America … It’s Up to Christ Followers

My heart is broken … radiant colors for 2021 in pieces.

After a 2020 filled with murders, riots, rage, the cancel culture, COVID-19, loss of loved ones, loss of finances, loss of jobs, politics, and natural disasters, we all looked forward to a new year.

A new year filled with the pandemic conquered, regained jobs, renewed strength, and a new normal.

But this week, we, again, saw America at the boiling point … rage out of control … but this time was different.

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Do You Long for Peace?

“The mob rocked our friends’ cars. Kids were inside. They’ve threatened to target our kids on the school buses. Some women are taking their kids back to the states. I’m thinking of taking Kristin back.”

On April 14, 1986, America bombed Libya to retaliate for the country’s sponsorship of terrorism against Americans. We lived off base near Aviano Air Base in Italy, not far from terrorist headquarters.

Different threats today, but frightening circumstances bombard us.

What do you long for? Peace? Courage? Contentment? Boldness?

God is near. He protects, provides, and empowers.

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From Stale Greetings to Blessings

Grace and peace to you from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 1:2

Good morning! How are you?

Fine. You?

Great!

What if we turned stale greetings into blessings?

When I remember the sweet times that I have had with my daughter, I smile and want to bless her. I recently texted her to remind her of a gift she gave me decades ago. It makes me smile every time I see it or touch it. She saved her allowance and bought a tiny, gold filigree grand piano, complete with miniature sheet music and a fragile bench for my birthday.  It still sits on my piano. When I see that little gift, I remember our loving relationship, and I reach out to bless her.

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