MORNING PRAYERS - 2019 2ND QUARTER
Thursday, October 24th - Jerri Berna
Today will be my first Thankful Thursday of the school year that I will not share with the Volleyball Team since our season has ended. During our prayers on Thursday’s, we take the time to state what we are grateful for. Often, people say things like family, friends, our team, health, the opportunity to get an education, food, sleep, etc. Rarely though, outloud anyway, do we express gratitude for the gifts and abilities we have been given. God has made each of us uniquely and given each of us gifts and talents and all He asks is that we use them to build up His kingdom. Some of us are blessed with intellect, some with physical abilities, perhaps musical talents or even a joyous and giving spirit. God did not give them to us for our own glory. And unfortunately, sometimes, we are motivated by accolades, honors, money or self affirming compliments, popularity and other selfish desires. These gifts, given to us by God, are not our right to use or abuse for self seeking purposes. Rather, we are called to use them responsibly, in thanksgiving, by utilizing our God given talents to bring honor and glory to the one who gave them. So, whether it be in class, doing homework, a project or studying for a test, or at Football, Cross Country, Jazz Choir or Academic Bowl practice, whether doing a service project or just hanging out with friends, we are called, not just by one another, but by God, to give our best! Today, on this Thankful Thursday, may be recognize all that God gives us, and respond to Him in gratitude, by putting our best foot forward.
Let us pray, God our Father, You are gracious in giving us each gifts to utilize for your good and the good of one another. Help us to be diligent in using all you have entrusted to us so that as we do, we would grow in our relationship with You, we ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Monday, October 28th - Mika Ramos ‘20
I have a natural tendency to want to be comfortable. Comfortable with the environment I’m in, the people around me, and more. However, comfortability may not always be a good thing. An article I read by Matt Slick challenged me by asking, “Are you comfortable? Do you feel safe in the Lord? I hope so. You should. Comfort and peace are great blessings from the Lord.
Comfort can be a stumbling block when it robs us of our strength and dependence on God. Think of a man who is so comfortable in his life with so few problems that he doesn't have to worry about anything. He relaxes, enjoys life and becomes weak and dependent upon his routine and life. So too the Christian who is very comfortable in his life, can also become weak and dependent upon the securities of life instead of the Lord. There is nothing wrong with being comfortable, unless that comfort makes us depend on God less and cause us to become complacent about the lost around us.”
So today Bishop Kelley, I encourage you to be uncomfortable in your faith. Challenge yourself, and you may be able to grow your faith in ways you didn’t expect.
Let us pray, Lord, we thank you for this beautiful day. We thank you for your love that never waivers, and the countless blessings that you place in our lives. Help us to grow our relationship with you in ways that may feel uncomfortable, and glorify you in all that we do. In your name we pray, Amen.
Wednesday, October 30th - David Lyons ‘20
High school is full of commitments, especially here at BK. It is easy to say yes to joining a club or sports team. Although these activities are great, filling your schedule is easier than you think. Becoming overcommitted is way too easy and can lead to a lot of stress.
So what does God have to say about commitment? My brother and I were talking on the phone a few days ago about a scripture passage we believed to relate to this specific problem. Matthew chapter 5 verse 37 states, “Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ Anything more is from the evil one.” So what this gospel is trying to say is that making commitments is easy but following through with then is a little more difficult. Saying “yes” or committing to something is good, but it can lead to overcommitment and turn your “yes” into something that has no real meaning. Make sure that when you say “yes” you follow through or be honest and say “no” when you can’t. Promising something is powerful but only if you do what you say your going to do.
Let us Pray, Lord Let our yes mean yes. Let it reflect the same credibility that you wielded when you promised salvation through your son. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Thursday, October 31st - Angelica Victoria ‘21
Over Fall Break, I had the opportunity to attend RYLA Camp, a Rotary International sponsored camp in which I learned skills that will help me in life, I also got to make new friends, dance on top of tables during meals, and get 15 hours of sleep in the span of 3 days. Many of the activities of this camp were intended to build meaningful friendships between the group I was assigned to and understand myself better. There was a particular activity in which I got to climb a wall, literally a wall. The purpose of this was that when climbing over that wall, I had to picture what I struggle with most in life. It was an emotional experience for myself and many of my friends because the importance of this activity was not me alone climbing that wall. There were people who helped me get up there and there was even more people over the other side waiting for me to join them. That made me realize that the hardest trials in life, we must face with other people because we can not do it by ourselves. So, what about you? If you got to climb a wall, what would that wall represent? And who helps you get up there? Because over on the other side, there’s God with His hand extended waiting for you on the other side.
