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Monday, February 28, 2011

Spicy Mince with Rice and Spinach

I have this recipe listed on Recipe Zaar, and you can get an easily printed version there. I shall be going really really basic with these instructions, please don't be offended, the idea is that my eldest son, will be able to follow them without phoning home to ask "what do I do next?" when he starts cooking for himself.


This recipe is on a sheet cut out from a magazine years ago. I think it's probably family circle, but not certain. Made it quite a lot for a while, but then stopped.

4 servings
time to make 1 hour
10 min prep
4 tablespoons oil (I use the cheap olive oil but whatever you have on hand will do) (I don't measure it just put in a decent size glug, you can add more later if you need to )Actually, these days I don't use copious amounts of oil and just use spray oil instead.  You can either buy the spray oil in the supermarket OR buy a refillable bottle.
1 large onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic, crushed (I use the lazy garlic in a jar, 3 tsp)
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 1/4 teaspoons ground coriander
1 1/4 teaspoons garam masala
800g pack minced (ground) beef (You can buy the cheap stuff and treat as shown in the instructions below, which makes it almost as lean as the most expensive mince at much lower price) Or buy the extra lean when it is on offer.
19 fluid ounces beef stock
12 ounces basmati rice
6 ounces spinach, roughly shredded
4 ounces sultanas (I leave these out by preference, yucky horrible shrivelled things)
2 ounces whole almonds (I can't remember the last time I put these in, only use them if you are really trying to impress)


1. Fry the beef mince in a non stick pan.

2. Fry until the mince is all browned.

3. Put a sieve over a glass bowl or the sink and carefully spoon the mince into your sieve.

4. Leave as much of the fat in your pan as you can, you do not want to block the drains if you are doing this over the sink. You can either pour the fat left in the pan into a jar for disposal, or leave to cool, where it will set and you can scoop it out into the bin. Here you can see just how much fat was left from 800g of mince, but when you add the next step it becomes some of the leanest mince you can use.

5. Take a kettle full of boiling water and pour over the mince in the sieve. This will rinse off all remaining fat and ensure it gets far enough down the drains that it doesn't block up. If you are concerned about the fat and the drains, spooning into the sieve over a bowl is better, but you will still need to pour the boiling water over the mince in the sieve, and this should be OK over the sink.

By frying, draining and rinsing in this way you get a really low fat meat, for such a low price. I can buy a big pack of the cheap mince for less than half what I buy a normal pack of the leanest mince. So, even if I end up with the same weight of meat as the lean pack after I've drained it, I still have paid only half the price.

6. Meanwhile slice the onion and prepare the other ingredients.



7. Heat the oil in a large saucepan (you need a big pan because of the spinach later)

add the onion and fry for 3- 4 minutes until softened.

8. Add the garlic and spices

and fry for another 3 minutes. If any of this starts to burn and stick, add a little more oil.

9. Add the minced beef back into the pan

and thoroughly stir to coat.

10. Add the beef stock and bring to the boil.

11. Cover and simmer for 40 minutes until all the meat is tender.


12. MEANWHILE if you are using ordinary rice, cook the rice until tender. If you are cheating and using microwave in the bag rice, get it out of the cupboard, nothing worse than finding out in half an hours time that you haven't got a packet left and could have cooked some proper rice in the meantime. Microwave in the bag rice might not seem economical for a student, and I agree, that at supermarket prices it is not, with most supermarkets ranging from £1.25 to £1.50 or more for enough for 2 people. We don't buy ours at the main supermarket, we buy it in a discount store and pay just £0.49 per bag. Using 2 bags for this recipe, which serves 4.

13. While the meat mixture is simmering away you will need to trim your spinach leaves. This is usually done in front of the tv, although make sure you have set a timer so you don't let your pan burn dry.

Take each leaf and simply pull away the stalk as far as you can, toss that aside and keep the main part of the leaf. This can be avoided by buying baby leaf spinach although this is more expensive.
You could also use either tinned or frozen spinach, rinsing or defrosting before use. The meal won't look quite as nice but I think it tastes even better.

