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HOW ARE WE MANAGING TO WEATHER THE STORMS OF LIFE

HOW ARE WE MANAGING TO WEATHER THE STORMS OF LIFE

A TRUE SYMBOL OF PEACE (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

A TRUE SYMBOL OF PEACE (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

Today we face many trials in this life that causes us to ask this question; how are we managing to Weather the Storms of Life? When we think about this and evaluate the world we live in, we are subject to come up with many different answers with hopes of resolving problems that are eroding the very fabric of life as we know it. In light of the recent verdict handed down in the Treyvon Martin and George Zimmerman case, we ponder what to do next. It seems as if George Zimmerman has been given a “pat” on the back and walked free of taking the life of Treyvon Martin, one of our beautiful children, but then again is he really FREE?  Will he ever be FREE?  The blood stains of an instance child are on his hands forever.  He took the life of one of God’s previous angles.

We are not called to judge others but to pray for them. What has happened is truly a tragic, yes, one thing we can all take from this is a lesson of how we see and relate to each other. Our children are our future and any injustice done to them is an injustice to society as a whole.

If we should make the choice to see George Zimmerman’s behavior through the eyes of hate, are we any better than he is?  Trayvon Martin’s parents have been a tower of strength.  They have set the example of how we should react in light of what has taken place with their son.  Now let us follow their example, let us follow the example of Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy of non-violence, let us follow the example of Gandhi’s legacy of non-violence, let us follow the example of our Lord and Savior’s legacy of love, peace and non-violence.  When we do this, we will all stand head and shoulder above George Zimmerman and all those who spread hate and violence among us.

Jesus left his teaching as a pattern for us to live by, that pattern includes “Love.”  At this point I believe that “Love” is what’s needed as we embrace all parties involved. How are we managing to Weather the Storms of Life, through LOVE?

How are we managing to Weather the Storms of Life? Everywhere we look there seems to be discord, anger, hatred and frustration and yet we ignore the key ingredient to all our problems. We tend to ignore how Jesus came and lived among all people, enduring the storms of life, yet not discouraged. He gave us the blue-print for any situation we might encounter, yet we want take time to learn of him. Until we realize that we did not create ourselves and we are dependent on something or someone, we will continue to see these very struggles unfold.

It’s true that no one knows what’s going to happen, or when, who’s around us to say? No one can control the wind or lock it in a box. No one has any say so regarding the day of death; no one can stop a battle in its tracks; no one who does evil can be saved by evil. As long as men and women have power to hurt each other, this is the way it is. If you keep your eyes open day and night without blinking you’ll never figure out the meaning of what God is doing on earth. The good, the wise and all they do are in God’s hand—but day by day, whether love or hate they’re dealing with, they don’t know. Everyone is lumped together in one fate; life leads to death, that’s it (Ecclesiastes 8:7-17; 9:1-6 MGS).

Thank you for reading and studying with us this day.  May you find love, peace and joy in all you do to help bring about a resolution in the many difficult situations we as a people find ourselves in.  I leave you today to ponder in your heart the same question that I begin this discussion with, “HOW ARE WE MANAGING TO WEATHER THE STORMS OF LIFE?”

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