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Whom Does God Love Best?

Who the heck do we think we are to assume that God belongs to “our side”? Isn’t the team on the opposing side praying to the exact same God in hopes of achieving game advantage? Can it ever be right to pray that our competition will play badly? And, if both sides ask to win, doesn’t that put God in a bit of a bind?

History becomes riddled with questions such as these. Let’s examine a few situations.

  1. Most likely, the early Pilgrims prayed to defeat the inhabitants of what we now know as North America. Surely, the Native Americans ultimately realized what a mistake they had made being kind to the Europeans and prayed to beat the heck out of those white guys. Did God like the Europeans better than the Native Americans? If so, we have a good reason to doubt God’s ultimate wisdom.

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Tribute to Special Friends

Tribute to Bill and Sonnye Dingler

In 1958, family and friends watched Bill Dingler and Sonnye Bell walk down the aisle to form an unbreakable union under God. Did their financial future look promising at that time? I imagine our elders shook their worried heads over a young man whose job resume would have boasted “experienced and speedy cantaloupe packer”. When cantaloupe season ended in Pecos, off drove Bill and Sonnye in search of California fields.

Through the years, we watched Bill’s transformation from being a Pecos boy with few occupational skills to an established owner of a successful construction company. How did he learn all he needed to know? I’ll give God major credit. I also credit Bill for taking care of Sonnye and two beautiful children. He did a “whopping” good job of it, too!

For fifty-eight years, Bill and Sonnye served as role models for the rest of us. Their marriage lasted when many others failed. They parented lovingly within firm boundaries. Now, the result of their diligence pays off with a bounty of love from their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Most of all, Bill and Sonnye exemplified an unwavering faith in God. Their steadfast love for Jesus as their Savior laid a foundation of life for them. As we bid farewell to Bill and imagine him on a better journey, we recognize that he and Sonnye will continue to bless us. We give our heartfelt thanks for both of them.

Good job, Bill. Carry on with God as you have always done.

Does Living in Fear Help Keep Us Safe?

In 1933, in his inaugural address, Franklin D. Roosevelt declared, “So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself —.”

Currently, we fear gangs, terrorists, police, unorthodox marriages, liberals, conservatives, and members of other religious groups. The list goes on and on. Before we can forgive and relinquish judgment, we must first face our paralyzing fear. Renouncing anxiety involves three considerations.

  1. We cannot have it both ways. We trust God or we allow terror to dominate our lives. A story from a circus illustrates this point.

During an amazing circus trick, a performer

walked across the tent on a narrow wire high in the air.

The crowd cheered.

He then took a wheelbarrow and pushed it across the wire.

The crowd cheered even more.

The announcer asked, “Do you believe he can

push the wheelbarrow across with a person sitting in it?”

The crowd roared, “Yes!”

After quieting the commotion, the announcer asked,

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God’s Love Revealed in Different Forms

On a “perfect weather” Saturday, an unlikely group of people convened for a single purpose —to honor Brian David Passsarelli. Our original expectation of around fifty people quickly became three times that number and overflowed the enclosed pavilion. Once we realized that the shear number of individuals could not be squeezed into the enclosure, we picked up chairs and reconvened under a grove of oak trees. Looking around the group, I saw people sitting on chairs, others on picnic tables, and even more standing.

Joy’s dad reminded us of the story about the Little Drummer Boy. Each of Joy’s four parents read a selection of scriptures or spiritual readings. Eleven-year-old Sidney Dean sang a song she wrote for Uncle Brian. A dear friend from Brian’s past played and sang. Joy’s dad invited those who wanted to speak to do so. For over an hour, stories, testimonies, tears and laughter filled the Mansfield Dam Park. Repeated statements of “brother” “love” and “always a gentleman” over flowed our hearts as we experienced the genuine love and respect of Brian’s friends.

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Are We Swimming in God’s Energy? Presence of God Over Death

Florida BeachDeath, with its fear and agony, grants many blessings. As our son in law walks through his final days, those of us who love Brian grasp for understanding. We search for “silver linings” in this agonizing process.

I stand on the firm belief that God does not smite some and grant health to others. Death, with its accompanying suffering comes because life continues to be life. A personified presence does not select an individual for a radical lesson in dying. Life happens. Death continues to exist as part of the human experience.

What blessings do we recognize as the walk to death continues?
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What Do You Believe About God?

No one can tell you what you should believe about God. You have to dig that out for yourself. Your minister can share his or her beliefs. Your Mom and Dad and Grandparents can also share. In the end, you will come to your own conclusion. Although I know you will ultimately find your own truth, I want to share what God means to me. I believe God is a word we use to attempt to communicate about a power that is so vast it defies naming with any word at all. Different people use different words to try and express their thoughts about God. Almost all are acceptable. A few (but not even close to all) possible names include words such as: Source, Power, Energy, Light, Jesus, Lord, and Spirit. The list includes words from other religions such as YHWH from Judaism or Allah from Islam. For me, the exact word is not important. The heart’s intention is all-important.

Pretty CatherineSometimes, individuals and groups misuse their concept of God. You can always tell appropriate from inappropriate connections with God. If the outcome promotes love, it is pure. If the outcome or goal harms others or nature, it is vile and not godly. Prayers are thoughts shared with God. The scary part is that even daily thoughts are powerful. Ask yourself, “Would I want God to hear me think or say this?” Everyone slips and has terrible thoughts. Everyone is instantly forgiven. It is a safe system. What you decide you believe about God will be correct for you.