My seven-year-old great-grandson loves his twenty-one-month-old little sister more than words can say. This picture says it all. Remember that saying, “actions speak louder than words”? This is it in a nutshell. My prayer is that we and the world would know such pure love.
There is so much in our world that we don’t understand should we take the words of John Lennon of the Beatles, and the scripture, Luke 1:38 “Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Happy Sunday.
It really doesn’t matter where in the world you live, what kind of weather you are experiencing, how much money you have or don’t have, or even if you are in a good or bad mood, choose to enjoy the day…unless you are being severely tested, as some are in some parts of the world. If you are among those enjoying a blessed life, pray for those who are devastated and have a Happy Saturday.
What is going on in this world of ours?
A few days ago a radio commentator talked about a group of about six hundred people that is declaring the earth is flat, not round; no ifs ands or buts! (Are we the only square planet in the universe?)
Someone is still trying to build walls instead of knocking them down.
A leader who ran a campaign on transparency, among other sunshiny things, is now embroiled in an alleged cover-up.
People are demonstrating in the streets of many parts of the world in some protest or other, while taking sticks and bricks to properties of others, and setting cars on fire.
Thieves are smashing retail windows at 3:00 a.m. and helping themselves to cash and valuables belonging to hard working merchants.
A young woman was videoed throwing a chair from a high rise condo balcony onto a busy street below.
My driveway was no sooner cleared of snow when along came a plow and dumped a load of the white stuff at the bottom of it.
C’mon! Are you kidding me?
The good news is a smaller plow came along and cleared it away.
Did you have a happy Valentine’s day, yesterday?
Another “love potion” picture makes me think the world can still be enchanting even with all its disenchantment.
This picture always reminds me of Bette Midler’s 1990 recording of God is Watching Us:
From a distance the world looks blue and green
And the snow capped mountains white
From a distance the ocean meets the stream
And the eagle takes to flight
God is watching us
God is watching us
God is watching us from a distance
Make no mistake about it. Our world is us…we the people. So what about us is influencing the marked increase in anxiety among our young, mid-age, and elderly?
Some say it is the food we eat, the meds we take, the air we breathe, the games we play, a synapse malfunction…and a myriad of other reasons. Granted, some of these may be responsible but why not look into ourselves? Could there be a connection to the way we treat others, to the way we tune out the conversations that make us uncomfortable, to the way we handle our differences, to the way we exhibit aggressive behavior with the excuse that ‘that’s just the way I am’? All this and more is seen in families, business, the coach’s bench, schools, churches…you name it.
Anxiety is not only a modern day problem. It existed two thousand years ago and even longer. It existed in the Garden of Eden. But that’s not to say that it can’t be overcome. A change of attitude on the part of ourselves and the people we share the world with would be a good first step. Asking ourselves if we could be a contributing factor to our own or someone else’s anxiety and then making a move to do something about it would be a good second step.
I feel that like cancer and other debilitating diseases we deal with on a daily basis, we must continue to look for ways to eradicate this mind-numbing, body-stiffening, nausea-producing ailment before it eradicates us as a humanity.
I, for one, am praying for healing of the afflicted and know that with our own awareness and God’s help, they will be restored. There is a way…let’s find it.