Let us pray, Lord,
Thank you for being with us before, during and after all of our circumstances in life. Help us to always find you in those circumstances and one another, so we can maintain our focus and persevere. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Friday, November 1st - Jakob Gilbert ‘20
Today is All Saints day but do you know why we celebrate this day. Ya probably thinking celebrating all the Saints, yes, but it goes deeper. Today commemorates all the Saints and although many of the known Saints have their own feast day during the year, on November 1, the Catholic Church remembers them all through the Solemnity of All Saints. For the Saints that we do not have as much information about, or for those whose feats are still relatively unsung, the day offers an opportunity to commemorate their accomplishments and to pray to them, asking for their intercession. Saints were human beings, just like us, who lived extraordinary lives. Did you know that today is also our day, because God calls all of us to Sainthood as well. Saints were people just like us, they just chose to live a life of virtue and they give us an example to follow. So today, may we be mindful of what God calls us to and let’s begin right now by showing love to one another. Start today by doing just one thing for someone else. Let your cause for Sainthood begin today.
Let us pray,
Lord, Thank you for the example of the Saints. Help us to desire to join them, worshiping you forever in Heaven. Help us to follow in their footsteps, and yours, seeking to shape ourselves in Your image and seeking Your will in all things. May we devote ourselves, and all that we do, to Your glory, and to the service of others. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Monday, November 4th - Sarah Dicks
What’s the deal with Mary? That question is one of the most asked questions about the Catholic faith.
Here’s the answer- Catholics do not worship Mary, she is not the fourth person of the trinity. She is a creature-created by God like us, but unlike us she was so conformed to God’s will that she was chosen to raise the son of God.
We don’t need Mary to encounter the Lord. We pray to God. He alone is who our hearts long for.
So, where does Mary come in? Well, sometimes our human hearts need help. In John 19:26 Jesus says to John, the beloved disciple, “behold your mother.” In that moment, Jesus was giving all of us a gift- a heavenly mother to watch over us and lead us to Him. She, like an earthly mother prays for us. She has our back and she constantly points us to Jesus. She intercedes for us and pleads for the grace we need to move forward in our journey to Heaven. She fills in the gaps where our prayers are lacking.
This year on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we will have the opportunity to consecrate ourselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary. I invite you to pray about joining your classmates and peers in 33 days of prayer ending with consecration. Stop by the chapel to sign up and receive the daily devotion. Let’s explore the richness of our faith together!
Let us pray, Jesus, when you hung on the cross you gave humanity a heavenly mother through Mary. May we find comfort in her prayer and courage in her example. Amen.
Wednesday, November 6th - Audrey Wellborn ‘22
“Let everything happen to you
Beauty and terror
Just keep going
No feeling is final”
― Rainer Maria Rilke
Most things in our lives are not in our control, and oddly enough most of us stress out about things that we can’t fix today and that’s ok. We just need to realize the more time we spend dwelling on things that are out of our reach is the less time we spend on accomplishing what we can accomplish today. That’s why we can’t force too many things on our plate because then we get so overwhelmed it clouds our ability to live in the moment. Even if living in the moment means sadness or happiness it will pass and we never know which moments we are going to miss. So we should live each day to the fullest and not let the stress or panic take over the potential of what your day could become.
