Sunday, August 26, 2007
A BIRTHDAY OF NOTE AND AN ANNIVERSARY OF A CHERISHED VICTORY
Today would have been Mother Theresa's 97th birthday: the living saint. It is a small comfort to know that even this amazing woman had her many doubts about her faith in difficult times. We all have those moments. We all have our faith tested to the core. Sometimes life throws you a curve ball that no grand slam hitter in the entire world could even begin to hit. We all scratch our heads at times like these and go "What the hell was that?" But we need to trust God more than ever and realize just how much He knows what to do. God is alive and well and cares about every day of our lives. The great saints were tested and the great near saints like Mother Theresa were grilled. Sometimes you want to say to God "Ok, I'm done, Lord -- turn me over!" And then out of the purest blue comes a little sign that shows us how much He loves us. Maybe it's an old friend we haven't seen in a long time. Maybe it's a day of pure joy after a week of hell. Maybe its finding a new and better place to live. Maybe it's finding the ability to pay the mortgage when you thought everything was lost that month. God loves us all. Today is also the anniversary of the 19th amendment to the Constitution giving women the right to vote. I was surprised to discover that it was the state of Tennessee that gave the final vote of approval to the proposed amendment and more surprising: there was no one there from any woman's organization (not even the daughters of the American Revolution) when the official document was signed. This also mark's the one year anniversary that my friend Bill Lewis has had his new job at Disneyland: one of the singing pirates at pirate's lair Island at Disneyland. Congrats Bill! Bill is the last pirate in the picture at the top of the page. What an amzing friend he has been all of these years. And by the way, his friendship came from a very negative expierence that almost wiped me away a about seventeen years ago. So I am convinced that god blesses us all in so many ways-- crooked lines and all -- God is one heck of a Rembrandt.