Saturday, November 12, 2016

A safe place

It is more than apparent, even to someone who doesn't watch the news, that there is fear out there because of this election. People from all walks of life are concerned, and down-right fearful about what their lives are going to be like now. Some fear deportation. Some fear racial-profiling. Some fear retribution because they are from the LGBT community. Some fear for their insurance, which they pay a rather high premium for, but at least they're covered, for now. Others fear because they're disabled. We can sit in our comfy chairs, those of us who are not a part of these groups, and wonder why they are fearful. To be honest with you, it is hard for me to completely empathize with their fear. I can sympathize all I want, but in some cases, there is no way I can possibly know how hopeless and fearful they are right now.

There are ways that we can be there for these folks, so that they know that we are not a threat to their lives or lifestyles. There is a movement that uses a simple safety pin. When someone sees another person with a safety pin on their shirt, then they know that they are "approachable." The problem with that is that there are always those who will take advantage of the movement, and seek to do harm or damage. Unfortunately, that's the world we live in.

There is another way that we can be there for those folks. Christians are encouraged to be the salt and light of the world. When people approach us, or see us, they should know there is a "safe zone" ahead. This is also an opportunity for us to tell the Good News of Christ.

In Psalm 4, verses 1-3, it says: 1. Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Have mercy on me and hear my prayer. 2. How long, oh you sons of men, Will you turn My glory to shame How long will you seek worthlessness and seek falsehood? Selah. 3. But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly; The Lord will hear when I call to Him.

Psalm 57: 1 - Be merciful to me, O God be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, Until these calamities have passed by.

As you can see, God is our refuge in the storms of life, and we can impress upon those who are fearful that those who have Christ in their lives have that peace that surpasses all understanding. That we have that hope when all around us the storms are pounding away. When we trust in what Man says, and tables or circumstances throw us a left hook out of no-where, we are left reeling from the blow. Those with Christ in their lives are better equipped to either deflect the blows or deal with them without losing hope.

I found an interesting passage while I was researching passages regarding safety in the Bible. In Proverbs 29:24-26 it says: 24. Whoever is a partner with a thief hates his own life; He swears to tell the truth, but reveals nothing. 25. The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe. 26. Many seek the ruler's favor, But justice for man comes from the Lord. 

Again, it talks about safety in the Lord, but it also seems to address the very thing that we here in the United States are experiencing right now...the fear of Man. If we put our trust in Jesus, we have nothing to fear.  I know, for those who do not know our Savior, its a confusing consolation during times such as these, when the fear is very real and very present. Why would putting their trust in Jesus calm their fears?

Here's what I would suggest for those of you who wish to be a light in this crazy time...be there. Be vocal and approachable. If you see someone having a hard time, go to them and ask if there is something you can do for them. If you can pray for them. Explain to them the case for Salvation, the reason for your hope, and if they are willing, lead them in the Sinner's prayer. Smile in their direction. Compliment them.

If someone is being verbally attacked and you would like to help, but don't want to engage the attacker, stand or sit by the one being attacked and talk to them. Take their attention away from the engager. If you see someone being physically attacked, and it is safe for you to do so, intervene...if not, call 911 and report it, safely. If you can, record the incident for evidence. Again, only if you can do so safely. These are small things we can do.

We can't be all things to everyone, but we can be salt and light to the ones that God puts in our day to day paths.

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The sun has risen and it's a new day...

The world didn't go up in flames. No one was raptured. No aliens attacked, and everyone still is going about their business, whether it is school, work or retirement. The world didn't come to an end. But, that doesn't mean this election season is over, because its not.

I have to commend Mrs. Clinton for her decision to concede gracefully. She fought long, hard and well, and I have to say, in my opinion, in some cases dirty. Trump isn't clean here, though...that mouth of his was his liability. He had the opportunity to take the high road more than once, but instead chose to run that mouth. Smh... Enough about that, though. Now comes the time to put feet on his promises.

I get that some of you are distraught over the President Elect, I get that, but it is what it is. I know in my case, when I went to cast my ballot that my Candidates of Choice were not on the ballot and because I live in Texas, write-ins were not allowed. Instead of Allen West or Ben Carson, I had the four candidates to choose from. Since I disagreed heavily with Mrs. Clinton's platform, she was out. Because Jill Stein's platform was similar to hers, she was out. That left Gary Johnson and Donald Trump. So I held my nose and clicked a box. No, I don't plan on divulging who I voted for...even my husband doesn't know. That is between me, the voting machine and God. That's where I'm leaving it.

