When I transplanted the bleeding hearts in the garden, I didn’t think they would “take” in their new location.
Oh, me of little faith!  They survived the transplant and blossomed!

Each time I walk by them, I am reminded to pray
… pray especially for those around the world
who live in situations where bleeding hearts are inside human bodies
… pray on this July 4th day in particular, for my neighbours in the United States.

On the Fourth of July, the U.S.A. marks the adoption of their Declaration of Independence in 1776.
It included the phrase:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men <sic> are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

It is difficult to wish them “Happy July 4th”
when so many are struggling with fear.

It is difficult to wish them “Happy July 4th” when many do not believe that all men <sic>
are created equal.

It is difficult to wish them “Happy July 4th”
when so many are convinced that conspiracy theories are real.

It is difficult to wish them “Happy July 4th.”
But I do.

And as I do, I pray.
I pray for the leaders.
… the individuals who can make a difference
And are.
And I pray for the other kind of leaders
… the individuals who can make a difference and choose otherwise.

This day, I particularly pray
for the bleeding hearts of the people of the United States.

May the Holy Force (the Fourth) be with them.
With us all.

WM-Maythe4thBeWithYou

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