Tuesday, February 21, 2017

I started working a Christian Hotline in January and it has been an experience only this post can express. Here is a conversation that the founder of the hotline and I had this week.

Thanks for all of your encouragement and for sharing the email with me. Great to hear from you.
By the way, i have been meaning to let you know that one of the young ladies you chatted with said some very nice things about you on our FB page...here is what she said, 

"Thank you yall have help me. the person i talk to name Fred he amazing he help me tonight. i was sad and hurting might end up killing my self or other worse i talk to him he help me i feel better
Thanks for all you do."

Her Facebook name is Lanna

Lanna!, Oh Sean, this girl is very special to me; she was raised in abuse, both verbal, physical and sexual, after her father abandoned her at 11, she lived with her mother, who had men over all the time and one in particular that was 55 when Lana was 13 and began having sex with Lana and all the mom said was, “I don't care what you do just don't do it in my bed."
 DHS took Lana from the home and she went into Foster care, when emancipated she had no education, no skills so she went into prostitution, and somewhere along the way, she saw a "Groundwire" video, kept the number, and months later, at 22, she called the line and God graced me with the call. That was two weeks ago; now see what Jesus has done in two weeks, here is her last email to me --- 

"I think god awnswer my preys. So i been haveing dream about my mom. Who i have not talk to or seen since i was like 16. I ask my sister if she was ok she said yea. I inbox my mom on facebook she told me she been ill for over a year but getting better. So today we been talking i was able kind of tell her how i feel and was able tell her i forgive her. That i wanted to bulid a relationship with her. She told me that she love me and always will so i am hope for a relationship."

 "With men, it is impossible, but with God all things are possible." 

Monday, February 20, 2017

  "There is no impulse to be more carefully and jealously guarded than the impulse which tells us that we are bound to speak unpleasant truths to one's friends. It must be resisted until seventy times seven! It can only be yielded to if there is nothing but pure pain in the doing of it; if there is the least touch of satisfaction or zest about it, it may be safely put aside." Arthur Benson.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

This piece was written about art, not religion, but I think there are many things that apply to the church.

"Indeed, I think that our own tendency in England to reverence, our constant appeal to classical standards, is an obstacle to our intellectual and artistic progress. We are like elderly writers who tend to repeat their own beloved mannerisms, and who contemn and decry the work of younger men, despairing of the future. A nation may reach a point, like an ancient and noble dynasty of princes, where it is over-shadowed and over-weighted, by its own past glories, and where it learns to depend upon prestige rather than upon vigor, to wrap itself in its own dignity. What I would rather see is an elasticity, a recklessness, a prodigal trying of experiments, a discontented underrating of past traditions, more than a meek acquiescence in their supremacy." 

Arthur Benson.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

  "But, after all, however much we may philosophize about sin or attempt to analyze its essence, there is some dark secret there, of which from time to time we are grievously, conscious. Who does not know the sense of failure to overcome, of lapsing from a hope or a purpose, the burden of the thought of some cowardice or unkindness which we cannot undo and which we need not have committed? No resolute determinism can ever avail us against the stern verdict of that inner tribunal of the soul, which decides, too, by some instinct that we cannot divine, to sting and torture us with the memory of deeds, the momentousness and importance of which we should utterly fail to explain to others. There are things in my own past, which would be met with laughter and ridicule if I attempted to describe them, that still make me blush to recollect with a sense of guilt and shame, and seem indelibly branded upon my mind." Arthur Benson.  

Sunday, February 05, 2017

  "If something comes to life in others because of you, 
Then you have made an approach to immortality."Norman Cousins.

"I have done one braver thing
  Than all the Worthies did; 
And yet a braver thence doth spring,
  Which is to keep that hid." John Donne. 

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

  Who can know the joy of children? He who enters their world, enjoys every lisp and innocence, and snatches each available moment to bond and nurture their little souls. It reminds me of Deuteronomy 11:18
“You shall therefore impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul...... You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up."