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A bit of colorful inspiration for the day. How are you going to live your faith?

“Happy birthday!” I said to my teen-age son, and walked over to give him a hug. Huh. How about that. My son was so much taller than me that his shoulder was over my head. I had to turn to the side to breathe. Wouldn’t it be ironic if I suffocated in the armpit of the son I gave life to? 🙂

On an awards show, the singer, Pink, wearing a sparkly leotard, spinning on a trapeze high above the audience, was singing, “I’m not here for your entertainment!” I scratched my head. Surely this isn’t educational?

Flipping to another channel, there was a half-hour infomercial called “Identity Theft News” posing as a live news broadcast.

As we all tend to do, I surfed the web while watching t.v., and found some other puzzling things. Like the use of trendy, made-up phrases in news articles, i.e., Obama White House Photographer Throws Shade at Trump, Rep. Maxine Waters Claps Back at Bill O’Reilly After Hair Insult.

Even more confusing, sometimes a word can be used in opposite directions: Almost 75 Years After Death Beatrix Potter Drops New Book, and Simon & Schuster Drops Milo Yiannopoulous Book Following Release of Controversial Video.

Over the years, I’ve learned:

  • Things aren’t always what they appear to be.
  • Social media is here to stay, along with selfies and skinny jeans.
  • Times change.
  • We’ll be okay.

I don’t have to always “get it” as I look around at the world today, because I know some of the most important things never change. Faith, family, friends, and the perpetual power of prayer.

As the Yiddish proverb says, “Prayers go up, and blessings come down.” Let’s let Anne Lamott have the last word today: “Anything you say from your heart to God is a prayer.”

Generally, my post goes up Friday night.  Here it is Saturday afternoon and I’m just now sitting down to write.  I could tell you that I’m running late because I have a book due Monday that has been consuming my energies.  True enough.

I could also tell you that I had a cold.  Also true.

But I’ve also been putting it off because I just don’t know what to say in the face of the gas attacks in Syria and our own military response.  The day American missiles flew, my 18 year-old son filled out and filed his Selective Service registration.

I look back and I shudder.  I look forward . . . and I just don’t know. There are so many wrong paths, so many destructive choices, so much hate and wrongdoing.

What should we do?  I’d love to say that I have eloquent answers, but I don’t.  I love to say that I have a detailed plan, but that wouldn’t be true.

Then I pulled up this graphic for today.  Trust in the slow work of God.

I took a deep breath.  Trust God.  Trust that it might take a while.  But trust God.

I can do that.  I can trust in God while questioning man.  I can pray for justice even if I’m not sure how to bring it about. And even if I don’t know the big plan, I can do small things with compassion and love.

I may not be striving forward with confidence today but I am looking to Him.  Listening for Him.  And acting as His hands on Earth.  Trust.  Pray.  Compassion and love.

Right now its all that I have.

–SueBE

Something to remember on dark days … Faith won’t solve the problem, but it is the beginning.

I love this quote in part because I just don’t associate laughter with Luther.

coelho

Faith isn’t easy but what worth having or doing is? merton

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