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The Lord gazes upon us with sadness

The Bible tells us that humans have free will, a mind, and will of their own and, as such, are morally responsible for our behavior. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, one must wonder if the Lord gazes upon us with sadness.  Sadness that so many of us have availed ourselves of the gift of free will not to follow the lessons that the Lord and his sons taught us, not to benefit humanity in general, but to indulge in selfish behavior.  Even sadder is that so many use his name as the cornerstone of their actions.

In 2020 the well-being and health of Americans were sacrificed for personal and political gain. Racism and bigotry thrived and were used by our leaders to divide and conquer. The pursuit of happiness for many was impeded by existing economic and social injustice roadblocks and exacerbated by Covid. The use of masks turned into a political football by leaders and those who follow them—seeing their self-centered refusal to wear a mask as a badge of honor but really a sign of disregard for the lives of their fellow man.

The result?  Hundred of thousands of Americans waking up on Christmas morning to an empty chair with a heavy heart. The chair that was once occupied by a loved one who regrettably lost their life to a virus that has killed far more Americans than it should.

As American leaders celebrate this Christmas with their families and golf, isolated from the harsh realities of the real world, millions of Americans wait on growing food lines and face the possibility of homelessness.  Simultaneously large corporations receive billions in bailouts, and millionaires continue to see their portfolio grow.

The Bible is clear we are given freedom.  But we are not to use that freedom in the pursuit of our selfish desires.

Galatians 5:13: You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.

It is not so far fetched to say that the evil man is growing in power and gaining followers each day as they are preying on the intrinsic human behavior for power, greed.  Bringing out man’s true nature.

Luke 6:45:  A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

It is up to those of us with true and pure faith to resist the evil around us by leaning on our faith in the Lord, and hopefully, we will one day defeat the evil from among us.

If I Ain’t Got You Lord

It’s song time again. This time a mash up thanks go out to Alicia Keys, Eric Benet and Tamia

Some people live for the power
Some people think that the physical things define what’s within
And I have been there before, and that life’s a bore
Some people want it all
But I don’t want nothing at all
If it ain’t got you Lord

You see I never knew such a love could be inside of one
And I never knew what my life was for
But now that I’ve open my heart and soul to you I know for sure
You see I was incomplete till the day you I let you into my heart Lord
And I never knew that my heart could feel so precious and pureNow every morning when I wake and open my eyes
I know my heart is beating because you’re by my side

So I cry out and let the whole world know
That you’re my Lord and I’m your child
I let everyone know that I devote my life to you

I don’t need diamonds
big house
Or lots of money
Don’t need the world handed to me on a silver platter
All I need you is you in my life Lord
Because all of that means nothing
If I ain’t got you Lord
If I ain’t got you

There are some people who look everywhere for wealth
And they’ll do anything to find it
Some of them find it but still don’t know happiness
Cause they haven’t open their hearts and souls to you
Haven’t been touched by your Holy Spirit
Don’t know how much happiness you provide How much love you have for us
All from just one touch of your hand
A touch like no other no touch A touch that feels so wonderful

I found my happiness in you Lord
I know your love is pure and true
And as the days and the weeks and the years go by
I know you’ll always be there for me
Your love has already saved my life, my heart and my soul
So I’ll keep praising you each and every day In good and bad times
I’ll let the whole world know you’re my Lord
And I’m your child
I devote my life to you

Worry Consumes Me…No I Don’t Think I’ll Let It Do So Today

Today I found my mind racing with worry about something that I am dealing with. Then I got up from my desk to go to the men’s room (TMI I know) and did so without grabbing my cane. On the way back I noticed no limp, no stagger, almost like nothing ever was wrong.  Not bad I thought I am getting so much stronger everyday and that’s when my inner Keanu Reeves took over WHOA! I thought that’s it exactly, I’m getting stronger everyday. When did I start getting stronger? When I put my faith in the Lord and started doing things like walking everyday and riding the exercise bike, when I quit worrying about will I ever walk like before.  That’s when I started getting stronger.

So why am I letting worry consume me now?

Look what the Lord has already done for me.

Look at all I have to be grateful for.

I only need to keep my faith in the Lord and keep working on a solution because worry can only fill my soul with fear.  But faith in the Lord and action on my part will lead me to the successful outcome I seek.  In this I have no doubt because with Him nothing is impossible.

Jeremiah 17:7-8 New International Version (NIV)

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
    whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
    that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
    its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
    and never fails to bear fruit.”

