Thoughts from an Ordinary Guy

This journey through life is never boring......

Month: June 2016 (page 1 of 2)

How to Catch a Falling Star by Ann Voskamp

“I just know that no one need adopt if they think they get to sign up to be some Savior White Barbie swooping into rescuing any abandoned child because the truth of it is:

You’re the one rescued — you can’t rescue anybody. You only get to hold on to the Rescuer.


I just know that no one gets to mug for the camera with a flash of pearly whites and their newly adopted family without stepping into a story of trauma. The only way a family is made through adoption — is for someone to lose a family first. The only way anyone gets to adoption is through a door of loss and unless you fully feel the depth of that loss, the door you’re walking through leads to nowhere honest.”


Read more here…..


Next Monday is Different…..

Yeah, I know, next Monday is the 4th of July.   That hapepens every year.

But I think this one is different.

I know this one is different.

Why?  

It’s different because of a 3 year old little boy who drowned in the Agean Sea trying to be free.

It’s different because of a couple of hundred girls in Africa who were abducted by terrorists.

It’s different because of a bible study in the Carolina’s that was decimated by gunfire.

It’s different because of Orlando.

It’s different because of ISIS.

It’s different because of former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

It’s different because of an e-mail server.

It’s different because of a place called Benghazi.

It’s different because of #Brexit.

It’s different because of a proposed wall.

It’s different because of The Donald and what he says.

The United States of America was founded on principles.   Principles that have lasted for centuries.   Principles that have made the United States the “place to be” if you wanted or needed to leave the “place you were at.”

But those principles are under attack.   They are under attack in many ways and from many. fronts.

Fourth of July is different this year.   May we all take a few extra minutes to contemplate what we have, to remember what it cost and to make sure that those guiding lights are not forgotten, walked over or thrown away.

This year is different, may we celebrate the 4th of July with the belief that we can walk in the shadows of George, Ben, Thomas and the rest.

TJV

When Hope Seems to be Gone – by Ann Voskamp

“True, debates rage about politics and terrorism and racism, and Facebook streams scream with opinions and rhetoric and rage, and headlines burn with all this unimaginable and it all scalds our hearts,  and the world feels mad.

And on the margins, we touch our own wounds that no one sees, we trace the outlines of our own unspoken broken — but we rise. We all rise. 

Together we all rise. 

We can laugh right in the face of hopelessness — because we are held right in the arms of God.”

By Ann Voskamp – read the entire post here.

Where I Was This Weekend…..

I wrote this on Facebook this weekend – and I thought I should post it here as well.  I wrote it at the Ronald McDonald House across the street from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital…..

Some may call it “Ronald McDonald’s House” but I prefer to call it holy ground.   Every day, parents and children and volunteers and staff try and push and smile and attempt to make it through to beat that disease.   Every day, there are people facing so much here that require a team of specialists across the street to push back and fight the illness.

We are one of the fortunate ones.   We’re here because Abby is going to the cardiac kids camp put on by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital at Camp Joy.   So she goes there tomorrow and we go home. 

Now is not our turn to be fighting hard against a serious illness.   Abby’s heart condition is currently well under control.

But as I sit here in the lobby, I wonder, what sort of battles are others facing here?  What sort of heroes walk these halls caring for the families?

Please join me in praying for these families that are fighting very difficult illnesses.   Pray for the staff and volunteers who support them.

Pray that Abby stays relatively healthy and doesn’t require serious care here.

And the next time, and every time that you go to McDonald’s, donate your change to help the Ronald McDonald houses – you won’t notice the change and it will make a difference.

Feeling sobered and blessed at the same time,

Tom

Orlando

Anger

Disbelief

Sadness

Questions

Frustrations

Social Media

Guns

Islam

Homosexuality

Politics

Silence

Twitter

Grief

Talking Heads

Stirring emotions

Falling Apart

vs.

Love

Neighbors

Christ

Tolerance

Gun control

Anger Management

Standing Up

Speaking Out

Refusing to be silent

Mental Health

Different

Love

Pointing the world toward God

I don’t know about you, but I’ll take the second part.

Tom

Older posts