Thank you for your constant presence in our midst. Help us to live in the moment, relying on you for the strength and guidance to work through every situation, so that we might live as you intend. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Thursday, November 7th - Caroline Mosier ‘20
Isn’t it crazy how busy we are? As students, we are constantly running from one thing to the next. We rush to get to class, to get to practice, rush home to get our homework done, and at some point, find time for our social life. There is so much rushing, that often, we forget to simply be still and listen for God to speak. The thing about God is that He’s not going to force you to stop and listen to Him. He does want to speak to you, but He’s not going to force you to make that happen. There’s never going to be a completely perfect time to hear from God. That means you’ve got to be intentional about getting still in order to listen. God wants to help you make good decisions, to show you how much He loves you, and to be a part of your life. However, He’s not going to force His will upon you, he gives you free will. Instead, you’ve got to choose to let Him in. Today, challenge yourself to be still. Find a moment where you can sit and listen to God so that he can speak into your life. God wants to talk to you, it’s just up to you to get still so you can hear Him.
God, when we are weak, make us strong. Please guide us, mold us and make us into the people You desire us to be. Please guide our hearts and strengthen us when trials come our way. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Friday, November 8th - Abby Medico ‘20
I have been at Bishop Kelley for a little more than three years now. During my years here, I’ve been presented with many opportunities. As I got older and climbed the ranks, my opportunities grew. During my time at Kelley I have been able to work retreats, be inducted into NHS, join Link Crew, participate in varsity sports, musicals, and so much more. Some stuff on this list is only open to certain ages, but one of these opportunities that is available to everyone is morning prayer. I have wanted to do morning prayer ever since I heard the first one my freshman year but this is only my second morning prayer ever. The reason for this is one word: fear. I was genuinely scared to get on the intercom and speak my own thoughts about my faith to the whole school. But fear and faith don’t mix well. The definition of fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that something is threatening. The definition of Faith is a complete trust in something. It is physically impossible to have any fear while you are having faith. You can’t worry and trust God at the same time. So BK, when fear is on the rise, simply call to God for some guidance and some security. He is greater than all fear.
Let us pray
Dear Lord, Help us to trust in you with every fiber of our being. Help us to rely on you in times of fear, and help us to know that you are greater than it all. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Wednesday, November 13th - Mr. Tim Wymore
As you arrived to school today, if you drove or biked up the U-drive, you should have noticed hundreds of white crosses. Yesterday after school members of Bishop Kelley Students for Life braved the cold and assembled a Cemetery of the Innocents: a memorial to the thousands of unborn children who die each day in this country because of abortion. Each individual cross represents the loss of a person whose limitless potential to love has been cut short. The 300 crosses represent the number of lives cut short in the United States every three hours. In this month of remembrance we pray for the many lives lost, for the many mothers who grieve the loss of their children, and for a greater respect for life in all its stages.
Let us pray.
Heavenly Father, when you created the world you called it good. Help us to remember how blessed we are, and how good life is. Grant us the courage to use our many gifts to work for a society that welcomes everyone. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Thursday, November 14th - Nora Ross ‘22
This is a parable by Father Diamond that goes like this… Sin is the one thing that will keep us away from God. A king once learned this lesson from a monk who lived in a cave at the foot of the mountain. The word of his holiness spread far and wide and many people came to ask him for help. The king, who had lived a very wicked life, wanted to make his peace with God, and he too came to see the monk. He said to the monk, “Show me how I can find God before I die.” The monk said, “Alright. Take that large stone on your shoulders and follow me.” Although the king thought this was foolish, he lifted the huge stone onto his shoulders and followed the monk. For a while, he was able to follow, but the monk began to climb the mountain. The king followed him as best he could, huffing and blowing under the weight of the stone. They had not gone very far up the mountainside, when the king cried out, “I can go no farther with this weight of rock on my shoulders.” “Then throw it away,” said the monk. The king did so and was able to climb to the very top of the mountain.
When they reached the summit, the monk said to the king, “You could not climb the mountain because of the heavy weight you were carrying. Neither can you find God when you have the heavy weight of sin on your soul. Just as you cast aside the rock, so must you cast aside sin. You must be ‘dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.’”
If there is any sinful habit that is keeping you from God, then decide to overcome it. If there is any sin that needs God’s forgiveness, resolve to go to Confession and cast aside the weight. Let us pray.
