The Porch at Dawn

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Sitting on the porch at dawn
Watching the mist rise from the river
Shrouding the opposite shore in mystery,
I am healed by a chorus of birds
All knowing to sing their own songs.

I am filled with awe
At the perfection of life,
And can’t help but feel
As beautifully clothed
As the lilies of the field.

And if those lilies
Are so beautifully cared for,
While struggling and toiling not,
Then why do I ever doubt
That the same grace
Would not be extended to me?
~ JLS

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About Reverend Jude

JUDE SMITH is an Interfaith Minister, and she expresses herself in the world in many different ways. She considers herself to be an interspiritual and trans-denominational minister – transcending the differences among the world’s spiritual and wisdom traditions, resting instead in the spiritual commonalities that they all share. A teacher at heart, her passion is to lead others in discovering their own spiritual paths. Jude is the Executive Director of the Center For Authentic Living, an organization committed to reminding people who they are, and to providing the tools needed to live from that higher place. She regularly facilitates group programs geared towards spiritual awakening, and she is an authorized guide for John of God. Jude is also an active interfaith and non-denominational wedding and ceremonies officiant, crafting customized ceremonies that capture life's transitions in ceremonies that are sacred, elegant, meaningful, and transformative. Jude is motivated by her yearning to know more and by her thirst to live life fully, which is then always followed by her desire to share what she has learned with others, in ways that are experienced, not just understood. Jude is always moved by the strength and beauty of those whom she works with, and her desire is for others to see themselves through her eyes.
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