Friday, October 30, 2009

The meditation I will always remember

This was done in Oct, 2009...but I can't let it go. It was and amazing meditation that really says what I needed to hear.

He was born in a small town the child of a peasant woman. Until he was thirty years old He worked as a carpenter and then for three years He was a preacher. He wrote no books, He held no office, He owned no home. He never traveled more than two hundred miles from the place that He was born. He never did any of the traditional things that accompany greatness.

The authorities condemned His teachings and He was arrested. His friends deserted Him. One said He never knew Him, while another betrayed Him with a kiss. He was ridiculed and mocked in a trial, and then He was killed in public along with two criminals. While He was dying His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He owned on Earth, His coat, and when He was dead, His body was taken down and laid in a borrowed grave.

Two thousand years have come and gone, yet today He remains the crowning glory of the human race; because all the armies that have ever marched, all the navies that were ever built, and all the governments that have ever existed, put together, haven’t even come close to impacting the life of mankind upon our planet so profoundly as this one single life.

He wrote no music, yet Handel, Beethoven, Bach, and Mendelssohn wrote hymns, symphonies and concertos to praise Him. He painted no paintings, yet Raphael, Rembrandt, and Michelangelo spent their lives portraying His, on canvases and walls that have become the world’s master pieces, worth more than the combined wealth of entire nations. He wrote no poetry, yet Dante, Byron, Keats, Tennyson, Tolkein, and Lewis wrote flurries of linguistical torrents in an attempt to encapsulate His ideas.

If I were an eternal being jealous for the worlds worship I might have to do something about Jesus. If I wanted the worlds worship, I might have to murder Jesus. If I wanted the worlds worship and I couldn’t keep Jesus dead, I might have to erase Jesus from all of human history. If I couldn’t completely erase Him, I might have to so confuse history that people could no longer tell fact from fiction, truth from lies. If I wanted the worlds worship, I might have to foster systems that keep people so busy and so distracted that they could never find the time to unravel it all.

On the night Jesus was betrayed, He sat in a large upper room with His disciples and said, “the hour has come for the Son of Man to glorified, to die on a cross for the forgiveness of the sins of the world.” He took bread and wine and said to them, “this is my body and blood given and shed for you.” “From this point forward whenever you consume these… remember me.” As if to say there is something in your world that does not want you to remember me. As if to say to His disciples then and now, there is something in the world that does not want us to remember the cross.

As the Church I have always loved that we are the rebels, the defiant, who are saying in this moment “O no no no no devil, we are going to unravel history, and we is going to remember Jesus.”

“So go on now child and remember…”

Let’s remember that because of Jesus shame, is our history, not our future.
Let’s remember that because of Jesus fear, is an acquaintance, not a companion.
Let’s remember that because of Jesus the underdog, can win.
Let’s remember that because of Jesus, anything and anyone can change.
Let’s remember that because of Jesus, war, hunger, greed, disease, and death are temporary.
Let’s remember that because of Jesus those who mourn will be comforted, and we will embrace our loved ones, again.

In our economic uncertainty.
Let’s remember that our investment in Heaven is secure and growing, and real estate in the Kingdom of God has never been more valuable.
Let’s remember that the house built on the rock, will, stand!
Let’s remember that although we may live in poverty, poverty will never live in us.
Let’s remember that this too shall pass.
Let’s remember that peace comes not from the absence of trouble, but the presence of hope, and because of Jesus hope is realistic.

In our relationships.
Let’s remember that love crucified, can rise, again.
Let’s remember that Jesus showed us that he who forgives first, wins!

In the work of reconciliation,
Let’s remember that the narrow road less traveled does, make all the difference.

On the mission field.
Let’s remember that with the faith of a mustard seed we can throw mountains into seas.
Let’s remember that Jesus taught us that a family united will thrive, and a world divided, can be conquered.
Let’s remember, that it doesn’t take a majority vote or adequate funding to change the world. It takes twelve ragamuffin disciples who have encountered God, to set forest fires in people’s hearts one opportunity at a time.

And finally,
Let’s remember, that at the cross sincerity is known by its actions, and to Jesus we are something more than our job descriptions or portfolios, something more than our trophies or wrap sheets. To Jesus we are something worth dieing for, and I pray we all instead may forget those things that are encumbering our stride, and rise from this moment with audacity to dream better dreams; for ourselves, and those who are waiting on us to dream them,

because you my Church, are the light, of the world.


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Celebrating 14 years of marriage

I still like this man…we are best friends.I still love this man….I can’t imagine a day without him in my life.I miss him during the day when we aren’t together.We’ve been blessed.He handles my craziness with calm.He brings home “gifts” for reason or not…just because he loves me.How can I even think of life without him?I don’t.Easy as that really, I refuse to imagine a day that we can’t be together in some way.I can’t watch a sunset without thinking about the nights we sat on the beach watching it go down when we were dating.There are been many changes from then and now, but I’ve been blessed to have him in my life….just sharing

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Let's Meet the Czars

Read this list of Obama's CZAR advisors and wonder where America is headed for. Where are the checks and balances? Who voted these folks in?

