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Matching Our Words to Our Words

I can’t sleep.  It probably has a lot to do with the fact that I have a head cold, but when I get up (to let me wife sleep!) I made the mistake of opening my email and Facebook.  

The more I read, the more I can’t sleep.

I’m saddened by the lack of civil dialogue.  You can’t have a dissenting opinion any more.  It’s either right (i.e., the way “I” think) or it’s “stupid”.  

I’m dismayed by the lack of civility I see – people calling each other names – some so vile and full of hate that I’m ashamed for them.  

I see lies – outright lies being circulated as truth the politicians, by the media, and by friends.  

I see hatred – hatred for those of other races, religions, political leanings, gender, occupations, financial status.

I see hypocritical words everywhere – “I will always choose love, but I won’t love those people.” “I believe in dialogue, but only if you agree with me, otherwise shut up.” “I believe in freedom of speech, but those people shouldn’t be allowed to have an opinion.”  “I trust in God, but I’m going to take matters into my own hands.”

I’m sad.

I’m tired.

I’m going back to bed.


Trump is President – Now What?

Well, a few hours ago, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America.  What do we do now?  We pray for him to succeed.

First of all, let me say I am Canadian, so Donald Trump is *not* my President.  But for all my American friends, he *is* yours now.  He’s your leader.  He’s a huge influence to Canadian life by virtue of that fact as well.  If he fails; if he screws up; if he messes up life in general, we are all in trouble.

So… Would I have voted for him?  No.  Would I have preferred Hillary?  No.  Who would I have voted for then it I was American?  I have no idea.

But, the democratic process of the USA, as spelled out in their constitution says that whether you like it or not; whether you voted for him or not; whether you agree with him, his policies, or the people he’s raised to high positions, he *IS* POTUS now.

No amount of ranting, protesting, demonstrating, yelling, posting on Facebook, Instagram, or your personal blogs, is going to change that.

So you have a few choices.  1) You can complain, cajole and mock, which frankly will accomplish nothing except to give you ulcers and irritate friends who may agree or disagree with you, 2) You can hide in a hole for four years and pretend the whole thing didn’t happen, which is definitely not going to accomplish anything for you, your friends, your country, the world, or anyone! or 3) You can pray that over the next four years the decisions that are made by the President and his staff are the best decisions that can be made for the good of the USA and the world.

You can either pray that he will succeed, in which case American will become great or stay great (depending on your view of where it is today), or you can pray he will fail miserably, in which case we all fail miserably, and western civilization will hurt for a long time.

The Bible tells us to pray for our leaders.  It doesn’t say to pray for the good ones only.  It doesn’t say to pray for them to fail.  We are admonished to pray for them to make wise decisions and to rule justly.

I’m not crazy about Trump becoming President, just as I’m not overjoyed that Justin Trudeau is the Prime Minister of Canada, but I’m praying for both.

How about you?


Why Can’t I Sleep

Is it worry?  Is it excitement?  Is it fear?  Is it restlessness?  Is it sadness?  Or all of the above?

Not sure.

I’ve been awake since 3:30am….  Thinking….  Thinking about

the church work family the world political correctness the lack of courtesy the lack of communication the lack of shutting up my lack of sleep . . . → Read More: Why Can’t I Sleep

Two New Sponsored Kids

Over the past few months, two of the kids we sponsored through Compassion Canada, dropped out of the projects in their respective countries and hence our sponsorship of them was terminated.  We lost Paula from Columbia who we had sponsored for 8 years, and Tasya from Indonesia who our daughter had communicated with for the . . . → Read More: Two New Sponsored Kids

Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake

This Christmas, my wife had a group of ladies (and 1 man) over for dinner.  I have never seen so much food in all my life for 9 people!!!  One of the ladies brought a dessert that was to die for.  This is the recipe she was nice enough to send to us the next . . . → Read More: Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake