Friday, September 08, 2006

We Said OK.

Hello my friends ~~ As I have a special long article
to post today, I will skip the recipe this week, and
hope that you will take this article as it is intended.
It is sent to you all with love and deepest sympathy.


We Said O K.


I hope this catches you the way it caught me.
In light of the many perversions and jokes we send each
other. This is a little different. It is not intended to be
funny. It is intended to get you thinking.

A prominent American’s daughter was interviewed on the
Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her, “How could God let
something like this happen ?
(Regarding the attacks on September 11th.)

Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful
response.
She said, “I believe that God is deeply saddened by this, just
as we are, but for years we’ve been telling God to get out of
our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of
our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has
calmly backed out.
How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His
protection if we demand He leave us alone ?”


In light of recent events --- terrorists attacks, school
shootings, etc I think it started when Madelaine Murray
O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found recently)
complained she didn’t want prayers in our schools.

And we said OK.

Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school---
the Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal and
love your neighbor as yourself.

And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children
when they misbehave because their little personalities would be
warped and we might damage their self esteem. (Dr. Spock’s son
committed suicide). We said an expert should know what
he is talking about.

And we said OK.

Then someone said teachers and principals better not discipline
our children when they misbehave. The school administrators
said no faculty member in this school better touch a student
when they misbehave because we do not want any bad publicity
and we don’t want to be sued. (there is a big difference
between disciplining, touching, beating, smacking, humiliating,
kicking etc).

And we said OK.

Then someone said let our daughters have abortions if they want
and they wont even have to tell their parents.

And we said OK.

Then some wise school board member said since boys will be boys
and they are going to do it anyway, let’s give our sons all
the condoms they want so they can have all the fun they desire
and wont have to tell our parents, that we got them at school.

And we said OK.

Then some of our top elected offcials said it didn’t matter what
we do in private as long as we do our jobs .
Agreeing with them, we said it doesn’t matter what anyone, including
the President does in private as long as the economy is in good shape.

Then someone said let’s print magazines with pictures of nude
women and call it wholesome, down-to-earth appreciation for the
beauty of the female body.

And we said OK.

And then someone else took that appreciation a step further
and published pictures of nude children and then further again
by making them available on the Internet.

And we said OK. They are entitled to free speech.

Then the entertainment industry said let’s make TV shows and
movies that promote profanity, violence and illicit sex. Let’s
record music that encourages rape, drugs, murder, suicide and
satanic themes.

And we said OK.

It’s just entertainment, it has no adverse
effect, nobody takes it seriously anyway, so go right ahead.

Now we are asking ourselves why our children have no conscience,
why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it
doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates and
themselves.

Probably if we did think about it long and hard enough we could
figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with ----

“We Reap What We Sow.”

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder
why the world is going to hell. Funny how we believe what the
newspapers say, but question what the Githa, Khuran and Bible say.
Funny how you can send jokes through e-mail and they spread
like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding
the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd,
crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyber-
space, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school
and in the workplace.

Are you laughing ?

Funny when you forward this message, you will not send it to
many on your address list, because you’re not sure what they
believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.
Funny how we can be more worried about what other people
think of us than what God thinks of us.

Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not, just discard it ---
No-one will ever know you did. But if you discard this thought
process, don’t sit back and complain what bad shape the world is in.

Are you thinking ? A friend sent this in e mail awhile back.
All these things are happening in Australia too, and we say OK.

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On my refrigerator I have oodles of angels, teddy-bears, and lots
of other things on magnets. But my favorite one of all is
a round disc with an orchid on it and the words ---

“You are never more than a loving thought away.”

It does not matter whether I think of a family member or a
lost loved one or a friend or anyone else, I know that they are
only a loving thought away. Memories keep them near and dear.

<><><><><> A few quotes, jokes seem inapproprate .

I know of only one duty and that is to love. –Albert Camus.

God doesn’t look at how much we do, but with how much love
we do it. – Mother Teresa.

Dear God – Help me appreciate the young when I am old
and comprehend the old while I am young.

Those of you who think you know everything
are annoying to those of us who do.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.

In the midst of winter,
I finally learned
There was in me
An invincible summer. – Albert Camus.

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Take care my friends and love one another. Merle.

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22 comments:

audrey` said...

Hi Merle
Thank you so much for the article on "We're OK".
It's so important to put God first.
Take care, Merle :)

audrey` said...

Hi Merle
I did it!
I managed to post a comment on your blog finally after trying for many hours.
Thank you so much for teaching me.
I'm so happy that we can keep in touch via our blogs once again :)
Yeah!

