Following The Example

Let your continual mercy, O Lord, kindle in your Church the never-failing gift of love, that, following the example of your servant William Wilberforce, we may have grace to defend the poor, and maintain the cause of those who have no helper; for the sake of him who gave his life for us, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

via The Book Of Common Prayer

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The Will To Love

O God, heavenly Father, your Son Jesus Christ enjoyed rest and refreshment in the home of Mary and Martha of Bethany: Give us the will to love you, open our hearts to hear you, and strengthen our hands to serve you in others for his sake; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

via The Book Of Common Prayer

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Another Milestone

Another Milestone
By S. A. Blakley

Another milestone, Memories that last
Recording goodness, Of things that have past

Good to look back on, While pressing ahead
Thanking, rethinking, Re reading what read

Noticing what’s missing, Overlooking things
But, needing to look, See what this joy brings

In finding out more, Uncovering what’s lost
History passing,  Yet, time has no cost

But, priceless in sense, Memories that last
Another milestone, On things that past

Thanks for reading Poem #2349

Idea on Jan 14, 2014 at 8:28PM upright in bed
Re read and made some changes on Jan 17, 2014
and July 23, 2015 while reviewing this poem to post

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Tracing My Parents’ Ancestors

Tracing My Parents’ Ancestors

 Photo of the front cover of my Family History notebook, There are some notes I took on what my parents shared with me about their ancestors.

Tuesday’s Treasures:

My first entry: My father’s father Blakey / White family connections came from Africa in 1843 and my mother’s mother family connections were in St. Joseph, MO in the 1860’s and maybe before this.

My Great Grandmother was Anna Laura Washington (Allen) Walters. She was born in St. Joseph, Missouri on June 13, 1867.  She was the daughter of William / John Washington and Susan (Leach) Washington.

I have come a long ways from this first entry

As look back over this entry, I can say that I can trace my ancestors on my father’s side back to Mrs. Hannah Hooper who was born about 1767 and on my mother’s side back to Mrs. Delilah “Lillie” Lewis was born about 1785.

I thank God that I’ve come as far as I have. So thankful for family connections. And for those who past down what they know about their ancestors. Thank You, Jesus!

Thanks for reading,
S.A. Blakley

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A Fervent Love

O Lord our God, we thank you for instilling in the heart of your servant William Reed Huntington a fervent love for your Church and its mission in the world; and we pray that, with unflagging faith in your promises, we may make known to all people your blessed gift of eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

via The Book of Common Prayer

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Pass Through And Lose Not

O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

via The Book Of Common Prayer

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A Long Day It’s Been

A Long Day It’s Been
By S.A. Blakley

A long day it’s been, On the go, going
About my doings, Not in what knowing

The needs of each day, In working each task
To complete this one, Not working too fast

Pacing each moment, To make things amend
Seeing the beauty, Not in what depends

Resting while working, As this day gone by
A long day it’s been, Not asking of why

Thanks for reading Poem #2344

Idea on Jan 9, 2014 at 10:55 PM
Re read and made some changes on July 15, 2015
at 10:20 PM on edged of bed and on July 23, 2015
while reviewing to post this poem.

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