Monday, July 30, 2007

Don't Worry

A pastor had been on a long flight from one place to another.
The first warning of the approaching problems came when the sign
on the airplane flashed on: Fasten your seat belts. Then,
after a while, a calm voice said, "We shall not be serving the
beverages at this time as we are expecting a little turbulence.
Please be sure your seat belt is fastened."

As he looked around the aircraft, it became obvious that many of
the passengers were becoming apprehensive. Later, the voice of
the announcer said, "We are so sorry that we are unable to serve
the meal at this time. The turbulence is still ahead of us."

And then the storm broke. The ominous cracks of thunder could
be heard even above the roar of the engines. Lightning lit up
the darkening skies, and within moments that great plane was
like a cork tossed around on a celestial ocean. One moment the
airplane was lifted on terrific currents of air; the next,
it dropped as if it were about to crash.

The pastor confessed that he shared the discomfort and fear of
those around him. He said, "As I looked around the plane, I
could see that nearly all the passengers were upset and alarmed.
Some were praying. The future seemed ominous and many were
wondering if they would make it through the storm.

"Then, I suddenly saw a little girl. Apparently the storm meant
nothing to her. She had tucked her feet beneath her as she sat
on her seat; she was reading a book and everything within her
small world was calm and orderly.

"Sometimes she closed her eyes, then she would read again; then
she would straighten her legs, but worry and fear were not in
her world. When the plane was being buffeted by the terrible
storm when it lurched this way and that, as it rose and fell
with frightening severity, when all the adults were scared half
to death, that marvelous child was completely composed and
unafraid." The minister could hardly believe his eyes.

It was not surprising therefore, that when the plane finally
reached its destination and all the passengers were hurrying to
disembark, our pastor lingered to speak to the girl whom he had
watched for such a long time. Having commented about the storm
and behavior of the plane, he asked why she had not been afraid.

The child replied,
"Cause my Daddy's the pilot, and he's taking me home."

There are many kinds of storms that buffet us.

Physical, mental, financial, domestic, and many other storms can
easily and quickly darken our skies and throw our plane into
apparently uncontrollable movement. We have all known such
times, and let us be honest and confess, it is much easier to be
at rest when our feet are on the ground than when we are being
tossed about a darkened sky.

Let us remember: Our Father is the Pilot.
He is in control and taking us home.

Don't worry.


~Author Unknown~


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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Lindsay Lohan

Just 21 years old, barely two weeks out of rehab, today was the day that Lindsay fell so far off the wagon that it would take an army of lawyers and a seriously demented judge to keep her out of jail at this point.

The 21-year-old actress was booked on two misdemeanor charges of suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving on a suspended license and two felony charges of possession of cocaine and transport of a narcotic, Talbot said.


DUI, cocaine possession, suspended license, police chase...

Obviously, it is beyond Lindsay's human strength and willpower to straighten out her life. Maybe she needs extreme spiritual intervention. Admittedly, I have enough people on my prayer list already, but I will send her my prayers because I believe this is a life that can still be saved. If Robert Downing Jr was able to turn it around after literally YEARS of addiction, certainly this girl has a chance.

Hopefully the media and general public will see the cry for help instead of taking another opportunity to judge her and condemn her.

I know how I would handle my own daughter in a situation such as this, but apparently Hollywood parents and relatives don't consider it their duty or responsibility to help this young girl recover.

Of course, you can't "Make" someone do something if they don't want to.

The old saying goes "you have to hit rock bottom" before you can begin to recover and change.

So here's my rant and my question...

Just how low does rock bottom go with this generation?

In my day, one arrest was enough for most people to consider themselves at "rock bottom."

God help Lindsay and others like her to discover their passion for life, their mission in life, their purpose on this earth, and to follow that dream with all the fervor and passion the universe can lend them. May they be consumed with goodness, light and love to dispel all negative influences trying to destroy them. May they learn to live in, by and through Spirit. May they stand strong against addictions, temptations and may they learn a new definition of "fun."


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Full Story at ABC News

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Religion

Religion is simply one's personal philosophy on life and life's purpose.

My view on religion is that too many are religious but not enough are spiritual or humanitarian in their efforts. However, blaming society's flaws (such as war) on religion alone is as absurd as blaming the flaws on education alone.

Since there are so many different "groups" of religions who gather themselves together to affect their influence on laws, morals, etc. then which group is at fault?

Every group claims to have and know the only true religion and the one and only true God, so which of them is lying? How would we begin to convince them of the error of their ways?

Many blame societal flaws on the lack of education, with education being judged on one's degrees, majors, etc.

Some so-called educated people would have the world believe as they do or consider them ignorant. Hmmm, sounds a lot like the "religious," so how well-educated is that?

There are many religious people with doctorate degrees (including scientists), and many atheist people with doctorate degrees.

Neither of these labels - "religious" "educated" "ignorant" can encompass the truth of how and why a society fails or flourishes.

How well the citizens live, the freedoms they have, and their access and willingness to learn about other religions is, I believe IMHO, the key to ending the divisiveness among religious sects and nations.

A full belly with access to medical care, a roof over their head and a safe bed to sleep in is more apt to be tolerant of other belief systems and more likely to live in harmony with them.

Therefore, my religion is inclusive of helping everyone, everywhere as much as it's in our power to do so, to have access to everything needed to have a normal life where essential daily needs are met, and then allow them to decide what their religion is without fear of retribution.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Seven

Seven is the number of completion according to some Biblical numerologists.

The superstitious claimed that 7-7-07 would be a lucky day or at least a good day for new beginnings.

There are seven seals, seven trumpets (Revelations), and there are 7 days in the week.

All of this got my brain to advancing to the next day, the 8th day, the day after the completion of creation and the day of rest. Wouldn't the 8th day be the day for new beginnings? Well, I choose the the 8th day for my new beginning.

The seventh month in this seventh year is also spiritually meaningful. God brought Noah's ark to rest safely in the seventh month. Granted, that month wasn't July, but it was the seventh month of their year, and July is the seventh month of our year.

I've noticed some really great things happening as well as some pretty unusually traumatic events in the lives of some of my friends, as well as on the news around the world. Maybe my Mother was right (again) when she said that whenever blessings and miracles abound, the negative energies also get riled up and distraught causing distress to those who are not enlightened, and even to some who are, but are lacking in faith or the spiritual maturity to recognize certain events for what they truly are - obstacles. Obstacles which can become opportunities when approached properly.

It's all about attitude and approach.

Life is what you make of it.

Focus on happiness, good health, beauty, kindness, optimism and love.

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