Today is my birthday. This day is bittersweet because I no longer hear from many of my loves that are so dear to me since they are gone from this life. I also know that I have lived more days than I have left in this temporal world.Doctors told me that I would pass before I was 50, so I consider each day beyond it a bonus day! However, I have learned so many precious lessons. My love, my compassion and my faith have grown. I used to let fear and insecurity keep me down, I now do my best at whatever it may be, even though I may still be afraid. Do not be a slave to fear. Fear is a thief! It robs you and me of wonderful opportunities to share precious moments and wonderful challenges that life presents. Most importantly, do not forget to share love, wisdom and kindness. Lastly, have a lovely Thanksgiving. I wish you love and blessings, and I know that it has been a difficult year for many, but I hope that there is one thing to be grateful for during this. Know, without a doubt that this is written with love and care. Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!
Jesus, Our Hope, our Future
Jesus is our hope,
When we find we just can’t cope
Our future secured.
This church sermon was from my church was from November 12, 2018. I thought it worth sharing because we all need hope. Cleopus’ wife had just witnessed Jesus’ crucifixion three days before. Neither Cleopus,, nor his wife, recognizes that Jesus is the man talking to them until He has broken bread with them. He disappeared at that moment of recognition.
Luke 24:13-35 A hopeless conversation 13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him. 17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 “What things?” he asked.
Hope is lost “About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel.
Life: a journey down a road that I never thought I would be on today.
And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”
Hope has a foundation 25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. 28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther.
Hope waits for the invitation to enter 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So, he went in to stay with them.
Hope is realized 30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” 33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem.
Hope grows courage There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.
Building hope on anything other than Jesus is a decision to become more and more hopeless.
Love and Peace – What the World Needs
By Katherine Baker, October 1, 2018
I do pray for peace
May we rediscover love
The signs of both – Doves.
Simply put, ableism is discrimination or bias against a person with a disability. About 20% of us have some sort of disability. Therefore, ableism is a construct in our society that we cannot remove too soon. The problem is that it is deeply rooted in our vocabulary and in our subconscious. We need to stop viewing people with disabilities as defective and different (in a negative light). After all, we all have similarities and differences. In other words, we must do away with the idea that we need to be “fixed” and that we have no gift or talent to offer others. The ablest ideal allows us to be marginalized, discriminated against and treated as though we have far less value than nondisabled people. (Zellwinger, 2015) This figure will continue to rise as those born between 1946 – 1964 continue to age.
As a society, we often fail to offer full accessibility beyond getting in the front door – wheelchair ramps. After all, are wheelchair ramps, larger restrooms, curb cuts, larger dressing rooms etc. a huge bother for nondisabled people? Other accommodations can also include “braille, seeing-eye dogs/assistant dogs, ergonomic workspaces, easy to grip tools, closed captions … class note-takers, recording devices for lectures” and other services and accommodative devices or equipment. Lack of these restrict our autonomy and make us more dependent on others. Not only that, it takes away from our well-being and self-esteem. We begin to feel like a “burden.” More than that, a person with a disability often does not always have full access to healthcare. How does a person in a wheelchair get on an exam table? How does a nonverbal person communicate their problems and medical needs without a caregiver there? Medical providers need to be more aware of these difficulties (Zellwinger, 2015)
The language of ableism leads to both individual oppression as well as societal oppression as a whole. Inclusion should be the goal. Such pejorative terms include: mentally retarded, moron, high functioning, incapacitated person etc. I realize that many of these terms are used to describe a condition, or level of a condition, but more work needs to be done to find and use language with a more positive connotation. As I have said previously, I prefer the term “challenged” because a challenge does not have a negative feeling; it is just something to be dealt with or overcome. Finally, it is very important to remember that not disabilities are visible, however, that does not make them any less real.
People with disabilities should have the same rights to housing, employment, medical care, and educational access as anyone else who is considered nondisabled. In other words, they should be treated with respect and humanity individually and referring to them as a group. People with disabilities deserve to lead the best life possible.
I have been pouring countless hours into school these past seven years. I am about to start my field hours to finish my master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy. I hope and pray that I will be seen as a capable person and not only as an inspirational person with limited abilities. It did not work out well for my BA degree in Human Services Degree because I cannot drive or do CPR. However, I CAN do more than most people think I can; all that I am asking for is the opportunity to prove it!
This is a poem I wrote in Sept. 2001.
They took so many lives, fractured countless others,
They made us all weep.
In our collective sorrow,
we came together and found
our pride & faith deep.
As we face the very difficult days ahead,
Let them remain in our hearts for keeps.
I pray for the rescue workers, the victims and the armed forces
Nobody asked for this horror, but you
stepped up and answered the call.
\May God heal your hearts and minds,
Keeping you standing proud and tall,
You show our enemy and the world
That we won’t give up, we won’t break & fall.
Age is a number
It is unlike this day
I do feel so old