“Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime; therefore, we must be saved by H O P E. Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context in history; therefore, we must be saved by F A I T H. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore, we are saved by L O V E.” ~Reinhold Niebuhr
This is the final Six Word Friday. It has been hosted for the past five years by Adrienne Scanlon at My Memory Art.
I sent her an email the other week thanking her for her time and effort at the helm. I said, that the challenge of using a prompt word in sentences of no more than six words opened up something inside me that had been closed since childhood. I also said the challenge of a really juicy word called me back to blogging when I may have quit after suffering a traumatic brain injury last February.
Viewed in the light of Niebuhr’s words, I guess you could say Six Word Friday has been an exercise in faith, hope, and love for me. It has been a good and fun thing.
And, in case you do not know, Reinhold Niebuhr is the author of what has come to be known as the Serenity Prayer, which was eventually boiled down to:
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no H O P E at all,” said Dale Carnegie
If the people at Small Miracles Cat Rescue hadn’t had HOPE that their work could make a difference, they would not have rescued a little, feral, tortoiseshell kitten from the Kill List of an overcrowded shelter back in March of 2013. She was deemed “un-adoptable” because of her injuries and feral, withdrawn ways. But, H O P E wades right in, I guess. They had hope someone would want her. And, we did. Our darling Josephine.
“Not much is known of J O S E P H. He was a husband, father, provider everyday, and he had dreams. What more can be said?” Author Unknown j u s t t h i s Rest on the Flight into Egypt; F A I T H he was reading G_d correctly.
The “portion in quotes” in the poem (above) is not original to me. The words are from a painting I saw August 21, 2002 hung in the library at Saint Joseph’s College, Standish, Maine. I tried, but could not find out the name of the artist.
I first encountered the painting, Rest on the Flight into Egypt, in the Signals catalog. Signals was selling the part with Mary resting on the the Sphinx as a print. I didn’t buy the print, but I clipped out the advertisement from the catalog and kept it in my wallet for years. I guess that’s a sign that the painting moved me. Many years later, when I saw the entire painting, I was moved even more. Joseph has always been one of my favorite biblical peeps, being willing, as he was, to be dragged all over creation for the sake of his wife and son.
The Six Word Friday meme has been going on for five years hosted by Adrienne Scanlon at My Memory Art. Her time at the reins is coming to a close. (Thank you, Adrienne, for all your hard work and encouragement of the rest of us.) This is the second to last week.
I thought the poem, the painting, and this week’s word, FAITH, went together quite well in six sentences of six words each.
Life on the rocks? Oh, don’t
I know it well? I sit
in hard places. Afraid to look
down, afraid to go on. But,
oh! Don’t life’s rock climbers have
the most gorgeous, sinewed muscles from
holding on as they move along?
( I found myself on the Billy Goat Trail five years ago this coming Halloween. I knew nothing of hiking or climbing. And I did get stuck in fear two-thirds of the way up. Then a kind voice said, “Let go of where you are, cross over to the other side, and come on up.” I was pretty sure death was imminent, but it was that or stay stuck where I was. So! )
Linking up with Adrienne over at My Memory Art for Six Word Fridays. So you like a little challenge? Do you like to write with a prompt? This is such fun! Do give it a try!
Make Each Line Have Six Words or How the Grinch Added Three Hyphens
“Then the Whos, young and old,
would sit down to a feast.
And they’d feast! And they’d feast!
And they’d FEAST! FEAST! FEAST! FEAST!
They would start on Who-pudding, and
rare Who-roast-beast, Which was something the
Grinch couldn’t stand in the least.” *
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*From “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss
When a Cross stitches a cross
It is now a Cross’s cross.
If two Crosses stitch one cross
It is now The Crosses’ cross.
When two Crosses stitch more crosses
Now they are The Crosses’ crosses.
If two Crosses have a spat…
Cross Crosses! And that is that.
No worries as they make up
And stitch happily Cross forever.
Take silica, fuse with boric oxide
by heating to molten ball stage.
Form as desired. Let cool till
hard, brittle, transparent or translucent, but
do not allow crystals to form.
The surprise is that glass is
considered to be a supercooled liquid
and not a true solid -despite
what our senses may tell us!
“The Sidewalks of New York” is a popular song about life in New York City during the 1890s. It was created by lyricist James W. Blake (23 September 1862 – 24 May 1935) and vaudeville actor and composer Charles B. Lawlor in 1894. The song proved successful afterwards, and is often considered a theme for New York City. Many artists, including Mel Tormé, Duke Ellington, Larry Groce and The Grateful Dead, have performed this song. Source: Wikipedia
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Image is a 1910 Sheet Music cover. Source: Wikipedia
Synonyms of Daze or, Calling Josephine
To stun, to shock, to stupefy,
to paralyze or benumb. To blind,
astonish, startle, astound, to flabbergast, or
to numb. To call one’s cat
repeatedly till one is rendered dumb.
To see the look upon her
face: forget it, I not come!