Wednesday, July 29, 2009

MsPlacedDemocrat Will Be Missed UPDATED

Nancy Armstrong, aka, MsPlacedDemocrat, aka Navy Vetdied suddenly today. My heart goes out to her family and friends, which include many in the blogosphere. (H/T to my friend, Diamond Tiger, for passing along this news.)

My fellow NQ writer, American Girl in Italy, found this video of Nancy Armstrong on the Glenn Beck Show:

And I would like to offer this prayer (adapted) by A. Powell Davies, a Unitarian minister who served at All Souls Church in Washington, D.C. in the '40's and '50's, and dedicated to social justice:
The love we can no longer give to our beloved, may we give it to those who need it. May our compassion be deeper, our sympathy wider. Let our sorrow melt away our bitterness and teach us to be gentle. May we be saved from frozen-ness of heart. If so much that is precious can so soon be lost, let us cherish what remains; and let us be the nurture of things precious in the lives of others.

Whatever we have known and loved is ours while life shall last. May we see that what we love becomes a part of us, is interfused with our lives, blended with mind and memory and joined to our souls. May we resolve that the good we knew in those who have gone from ys shall live in us and be passed on from one generation to another.

When we do not know and cannot see, may we put our trust in things we cannot see. Even in this life, all about us and within us there is mystery/ Yet the mystery shines, and in its light we see the beautiful and good. May we have faith that it is not otherwise beyond the limit of our sight: that beauty endures, that goodness (and love) reign.

MsPlacedDemocrat will be missed...

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