1. Afghanistan Czar: Richard Holbrooke- Ultra liberal anti gun former Gov.of New Mexico . Pro Abortion and legal drug use.
2. AIDS Czar: Jeffrey Crowley Homosexual. A Gay Rights activist. Believes in Gay Marriage and Special Status, including free health care for gays.
3. Auto recovery Czar: Ed Montgomery- Black radical anti business activist. Affirmative Action and Job Preference for blacks. Univ of Maryland Business School Dean teaches US business has caused world poverty. ACORN board member. Communist DuBois Club member.
4. Border Czar: Alan Bersin- former failed superintendent of San Diego . Ultra Liberal friend of Hilary Clinton. Served as Border Czar under Janet Reno – to keep borders open to illegals
5. California Water Czar: David J. Hayes Sr. Fellow of radical environmentalist group, “Progress Policy”. No training or experience in water management.
6. Car Czar: Ron Bloom- Auto Union worker. Anti business & anti nuclear. Has worked hard to force US auto makers out of 20 business. Sits on the Board of Chrysler which is now Auto Union owned. How did this happen?
7. Central Region Czar: Dennis Ross- Believes US policy has caused Mid East wars. Obama apologist to the world. Anti gun and pro abortion.
8. Domestic Violence Czar: Lynn Rosenthal- Director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Vicious anti male feminist. Supported male castration.
9. Drug Czar: Gil Kerlikowske- devoted lobbyist for every restrictive gun law proposal, Former Chief of Police in Liberal Seattle . Believes no American should own a firearm. Supports legalization of drugs.
10. Economic Czar: Paul Volcker -Head of Fed Reserve under Jimmy Carter when US economy nearly failed. Obama appointed head of the Economic Recovery Advisory Board which engineered the Obama economic disaster to US economy. Member of anti business “Progressive Policy” organization.
11. Energy and Environment Czar: Carol Brower- Political Radical-Former head of EPA -- known for anti-business activism. Strong anti-gun ownership.
12. Faith-Based Czar: Joshua DuBois Political Black activist-Degree in Black Nationalism. Anti gun ownership lobbyist.
13. Great Lakes Czar: Cameron Davis- Chicago radical anti business environmentalist. Blames George Bush for “Poisoning the water that minorities have to drink.” No experience or training in water management. Former ACORN Board member
14. (GONE) Green Jobs Czar: Van Jones- (since resigned). Black activist Member of American communist Party and San Francisco Communist Party who said Geo Bush caused the 911 attack and wanted Bush investigated by the World Court for war crimes. Black activist with strong anti-white views.
15. Guantanamo Closure Czar: Daniel Fried –Rights activist for Foreign Terrorists. Believes America has caused the war on terrorism.
16. Health Czar: Nancy-Ann DeParle. Former head of Medicare/Medicaid. Strong Health Care Rationing proponent. She is married to a reporter for The New York Times
17. Information Czar: Vivek Kundra- born in New Delhi , India . Controls all public information, including labels and news releases. Monitors all private Internet emails.
18. International Climate Czar: Todd Stern- Anti business former White House chief of Staff- Strong supportrer of the Kyoto Accord. Pushing hard for Cap and Trade. Blames US business for Global warming.
19. Intelligence Czar: Dennis Blair- Ret Navy. Stopped US guided missile program as “provocative”. Chair of ultra liberal “Council on Foreign Relations” which blames American organizations for regional wars.
20. Mideast Peace Czar: George Mitchell Fmr. Sen from Maine- Left wing radical. Has said Israel should be split up into “2 or 3 “ smaller more manageable plots”. Anti-nuclear anti-gun & pro homosexual.
21. Pay Czar: Kenneth Feinberg- Chief of Staff to TED KENNEDY. Lawyer who got rich off the 911 victims payoffs.
22. Regulatory Czar: Cass Sunstein- Liberal activist judge-believes free speech needs to be limited for the “common good”. Rules against personal freedoms many times –like private gun ownership.
23. Science Czar: John Holdren- Fierce ideological environmentalist, Sierra Club, Anti business activist. Claims US business has caused world poverty. No Science training.
24. Stimulus Accountability Czar: Earl Devaney- spent career trying to take guns away from American citizens. Believes in Open Borders to Mexico . Author of statement blaming US gun stores for drug war in Mexico.
25. Sudan Czar: J. Scott Gration- Native of Democratic Republic of Congo . Believes US does little to help Third World countries. Council of foreign relations, asking for higher US taxes to support United Nations.
26. TARP Czar: Herb Allison- Fannie May CEO responsible for the US recession by using real estate mortgages to back up the US stock market. Caused millions of people to lose their life savings.
27. Terrorism Czar: John Brennan- Anti CIA activist. No training in diplomatic or gov. affairs. Believes Open Borders to Mexico and a dialog with terrorists and has suggested Obama disband US military.
28. Technology Czar: Aneesh Chopra- No Technology training. Worked for the Advisory Board Company, a health care think tank for hospitals. Anti doctor activist. Supports Obama Health care Rationing and salaried doctors working exclusively for the Gov. health care plan.
29. Urban Affairs Czar: Adolfo Carrion Jr.- Puerto Rican. Anti American activist and leftist group member in Latin America. Millionaire “slum lord” of the Bronx , NY. Owns many lavish homes and condos which he got from “sweetheart” deals with labor unions. Wants higher taxes to pay for minority housing and health care.
30. Weapons Czar: Ashton Carter- Leftist. Wants all private weapons in US destroyed. Supports UN ban on firearms ownership in America . No Other “policy”
31. WMD Policy Czar: Gary Samore- Former US Communist. Wants US to destroy all WMD unilaterally as a show of good faith. Has no other “policy”