Grant us the virtue of humility to acknowledge our mistakes
and failures and desire to ask for forgiveness. Only by your grace, your strength and your love can true forgiveness and reconciliation happen. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Monday, November 18th - Abby Medico ‘20
This weekend, I had the amazing opportunity to work Search 94. This was my third Search retreat, and it was easily my favorite. Our theme was the quote from St. Therese of Lisieux, “The world is thy ship and not thy home.” This quote got me thinking about how our life on earth will change our life after death. All of our actions and reactions here on earth change our future. We are alive on earth for the sole purpose of getting to heaven. God created us to be servant leaders and to follow His Word. We were put on earth to learn about Him and grow closer to Him. As children of God, it is our obligation, and our privilege, to develop a relationship with God. He gave up everything for us so that we could pursue His love and mercy. So BK, live your life in a way where you are looking into eternity, not just tomorrow. Focus your life on God's will, and remember that your true home is with Him.
Let us pray.
Dear Lord, help us to pursue you and to know you. Allow us the courage to follow your will and walk alongside you. We ask this through Christ Our Lord, Amen.
Tuesday, November 19th - Aby Ibarra ‘21
Isaiah 33:2 LORD, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.
When I read this verse from the bible a few days ago I was reminded that stressful times are coming up in school for me and for most of our school as well due to the end of our first semester getting closer and closer. With all the stress, studying, last minute extra credit opportunities to try and get our B to an A, late night homework sessions and all that good stuff…. We tend to forget to stop and take a minute to acknowledge that in between all this mess God is right there. We get so tangled up on just trying to get stuff done that we forget that at anytime we are invited to just breathe and recognize that with Him by our side we will finish all that we need to do in the best way that we are capable of doing. So, next time you find yourself overwhelmingly stressed and feel like you can't finish this semester strong, just stop, breath, and remember that He is there for you always.
Dear God, bless us with wisdom, patience, passion, and love to finish this year's first semester strong as the semester comes close to an end. Remind us everyday that with you by our side we are stronger than ever.
Thursday, November 21st - Caroline Mosier ‘20
Role models. Role models are people looked to by others as an example to be imitated. For most of us, our family members are the people who we consider to be our role models, especially our parents and grandparents. We are honoring grandparents today. Our grandparents are special people that can help us understand God’s love on a different level. They share wisdom and guidance of how to live fully and help us remember our blessings.
So today Bishop Kelley, be extra thankful for your grandparents. Those who are here today and any who have passed away. Be mindful of the time spent with them and thank God for placing them in our lives.
Let us pray
We thank you for our wonderful grandparents, and the joy and happiness they bring to our lives. We pray for everyone who has lost their grandparents, that they will remember and cherish the time spent with them. Please watch over them, protect them and care for them now. May they know your goodness and love always. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Monday, December 2nd - Advent
Today is Monday of the first week of Advent. Advent is the four-week season leading up to Christmas and it is this time in which we anticipate the coming of Jesus. It’s a time full of reflection, excitement, and hope. During Advent, we are invited to take a step back and look at who we are, what we are doing, and where Jesus fits into our lives. Jesus came into this world at that first Christmas for each of us, and ultimately, he came to bring us eternal happiness with him in heaven. That’s what we celebrate at Christmas and that is what we need to prepare for. Think about this, we prepare for everything we consider important in life. You wouldn’t show up to play in a Football game and expect to win if you had not been training or even watched some game film of your opponent. You wouldn’t show up unprepared to a big test and expect to make an A and you certainly wouldn’t put on a Musical without memorizing lines, working out choreography and performing dress rehearsals. And while we spend hours preparing for Christmas by buying and wrapping presents, baking cookies, planning parties, putting up the lights, the tree, and other decorations… Advent actually means preparing our own hearts. So, when was the last time you prepared your heart for Jesus’ coming at Christmas? Perhaps we can all make a conscious effort this Advent, through prayer… through acts of service… and through practicing virtue, in order to experience joy, hope and peace during this Advent season.
