With the government shutdown, many, many people are afraid, frustrated and down right mad. I don't know what that feels like. Nor do I know what it feels like to be unemployed. I have been praying for a long time for those who have lost their jobs and for those who may not know where their next meal will come from.
I've worked in the District of Columbia for almost 23 years and to turn the cheek on the homeless and hungry would be cruel. I find great delight in making a small difference. Because of My Lord, a portion of my earnings are donated to many homeless organizations. I do not know what it feels like to be hungry or thirsty. I know that it may seem unfair of me to say this, but I must.
The God that I serve is faithful. He has blessed each individual with the gift of life and has a plan for each breathing soul. (Jeremiah 29:11-14) We, as individuals however; we have failed. We are a selfish and consumed society. The more we "get" the more we "want."
I took an inventory of my home and my personal belongings when I moved almost 3 years ago and the amount of "stuff" that I had acquired was insane. After I'd downsized, I thought that I'd donated most of it until I came back from Haiti last November and felt compelled to do another inventory of my material possessions. I had to be honest with myself and see that there was so much more that I could do.
Please search your house and your heart...better yet, look at your income and the (overage) if you're blessed...and see where and how you can help at least one person. How awesome would it be if you could help one family?!
If one person...JUST ONE...did something out of the kindness of his/her heart, there would not be hunger and homeless needs in our Nation's Capital, in our Nation or even in our Country. It sounds make believe and even unachievable...but we can do more than what we're doing now. Yes, one person can start today!
It's true, the more you Give the more you Receive! His grace will be sufficient in your time of need. But only if you follow His commandments. We must begin to pay it forward...and not in hopes to get something back, but out of LOVE!
* I realize that a lot of "homeless" individuals have mental issues and a small portion may very well have chosen to live that type of lifestyle for personal reasons.
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
Even though in our flesh, it may not feel like it...He is faithful.
Yesterday was a horrific day in Our Nation's Capital.
Who, What, When, Why, How?????
Those are the basic questions for an Investigator and yesterday I kept asking them over and over again.
My coworkers and I were in complete shock as well as the rest of Washington, DC. It happened so suddenly and so close to home.
No words can describe the intensity, the emotion and the uncertainty...
The Law Enforcement Agencies ALL pulled together as ONE union. We did what we were trained to do and in the end, 13 lives were lost. And although the media coverage was insane and nonstop, it helped to answer some of the "basic" questions...
But still the WHY lingers in my mind...it did in the midst of the tragedy and it did as I drove (home) and it still lingers today.
As I cried out to God in my quiet voice, He said, "I'm still God and I still care. I am still in CONTROL."
As I lift of the victims, their families, my peers, our community and the Nation in PRAYER...believe it or not, it is well with my SOUL. I say that because I TRUST in Him and He is still God.
How do I know? Because today is a new day and in His word, He promised that His Mercy would be new every day. He can stop this madness at a moment's notice...however, HE is still in the business of saving lives. Today is the day to give "your life" to Him. He is still GOD and He cares.
Lord, by your grace, I participated in the 57th Presidential Inauguration. As a Law Enforcement Officer, it was cold, brutal and exhausting. Working 16+ hours just isn't normal. My feet were frozen and my body ached and I was so dehydrated. I couldn't layer enough clothing to fight the wind and chill. My finger tips were numb and I was quietly complaining on the inside. Not good for someone in my position.
But then again, I am in the flesh and as long as I am...I will have a tendency to do that. However, at the end of the night, after reflecting back and after thawing out...I have to admit that it was truly an amazing event. The crowds, the unity, the parade, the soldiers, the excitement and the enormous amount of planning that went into making it another "great day" in History. Not only was he elected for a second term, it was a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.s' Birthday.
We have to set aside our differences and rejoice as a human race. We are ALL the same in that regard. We are so much more alike than we are different. And whether we "like" or "dislike" our leaders, your word tells us to pray for them.
If all would join in prayer and love our neighbor, just maybe...CRIME would begin to slowly decline and good will override evil.
One can only hope....
BTW: It was my last Inauguaration. This fall I will joyfully celebrate 23 years of MPDC. And by your grace, I will be eligible to retire in "2015." YAY!!!!!!