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Hope & the Youth of Today

This morning my 10 year old daughter had a bit of a melt down because she only got 88% for mathematics on her recent progress report, not a grade, but a progress report. It was strange, because when I was a kid my parents would probably have done a dance if I got an 88% at anything, but for my daughter this was unusually low.

While it may seem insignificant in the grand scheme of things, it was a big deal to her, and thus it also is to me as her father. So we consoled her, we will help her and encourage her and do our best to enable her to reach her full potential, because my wife and I love her more than anything, that’s what parents (should) do.

This was right before I got in the car to head to Dallas where I would be leading worship this morning at The Lord’s Hand & Hearts ministries. It is a homeless outreach that feeds people’s bodies and souls, I have been leading worship there on occasion for a couple of years now. While I was in the car the thought came to me (you can decide how) that what I just experienced is exactly what God experiences with each of us.

When we fall or stumble, when we get trapped by our habitual failings, He doesn’t get mad at us, He loves us and He comforts us. He will be there for us to help us do better in the future. He feels our shame and tells us it will be ok. He has bigger and better things for us to come, if we will trust Him. 

At Solomon’s Porch today (the name for LHH’s Saturday Gathering) the message was delivered not by the pastor, but a group of young volunteers. 5 or 6 of them gave powerful testimonies, thought provoking, inspirational testimonies. Each of them had been through something and with the help of Jesus had come out of the other side and were moving in His kingdom to make a difference in the lives of the homeless this morning. It was truly beautiful, heart warming and soul filling.

I see a lot of “older” people (probably my age lol) complaining about millennials and the youth of today. From what I saw today I can assure you there the future is in good hands. Sure there are some less then stella people in that generation, just like every generation that has ever walked the planet. These children of God, just like my daughter this morning, have lessons to teach us all, directly or indirectly,

I’m not sure exactly where I was trying to go with this, I just felt the need to share a morning in the spirit. A light went back on inside me today, just like it did for several of the guests this morning.

Hope is a good thing my friends, hold on to it,

May hope, peace and love light your way today 🙂

The Hope Of A Brighter Day

There is always hope you know

Even in the darkest of times

There is the hope of a brighter day

 

This is my hope

No matter what the world brings our way

That tomorrow will be brighter

 

I will choose to believe this, always

For life is better that way

Let us not worry

 

The world can do it’s thing

As I shall do mine

I shall love & laugh & play

 

For I know these things

Make for a brighter day

Every day

How about we take a look at the real problem?

The simple tag line of “gun control ” may be the single laziest summation of a problem of epic complexity that I have heard.

All solutions must begin somewhere, that somewhere should start with an honest analysis of the actual problem & from there difficult questions must be asked and answered with regards to how to make progress.

Let’s pretend you had a magic wand & could remove every gun from the world. How would that do anything to the real problems of hate, mental health, education, compassion & the basic lack of regard for human lives?

To paraphrase a friend; if you take away the gun from an angry asshole, you still have an angry asshole.

How would it change the fact that despite the fact that “all lives matter” minorities and those of “different” beliefs are treated differently & less favorably (in pretty much all countries)?

Should access to potentially deadly weapons be more restrictive? I’d say yes, in some ways at least. However you will never convince me that the solution to the hate problems in my 2 nations lie with this. There are plenty of gun controls in the UK, that didn’t prevent the murder of Jo Cox though did it? Or the riots in Marseille?

In my opinion, until the root problem is addressed, long term. The proliferation of domestic & international terrorism & hate crimes will only continue.
Until we get back to treating those we disagree with, with civility, respecting ALL lives & loving others as we ourselves would like to be, then we are going to be lost in these horrific news cycles.

Speaking of which, don’t get me started on my opinion of the for profit media’s influence on the current state of the planet…

Ps; yes I know that there will always be criminals & those with opinions & actions outside of the law (regardless of their profession). This is why we have laws and justice systems, society relies on these, we need to get back to them being reliable & trustworthy

PPS: You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Why can we not just have peace?

In this war ravaged planet

Most people just want to be peaceful

To get on with their lives, go to work, pay their bills

Maybe watch a game, drink a beer with a friend, hug their family

 

They didn’t ask for this, we don’t want this

The world is torn, society is stretched to it’s limits

As bombs drop on civilians and terrorists terrify with little recourse

All the while, politicians fight over who’s soul belongs to whom

 

Why can we not just have peace?

Why must chaos, hate & greed persist?

Why must we be constantly struggling to survive

What feels like world war 3, episode 6?

 

The Shire of York

The depth of your green makes my heart yearn for home
My soul cherishes the moments we share
Rolling hills house untold beauty
The glories of creation never more spectacular

Sheep quietly discuss the day
While a beck winds its way
Towards a thunderous waterfall
Which feeds a magnificent oasis of ecology

Coal fire smoke hangs on the crisp air
As frost crunches underfoot
The traveler enters an ancient stone building
Welcomed by strange voices and perfect ale

Such diversity, such beauty
What comfort and peace
My mind takes me there
As I plan a visit, home to Yorkshire

Part the Darkness

Close your eyes
Place your hands together in front of your chest
Picture darkness in front of you
The darkness and chaos of this time of year
Whatever causes you pain make sure it’s in there
Stretch your arms out fully
Feel the darkness pressing against your arms
Now open your arms slowly
Part the darkness
Picture light in the distance bursting through
As you move the darkness allow the light to flood in
Now look carefully at the light
See, it is a star,  a once in a lifetime star
Underneath is a stable
In that stable a baby
That child is your king
He is the light of the world
Remember that this season
And enjoy your Christmas and advent
For what it truly means
Not lists or consumerism
But the celebration of the birth of Christ