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by grandpaw7 / July 10, 2005 11:29 PM PDT
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(NT) (NT) excellent wake up call
by MKay / July 11, 2005 1:18 AM PDT
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Hi, Grandpaw
by MarciaB / July 11, 2005 2:47 AM PDT
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I have been debating how to express my feelings in regard to your post. I do not wish to seem selfish or heartless in response to what you said nor to the image you linked to.

When I hear/read or think of such "sayings" as "all life is precious" and "life is God's gift to you," I think about my family. I think about my children. My 10 y.o. who is so full of life and so healthy and happy. My oldest son, Orion, who was, just 4 weeks ago today, taken from me so suddenly by the God who gave him to me for such a short, sweet time. My loving parents and the love of my life, Michael.

Sometimes, when I am thinking of my precious gifts from God, I also thank Him because I know there are so many in this world who have so much less and who suffer every day. I send prayers for their comfort and for peace.

The little boy in the picture is not forgotten, but when I think of "God's gifts" I think of my own boys and my love for them.

Thank you for sharing, Grandpaw,
and take care,
--Marcia


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Who are the heroes?
by grandpaw7 / July 11, 2005 7:12 AM PDT
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Marcia, gee, I tnink it is very human to be grateful for the good things in one's life. But if thinking about how fortuate we are stops there, if it doesn't motivate us to reach out to the less fortunate, it is very akin to selfishness.

I wish I knew of a more tactful way to respond, but our heroes are not people who spend their time thinking about how fortunate they are; our heroes are people who spend time, and energy, thinking about how unfortunate others are, and then trying to do something about it. I think we need more heroes, such as Doctors Without Borders, Mother Teresa, Ghandi, Martin Luther King, and Jesus. Jesus never praised anyone for thinking about how fortunate they were, but he did praise the Good Samaritan. The world will not get better because people think about how fortunate they are. While praying is fine,it's also very easy and make us feel good at practically no cost to ourselves.

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My thoughts
by Angeline Booher / July 11, 2005 8:14 AM PDT
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Some years ago there was a lot of media coverage about the drought stricken areas of Africa, and the many people who were dying. Aid was rushed to them from many countries. People do care.

How much those in need got the food may be in question, because some had despots for leaders, and civil wars were breaking out.

I am just as guilty as anyone about focusing my energies on my own. Yet I wonder why so many innocents have to suffer, which reminds me how lucky we are.

I admire those who work in those countries to offer aid, medical care, etc. They certainly believe that life is precious. They have it over me because they are living those nice words.

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