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Good morning By My Side friends.
It’s late August 2020 and it feels like fall is around the corner. This summer I received many emails and articles on all sorts of topics relating to Covid, life in general, Black Lives Matter, faith etc. I want to share a particularly strong one I received this spring. Remember, I am just the messenger here. Please just consider this as ‘MJ’s Food for Thought”.
“Telling God to get out”…” Billy Graham’s daughter was interviewed a long time ago on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her:
“How could God let something like this happen”? (regarding Hurricane Katrina). Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response.
She said:
“I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we’ve been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman that He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone”?
In light of recent and past events… terrorist attacks, school shootings, racial discrimination and subsequent shootings, etc, the author thinks it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools and we said ok. Then someone said you better not read the bible in school. The bible says, thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal and love your neighbour as yourself.
And we said ok.
Then Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self – esteem. (Dr. Spock’s grandson committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he’s talking about. And we said ok.
Now we are asking ourselves why some children grow up with no conscience, why some folks don’t know right from wrong and why it doesn’t bother some people to kill strangers, their classmates and themselves.
Probably if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with “we reap what we sow”.
Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell. Funny how we believe what newspapers say but question what the bible says. Funny how you can send “jokes” through email, instagram and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.
Are you laughing yet?
Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you’re not sure what they believe or what they will think of you for sending it.
Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.
Pass this on if you think it has merit. If not, then just discard it… no one will ever know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don’t sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.
This article got passed to me, now I’m passing it along to you friends. Just a little more “Food for thought” this August 2020.
Enjoy the rest of your summer everyone.
See you in September.
Love MJ.xo


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