14. Roughly shred the spinach. I have found the best way to do this is to take the bowl you put the leaves into as you trimmed them and take a pair of scissors to the bowl, just cutting through the leaves as many times as you need to.

15. If using microwave rice, don't even bother to microwave, simply empty into the pan about 5 minutes before you expect to serve, stir in and leave to heat through.

If using cooked rice, you can leave this until right at the end.

16. Tip the bowl of spinach into the pan.

It will FILL the pan.

Don't panic, it wilts down very quickly.

17. Keep the heat under the pan and gently stir in the spinach until it is done to the consistency you prefer, you can keep the leaves looking quite fresh or wilt them down completely.

18. DONE

19. Serve with naan breads, or as shown here, pitta breads, cheaper and not so filling, leaves more room for the lovely mixture.

Blessings, Part 12

More Traditional Blessings and Prayers.  I know there may be one or two repeats and I apologise for that, but this file is long and it's difficult to keep track.  I trust that any repeats are ones someone particularly needs to read that day:

Morning Blessing
Encircle my soul
In morning stillness
Scatter the shadows of fear
Be at my side in midday bustle
Weave through the knot work of time
Talk to my heart
In teatime chatter
Speak through the discords of life
Lighten the load
of incoming darkness
Glow like a star at midnight.
(Jane M Mackichan)



Friendship Blessing
Beauty of friendship grow between us
Friendship;
without guile
without malice
without striving
Goodness of Friendship grow between us
Friendship;
with light
with wings
with soul sharing
Be the eye of each friend
of my journey
to bless and teach each one.
The eye of the Father be upon us
The eye of the Son be upon us
The eye of the Spirit be upon us
The eye of the Friendly Three
be upon us forever.
(Author unknown)



Despair
Christ of the agony
Christ of the bleeding
Christ racked and stretched out on the Tree
I place upon You my own agony
I place upon You my own bleeding heart
I place upon you my own despair.
Take it
Break it
Remake it
Your Tree of Death became the Tree of Life
Give You Blessing of Life to me.
(Western Isles)



Holy Spirit, Wild Goose
Great Spirit,
Wild Goose of the Almighty
Be my eye in the dark places;
Be my flight in the trapped places;
Be my host in the wild places;
Be my brood in the barren places;
Be my formation in the lost places.
Ray Simpson

Please come back tomorrow if you want to read more . . . . . .

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sometimes I need reminding

From a few years ago when hubby and I renewed our vows.


Andrew, I love you. I love you for what you are, but I love you yet more for what you are going to be. I love you not so much for your realities as for your ideals and your dreams. I pray that you dream big dreams and I promise to be here by your side, to see them come true.

I want you, Andrew, as my life’s mate. The love you have given me has reached into my heart and taken my soul captive. I have known no other love like yours outside of God and I joyously recommit myself to you, as I did 11 years ago.

I will share with you all the good and all the bad of life, all the laughter and the tears. I will rejoice in your strengths and help you develop them and I will encourage you and love you in spite of any weaknesses you may have. Not always shall you be what you are now. You are going forward toward something great. I am on the way with you and I love you. I will love you the rest of my life, because it is my choice to do so. This is the covenant I make with you."

Blessings, Part 11

Yes, there are more!  Traditional Blessings and Prayers, all together in one place.  When we get to the end I will pop links to each one in the side bar so they can still be accessed easily in the future.


You are blessed, Lord our G-d, the sovereign of the world, who created joy and celebration, bridegroom and bride, rejoicing, jubilation, pleasure and delight, love and brotherhood, peace and friendship. May there soon be heard, Lord our G-d, in the cities of Judea and in the streets of Jerusalem, the sound of joy and the sound of celebration, the voice of a bridegroom and the voice of a bride, the happy shouting of bridegrooms from their weddings and of young men from their feasts of song. You are blessed, Lord, who makes the bridegroom and the bride rejoice together.