The thing is, I believe that God had a mighty hand in this. Now, hear me out. Being a Conservative Christian, I don't discount a lot of things...there has been talk all over the board about Trump being anointed by God. Trust me, I rolled my eyes at that one on more than one occasion. But the more he progressed, the more he won, the more I started to pay attention. He beat odds that if I had laid a bet in Vegas,  I would be set for life. A Vegas betting site gave Hillary a -550 (85%) chance of clinching the Presidency, with Trump coming in at +375 (25.5-33%) that he would win. He blew the bookies out of the water.  Wall Street panicked about ten o'clock last night by dumping stock. Last I checked it was down 700 points. This morning, it had recovered nicely. Again, I tilt my head in wonder at what is going on...and the fact that I'm watching this, this miracle of sorts in real time is fascinating. Don't get me wrong, I don't like the man much, and to be honest, I could very well change my mind over time, but this, for those of us who are Watchers on the Wall, this is fascinating.

When Trump's position was determined this morning in the wee hours, I thought back to the last video that I watched regarding him being "anointed" by God (rolled my eyes then, too). The man's words were pretty spot on. I had never seen or heard a prophecy come to light in my lifetime and its a bit unnerving. Now I'm waiting to see what happens next. Is he going to do as he said, or is he locked away in some dark, dank room, laughing an evil laugh and rubbing his hands together as he watches his new minions go about their desensitized way? Okay, the writer in me took over there for a moment, but that's what I imagine those who were staunchly against him are thinking right now. He's the devil in disguise, ready to put the Country on it's collective butt, and take it back a half a century. Personally, I don't think that's happening, but again, I'm only a Watcher.

Okay, I've rambled on enough, let me get to it here before you all fall asleep on me.

Trump is now the President-Elect of the United States. He is the one that God has allowed to govern this Country and now we all have a choice to make. Either you're going to pack up and head out, like so many have said they would do, or you're going to stay and work to make a very divided Country resemble the one that the Founding Fathers envisioned. He has vowed to bring the Constitution back on line, not, as some may think or say, to send us back 50 years, but to propel us into the future. To get our children back in the top percentiles in education. To bring back space exploration. To bring jobs back that were removed because manufacturing (and sad to say, quality) is less expensive overseas. To bring to the inner cities a chance to turn them from slums to livable areas that thrive. To remove poverty and to bring prosperity (basically, your chicken in every pot promise). His feet are to the fire here, the people have put him in the Big Chair, now he has to deliver on his promises. They saw someone who wasn't establishment come against the big guys on Capitol Hill, now they expect him to do as he has promised. These are people who have come out of the woodwork to vote because they felt an urgency to do so. They have seen the people's "voice" get heard, and their pumped. When he stumbles, and he will, be sure they will no longer be quiet and he will hear about it.

Now, I'm no soothsayer, not psychic and I'm certainly not a prophet, but I have a feeling that he will do his best to fulfill those promises. Why? Because I look at his family. His children are good, hard working people who are successful. They've worked their ways up in his companies, and have gotten to the top. Not because they're his kids, but because they've worked for it. Ivanka started out like any privileged kid, but really did work her way up, in her own way. Jewish by conversion, she and her husband raise their child in the Jewish traditions and with the Jewish observations. Don and Eric, however, have literally worked their ways up the ladder. From working with the construction crews that their father employs, laying bricks, doing manual labor, etc. to clerks to top jobs, they know the struggles and triumphs of each faction personally, having done the work themselves. Donald Trump did not do a slack job raising his kids.

He's a teetotaler. Never done drugs or drank alcohol. And is a billionaire...one who has said he will not take a salary while in office.

This morning I had a lot of pithy observations to write down, but now I'm down to this. This man is there because God allowed him to be there, whether by chance or design, I don't know. What I do know is now that he is there, we have to continue to pray for our Government, our Country and for God's forgiveness on this Land. We have to pray for a strengthening with our alliance with Israel, and that President Trump will defend this Country to the best of his ability. That he will take care of those at home who have fallen between the cracks, as well as fulfilling our duties in NATO and to our allies. He has to be all things to all people, whether he likes them or not. He needs to temper his temper and practice humility when needed. He needs to allow the people who know their jobs the best to do what they have been trained to do. And he needs to seek God's wisdom in governing...with Mike Pence as his VP, I think he's got a good head start.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Tomorrow, November 8, 2016, and beyond.

