Thoughts from an Ordinary Guy

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

Month: November 2016 (page 2 of 6)

How Long?

Yeah, I’m going to leave this here……

Old Quote for a new day

“Frodo: I can’t do this, Sam.

Sam: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.

Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?

Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.”

Hurricane Matthew – Part 8

 

Thoughts from an Ordinary Guy | This journey through life is never boring……

More video from Frentz Neptune of Haiti Foundation Against Poverty…..

Sit with the Pain

This is a tough week.   There are people who are happy.   There are people who are sad.   There are people who are angry and vengeful.  There are people who are scared, scared personally and scared for the nation.

There are people who are absolutely terrified about what this might mean for their children as they grow up.

It has changed social media from social to sociopathic.  

This is not the time and this is not the place for trite answers.   This is not the time for rainbows and unicorns.   This is definitely not the time for death threats and sexual assaults (not that there ever is, but there are reports of both coming in since Tuesday night).

A friend of mine (and I’m not going to use his name because I’m quoting him without permission) wrote on Facebook yesterday…..

“Last week, one of my kids asked, “What are you going to do if Trump wins?” After a moment’s pause, I said, “I’m going to keep trying to make this place look more like the kingdom of God. It’s just going to be a lot harder in some ways.”

I’m back this morning. It’s good, but it’s a lot harder in some ways.”

Recognize that it’s going to be a lot harder.   It already is a lot harder. 

Don’t try to minimize pains or fears.

Sit with their pain.   Sit with them in their sadness or their fear.   Let them know that you are still here.   That you don’t know what to say but you’re still here.

And you’re going to be here, fighting for what’s right, being a voice for the voiceless and sitting with the hurting in their pain. 

Because it’s going to be a lot harder in some ways.   And it’s up to us to stand up for what we believe is right.

And to sit with those who are in pain and let them know they aren’t alone.

We need to show those who are afraid and the rest of the world that one man and the anger he has unleashed do not define this country and do not define our church.

If they do, then may God help us all.

Tom

Hurricane Matthew – Part 7

One of the things I’ve noticed while posting all of these videos is that they just keep coming – the enormity of the devastation is mind boggling…..

Thoughts from an Ordinary Guy | This journey through life is never boring……

More video from Frentz Neptune of Haiti Foundation Against Poverty…..

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