PRAYER FOR TRAVELLING
Life be in my speech,
Sense in what I say,
The bloom of cherries on my lips,
Till I come back again.
The love Christ Jesus gave
Be filling every heart for me,
The love Christ Jesus gave
Filling me for every one.
Traversing corries, traversing forests,
Traversing valleys long and wild.
The fair white Mary still uphold me,
The Shepherd Jesu be my shield,
The fair white Mary still uphold me,
The Shepherd Jesu be my shield.



May your past be a pleasant memory,
Your future filled with delight and mystery,
Your now a glorious moment,
That fills your life with deep contentment.



May dawn find you awake and alert, approaching your new day with dreams, possibilities, and promises.
May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.
May you go into the night blessed, sheltered, and protected.
May your soul calm, console, and renew you.



Night Blessing
May we rest this night in the stillness of Your Being
O' Radiant Dawn, splendour of eternal light, come and shine on us
O' Emmanuel, G-d with us, we will lie down and You will lie down with us
And the dawn shall come and so will Your appearing
and we shall know as we are known
And in pleasure You will receive us
Call forth this night bearers of Your presence
Call for this night believers in Your Truth
(Gaelic Blessing - Scotland)

Please come back tomorrow, because there are still more . . . . .

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Blessings, Part 10

Yes, there's still more.  In fact I don't think we're even halfway through my file of Traditional blessings and Prayers:

May the blessing of the rain be on you,
May it beat upon your Spirit
And wash it fair and clean,
And leave there a shining pool where the blue of Heaven shines, And sometimes a star.



God Bless This Home

May its windows catch the sun
And its doors open wide to friends and loved ones. May each room resound with laughter.
May the walls shut out troubles
And hold in warmth and cheer.
May this home be filled with joy in the morning
And sweet dreams in the night.
May it be a home where love has come to live…. where Jesus Christ is Lord.



A German Blessing
With faith there is love,
With love there is peace,
With peace there is blessing,
With blessing, there is God,
With God there is no need.



Always remember to forget
The things that made you sad.
But never forget to remember
The things that made you glad.

Always remember to forget
The friends that proved untrue.
But never forget to remember
Those that have stuck by you.

Always remember to forget
The troubles that passed away.
But never forget to remember
The blessings that come each day.



Blessing for a New Home

A blessing upon your new home,
A blessing upon your new hearth,
A blessing upon your new dwelling,
Upon your newly-kindled fire.

A blessing upon your tallest grass,
A blessing upon your fruitful partner,
A blessing upon your growing sons,
Upon your growing daughters.

A blessing upon the household's helpers,
A blessing upon the children yet unborn,
A blessing upon the wise parents,
Upon your occupation.

A blessing upon your goods and income,
A blessing upon your kith and kin.
A blessing upon you in light or darkness,
Each day and night of your lives.


I do hope you're not bored of these and will come back to read more tomorrow.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Blessings, Part 9

I hope you are enjoying these Traditional Blessings and Prayers:

Lord, make the door of this house wide enough to Receive all who need love,
Narrow enough to shut out all who breed hate.



Today... I wish you a day of ordinary miracles.
I wish you a day of little things to rejoice in.
I wish you a day of happiness and perfection...
little bite-size pieces of perfection that give you the funny feeling that God is smiling on you, holding you so gently because you are someone special and rare.



May you have -
Walls for the wind
And a roof for the rain,
And drinks beside the fire.
Laughter to cheer you
And those you love near you,
And all that your heart may desire
Celtic Blessing- dedicated to Joyce W.L.



May there always be work for your hands to do.
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine upon your window pane.
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near to you and
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
In memory of Elma Loretta King


Eskimo Blessing         
The lands around my dwelling
Are more beautiful
From the day
When it is given to me to see
Faces I have never seen before.
All is more beautiful,
All is more beautiful,
And life is thankfulness.
These guests of mine
Make my house grand.



Please come back tomorrow to read more . . . . . .

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Blessings, Part 8

More Traditional Blessings and Prayers:

May God grant you many years to live,
For sure He must be knowing
The earth has angels all too few
And Heaven is overflowing


   
May the face of every good news
And the back of every bad news
Be toward us.



May you have warm words on a cold evening
A full moon on a dark night
And the road downhill all the way to your door.



