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 for those around the world who live in situations where bleeding hearts are inside human bodies … like my neighbours to the south of where I live.

On this Fourth of July, the U.S.A. is celebrating the adoption of their Declaration of Independence in 1776 which included the phrase: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men 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.”

Sadly, it doesn’t appear that phrase has much relevance there these days –
for many reasons.

It is difficult to wish them “Happy July 4th,” when so many are becoming sick because people aren’t wearing facemasks, observing social distancing, staying home as much as possible, quarantining when they have been exposed to someone with COVID19 … when they aren’t using common sense or expressing compassion for others.

And so, I pray.
I pray for the leaders.
I pray for individuals who can make a difference
– but who chooses otherwise.

I pray for the bleeding hearts of the United States.

May the Fourth (Force) be with them
… with you
… with us all.


As always, you are welcome to share.

Text & Photo © June Maffin