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Thankfulness Mondays – “In Spite Of”

Week 50 (of 52).  I’ve been blogging with Bernadette of Haddon Musings, and several others of things in our lives or of things around us, that we are thankful for, and that perhaps offset negative situations around us and in the world.

Before I go any further, my thoughts and many others go out to Bernadette, who has of late had a great sadness and while she is I know and has been very grateful and thankful in abundance, is now experiencing one of those times that we most likely all will or have faced in our lifetime; a time of grieving. Her son is and has been not well for many years, but the family now faces the fact that they will likely lose him very soon. She has therefore taken a hiatus from blogging for a time. My heart goes out to her, but I so appreciate even the fact that she has over this past ‘almost year’ given me pause to appreciate the blessings in my life. May she find the peace, healing and strength that she needs in the days ahead.

Like Bernadette, there are many who are struggling with one area or another.  The people who of late, are being terrorized in U.K; Afghanistan, France, Syria and so many other places; one would think have very little to be thankful for.

When one sees and hears of their strength of perseverance, the heroism of many, and their determination to not give into fear and hate, in spite of’ the atrocities that are happening to them.  I am so thankful when I hear that their spirits, while very wounded, their physical well-beings are challenged, and the sanctity of life is being so disrespected; the vast majority of people do not want to give up; do not want this violence to control or consume their lives.

One doesn’t just have to look at the present but the past also. How it might be the easier route to just throw up your hands, and in fact just give up on the human race.

But we don’t and we can’t, just as in our personal lives we must persevere with what we face in life. Sometimes, we do need a time of quietness of mind and spirit, or in the case of a personal loss to grieve and to heal.

But as nations and people, we must try not to let the trying and even tumultuous events that befall us ‘defeat us or define us’, and when I look around the world today, the spirit of ‘man/woman’ wages on and we are not defeated!

 

 

CHRISTMAS POEM – 2016

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CHRISTMAS 2016

Christmas is near once again

To spend with loved ones dear

For laughter, joy and more

To visit those who are not near.

Sometimes the Christmas glee

Is not felt the same by all

It could be health, or it could be

Missing someone call.

It may be war, in far off lands

For those who cannot feel

The joy or happiness within

Or share a family meal.

It is God’s son who came to earth

Whose birth we celebrate

He came to teach us how to love

So let us not, this love abate.

Look around to see a need

And if you can at all

Help brighten someone’s day

Taking heed to God’s greatest call.

Diane

 

Thankfulness Mondays -” I Have A Dream “

Another Monday (week 24 of 52) participating with Bernadette from ‘Haddon Musings’, recognizing things in our live to be thankful for, offsetting many negative issues that surround us all daily.

I’m thankful for the ability to ‘dream’ and to recognize some of them being realized even greater than what I could ever have imagined.

When I was young my greatest dream was to one day have a family; to love and to raise them to be the best they could be. The dream was never to insist they be a doctor, lawyer, politician or anything that evaluated their worth by how important or rich they became. My only hope was that they would grow and be ‘good people’.

Because my mother instilled in me that love, compassion and kindness were more important traits, I wanted the same for my children should I have any in my future.

When I was going through many intermittent years of depression, my dream was to be well and enjoy life more than I did, but even more importantly to alleviate the times that were difficult for those around me, that had to see me so unhappy.

There were hopes and dreams that I might make a difference in this sometimes chaotic world we live in.

Well, I have to say that the fulfillment of the important dreams that I had, were more than I could have asked for or imagined… as is written in the Bible. That’s what God promises to those who can believe Him.

I have a family to love and cherish, and who share that love. They have made lives for themselves and are happy.

Several years now, I have been freed from depression…. not always from sadness or problems… but ‘depression!

I was able for many years to work for an organization that helped people overseas and within our country, who were/are in need of the very basics in life.

…And having said that, there are so many in this world that can’t even hope to ‘dream’ for anything different than what they have known for much of their life; war, hunger and physical health.

So I’m enlarging my ‘dream’ to hope for their future, that one day they will have all that they need!

Family picture last year. Our three children and us.

Family picture last year. Our three children and us.

Thankfulness Mondays – THEY GIVE THEIR LIVES !

Participating once again (Week 20 of 52)  with Bernadette of Haddon Musings writing about moments, and things we have to be grateful for in our lives, to truly appreciate them, and to offset negative areas.

