“Birthing Pains”

birthing pains


It’s Monday, All!
It’s the last week in June 2015 and Summer 2015 has officially begun!
Do you think that last week was probably a big moment in this nation’s history?  There were many changes in law as decided by the U S Supreme Court to allow same sex marriage in the entire United States as well as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) being considered constitutionally legal contrary to the “richer” haters who could afford their own health care.  President Obama gave quite the moving speech at the funeral of the Reverend Senator Pinckney, RIP.  The Confederate flag is being taken down permanently from the building at the State Capitol there also in Charleston.  Donald Trump finally proved what many of us have already known … he is a rich, conniving … probably racist idiot.  I wonder where all of his supporters who wanted Obama to produce his birth certificate to prove he is an American citizen who happened to be voted two times into the office of the President of the United States are NOW?!?  A lot of changes in a short time … but this all came about because of “a process”, much like child birth.
As I gathered my thoughts Sunday morning and enjoyed a light breakfast, a cup of hot tea and some televangelists, I noticed the theme of “God giving us painful experiences” or … the simple fact that we must experience difficult (painful) times if we are to “give birth” to a new season in our lives, maybe a new event!   As I look at my own life, I often anticipate the “light at the end of the tunnel”, hopefully being something “good” to which I have been looking forward.  Though many many lives have been lost with the activities represented by the Confederate flag and the legacy of the Confederacy, changes have come full circle, though painful for many people.  Is this “just”?  How can we best handle similar situations in our own lives??  Does “No Pain No Gain” become a part of our daily mantras, too?!?  It is not so comfortable, that pain … those challenges we face.  Yet, it seems it is part of the “birthing pains” that come with the birthing process.  Be aware of when you’ve got to give birth to some “new” things in your life … and in others lives!
John I. Cook, Director

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