A Long December –Counting Crows
A long December and there’s reason to believe-Maybe this year will be better than the last. I can’t remember the last thing that you said as you were leavin’. Now the days go by so fast.
Many people feel the loss of cultural icons this week with the death of George Michael, Carrie Fisher, and Debbie Reynolds. Almost 500,000 people killed in Syria, 4,000 people drowned trying to escape the violence in their homes. Bombings of civilians worshiping, shopping, attending sporting events—all peaceful and universal activities.
And yet as Mark Wahlenberg states in the soon to be released movie Patriot’s Day, “..I have seen Good vs Evil, Love vs Hate, the only thing to respond with is Love.” The producer said, “Hate took weeks to plan but love responded in an instant. ”
George Michael was a secret philanthropist. His good works didn’t come to light until his recent death. Debbie Reynolds started an organization for mental health The Thalians, the charitable organization founded by entertainers in 1955 to promote the awareness and treatment of mental health issues. Thalians means Comics. Reynolds served as the group’s president almost continuously from 1957 to 2011 as the Thalians raised millions it contributed to the Mental Health Center at Cedars-Sinai and UCLA’s Operation Mend, which assisted military veterans.
My resolutions are to be patient and kind in 2017. To share random acts of kindness and to think:
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians Chapter 4, verses 8-9 The Bible
Blessings in 2017