 

 

He’s everywhere you just have to look

So this morning I’m in the shower this morning and I look to my left out the frosted window. Now you can’t see anything unless it’s right up against the window and even then it’s hard to make out. But this morning there it was clear as day what I could only assume was a twig has lodged it self between the bottom and top pane.

So what?

Well this twig was shaped like a cross.

Just a twig that happened to look like a cross?

You could believe that but I choose to believe that a twig in the shape of a cross whose image in a frosted window came through as clear as day was the Lord saying Carl as you start the week know that I got you everything going to be OK.

May you all have a blessed week!

They Don’t Really Care About Us

They don’t really care about us.

This statement could be attributed to the attitudes of many so called American “Christians”. Many of whom have decided, led by Pat Robertson, that our current President was sent by God to save America. The same President who rose to power by preying on the baseless fears of many. Campaigning on a platform of hate, fear, and division.

A President who turns his back on the concept of global unity for a doctrine of America first.

A President who appointed an Attorney General in Jeff Sessions who once said: “We are a Christian nation. We should only be accepting Christian refugees.” This at a time when some twenty-two million people are displaced, and the world is amid the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War. Almost a quarter who are refugees from Syrians. Yet each iteration of Trump’s travel ban has sought to block travelers trying to enter the U.S. from Syria, and to restrict refugee admissions from the country. A country whose people are so devastated Secretary of Defense James Mattis said in May of 2018 “I’ve seen refugees from Asia to Europe, Kosovo to Africa. I’ve never seen refugees as traumatized as coming out of Syria.”

A President who has submitted proposed budgets that hits the poorest Americans the hardest, slashing billions of dollars in food stamps, health insurance and federal housing subsidies. A budget that would gut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as food stamps, by $17.2 billion in 2019 — equivalent to 22 percent of the program’s total cost last year. It calls for cuts of more than $213.5 billion over the next decade, a reduction of nearly 30 percent, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

A President whose policies are applauded by many of his “Christian” supporters as Making America Great Again.

But Matthew 25:41-46 is clear in saying:

Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.

This is a resounding answer to the question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:9), The person who helps those in need will inherit the kingdom. The person who fails to do so will be relegated to fiery punishment.

It has always been easy to say to the world I am a Christian. It is not so easy to live your life as a follower of Christ and his teachings.

Are you ready to show through your actions that you can love thy neighbor as thyself” (Matthew 22:39)?

Are you ready to show through your actions that you can feed the hungry, clothe the needy, visit the sick? (Matthew 25)?

Are you ready to show through your actions that you are ready to love your enemies (Luke 6:27).

Sadly, for many of those that love to brag America is a Christian country, founded on the principles of Christianity it seems want their religion to be is easy and simple. A religion that affords them a comfortable living with no room for outsiders unless they immediately become like them.

The time has come to choose. Are you a person who simply gives lip service to the teachings of Jesus?

A man who gave his life willingly as he said:

 “The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again. No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.”  John 10:17-18 NLT

A man who died willing for our sins, to save us and purchase us from death.

Or are you a person who chooses to follow a President that many have turned into a false god.

A President who preaches hate and division.

If you truly are a follower of the Lord, it shouldn’t be a hard question at all to answer.

Because as a follower of Christ the world should be saying:

They really do care about us.

Nothing Compares to U Lord

It’s been 12 months and three days

Since I found my way back to U

I used to sin every night and party all day

Without you I could travel the less righteous road

I could care only about myself

I could worship the dollar while in a fancy suit

But nothing

I said

Nothing can save my spirit

Nothing can save my soul,

Nothing can save my heart

Nothing could give me the happiness you could

Cause nothing compares

Nothing compares to U

I was so lost without you in my life

Like a bird without a song

Nothing could stop the tears from falling

Tell me Lord where did I go wrong

I could grab for every dollar I see

I could have every comfort money could buy

But they’d never give me the happiness of knowing U

I went to the doctor guess what he told me

Guess what he told me

He said boy even with all the money in the world there’s nothing we can do for you

but he’s a fool

Cause there’s nothing U can’t do

Cause nothing compares to U

You saved me

You breathed life back into me

I know that following you won’t always easy

I must be willing to sacrifice

I must be willing to forgive

I must be willing to embrace my enemies

I must be willing to serve the poor

I know it will be hard because I know I’m flawed

I know I am not perfect

Yet you still love me

So I’m going to give it my best

‘Cause nothing compares to the love you rain down on me

Cause nothing compares to the blessings you bestow upon me

Cause nothing compares

Nothing compare to U Lord