Community

If we read the scriptures, especially the book of Acts, we would best describe community life as how the people of olden days lived. Community involvement is the catalyst to our existence  as a nation and should not be taken lightly. When we are proactive in our community the community is strengthened by what you and others do.

We could compare community to when we experienced September 11th and Hurricane Katrina and how the community came together to help one another.

We could compare it to being what we want America to be! Our country is moving towards community because we know that we have to come together as communities to be self reliant.

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  • Do You Realize How Blessed We Are?

    As we look around the world and see the suffering of other people, how can we complain about our misfortunes? Even the poorest among us cannot possibly be worse off than those in Libya and Japan.

    I was just listening to the news and heard stories about how the Libyan people suffer at the hands of Qaddafi. Hearing these stories made my heart ache for them. The man is a brutal killer and a liar. Therefore, nothing he says can be trusted.

    Rick Leventhal just reported that the conditions in Libya are worse now than they were before the UN’s no fly order. The water, electricity, gas, and food have been shut off from the people so they are going without the necessities of life. Qaddafi is slaughtering the rebels with heavy artillery without mercy, just as he promised to do if they did not surrender.

    Next, I hear on the news that Yemen has thousands killed by police firing on people. However, the President of Yemen says that people are firing on each other and the police have done none of the shooting on citizens. Right?

    Of course, Japan’s disaster and their unimaginable suffering dominates our television screens. We even see animals comforting each other.

    • One story showed two dogs in the rubbish with one on the ground injured. The other dog affectionately put his paw on the injured one and licked it like we would hug and kiss a child.
    • There is a gray squirrel jumping out of trees and latching on to people’s arms and hanging on.
    • People are found in cars and even homes still intact after they were caught up in the rubble from the tsunami.
    • Precious babies are born in the midst of chaos, and one found alive after being swept out of the arms of her mother by a wall of water.

    I then look at what I’ve complained about and think “What am I complaining for? I have a warm home and food in the cupboards and refrigerator. My husband has a job and he gets paid well enough. I have two cars that run and enough money to put gas into them, at least for now I do. I even have enough money to buy a candy bar or a soda if I want to, and I think nothing of it.

    I am sitting here posting this blog on a laptop computer and using high speed Internet to connect. The news I’m watching is on a big screen and high definition TV set. Really, what is there  to complain about? I feel too privileged when I think of Libya, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Palestine, and Japan. Nothing I experience can compare to their suffering and to their lives.

    However, I then realized that with privilege comes responsibilities. We MUST get out of our zone of comfort (I don’t mean comfort zone) and pay attention to those around us who are not as privileged. We may not have much to give others in crisis but we always have something that we can give.

    I found that I had an extra room to help a friend leave a dysfunctional lifestyle and turn herself around. She didn’t cost me a cent. She paid for the gas I used to take her to and from work and she, in turn, did the dishes and took out the garbage.

    I also had a peaceful backyard with birds singing and shade trees to rest under when she wanted out of the sun. She could sit in the yard in peace, read a book, and listen to music. This replenished her soul and gave her strength to heal. When she was ready, my wounded bird flew home. That’s what she named a poem she wrote about her experience here.

    JUDY’S WOUNDED BIRD IS FLYING HOME
    A LITTLE BIRD THAT FELL FROM HER NEST
    WOUNDED WITH TORN WING
    HAD LOST HER VOICE AND COULD NOT SING
    AND HER LITTLE BODY BEGAN TO STING

    WHILE LAYING ON THE GROUND
    A STRANGER WITH BLUE EYES PASSED BY
    PICKED UP THE WOUNDED BIRD AND WHISPERED
    “MY LITTLE BIRD” DON’T YOU CRY

    SHE TOOK THE LITTLE BIRD
    INTO HER LOVING HOME
    AND NURSED HER BACK TO HEALTH
    AND MADE HER STRONG

    IN TIME THE BLUE EYED ANGEL KNEW ONE DAY
    THE LITTLE BIRD WOULD WANT TO FLY HOME
    BACK TO HER FORMER NEST
    WITH FAMILY SHE SO DEARLY WANTED TO BELONG

    THE LITTLE BIRD’S MOTHER AWAITS
    FOR HER WOUNDED CHILD
    FOREVER GRATEFUL TO THE ANGEL WITH THE BLUE EYES,
    THAT HELP MEND HER LITTLE WOUNDED BIRD

    JUDY’S LITTLE BIRD IS STRONGER
    AND READY TO FLY
    AND WILL ALWAYS BE GRATEFUL
    FOR THE BLUE EYED ANGEL
    WHO LOVED HER WHEN SHE FELL FROM HER NEST

    This experience cost me nothing, but what I got back was precious and rare. A friendship developed that will never be forgotten and I’ll cherish forever.

    The planet we live on is in turmoil and chaos, and it’s all around the globe. We can cave in and become cynical, hateful, and closed off from others and their suffering or we can embrace life and the blessings we share.

    My purpose in writing this post is to get you thinking about your own blessings and try to appreciate what you have instead of complaining about what you don’t have. Look outside of yourself and see others. Do what you can to make their lives better and at the same time, make your lives better as well.

    • admin says:

      Thank You so much for that touching story. This is what it is about!!! We are best when we share wisdom to enlighten people, to enrich the lives of others. Thank you for the piece on “Gratitude”.

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