Blessing for a child leaving home
The great God between your shoulder blades
To protect you in your going and returning,
The Son of the Virgin Mary be close to your heart,
And the perfect Holy Ghost be keeping an eye on you.


         
Blessing for parents
For my mother, who raised me at her breast,
And for my father,
Who raised me by the work of his bones,
I trust in the Son of God
When they enter His presence
That there will be a hundred thousand
Welcomes for them
In the heavens of peace.



Circle me, Lord.
Keep protection near
And danger afar.
Circle me, Lord
Keep hope within.
Keep doubt without.
Circle me, Lord.
Keep light near
And darkness afar.
Circle me, Lord.
Keep peace within.
Keep evil out.


         
Lord, make this home a happy place,
Aglow with warmth and cheer,
A friendly place so all who come,
Feel truly welcome here,
A peaceful and contented place
That's filled with Thy pure love.
Lord, make this home a happy place
And bless it from above.


I do hope you'll come back tomorrow to read more and do apologise if there have been any repeats, with this many in the file it's a little difficult to keep track.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Blessings, Part 7

Continuing to share the Traditional Blessings and Prayers I have collected over the years.  I hope they are blessing you as you read:

Blessing for the Children
O Thou, to whom to love and be are one,
hear my faith-cry for them who are more
thine than mine.
Give each of them what is best for each.
I cannot tell what it is.
But Thou knowest.
I only ask Thou love them and keep them
With the loving and keeping Thou didst
Show to Mary's Son and Thine.



Blessing For Hearth-Keepers
Brighid of the Mantle, encompass us,
Lady of the Lambs, protect us,
Keeper of the Hearth, kindle us.
Beneath your mantle, gather us,
And restore us to memory.
Mothers of our mother,
Foremothers strong.
Guide our hands in yours,
Remind us how
To kindle the hearth.
To keep it bright,
To preserve the flame.
Your hands upon ours,
Our hands within yours,
To kindle the light,
Both day and night.
The Mantle of Brighid about us,
The Memory of Brighid within us,
The Protection of Brighid keeping us
From harm, from ignorance, from heartlessness.
This day and night,
From dawn till dark,
From dark till dawn.
(Brighid is the Irish saint whose following draws strongly upon the Celtic goddess of the same name; as hearth-keeper, she is venerated throughout the Celtic world.)



May Christ and His saints stand
Between you and harm.
Mary and her Son.
St. Patrick with his staff.
Martin with his mantle.
Bridget with her veil.
Michael with his shield.
And God over all with His strong right hand.



Three things are of God;
And these are what Mary told to her Son,
For she heard them in heaven:
The merciful word;
The singing word;
And the good word.
May the power of these three holy things
Be on all the men and women of Erin forever more.




Four corners to her bed
Four angels at her head
Mark, Matthew, Luke and John;
God bless the bed that she lies on.
New moon, new moon, God bless me
God bless this house and family. 



Return tomorrow to read more blessings . . . . . . . .

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Blessings, Part 6

I hope you are enjoying these blessings.  They are Biblical and Traditional Blessings and prayers that I have collected over the years:

Lorica
The early Celtic church had many 'breastplate prayers', or 'lorica', which declared the surrounding and encompassing of God. Such prayers were not to make God come - He is already there - but to open our eyes to the reality. In breastplate prayers, the person who prays seeks to become aware of what is already a reality.
The following prayer is from the 4th century and is attributed to St. Patrick.

I bind myself today
The power of God to hold and lead
His eye to watch, His might to stay
His ear to hearken to my need
The wisdom of my God to teach
His hand to guide
His shield to ward
The word of God to give me speech
His Heavenly Host to be my guard.



An Old Wedding Blessing
May God be with you and bless you.
May you see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.



May you have -
Walls for the wind
And a roof for the rain,
And drinks bedside the fire
Laughter to cheer you
And those you love near you,
And all that your heart may desire.



Blessing for a New Home
A blessing upon your new home,
A blessing upon your new hearth,
A blessing upon your new dwelling,
Upon your newly-kindled fire.

A blessing upon your tallest grass,
A blessing upon your fruitful partner,
A blessing upon your growing son/s,
Upon your growing daughter/s.

