hospital for me to review.

This Bible has beautiful graphics, its print is very readable, and truly is the “Beautiful Words of Life.” During my hospitalization the book brought comfort, courage, and strength in the mids of fear and pain.

Sr. Maria Romero Menses, sums up where my journey is in the moment: To remain at peace. it is necessary to love while suffering, and to suffer while loving.”

Through the years there has been much suffering, but the pain experienced now is the most intense pain ever experience; the nightmares wake me up in sweat and fear; my fears of never getting better, and dying come all the time.

We pray every day the prayer from The Book of Common Prayer:

Grant me the grace of your Holy Spirit that I may be devoted to you with my whole heart, and united to others with pure affection, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

And we remember the words of Fred Rogers: “Discovering about ourselves is a life time work, but it is worth the effort.”

The demons enter, but I fight with Jesus to cast them out and continue to follow Jesus following him into Galilee, now with a limp. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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Our work continues, I listen to people when they call, snap chat or text,  and we have someone taking out food, needles, and socks twice a week.

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My personal thanks to those who have assisted in my care, taking me to the hospital, visiting, bringing food, etc:

David Alban, Larry Purcell, Bill and Dina Tiege, Michael Sims, Matthew Lasky, Evangelina Montenegro, Brandon Olaya, Carla Olaya, Ferney Olaya, and Tim Olivia.

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