Looking at the news headlines and my news feed this morning, I can't help but sense a severe anxiety. While the news stories, of course, do not put forth those feelings, my friend's and family's posts most certainly do 

I have, on my news feed, folks on both sides of the aisle…and I have to tell you, I feel the anxiety in the posts. Both sides are worried about what will happen on November 9th, when all the votes have been counted. Those on the Clinton side are worried about a man whose mouth is unfiltered, and vulgar. His attitude is not been reined in, but to his credit, he has surrounded himself with conservatives who are highly respected. 

On the other side of the aisle, Trump supporters are worried about a woman whose health is in question, whose ethics are in question and whose accomplishments are in question. Her family history is in question. They fear a lock-down on the United States like it has never seen before, and more of the Obama Administration with a new skin on. 

Then there are those in my news feed, and I admit, they are few, who are absolutely at peace regardless of the outcome. People look at those posts and scratch their heads. How can they be so at peace in such an historic, divisive time as this? I'll tell you.

Let's start with Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV): For unto us a Child is born,
                                           Unto us a Son is given;
                                            And the government will be upon His shoulder.
                                            And His name will be called
                                            Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
                                             Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

They have the peace knowing that Christ is still on the Throne. That He has taken the government on His shoulders.

In Romans 13:1, we have this to live by: 1. Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 

Although we are unable to see the future, we are at peace with this election because we know that God is still in control. Whomever He has appointed for the chair in the Oval Office, it is by His design, and although we may see turmoil as we have never seen before, we must understand that our faith in God must be paramount. That we cannot give in to the fear that could shake that faith. 

As in many elections since Israel became a Nation, I know there are many who look at the candidates and proclaim them as "The Anti-Christ." This will be the case again, no doubt...and perhaps this is the time for him to be revealed, but we must be steadfast in our faith, watchers on the wall, constantly looking toward the Eastern Skies for our Salvation. We must be constant in prayer, lifting up our fellow Christians all over the world, and, despite going against everything our brain tells us, lifting up the person who will become our 45th President, as well as all those who we have elected to be in positions of power. 

In this time of fear, don't let it get hold of you, dear Friend. Lift your concerns, your fears, your anxieties to the One who is still in control. God is still there. He is still on His Throne, and He still listens. Pray for forgiveness of our collective sins, and pray that He will have compassion on us, that He will stay His hand of protection over this Great Nation.

Be well, my Friends. Be safe. God bless you, and don't forget to vote.


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

This Election

Okay...I wasn't going to post anything on this election cycle because of the polarization it might cause, but a friend of mine, in a round about way, has convinced me otherwise.

Let's just put this out there. This is a nasty campaign season. It's ugly. None of the Candidates, in my opinion, are worth their weight in salt. One is a crook. Another is an arrogant blow-hard. Another is a hippie, and the last one is a Hillary wannabe. There's always the option of write-ins, but let's face it, that's a throw-away vote. So what's a Christian to do?

Well, this is only my opinion and you should ultimately decide for yourself, but here's what I think. If you are totally flummoxed by either of the major Candidates, then vote for the platform that most closely ties in with your value system. But don't not vote. Don't stay home and say "my vote doesn't matter," because it does. Yes, the Electoral College makes the decision for the State, but the popular vote comes first. Remember that.

Now that that's out of the way, I've got something else for you. I've been watching this from the beginning. I have to tell you, and I think I have previously said, that I think Donald Trump is an arrogant wind-bag. We have all heard the tapes of his "locker room" banter, and seriously, folks...who hasn't engaged in that kind of talk, whether with a buddy or even to yourself? You'd be a hypocrite to say you never have engaged, because thinking it is pretty close there. No, its not the same as openly saying or doing the said actions, but the thought was there. Face it, we're human. Who out there hasn't thought death and destruction to the moron who just cut you off in traffic? Who out there hasn't wondered if they have an alibi for taking out someone who has totally ticked you off and you want completely out of your life? To God, the thoughts are as much a sin as the actions, so we're all guilty there. So he has the mouth of a sailor/truck driver. At least he's not being investigated by the FBI.