A blessing upon the household's helpers,
A blessing upon the children yet unborn,
A blessing upon the wise parents,
Upon your occupation.

A blessing upon your goods and income,
A blessing upon your kith and kin.
A blessing upon you in light or darkness,
Each day and night of your lives. 

Come back tomorrow for more blessings. . . . . . . . . . . .

Monday, February 21, 2011

Blessings, Part 5

Continuing to share the biblical and Traditional Blessings I have collected over the years:

God's Heart
There is a mother's heart in the heart of God. And 'tis his delight to break the bread of love and truth for his children.
from a Hebridean mother



Spare Us the Fall
May the roof above
never fall in,
May we below
never fall out.
a Celtic grace



Big Sea, Little Boat
Dear God, be good to me;
The sea is so wide,
And my boat is so small.
fisherman's prayer



A Familiar Stranger
I saw a stranger today.
I put food for him
in the eating-place
And drink
in the drinking-place
And music
in the listening-place.
In the Holy name
of the Trinity
He blessed myself
and my family.
And the lark said in her warble
Often, often, often
Goes Christ
in the stranger's guise.
O, oft and oft and oft,
Goes Christ
in the stranger's guise.
Celtic Rune of Hospitality




Blessing Of The Three
The Sacred Three
My fortress be
Encircling me,
Come and be round
My hearth, my home.
Fend Thou my kin
And every sleeping thing within
From scathe, from sin.
Thy care our peace
Through mid of night
To light's release.
A Caim 

The Celtic Christians
had a practice called the 'caim', in which they drew around them a circle.... this was a symbol of the encircling love of God.

Come back tomorrow for more blessings. . . . . . . . .

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Blessings, Part 4

Continuig to share the Biblical and Traditional Blessings I have collected:

You are the peace of all things calm
You are the place to hide from harm
You are the light that shines in dark
You are the heart's eternal spark
You are the door that's open wide
You are the guest who waits inside
You are the stranger at the door
You are the calling of the poor
You are my Lord and with me from ill
You are the light, the truth, the way
You are my Saviour this very day.
celtic oral tradition - 1st millennium 



May there always be work for your hands to do.
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine upon your window pane.
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near to you and
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
traditional blessing



We bathe your palms
In the showers of wine,
In the crook of the kindling,
In the seven elements,
In the sap of the tree,
In the milk of honey,
We place nine pure, choice gifts
In your clear beloved face:

The gift of form,
The gift of voice,
The gift of fortune,
The gift of goodness,
The gift of eminence,
The gift of charity,
The gift of integrity,
The gift of true nobility,
The gift of apt speech.
traditional gaelic 



Circle me, Lord.
Keep protection near
And danger afar.
Circle me, Lord
Keep hope within.
Keep doubt without.
Circle me, Lord.
Keep light near
And darkness afar.
Circle me, Lord.
Keep peace within.
Keep evil out.
david adam 



Deep peace of the running wave to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the infinite peace to you.
adapted from - ancient gaelic runes
 



Come back tomorrow for more . . . . .

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Blessings, Part 3

Continuing to share some of the Biblical and Traditional Blessings I have collected:

Gaelic Wedding Blessing
Mi\le fa\ilte dhuit le d'bhre/id,
Fad do re/ gun robh thu sla\n.
Mo/ran la\ithean dhuit is si\th,
Le d'mhaitheas is le d'ni\ bhi fa\s.

Translated as: "A thousand welcomes to you with your marriage kerchief, may you be healthy all your days. May you be blessed with long life and peace, may you grow old with goodness, and with riches." 
This is attributed to the Rev. Donald MacLeod, minister of Duirinish, Skye, Scotland c. 1760.



