What the world needs now…

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We all know the song lyrics written by Hal David and made famous by Jackie DeShannon in April 1965, during the height of the Vietnam War.  I was comfortable in my mother’s womb in April of 1965.  I had no knowledge of what was going on in my country.  I was safe and secure.  I was not yet born, but I was loved.

It is a much different world today.  Some things remain the same such as war, hate, racism, and poverty.  Some things have changed such as the safety and security of an unborn child and the protection of religious beliefs.  Where is the love?

In 1965 the people were singing and longing for love.  The song is addressed to the Lord, asking for love, sweet love.  But did  people know what is love?

1 John 4:8 – 5:3: “Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love…God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him…We love because He first loved us….If anyone says, “I love God”, but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. This is the commandment we have from Him; whomever loves God must also love his brother. .For the love of God is this, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome, for whoever is begotten by God conquers the world. And the victory that conquers the world is our faith.”

Wanting more love in the world, means wanting and needing God.

Today’s man loves many things that have become a false god.

Money and fame have taken up much of man’s heart.  Many people have given into temptations and have committed immoral acts all the while making excuses to themselves that it is for their own well being.  If a man gains everything and loses his soul; what is gained?  Far too much time is spent on gathering wealth and working and planning for a financially secure future rather than spending time with our Lord; working and planning on our eternity.

The biggest false god today is the love of self.  We live in a “do it if it makes you happy” time.  The world would have us believe that there is no such thing as sin.  The world tells us that we all have the right to be happy and live the life we choose.  The world falsely tells us that there are no victims when people act according to desires.  For those who chose abortion,  the victims are in the millions.  For those who choose to manipulate their bodies in an effort to change genders, family members are left confused and grieving.  Individual choices always affect others; God planned it so.

Following God’s commandments is what brings about peace and love.  We sin when we do not follow His commands.  Sin leads to hate, war, and division.  Do not be fooled.  As Mother Angelica so aptly said once, “If there is no sin, then God is a liar.”.  Sin is real and is running rampant today.

So, I propose a new version of Hal David’s song.  I propose we sing, “What the world needs now is God, sweet God’!  A world with God leads to a world of love.  A world of love is a world of self-sacrifice and thinking of others, not ourselves.

I have a little niece who is comfortable and snug inside of her mother’s womb.  She is safe and secure because she is loved.  My wish for her is to live in a world that knows and follows the Lord.  I wish for her to know Love.

C’est Bon,

Love,

Sherry

 

 

 

 

 

The Fruit of Silence…

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Autumn Fruit (12/365) (Photo credit: nevynxxx)

Mother Angelica once said, “The fruit of SILENCE is PRAYER. The fruit of prayer is FAITH. The fruit of faith is LOVE. The fruit of love is SERVICE.”

It took me many, many years to understand that I needed to LISTEN and the Lord will speak to my heart.  Our Lord is so patient and so kind – well, that is the first two words that define LOVE in the Bible!  He worked on me and worked on me until I finally got it!  By making Christ the center of my life and my family, and by spending time each day in prayer and silence, God has helped me to understand His will for me.  I have been able to “connect the dots.”  He has blessed me with signs, people, and places that have made a difference in my life.  He is constantly “speaking” to me.  I am constantly listening.

I have a very dear friend in Shreveport, Louisiana, Jo, that God has placed in my life.  Through this friend, I have come to know her daughter, Vicki.  To show you how God allows us to “connect the dots,”  recently my granddaughter was diagnosed with Alopecia.  At six-years-old, she began to lose her lovely, long hair.  (Very traumatic for a first grader).  We began to pray for her, but also to plan on how to handle a worse case scenario.  It was decided that due to her age, she would not take steroids; but, if she did lose her hair; a wig would help her feel comfortable until hopefully the hair grew back.

I then gave a property manager workshop in Montgomery, Alabama.  My friend Jo was at the workshop and she told me about an organization her daughter Vicki started in northern Louisiana called “Wiggin’ Out” (check them out on facebook).   The organization provides wigs to local cancer patients as well as some other types of support.

On the ride home to Louisiana, I began thinking about Wiggin’ Out and the need for such an organization for Alopecia patients as well.  I phoned my friend Jo and explained that I wanted to discuss Wiggin’ Out with her daughter.

As luck (or God) would have it, Jo’s daughter, Vickie, had just visited a wig shop and had a discussion with its owner regarding the percentage of customers who were cancer patients.  The wig shop owner stated that she had a small number of customers who were cancer patients; however, many more customers who are dealing with Alopecia!  The dots started connecting..

I met with Vicki. She is a remarkable person.  She told me that God placed the words “Wiggin’ Out” on her heart.  She had no idea how to start up the organization or where to turn.  She put her trust in the Lord and He has been leading the way!

I am now working with Vicki on getting Wiggin’ Out spread throughout southern Louisiana and hopefully will be able to start up a Wiggin’ Out Too for Alopecia patients!  Our God is so Awesome!  The fruits of the Spirit are everywhere!

Vicki is following in the footsteps of great women such as Mother Angelica and Rose Hawthorne.  Rose was the sister of Nathaniel Hawthorne (author of The Scarlet Letter).  Rose became a Catholic and after a failed marriage, her heart turned with compassion toward people with terminal cancer who had no one to take care of them.  She brought them into her home and dressed their wounds.  Another woman joined her in this work of mercy.  Together they became Dominican Third Order religious and started a new religious order.  Over a hundred years later, “Hawthorne Dominican Sisters” are still caring for the terminally ill and forgotten.

Faith has turned into Love, which has turned into Service.  Please pray for Vicki and her call to serve!

C’est Bon,

Love,

Sherry