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odds and ends with tags Barack Obama, funny on January 29, 2009 by Tim R Wilson
Photography, thoughts with tags Barack Obama, Chiloquin, life, prayer, thoughts, winter on January 20, 2009 by Tim R Wilson
Instead of catching the Inauguration ceremonies on TV I decided on a walk along the river with Charlie dog. Why not you know … chasing birds … critters … sounds of nature …. prayer and pondering …
Today for me is a day of reflection. It is for me, a day of looking back and it is a day for looking forward. Which brings me back to the Inauguration … Its great seeing people looking ahead again, change is needed for sure. Lets keep President Obama in our prayers and continue to look forward.
Christianity, holidays, quote(s), religion with tags Barack Obama, Christianity, holiday, Martin Luther King Jr., politically incorrect, quote, spirituality, thoughts on January 19, 2009 by Tim R Wilson
One of the first things I came across online this morning was this comment, “So I ask you a question: Which holiday honors a philanderer, a drunk, a liar, plagiarist, and a cheater? Answer: Martin Luther King Jr. Day. …”
My first thought was, “Oh my God …” I still find it hard to believe that Christians can be so quick to diss other Christians … even dead ones! Let’s face it! People are going to frequently fail and let us down because all mankind is under the influence of a fallen and sinful nature (Rom. 3:23). Although Christians are forgiven and have God’s presence in their lives, they still make mistakes and will sometimes fail. The Apostle Paul described his own conflict with the old nature: “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find” (Romans 7:18). The fact is from where I see it, irregardless of his “sins” and perhaps some specifics of his faith, few men embodied the Christ like quality of selfless sacrifice and service, at least in the 20th century, as much as Dr. King. He remains an example for us all!
Three years ago, Barack Obama was a Senator, spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Martin Luther King National Memorial in 2006. On that morning a couple of years ago he told the crowd:
“Unlike the others commemorated in this place, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was not a president of the United States – at no time in his life did he hold public office. He was not a hero of foreign wars. He never had much money, and while he lived he was reviled at least as much as he was celebrated.
By his own accounts, he was a man frequently racked with doubt, a man not without flaws, a man who, like Moses before him, more than once questioned why he had been chosen for so arduous a task – the task of leading a people to freedom, the task of healing the festering wounds of a nation’s original sin.
And yet lead a nation he did. Through words he gave voice to the voiceless. Through deeds he gave courage to the faint of heart. By dint of vision, and determination, and most of all faith in the redeeming power of love, he endured the humiliation of arrest, the loneliness of a prison cell, the constant threats to his life, until he finally inspired a nation to transform itself, and begin to live up to the meaning of its creed…
In the Book of Micah, Chapter 6, verse 8, the prophet says that God has already told us what is good. ”What doth the Lord require of thee, the verse tells us, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?“
The man we honor today did what God required. In the end, that is what I will tell my daughters…I will tell them that this man gave his life serving others. I will tell them that this man tried to love somebody. I will tell them that because he did these things, they live today with the freedom God intended, their citizenship unquestioned, their dreams unbounded.”