Monday, May 02, 2011

Too Much At Once

There is an awful lot of news happening in the last few days. During the day of the tornadoes we learned of the death of a great man of God...David Wilkerson.

If you don't know who he is, he wrote the book "The Cross & The Switchblade" which was made into a move with Pat Boone, in 1970. Wilkerson founded Teen Challenge & Times Square Church. I am blessed to say I was able to visit that amazing church in New York City twice & got to work with them feeding & ministering to the homeless. One of the greatest times of my life. This mighty man of God will be missed. But we know he is having a glorious time with Jesus.

And this is the path in Pleasant Grove.



Then there is the tornadoes & the devastation left behind by them. I want to help so badly. But I physically can't. If I could, I would be out there. So many of my friends spent the weekend in different areas & said the photos don't even begin to do it justice. It's overwhelmingly heartbreaking. The personal stories of it all.... It's so hard to believe this happened here in my state. My homeland. 30 minutes from me. Seeing the way this state is coming together is absolutely amazing. And not just the state, people all over the country are sending relief.  The government has listed the areas as the same devastation as Katrina & 9/11. That's unreal.



The Royal Wedding....You gotta have some good news in here! Me being a huge Royal watcher since the age of 5 when Diana & Charles got married, you know I was looking forward to this wedding. I have had it marked on my calendar since the date was announced. Instead of staying up to watch it, I "tried" to go to bed early. I ended up with about an hour of sleep, before my alarm went off at 3:30am. The wedding was perfectly perfect.. I'm glad I was able to see it. I would have loved to have been in London for the event! How fun that would have been. Kate looked stunningly beautiful & Wills was the dapper prince. I just wish Diana had been alive to be apart of it all.

(No photo of his ugly mug)

Osama Bin Laden is finally killed after almost 10 years. This news was shocking & very unexpected. Last night when it was announced that the President would be making a statement, I instantly got a knot in my stomach. To know this was the news was a relief. But then to witness the celebrating on facebook & in our streets was unsettling to me. I spent alot of time praying last night about it. I had a friend send me this article this morning. I know Bin Laden was an evil man, who had a thirst for murder, but I just personally don't think it's right for us to celebrate his death. Especially Christians. What type of example is that sending to the world? There are a lot of bad people out there that hate us & this will just fuel their fire. It's scares me. I am a proud American & am beyond grateful to all of our troops. This was a long time coming with far too much sacrifice. I just think we need to be wise in how we react. Not only is the world watching...So is the Lord.

17 Do not gloat when your enemy falls; 
   when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice, 
18 or the LORD will see and disapprove 
   and turn his wrath away from them.
Proverbs 24:17-18


I went to bed last night with such a heavy heart & a mind bogged down with so much.

2 comments:

  1. I have often said to people that the USA disappointingly does not often practice what it preaches. The USA (well the politicians)holds itself up to be the model "moral compass" and yet we truly fall short of that when it is convenient for us. Look at Abul Grab, look at US officers overseas charged with rapes, look at how we argue against torturing prisoners, yet used torture and waterboarding on the muslims that were captured and now say "without these tactics we would not have gotten the intelligence we needed." So, therefore it is supposed to be ok that we violated our own rules. It cannot be ok for us and not others. It cannot be wrong for others to celebrate US failures and deaths and OK for us to loudly cheer and celebrate foreign deaths and failures - even though these are/were terrorists. It is going to invite trouble. It should be "celebrated" with quiet resolve and relief. Gloating with somethign like this is TROUBLE!

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  2. This week surely has been one for the newspapers. I didn't watch any of the Royal wedding- so I can say I was not one of the 2 billion people that did! Of course I was in the hospital, but didn't watch anything. We don't have a local news station- our news on Dish is out of New Orleans- so I don't care to watch it either! The only news that I've seen on Osama and Alabama has been via facebook. It did concern me when I heard about people rejoicing in the death of of Osama, even though I have friends in the military- we can't expect a country who's lost its morals to respond in a Christlike mannor- they wanted death- and they got it.

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