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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Little Things – 31 July 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

Looking through one of our old – published in 1932 – books of poetry, I came across a poem titled “Little Things” by James Stephens, an Irish poet and novelist who was born 9 February 1882 and died in London 26 December 1950.

I chose this poem for today’s Blog because it expresses sensitivity toward those of God’s creatures that, unfortunately, are still misunderstood, ignored and abused in this fallen world.

Little Things
By James Stephens
(9 February 1882 – 26 December 1950)

Little things that run and quail
And die in silence and despair;

Little things that fight and fail
And fall on earth and sea and air;

All trapped and frightened little things,
The mouse, the coney, hear our prayer.

As we forgive those done to us,
The lamb, the linnet, and the hare,

Forgive us all our trespasses,
Little creatures everywhere.

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