Wednesday, January 20, 2021
"Showers of Blessing"

"Showers of Blessing"

Wednesday, January 20, 2021,
the rains do fall
all over this parched land of Yuma,
this plague-ridden land of Yuma.
Wash away the disease!
Wash away our tears!
We have suffered so,
while the leaders lied,
and so many have died.
We have suffered so.
The young fear
and the old despair.
Can we begin to have hope?
The weary nurses and doctors,
the grieving widows,
can we begin to have hope?
Will the voices of reason rise above
the voices of deceit and greed?
Can mercy have a chance?
Will we find a way?
Merciful rains,
soak our parched land.
"Showers of blessing",
my tears are in this rain.
It seems a sacred blessing.
The air smells so clean.
My hope is like a green seedling in my soul.
Be nourished, oh seeds of hope!

---------Joan Ann Lansberry, January 20, 2021

"Showers of Blessing" refers to the old hymn written in 1883 by Daniel Webster (1840–1901) under the pseudonym of D. W. Whittle.:

"There shall be showers of blessing:
Send them upon us, O Lord;
Grant to us now a refreshing...."

Yuma has had quite a drought. The last real earth soaking we received was in March, 2020, not including a few sparse drops here and there in various neighborhoods.

January 20, 2021 is also the day of President Biden's inauguration. We hope for more truthful, caring, science driven leadership.

As of 12:52 GMT today, the covid death tally for the United States is 411,520, while world wide, the death tally is 2,068,341. This represents over a year of deaths.


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