Saturday, July 19, 2014

When Bad Things Happen To Good People

I want to first say that I have a very strong faith.  God (by whatever name you choose to call that omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent power, no matter your religious or spiritual belief) is the Source of all supply.  God is love.  God knows only good.  Therefore, out of all situations, only good can come.

I just found out a friend lost his home due to one of the devastating wildfires happening in North Central Washington.

Out of this situation, only good can come.

A dear friend, after finally securing ongoing work, had her car die in the middle of the freeway.  She was blessed with help by a passing motorist who stopped traffic and pushed her car to the side of the road, and out of danger's way.  Yet here she is with another WTF moment.  Why is nothing going her way?  Yet...

Out of this situation, only good can come.

I have a friend who is over-wrought about the situation in Israel and Palestine.  I can feel her pain, and yet I am unable to comfort her.

Out of this situation, only good can come.

Some of my family members are going through tough times.

Out of this situation, only good can come.

I have a two friends who have had spouses in the hospital.  I am very grateful they are doing well, even though the recovery process may be a challenge.

Out of these situations, only good can come.

I have friends that lost their son to leukemia a few years ago, and I know they are still hurting.

Out of this situation, only good can come.

I truly believe that!  Out of all situations, only good can come.  Yet some how, when those around you are going through especially challenging times, it sounds almost cavalier, if not downright thoughtless and mean.  It is not meant to.  And hearing it may not be helpful at the moment.  But it is the truth.  When one door closes, another one opens.  Challenges are often blessings that you can see only with 20/20 hindsight.

When you can't keep the faith, I can hold it for you until you are ready.  Out of all situations, only good can come.

To my friends and relatives, you know you can call anytime and I will be there to listen, and to pray for you and your situation.

To any readers that I may not know personally, I will be glad to pray for you as well, but even better are the wonderful volunteers at Silent Unity . This is my go-to place when I need help and prayer support.  This is where the majority of my tithes go because I believe so strongly in the power of prayer.  Nothing is impossible for matter how bad, no matter how awful, no matter what.

Out of all situations, only good (God) can come.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

When Celebrities Die....

(I really wish I had a very clever line to follow the title of this entry, but alas, I do not......)

Usually when a celebrity passes away, you hear about it via social media, on the radio, on the nightly news or on a ticker tape type scrolling on the bottom of the screen if you are watching the ET network.    Often times we think, "Oh that's too bad...I really loved him/her in fill in the blank ."  Sometimes, it might be an actor that you are currently enjoying in a TV series or blockbuster movie sequel.  For me, I really mourned the death of John Spencer who played Leo McGarry on West Wing.  I loved the Leo character, and I loved the way John Spencer played that role and many others in film and TV.

Another passing that upset me was the death of Robert B. Parker.  I loved his books, and the characters he created.  As I work on my first novel, Robert B. Parker continues to be an inspiration to me.  I was very sad to see the last of those characters.

But wait!  Mr. Parker's estate has allowed the characters to continue, through the talents of other writers.  While I enjoyed the Jesse Stone and Sunny Randall series when Parker was writing, I haven't read any of the new releases by other authors.  I have, however, just discovered Ace Atkins has continued with the Spenser series.  I bought the three books released so far, and was praying that Mr. Atkins was able to write dialogue and create story lines worthy of Spenser and Robert B. Parker.

I'm now on the third book and I'm happy to say that Ace Atkins has not disappointed me.  And actually the whole purpose of this blog entry is to share a line from Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot by Ace Atkins.  (A little background if you are not familiar with the books and/or character.  Spenser is a former law enforcement officer.  His significant other, Susan Silverman, is a Harvard educated fashionable woman.  His dog, Pearl - and technically in this book it is Pearl the 2nd - is a German Shorthaired Pointer.)  I just love it when I'm reading along and come on a line that so perfectly describes a situation that I can pretty much hear it, feel it, see it, and know exactly how all parties are behaving and thinking.  Maybe you have to be a dog person to get this....

"She picked at the pizza, taking in little nibbles in a distinctly Susan Silverman way. Pearl seemed frustrated and annoyed by this.  Gobbling was the appropriate course of action."

There are a number of authors and actors that I pray live long and prosperous lives, continuing to do the work they love (at least I assume they love it as they do it so well), and Ace Atkins, blessings to you for letting Spenser live on.