About that...yeah. Its no secret that she is not my favorite homosapien. I think she's a pathological liar who would do or say anything to get what she wants. I think she's slimy. The fact that she supports third trimester abortion sickens me. I guess you could say I don't like her much. But, I have to give you this, she's brilliant...just not brilliant enough. Her health has her in a precarious position. That she cannot control. Too bad she didn't pick a better VP candidate...this one's a doofus.

Okay, enough bashing. I have an observation. Agree or disagree or agree to disagree, that's up to you, but at least hear me out.

Trump. Like him or not, if you're a Christian you have to wonder what on earth God's up to with him. Look at what's happened during the nomination phase. He beat out seasoned, career politicians when he should have been escorted off the stage at worst, laughed off at best. But he has hit a nerve with the American public. We've had enough of politicians. We've had enough promises and no delivery. We've had enough lies and we've had enough of them lining their pockets with raises when those on Social Security have done without cost of living raises for at least three of the last eight years. In 2011, there was no raise; 2012 there was a 3.6% raise; 2013, 1.7%; 2014, 1.5%; 2015, 1.7%; 2016, 0.0% and 2017 is projected to have a 0.3% raise.  Congress, on the other hand has had, according to Wikipedia, a 2.8% COLA from 2009-2014. Really.  Top that off with the fact that our military NCO's live under the poverty level, and, even more...we've all read about the Government wanting military in California to give back bonuses they were offered to re-up. Most of those who accepted went on to serve in Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan, some multiple times. Okay, done with that rant, back to Trump. The American public is disillusioned with politicians who are all talk and no action. Their background is talk, promise and don't deliver. Some do, the majority don't. The thing about Trump is that when he says he's going to do something, he does. There's that.

He's survived a brutal nomination phase. He has taken blow after blow from Clinton and the Democratic Party. He has had the Republican Party divide over him. He's had politicians disavow him and then return. His mouth has gone off on too many occasions to count. And yet, there he is.
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You have to give him credit for his stamina.

Speaking of stamina, he's got quite a bit, as opposed to Ms. Clinton who has had numerous incidents that are well documented.

With all that has been against him in the last year, a lessor man would have given up long ago, but not Trump. He has gained ground. He has gone from being sorely behind to being neck and neck with Clinton in some polls and possibly ahead in others (Rasmussen Polls show him and Clinton at 45% each). This is not a man who has gotten there by dumb luck. Call it what you want...dumb luck, fate, providence...I call it the Hand of God. Nothing else can explain it. Nothing. We could say that he was a Dark Horse set up by the Clintons to assure her win, but something went wrong in the process...sure, that could be it. But again, explain the reaction of the American public. They're...excuse the expression, pissed. And tired of the rhetoric. They want someone who has something different to say. They have decided to get away from the saying, "insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results." Trump delivers that.

I saw a video from Patricia King the other day. Her guest had a "word" about Donald Trump. He said that he believes that Donald Trump has been anointed by God. That he is a "Silas." Throughout the interview, Patricia King encouraged, even expounded on the fact that this "prophecy" needed to be vetted, to be tested by God's Word. This intrigued me and an interview that I normally would just glance at had my full attention the entire time.

To close, I encourage you to look at the video yourself. www.facebook.com/patriciakingpage/videos/1128534483868234

If you have yet to vote, I encourage you to check the facts. Research the rumors. If the Candidates destroy your faith in humanity, perhaps you can vote on the platform that more accurately reflects your values. But, please, don't stay home and not vote. Your vote is important. I promise. Also, remember the most important thing. No matter who is in the Oval Office, they were allowed to be there by God, and Jesus is still the King.

Be blessed, my Friends!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Reaching a milestone with happy tears...

This morning, I awoke to thoughts of writing this blog...what I would say, how I would say it and what I would try to convey. My loving husband of thirty years apparently had beaten me to it by composing his own letter to me.

I fully intended to get up, make my coffee and sit down at my computer and write something inspiring, uplifting and...and...I don't know.

I wanted to say that we'd hit a milestone, thirty years of being married. That through the good times, the bad times...the times of tears and laughter, that we'd made it through. And we have. There were times when I know we both ended our day with anger, and frustration, but we never went to sleep without telling each other that we loved the other. We never left the house without saying I love you. That was and still is the rule. Wedded bliss? I'm not sure there is such a thing.