Let us pray
Dear Jesus, you are the hope in our messy world. This Advent, help us slow down, listen to your voice, and focus on what’s really important. We place our hope in you as we prepare our hearts to celebrate your birth on Christmas. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Thursday, December 5th - Lily Stuckey ‘22
“Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is ‘timing’ it waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way,” Fulton J. Sheen. As we are beginning the season of advent we have to have patience. Advent is all about patience as we prepare to celebrate Christ’s entry into the world. I invite you all to take the time and consider things that require you to have patience. For our Juniors and Seniors, this might include being patient for ACT scores to come back or college admittance letters. For the sophomores, it might be being patient to become upperclassmen. For the freshman, it might be being patient to become established as anything but a freshman. Practicing the virtue of patience can be hard with things like this that can feel so pressing and seem so important that it never leaves your mind. However, the Lord encourages us and pushes us to practice patience so we can see Him working in our lives. By being patient, we have the opportunity to step back, take a deep breath, and appreciate everything the Lord is doing to be present in our lives. It is with patience that we meet the Lord and truly experience Him for who He is. So I ask you Bishop Kelley, to be patient today with whatever might be heavy on your heart so that you may experience the blessings of Christ.
Let us pray,
God of power and mercy, I ask that you bless each of us with enough grace to be patient with you as you work in our lives. Allow us to trust in you and become one with him when he comes in glory this advent season. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Wednesday, December 11th - Jakob Gilbert ‘20
Boredom or otherwise known as purposeful relaxation is something that we all need in some way or another. Purpose full relaxation can be just laying in your bed and looking at the ceiling or reading a calming book. But a great peaceful purposeful relaxation is simply coming to the Chapel and just sitting in silence can relieve stress. Going to the chapel for 10 minutes during your lunch will help with stress and other anxiety you may be feeling. To take that a step further, you could go to Adoration and just sit in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, telling Jesus all of your struggles and allowing him to just sit with you. There is Mass and Adoration during lunch on Wednesday’s. If you do not get a chance to go to Adoration, or to Mass, you can go to the chapel during any lunch, or really, at any time, just to relax and experience some silence. This morning there was a praise and worship service so listen to the announcements to know about upcoming events. We all have finals coming up and we need a little relaxation, and it is Advent, a time when we prepare for the coming of the Lord. Therefore, I encourage you to use the Chapel for some silence, some calm and some time with Jesus.
Let us pray
All-powerful God, increase our strength of will for doing good that Christ may find an eager welcome at his coming and call us to his side in the kingdom of heaven, where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Thursday, December 12th - Angie Victoria ‘21
Today is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe; in Hispanic culture, she is viewed as the most important symbol of Catholicism. In 1531, Juan Diego, a humble man, a woman appeared to Juan Diego with the moon on her feet, the sun in her head, and a cloak with the pattern of constellations from above, while walking the trails of Tepeyac Hill. The woman made herself known to as his mother, and asked for the building of a church on the site of her apparition. Juan Diego doubted so the woman asked Juan Diego to collect roses from the freezing ground and take them to the Bishop. Upon bringing the roses to the bishop, an image of the woman appeared on Juan Diego’s mantle. The imprint in Juan Diego’s Tilma is now known as Our Lady of Guadalupe and the roses in early December became the miracle to convert 9 million Aztecs in little less than a decade. The natives needed a symbol of purity, compassion, and love that called them her own in order for them to give Christ a chance to transform them.
Let us pray today and ask for the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Mary, you have chosen to remain with us by giving us your most wonderful and holy self-image on Juan Diego's cloak. May we feel your loving presence as we look upon your face. Like Juan Diego, give us the courage to bring your message of hope to everyone.
You are our mother and our inspiration. Hear our prayers and answer us, through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Friday, December 13th - Ava Ernst ‘20
You think your life is hard? I’m a high school junior wearing size 13 Nikes. Men’s size 13 Nikes. Beat that.
You all might recognize this little snippet from the hit Netflix movie Tall Girl that came out a few months ago. The film highlights the romantic troubles of a six-foot-tall high school girl, who, complaining all the way, finds the boyfriend of her dreams. Hope I didn’t spoil anything.
