The rains of the Almost-Fall season have arrived
bringing a reminder that rain 
can bring
life to rivers
hope to parched lands
growth to plants, shrubs, trees, vegetables and fruit;
bringing a reminder that rain can bring
flooding, devastation, destruction
and even death.
Rain – mixed blessing.

Tears that fall from our eyes arrive
bringing a reminder that tears can happen in moments of
joy, surprise, celebration and delight;
bringing a reminder that tears can plummet down our face
in moments of pain, grief, sadness, compassion
and fear.
Tears – mixed blessing

Mixed blessings abound as
moments of 
moments of death
unfold around us.

and that precious Peace that passes all understanding
be recognized, acknowledged, received.
Even in moments of
mixed blessing.

photo and text © june maffin
The rose in the photo (mixed blessing: thorns and beauty) is from a rose bush in our front yard.
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