I have to admit, I'm stubborn. I don't give up easily, and praise God, neither does Chris. God has gotten us through some stuff...some real stuff, but always, my faith in God has stood and my faith and love for Chris has deepened even more than I had ever dreamed.

Over thirty years ago, I asked God for a man who He wanted in my life. That very day, a man running out of a building to take the weights and balances to the pilot of the plane he was dispatching, knocked me on my butt, right on the incredibly hot ramp of Tucson International Airport. After assuring each other that we were okay, we went our separate ways. He later, I don't know if it was that night, or a few nights later, called his Mother to tell her he'd found the woman he was going to marry. I, on the other hand, was annoyed, yet intrigued by an answer to prayer. This is not the person I had envisioned God putting into my life. Our start was pretty rough, but when I began talking to him, and looked into those blue eyes, despite myself I fell in love.

Thirty years ago, on a very hot evening, I walked the aisle of a small Baptist Church. At the end of the aisle stood a man who had captured my heart, and, as it happened, that of my little girl, Andrea. His sparkling blue eyes, mischievous grin, and insatiable energy matched that of the little girl who at alternating times had as much energy as he, and then as much as a turtle in reverse. The fact that he loved her as much as he loved me endeared him to me even more. My pastor then, had given me a letter that Chris had written during our pre-marital counselling...a letter that I still have, and gave to him to read this morning, and when I read it then, I was sure of my destiny, that God was directing me to an uncertain path, full of twists, and turns. Full of hills, valleys and mountains. Full of tears, laughter, births, deaths, good economic times and not so good economic times. We've grown, we've had arguments, we've had times of love that there are no words for.  And we made it through them all. We've made it to a milestone that many never see. And we are looking forward to the rest of our lives, to see where old age, when we get there, will take us.

There are so many uncertain times ahead. Our Country is on the brink of division and the economy, while it's stable right now, bears an uncertainty that we look at and sometimes wonder if retirement will bring poverty or prosperity. Then we get phone calls like the one I got last night from our Granddaughter, Khloe...so excited about her first day of school, and staying the night Saturday so she can go to Bible School on Sunday. Further back, we look at the birth of that same Granddaughter, and remember when we first saw her, moments after she was born. It was an amazing moment.

Our lives have been filled with amazing moments, amazing friends, amazing...everything.
Thirty years ago, I could not have imagined all that we've been through, all that we've seen, all that we've experienced. I would have not been able to tell you that my love for the man at the end of that aisle thirty years ago would have grown to the point that I don't know what I would do without him...that I can't imagine my life without him beside me...supporting me, chiding me, encouraging me, loving me, and that together, thirty years later, we would look forward to thirty, forty, fifty years...however long God has planned for us. Hand in hand we will go, no matter what is ahead, we will face it together.

Happy 30th Anniversary, Christopher! I love you more than I did then, and I can't imagine my life without you.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Don't lose heart

What a profound statement, and yet, such a difficult thing to do. Especially with the climate we here in America are facing.

So, so much is going on, politically, socially, economically, even down to each and everyone's personal level, that its so very hard not to lose heart.

I write this because I have more than a few friends who are going through things in their lives that even the strongest are starting to lose heart, and dare I say it, faith. I find myself lifting each and every one of them up daily, praying for an end to the strife, troubles and flat out trials that have come their way. But I am only one person. Daily I lift up a family for healing, provision, favor and mercy. I lay at God's feet another family for unity, clarity and hope. Another family for unconditional love, even in the face of rebellion, but that the love be laced with the realization that morals and respect must be a part of the healing...friends who are facing the loss of loved ones, of their own health, the list is getting long. I don't mind, they're my friends, my family and loved ones of these, how can I not pray for them?

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 tells us:

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16 Therefore we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. 17 For our momentary light affliction[a] is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. 18 So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.



Now, looking at this, its easy for an outsider to say that this is a tough verse, almost mean. But, look! We must focus on the unseen, what is eternal. We need to strengthen our faith.


