Perspective

Many people mock those of us who have and express faith in God.  It seems to be the “fashionable” thing to do these days.

I can tell you in all honesty that the hardest way to live is by faith.  You have to give up a bit of control, and you have to be willing to believe and understand that you do not have the ability to make everything happen in life.  Having faith also means that while you want to question, as we humans are apt to do, we must be ready to sit and wait for answers, and even then, sometimes answers do not come.

Arizona Representative, Gabby Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly, has had to come to grips with all of this.  It is easy to have all the dreams of marriage:  bliss, love, children, and growing old together…but, as he learned, it doesn’t always happen that way.  In those times, faith must take its place and be used to allow God to guide us through setbacks, and in Giffords’ and Kelly’s case, life-altering circumstances.  Lord willing, Giffords will make a complete recovery and they will be able to live the dreams they had the day they were married.

In the following speech, Kelly discusses his personal path through his wife’s shooting and her recovery.  It is worth viewing.

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SUNDAY SONG & A BIRTHDAY

Today marks Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday. A lot of people are recollecting his time as president and the resulting legacy.

People differ in their opinions, but this is for certain: He was a good man who did the best he could for our country. He entered office at a time when our country’s morale was at its lowest in a long time. I was pretty young, but I remember the hostage crisis like it was yesterday. I remember the days we could and could not get gas based on our car’s license plate. I remember that my mom was one of many who contributed to the high unemployment rate, because the bomb casings factory where she worked closed. Reagan entered dealing with his predecessor’s morass of issues.

Reagan was the president of my teen years. To me, he wasn’t some old dude in the White House. He was strong, because we needed him to be. He was sly, because we needed a guy who could out-slick those who wanted to harm us. He wasn’t afraid of the “line-of-death” in the sands of Libya. He was our voice of somber reflection when the Challenger exploded and when the Marines’ barracks in Beirut was struck by terrorists. While he was certainly not a perfect man, he was the right man at the right time.

I pray God blesses us again with another such man or woman. We need that blessing. I challenge you to remember our country in prayer, if not every day, at least once a week. The world is a scary place right now, with great change on the horizon. We need God’s hand of protection and provision over us.

In honor of President Reagan’s birthday and my desire for God to bless us as a nation, my Sunday song is a little different, but heartfelt. The words are a good reminder of how blessed we are. We should never place our pride in front of God; simply, we can never match His power or His plans. We need to pray for His presence in the midst of our nation’s challenges.

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

2 Chronicles 7:14 (New Living Translation)
Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.