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Peace, Memorial Day and Sorrow

american flagMay 29, 2016

Life is hectic if you let it be. There were many years that I ran around like a chicken with my head cut off, trying to work, help take care of other people’s kids, go to church, go shopping and be there at the beck and call of anyone and everyone.

I would go to sleep at night mulling over everything that went on that day, every problem that needed to be solved, not just mine, but all the others that I let saddle me with their problems. I would toss and turn and it would be hours before I could get my mind to shut down.

I sleep good now. I don’t sleep heavy, I never have, I hear every noise in the night. I hear the wind blowing, rain falling, the house settling, sirens miles away, bird calls from our nocturnal friends, I hear it all, but I am at peace for I know who is in control of my life.

Today I am thankful for that peace

Philippians 4: 7 “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

May 30, 2016

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers. By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service. (Wikipedia)

There are so many people today who don’t understand what Memorial Day is, what it stands for. For many it is just another day to have a BBQ, drink some beer, go camping or fishing, or spend time with family and friends. It is a day to celebrate, but for the most part, people don’t know what they are celebrating.

Our country has been through some major changes over the centuries. We brag about being a country that is free, a country that cares about it’s people and welcomes all newcomers who are looking for a better way of life. That’s what we stood for, but today many wonder what we really stand for. When our country is arguing over such things as transgender bathrooms or if abortions should be federally funded, our soldiers are putting their lives on the lines every day to make sure we keep the freedoms we already have.

Maybe it’s time for all of our citizens to step back and take a good look at what America has become and maybe they should drop all the silliness and work on making her the great country she used to be. They can all start by acknowledging and honoring those who gave their lives so we could be free enough to publicly argue about such silly things as transgender bathrooms.

Today I am thankful for all the men and women that gave their lives to keep us safe and free.

May 31, 2016

Sorrow is hard to bear, yet all of us go through some form of it several times in our lives. It might be from the death of a loved one, a broken marriage, a child who has strayed into the wrong kind of life, the loss of a friendship or the loss of a job. There are so many things in life that can make us sad, make us cry and make us wonder why these things happen.

God created man in his own image. He gave us freewill, he gave us intelligence,He taught us how to love and live, but the most important thing he gave us was his son. If every time we become sorrowful we stopped to think about how he felt when he allowed his son to be tortured and hung on a cross for our sins, if we thought about the sorrow he felt, then possibly we would find that not all the things we become sorrowful over are worth our sadness.

As a race that has many emotions, sorrowfulness is probably one of the worse, right next to that of anger and/or hatred. God has given us many ways to deal with our sorrow. He has given us family and friends who love us, genuinely care for us, and he has given us Jesus, who we can turn to in times of sorrow to lift us, to hold us and comfort us.

Today I am thankful for the ways the Lord helps us deal with sorrow.

Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.

2 Corinthians 6:10 As sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing everything.

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