JunieRose2005 said...

A wonderful blog, Dear Merle.

Thank you>

Junie

Kathy said...

"We're okay "! A very true and poignant post Merle..

Yes consciences have become desensitized and dulled.

Very sad really.

Merle said...

Hello Kathy ~~ Do you have a blog ?
Thank you so much for your kind words in my comments, they are appreciated
Also for your football advice,not
appreciated. I hope St Kilda would win tonight, so now I'll barrack for
the Bulldogs. That will fix them for
sure. Take care, Merle.

KATHY said...

I luv ya Merle You are one funny girl!
Yeah, I went for the saints too mate... Too right I'll be going for the dogs as well . Just can't abide Collingwood... Good news for Carlton.. Glad to hear that they are keeping Denis Pagan. Think he is a good coach Merle.
They are a young side with much potential mate.


No don't have a blog.. Got a couple of liitle kids , so don't have a lot of time. Enjoy your blog though Merle you always bring a smile to my dial girl!!

Take care Darl..


Oh and one last thing ........ GO EAGLES!!!!

Kathy said...

Can't believe that Melbourne won it(we get a delayed telecast here in Perth)

Sue said...

Hi Merle,
Thanks for this post today! Very true! It's approaching a very sad anniversary for really all of us, isn't it?
((hugs))

Jon Cox said...

Great post! I love the quotes, thank you so much for stopping by & for youe great comments! :o)

Donnak said...

Great post. I have seen the 'we said ok' thing but it's always a great thought-provoking article. Thank you for sharing with us. :)

kenju said...

Anne Graham Lotz lives here in our town, Merle, and my husband went through a 7 year long Bible study with her husband. We saw them in a restaurant not long ago and I was introduced. I heard about that interview and I have to agree with much of what she says.

HORIZON said...

Extremely poignant Merle. Also love the Albert Camus quote at the end.
Take good care of yourself dear Lady.
Bests

Peter said...

Good post and timely too, don't forget your 2996 tribute sometime over the weekend.
You didn't number this post, you can from edit posts if you want to... or not.

Jeanette said...

Hi Merle
Nice post But i believe in a little discipline it didnt hurt my kids
and love the Quote
I Know of one duty and thats love.
Take Care Merle love Janxxx

Meow said...

Great post, Merle.
Hope you are well.
have a wonderful weekend.
Take care, Meow

Jim said...
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Janice said...

Hi Merel,

Intersting post, and it gives us all something to think about. Saying okay to the wrong things is bad, and we try to teach our kids that.

And I would like to tell you about someone who didn't say Okay:

My Mom.

My Mom didn't say okay when she found out that someone wanted to put a bar in our neighborhood, and it would be a half a block from our house and two blocks from my grade school that me and my sis atteneded.

And my very shy Mom went door to door talking to people about this bar, and getting them to sign a petition against it.

Then my very shy Mom stood up in that city hall meeting about the bar, and told the powers that be why she didn't want a bar in our nieghborhood.

And she won!

Then two years later that same guy tried again--to put a bar in our nieghborhood.

And my very shy mom--did it again!she knocked on doors, and got another petition signed, and she stood up again telling city hall why there shouldn't be a bar in our neighborhood.

And she won again!

My shy mom didn't say okay!

Janice~

annadams95340 said...

Peter. Blog opened fine from Bloglines and comment box appears to be working. I'll send a confirming email now.

Ann

12:40 a.m. PDT

Jim said...
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Jim said...

Hi Merle again.

In fact, I don't want either post to remain, but I can't remove them. Maybe you can do it for me? I've mellowed now.

Just to say we raised our Karen by Dr. Spock. I stood by him to the end, a lot had differed with him by the time Karen grew up.
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DellaB said...

Hi Merle,
I have very strong feelings about the issues raised in your 'we said ok' piece.

Discipline in schools is a hard issue - I have known teachers who have quit with 'stress issues' - and who is to blame them?

I was tough with my kids, old school, not in a physical way, but with rules, and I did manage to keep them out of trouble and danger...

Thankyou, by the way, for your efforts to get back to us - I love the light you shine for us every day; please don't get frustrated and leave us!

Wystful 1 said...

This is wonderful! I just read it through in its entirety! All I can say is "Here Here!!!" I'll come stand on this podium ANY day. Thanks for sharing, and I will copy this and add it to my blog also, it's just too profound to ignore it!!!

And I love your tribute for 9-11 also.

Hope you like your new blog...I'll go update my link to you on my sidebar right now.