Yup, can hear it now. "I think I've been through enough to strengthen 100 people's faith. When does it end?" I don't know, I can't answer that. What I can say is that you, as a Christian, have a base to lean on. Jesus said to let him take your yoke (burden). There's also something else that can be done. Ask for the help. Ask for the prayers. Just ask...there are people out there who are wanting to get on their knees for you, who want to use the connections, knowledge or skills they have to help. All you have to do is ask. And we'll pray. Fervently.



For those of you who are not Christians, that doesn't exempt you! Ask! Who knows how God will respond! If you're on your last straw, then ask for prayer and know that someone, somewhere is lifting your burden up to God's Throne Room.


Finally, I want to just share a prayer with those who are in need.



Father, I lift up to You those who are hurting. Those who are financially sinking. Those who need healing. I don't know all of those who are reading this, but I know some of them and I ask that You will hear the petitions that are brought to You this night.


Please be with the families who are out of jobs and are having a hard time finding something to support their family. I pray for Your provision, Your favor, Your mercy and Your hand of protection around them. Keep them guarded as they search, guide them to the place where they need to go.



Please be with those who are facing illnesses, whether it is their own, an illness of an elderly parent, a spouse or a child, I pray for Your comfort as never before. I pray for wisdom for the medical staff that attends to these, that You will grant them wisdom and the knowledge to put that wisdom to work to heal these loved ones. I pray for compassion and strength.


I pray, Father, for those mourning. Comfort them in a way that the only explanation is You. Gather them in Your arms, speak softly to them, give them peace. Give them strength to take another step, then another, so that they may be able to move forward and heal.



Please be with those who are facing marital problems. Whether it is a total break-down of the family, or problems within the family structure, be it addiction, rebellion, or just adjusting to new things, I pray for calm, focus, and help. I pray for wisdom for the parents in dealing with situations that are due to rebellion or addiction or both. I pray for those parents who are both working, some opposite shifts to make ends meet. Help them to make time for their children and the family.


I pray for those who have found themselves financially insolvent. For those who are facing evictions, foreclosures, homelessness. Please provide, Father, for their needs. Please bring to them the people who can and will help, whether it is a temporary fix or a permanent one, Father I ask for Your mercy, favor and provision.


In Jesus' precious Name, I bring all of these requests to You,


Amen.

Folks, you are all important to me, whether I know you or not. This prayer was for all of you, as well as for those I know and love. Please know that I do not take your readership lightly and I am beyond blessed knowing that you come back time after time to read what sometimes are rants and sometimes are calls to action. Funny, serious or heart-wrenching...you continue to read, and I am continually blessed by your feedback and readership.



Be blessed. Have a wonderful rest of your week.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

...All the Children of the World

The news and media sites have been a fearful place lately. One can not log on to the internet, turn on the t.v. or even listen to a favorite radio station without being told of yet another tragedy, perpetrated by a fellow human being. Pick up a newspaper or weekly magazine and the tragedies are right there in black and white and sometimes too-real color. Bodies laying on the ground covered by whatever is available, most of the time tarps or sheets, sometimes only a garment. No one is spared, the victims range from babies up to elders, commoners and police forces.

I saw a news blurb that said as of today, there have been eight Law Enforcement Officers gunned down in cold blood in the last eleven days. This is insane. To top this all off, protesters are allowed to walk down the streets, blocking traffic and chanting that they want to kill cops now. I'm not sure about everyone else, but that is not peaceful protesting and comes very close if not the full blown act of inciting violence. But that's just me. And I'm not here to incite anger. I'm just not.

So, why am I posting tonight? Glad you asked. When I saw that blurb, I thought of an old Children's song that I was taught at a very young age. Today has been a good day for songs of all sorts to float through my head, connecting with a person or action or activity...so, yeah, I've been doing a lot of humming today. Anyway, back on track. This song speaks to everyone. If you've never heard it, google it or find it on YouTube, but here are the lyrics. It is my prayer that everyone look at the lyrics and understand that it doesn't matter if you're red, yellow, black or white...everyone is precious...every LIFE is precious.

Jesus Loves the Little Children

Words by C. Herbert Woolston, music by George F. Root

Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red, brown, yellow
Black and white
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children
Of the world.


Jesus died for all the children
All the children of the world
Red, brown, yellow
Black and white
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus died for all the children
Of the world.


Jesus rose for all the children
All the children of the world
Red, brown, yellow
Black and white
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus rose for all the children
Of the world.