Jul 182010
 

Over the past few weeks, I‘ve been hearing good and positive news, in many ways.

·         A lady, whose daughter just got married and is a young teacher, is now getting long term teaching assignments … her new husband about to get his engineering ‘ticket’ of choice.

 

·         A young man after teaching 9 years overseas and who, after several years of applying, is finally accepted into teacher’s college here.

 

·         Several people who, after many treatments, have overcome the scourges of cancer.

 

·         An extremely bright young man, under the influence of being newly married, has decided to go back to university … achieving marks in the 90’s.

 

·         A person, recently divorced, buying a new home and making a fresh start, in an otherwise accomplished life.

 

·         Families working together to care for young children – within limits – that helps all concerned.

 

·         People coming to retirement with grace and dignity and embracing the future.

 

·          Folks immediately showing the courage to engage life again, after the death of a life partner.

 

·         Others, who struggle daily, slowly crawling out of the abyss from some ongoing and chronic condition to, never-the-less, smile at the world.

 

·         Volunteers and friends helping out others in need, in so many ways.

 

Our problems?  

 “When you see others and their problems, it makes your problems seem small!”

– ‘Meals on Wheels’ volunteer

 

We all have “special needs” to overcome; and we need to do the best we can, when we can, to get there.

 

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Jul 112010
 

 

I listened to a radio interview the other day with an author who started off as an atheist and, years later, is now a Christian.

 

In his new book,The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith, Peter Hitchens talks about how Christians (and I suspect people of faith in general) have, in recent years, been made out to be stupid because they believe in things that no thinking person would believe in. The book was described in the Spectator magazine as “a magnificent, sustained cry against the aggressive secularism taking control of our weakened culture.”

 

Interestingly, his brother, Christopher Hitchens, author of God Is Not Great: How

Religion Poisons Everything, believed just the opposite. He contended that organized religion is “violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism, tribalism, and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children: organized religion ought to have a great deal on its conscience.”   

 

Although, both brothers agree to disagree, Peter Hitchens believes that people who disagree with Christians are becoming increasingly hostile.   

 

Why? The author contends that there’s a feeling of personal effrontery that’s rooted in the fear that Christians might be right.

 

So what does this mean to you and me?

 

I think if we are really honest that for most of us, despite our personal ‘trials and tribulations’, will admit that we’ve been blessed (I know I’m still grateful to be here). However, I meet lots of folks who are negative about everything and everybody. Maybe my feet aren’t yet cemented in reality … and theirs?

 

Sure, I also get frustrated a lot of times. I want everything done yesterday, I’m generally a nagging perfectionist, I’m only concerned about my problems, and I can be intellectually lazy.

Yet, there are people sighing, crying and dying over real loss. What’s our response?

 

“They talk about a life of brotherly love

Show me someone who knows how to live it.”

Slow Train by Bob Dylan

 

We’re in relatively tough times right now and people are discouraged, but this will not last.  Right now though, we need to help people through it. Some call that mission. 

 

A good example is the best sermon. – Highway sign


Fred Parry

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