Prayers for Petunia

This has been one of those weeks where both joy and sorrow dwell together.  It has been a week of wonderful news and opportunities, but it has also been a week where I have not been feeling that well. Even more difficult was to bring my sweet Petunia into the vet today because of a small lump we found in her chest the other day and find out she needs surgery on Monday to have it removed and biopsied because it is quite possible she has cancer.  So yesterday I asked you to celebrate with me, and today I ask you to send some prayers Tune's way.

I just received Mary Oliver's new book the other day and there is a whole series of her Percy poems at the end, delightful poems about her own sweet dog.  I read the one above and immediately felt that choke in my throat, the one where a truth stirs up from your chest.  I love the simple beauty of her words.

Blessings on your weekend.  There will be lots of resting and snuggling at the Abbey.

-Christine Valters Paintner @ Abbey of the Arts

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