Help Those To Help Themselves . . .

Helping ThemselvesHappy Hump Day, All!

Just a thought today … “God helps those who help themselves!” Sometimes, that is difficult to grasp, let alone believe or see it happening around our world today. According to Pastor Bob Coy of Calvary Chapel, our present state of world affairs is designed to challenge our faith … perhaps, in ourselves. While I consider myself to have become more spiritual today as a result of my exposure to studying Christianity, I do believe that we each have a “higher power”. This concept is one that I learned in the 12-Step Programs that I have been exposed to for many many years.

Here in Florida, Miami to be exact, a woman was arrested for leaving her infant in her car in the intense heat while she went inside for several hours. The controversy is much like the one with little Rilyah who actually disappeared from DCF’s (Dept. of Children & Family) radar and her body was never found. The most recent event in the aftermath of the death of a little girl named Ebony who was found wrapped up in a tent-like structure starved and abused by her step father … and dead, is that of Brian Osceola who was found dead in his mother’s car. DCF worker, Ms. Bruno, has been accused of not contacting an outside agency to get help for the mother of the little boy, and, falsifying records indicating that she contacted an outside agency. She is claiming that DCF in Miami, who has been at the core of several scandals over the past few years, is using her as a scapegoat.

“We cannot approach prayer as we do everything else in our push-button, instant society. There are no prayer pills or enlightenment capsules.” – Janie Gustafson

May we continue diligently in our lives, in our work and in our communities to help those who need to learn to help themselves.

Have a great day!


John I. Cook, Director

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