But while this view--this idea that “my cross is the heaviest to bear”--is used humorously in the Netflix film, it can be quite limiting in real life. Being so obsessed with your own problems can be insanely detrimental to relationships, and it can even impede a positive outlook on life. If someone’s too busy focusing on how their glass is half empty, it becomes difficult for them to be thankful that they have water at all.
Before Thanksgiving Break, my family and I helped out at Catholic Charities, and we came in contact with many other people whose crosses were more evident than ours. As my sister and I helped hand out cookies and carry out groceries and clean tables, I loved the idea that I could do something to make other people’s crosses easier to bear.
But let’s not talk about whose cross is heavier, or who has more on their plate. The point here is that every person has a cross, and each of us can do something every day to make it easier for them to carry. If you’ve got a friend who looks like he’s having a rough day, talk to him about it. If your buddy doesn’t understand a couple homework problems, help him out. If you concentrate on taking the weight off of other people’s shoulders, yours will feel lighter, too. Guaranteed.
Let us pray.
Lord, help us to recognize the opportunities you give us to take the weight of other people’s crosses onto our own shoulders. Give us the knowledge so that we might have the courage to help. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Mary, Queen of Peace. Pray for us.
St. John Baptist de la Salle. Pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts. Forever.
Monday, December 16th - Lauren Rocco ‘20
So, we all hear that God works in mysterious ways, and what I’ve found is that this is what makes him hard to see and to understand. When something goes drastically wrong, we don’t get the grade we needed on a test, someone doesn’t include you, or you feel alone, it’s nearly impossible to see God in that. In response to this, it is also said that God does everything for a reason. Well, I do think God has a hand in everything that happens, and I know he always works for our best interest, but I can’t see God encouraging someone to hurt us or pushing us away from an opportunity. God doesn’t make bad things happen, but he lets the bad things happen if some good will come from it. Ever notice that some can always find something good in every situation? Yeah. That’s gotta be God. So, I think that, in a way, what makes God most difficult to find is what makes him most real. We say that in a fancy way: “he works in mysterious ways.” But we really just mean that we cannot ever comprehend everything that happens to us. But, God wouldn’t let it happen if we 1) couldn’t get through it and 2) couldn’t find some good in it.
Let us pray.
God, grant that we may look for you in the hard time, grant that we may see your purpose in everything, and grant that we may trust that you know better than us, the plans you have for us. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Mary, Queen of Peace… Pray For Us
St. John Baptist De La Salle… Pray For Us
Live Jesus In Our Hearts… Forever
Wednesday, December 18th - Aby Ibarra ‘21
Recently, I had a conversation with someone where I was asked the question, “how can you believe in something that you can’t see?” And I will not lie...at first this question threw me off and I had no immediate answer but after a couple seconds of pondering over this question I quickly realized just exactly how I wanted to answer. And the answer to this question was quite simple. I told this person that they were correct yes. I have never seen God in a human physical form and as disappointing as that may be, there are many other beautiful ways that I experience God throughout my everyday life! I told this person that I see God every morning as the sun rises up and paints the morning sky with vibrant colors. I see God through my beautiful friends who make me laugh all day. I see God through my teachers who teach with zeal and admirable passion. I see God when it’s raining beautifully or even when it’s a cold day but the suns gentle touch warms up the day generously. I see God in my parents who love unconditionally, just like him. I see God in every kind action I witness throughout my day. I see God in my sickness and in my health.I see God when I am sad or angry! As a matter of fact, I see God in everything. Good or bad.
So, in the end I told this person that I refuse to not believe that there is someone out there who is responsible for all the beautiful things in my life and It doesn’t matter to me that I never “see God” physically because I believe that in every little thing that is in my life, God is there always.
Dear God, help us all never forget that you are always here with us. Remind us everyday through your beautiful wonders and through our days that you are there. Help us keep our faith in you strong, even if we can’t physically see you, show yourself in even the smallest things in our lives. And Bless us all with wisdom and serenity as the end of our first semester and the coming of your Son, approaches. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Mary, Queen of Peace… Pray For Us
St. John Baptist De La Salle… Pray For Us
Live Jesus In our Hearts… Forever