I watch the CBS Evening News each Friday to watch the final segment, Steve Hartman’s “Stories from the Road” to hear good news for a change of pace. For 31-year-old Jermaine Wilson of Leavenworth, Kansas, he hit rock bottom by going to prison for dealing drugs. However, he used the time well; he now speaks at his old elementary school to help children believe in a brighter tomorrow. He also has two day jobs, he helps people who just come out of prison obtain good jobs. Wilson also has become the Mayor of Leavenworth recently. He credits his time of incarceration for helping him get closer to God and getting his life on a much more positive track through volunteering and community activism. I just want to point out that you can still rise, even if you had the worst start in life. If you are down in the pit, you may as well look up. It beats looking down! If you want to see and hear the whole story, here is the link:
Remember, your story can always be added to and reframed for the better by looking up and having supports around you! This creates HOPE!
Where was Cousin Todd?
That was the question we asked
Help us find him God!
For days, that was plead,
God answered in a miracle
He was safe was said.
RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #237 Answer&Question
2 Haikus in One
Sign of peace and love,
Sent from the ark, Noah’s dove,
Returned until she found grass.
Sage Equates to Wisdom
A sage one is wise,
Not a fool in grand disguise,
Like wine from the vine.
RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #236 Sage&Vine
When things start to look bleak
Don’t forget to look up to seek,
Peace and love you’ll find.
RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #234 Seek&Find
I will be blessed once again to have Christmas with my husband and daughter,
As I have gotten older, I don’t take that for granted, as I did when younger,
I humbly thank you for that blessing God, and I am so glad you brought her,
To me once again and my dear Barry, please give us years together longer.
To my parents, much loved and continually thought of, give them a precious hug and kiss,
Let them know I am doing well and let them know I carry on their light as best I can do,
Remind them that each and every day they come to mind and are sorely missed,
I believe that I will see them once again one day, my heart tells me that it is true.
To my brother, Glen Miller, I wish we had not so much distance between us,
But my heart is always close to him and family, distance does not stop loving thoughts,
I wish to him and his family more love, less pain and a life of ease and less fuss,
May there come a special gift, may my brother especially know that I love him lots.
To all my family and friends, I know some have had deep sorrows this year,
I am truly sorry for the ache in your hearts and the tears you all shed,
I sent and keep sending you my love, prayers and best wishes for no more tears,
Have a blessed Christmas & love one and all, Happy 2019! All has been said!
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.