May 29, 2006

Look up at the little bar thing above this post. See where it says Reccomended Listening? That's where I will be ranting and raving about music. So check it out.  I may also be putting in one on movies and shows and the like. Maybe.

I feel pretty bad right now. All day I have been wishing that my oldest dog, Honey, would die. It's absolutely horrible. I love Honey, more than the younger Barney, but she is so old and frail. And today she has been sick as well. She can hardly walk, and I think that she may be blind. Her hearing is going, and she is in generally bad shape. But she's the dog that slept at my feet for so many years, and hung out in my room while I was working on homework.

I guess I'm facing the reality that at this time next year, she will probably no longer be with us. I don't like that thought. While she may be in pain, she is still alive, and makes me happy. I'll probably go sit with her for a while after finishing this post.

For those of you who have never seen Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, you have no clue what these families feel. I hardly do. People might wonder why they call it "Home Edition" instead of "House Edition." These families lives are rebiult, renewed. Not only do they get a house, they get a home. There is a very significant difference.

The family tonight had been victims of domestic abuse. I didn't get to hear the whole story, but you don't really need to when it comes to that. Domestic abuse is ugly; an abomination. No matter what form it takes, be it verbal, emotional, or physical, our culture should have no tolerance for it.

To see the smiles on the faces of the family, and the tears flowing down the mother's face (tears that for the first time in what seemed like eternity were tears of joy) is all that one needs as payment for these acts of love. The house, don't get me wrong, is amazing (and the fact that it was razed, cleared and raised in 5 days is equally impressive), but what it means to these families who have walked along the broken road is so much more powerful.

I wish this country were full of these stories. Headlines splash: "Local family recieves new home from charities" or "Single mother recieves tuition for her kids from area philantropist."

There are many things I want to fight for. Many of these causes are simply too complex for me to try and solve, but support is a large factor in eliminating the horrors in this world.

Romans 12:4-8
Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if
it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the
needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him
govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

In leaving, I'd like to list off some charities and organizations that are important to me. Check some of them out.

Habitat For Humanity
The ALS Association
The North American Mission Board also see Annie Armstong Easter Offering
The International Mission Board
Right To Life
Child's Play
Life For Latins

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