This week because in Canada, on November 11th we honor those who have given their lives, and those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces. War in so evident and has been to one degree or another present in so many areas of the world. In the news these days of course it seems even more so with Syria and Iraq especially. There are threats of course everywhere, and those who protect us, deserve our thanks and respect.

I realize that some of this post could be considered a ‘negative’ instead of a positive, but the positive is that these men and women put their lives into jeopardy for their country to defend those who cannot defend by themselves against the tyranny of people who seek power and control; those who do not value the lives of others or care that so many, especially the children and their families whose lives are destroyed!

We care, and we are so thankful that those who serve, care enough to put their lives on the line. We who are fortunate to live in a country where we enjoy freedom. We are not persecuted because of race or religion or status. Our countries are not perfect and not without issues that affect people, but we do not live in constant fear!

My oldest brother Russ served in World War 2 in the RCAF and was fortunate to come home. So each Remembrance Day I am also grateful that he did!

I’m going to include a poem I wrote last year.

Remembrance Day is not about war

It’s about so very much more…..

It’s about freedom that we share

About those who really care,

Those who have given so very much

Many lives whom they have touched.

They have gone to foreign lands

Many battles they withstand,

Some have given up their lives

Still many others do survive…..

But their lives won’t be the same

Freedom though they all acclaim.

While no one wants to go to war

It’s about so very much more….

You and me and being free

From those who spread their tyranny.

So this Remembrance day I pray

Someday peace will come our way…

In the meantime, we give thanks

To those that serve in all the ranks!

Russ in UniformWritten in memory of my brother Russ

Who served in the RCAF in WW11

He did come home

(Diane)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

for REMEMBRANCE DAY November 11, 2015

In Remembrance

In Remembrance

I thought that I would post this prior to and leading up to Canada’s Remembrance Day, November 11, 2015.

Remembrance Day is not about war

It’s about so very much more

It’s about freedom that we share

About those who really care

Those who have given so very much

Many lives whom they have touched

They have gone to foreign lands

Many battles they withstand

Some have given up their lives

Still many others do survive

But their lives won’t be the same

Freedom though they all acclaim

While no one wants to go to war

It’s about so very much more

You and me and being free

From those who spread their tyranny

So this Remembrance day I pray

Someday peace will come our way

In the meantime, we give thanks

To those that serve in all the ranks

 

Russ in UniformWritten in memory of my brother Russ

Who served in the RCAF in WW11

He did come home

(Diane)

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Should We Do?

A fellow blogger that I converse with through Facebook, put a comment on today of a topic that I have been contemplating strongly writing a post about. Her comment has sparked me to do it.

It is a topic so controversial and one that no one really wants to think about but I can’t help thinking about. That is what is going on in the middle east right now.

The radical group is terrorizing and killing with abandon and has no respect for human life. I’m not going to get into their beliefs and reasons they think they have for doing this. This is not a political post about issues. It is a ‘human interest’ post about ‘human beings’.

We live in freedom where we do not have to live in terror every day for ourselves or our children. I honestly have tried to imagine how on earth the dear people that are being threatened and even killed every day, manage to survive, in body or mind or spirit.

I do not like war,  and I do not like even the thought of our beloved sons and daughters going off to war. I am also a Christian and I value life immensely; but how long do we let this group kill at will and terrorize people before we do something other than ‘negotiating’ or doing some air strikes?

I can’t help but think of the atrocities of World War 2 and the holocaust, and what occurred before all the free nations of the world took a stand. My brother served in WW 2, and so I know that no one wants to think of our loved ones going off to war.

I’ve stated what is on my mind because each day seeing what is going on, has saddened me so. It is my opinion only. I just find it so difficult to understand that life seems to have so little value in some areas of the world.

Remembrance Day 11/11 2014

I realize many of you likely know this poem but I thought I’d post it along with a photo that says so much.

This poem was written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, the day after witnessing the death of his friend on the battlefields of World War 1.

Credit Unknown  Found on FaceBook

Credit Unknown
Found on FaceBook

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses row on row

That mark our place, and in the sky

The larks still bravely singing fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below

 

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived felt dawn,  saw sunset glow

Loved and were loved and now we lie

In Flanders Fields

 

Take up our quarrel with the foe

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

in Flanders fields