May the hills lie low,
May the sloughs fill up,
In thy way.
May all evil sleep,
May all good awake,
In thy way.
—(Source: “Mystery on the Isle of Skye”



God to enfold me,
God to surround me,
God in my speaking,
God in my thinking.
God in my sleeping,
God in my waking,
God in my watching,
God in my hoping.
God in my life,
God in my lips,
God in my soul,
God in my heart.
God in my sufficing,
God in my slumber,
God in mine ever-living soul,
God in mine eternity.
ancient celtic oral traditions - carmina gadelica 



I arise today
Through a mighty strength:
God's power to guide me,
God's might to uphold me,
God's eyes to watch over me;
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to give me speech,
God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before me,
God's shield to shelter me,
God's host to secure me.
first millenium - bridgid of gael

Come back tomorrow for more . . . . . . .

Friday, February 18, 2011

Blessings, Part 2

Following on from yesterdays post about Blessings, here are a few more Biblical or traditional Blessings:


If there is righteousness in the heart,
there will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character,
there will be harmony in the home.
If there is harmony in the home,
there will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
there will be peace in the world.
So let it be
—Scottish Blessing



Lang may your lum reek. (Long may your chimney smoke.)
—Scottish Blessing



A Gaelic Prayer
Slainte mhor agus a h-uile beannachd duibh
Good health and every good blessing to you!



May you have -
Walls for the wind
And a roof for the rain,
And drinks bedside the fire
Laughter to cheer you
And those you love near you,
And all that your heart may desire
- Celtic Blessing



An Old Wedding Blessing
May God be with you and bless you.
May you see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward



May those who love us, love us.
And those who don't love us,
May God turn their hearts;
And if He doesn't turn their hearts,
May He turn their ankles,
So we will know them by their limping. 
unknown origin.



Be ye our angel unawares
If after Kirk ye bide a wee,
There's some would like to speak to ye,
If after Kirk ye rise and flee
We' all seem cauld and still to ye.
The one that's in the seat with ye
Is stranger here than ye, maybe.
All here have got their fears and cares,
Add ye your soul unto our prayers,
Be ye our angel unawares.
— Scottish Blessing

come back tomorrow for more, and in the meantime, BE BLESSED . . . . . . .

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Blessings, part 1

This morning I was reading my bible and I came across something.  I'm doing a Bible in a Year read through with a whole bunch of women on facebook.  There's over 100 of us now, all reading whatever bible version we choose, all using different reading plans, but all planning on reading through our bibles in a year.  For some it is the first time, for others it is something they have done before, but ALL TOGETHER, doing this.  It's incredible!

I'm doing this read through in The Message and this morning was reading in Numbers and read the Aaronic blessing.  I am sure I have read the Aaronic blessing in the Message before, but this morning the particular wording that the Message has struck me.

24 God bless you and keep you,25 God smile on you and gift you,
26 God look you full in the face and make you prosper.
God smile on you and GIFT YOU! God LOOK YOU FULL IN THE FACE!

WOW, isn't that powerful!  Something about looking you full in the face that speaks to me far more than "turn his face towards you."  So, I did what we do on that facebook group and shared that this had jumped out at me.  Someone else commented that that reminded them of a traditional Irish blessing and so HERE WE ARE.

Over the years I have pulled together a small file on my computer of various biblical and traditional blessings.  Many of them Celtic, but also from other traditions too.
I am going to share them here on my facebook, a few a day for the next few days.  I don't know how long it will take, but here goes:


May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
traditional gaelic blessing




Beannachd Dia dhuit
(blessings of God be with you - ScotsGaelic)




Blessed Be.
ancient - celtic blessing




May the blessing of light be on you - light without and light within. May the blessed sunlight shine on you like a great peat fire, so that stranger and friend may come and warm himself at it. And may light shine out of the two eyes of you, like a candle set in the window of a house, bidding the wanderer come in out of the storm. And may the blessing of the rain be on you, may it beat upon your Spirit and wash it fair and clean, and leave there a shining pool where the blue of Heaven shines, and sometimes a star. And may the blessing of the earth be on you, soft under your feet as you pass along the roads, soft under you as you lie out on it, tired at the end of day; and may it rest easy over you when, at last, you lie out under it. May it rest so lightly over you that your soul may be out from under it quickly; up and off and on its way to God. And now may the Lord bless you, and bless you kindly. Amen.
—Scottish Blessing 


Come back tomorrow for more. . . . . .
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