Sunday Faith Blog

Stories For The Soul

 This evening as I was leaving Best Buy, I noticed this man going through the garbage can outside of the store. As I walked to my car I watched him as he reached in the garbage can and pulled out fast food trash bags and inspected all that was in the thrown away bags. He did this for several minutes. He would find a few fries in one bag and a bite or two of a hamburger in another bag. You can see the hamburger wrapper by his knee where he was placing the food items he’d found.

He never bothered anyone or tried to stop and beg for money as people entered and left the store. After he went through the entire trash can he neatly cleaned up the area and wrapped up the food he found in the dirty hamburger wrapper. My heart literally hurt for him. I am not someone who just hands out money or even helps homeless people because so many are not truly homeless. I don’t guess I’ve ever seen someone actually go through a garbage can to try to find food to eat.

I knew I had to help him. I got out of my car and asked him if I could buy him something to eat. He told me he would appreciate anything I could get him. He was on a bike and I told him if he’d follow me I’d buy him a meal at the fast food place around the block. He followed me and I bought him the biggest meal they had on the menu. The only request he gave me for his order was if I could get him a big glass of sweet tea to go with his meal!

When I brought him his food, he was so thankful. He told me his name was Steve and he’d been homeless ever since his sister died last September. He was trying to get off the streets, but it was so hard. I told him God loved him and I would pray for him. He told me again how much he appreciated the meal.

When I got back in my car, I drove off with such a heaviness in my heart for this man. I drove down the road and felt compelled to go back to help this man. When I came back he had finished his meal and was riding away. I pulled up beside him and asked him if there was any way I could help him. He told me not really. He never asked me for money. I asked him if I could buy him a few meals and put it on a gift card for him. He told me that would be so kind. I drove to McDonalds and bought him some meals and gave him a gift card.

He broke down crying. He told me that he prayed for me today! I wasn’t sure what he meant (I was assuming he was praying for me for what I did for him) so I thanked him. He said, “No, you don’t understand. I prayed that God would send someone to buy me a hot meal today…and he sent you!” I didn’t know what to say…I was speechless! Praying for a hot meal wasn’t a prayer I had prayed today! Come to think of it, that’s not a prayer I’ve ever prayed! I always pray over my food, but I’ve never prayed for a meal…its expected! I’ve never doubted that I wouldn’t be able to eat…Tears began to fill my eyes! Oh my…how blessed am I… Maybe God used me to answer this man’s prayer…to let him know that He cares for Him and knows what goes going through! But, maybe God used this man to show me just how blessed I am and what I take for granted…

He said, “You see, I have cancer!” He pulled up his shirt and pointed to a huge mass that was poking out from his stomach. He said said he knew it wouldn’t be much longer. I asked him if he knew Jesus. He told me that he did. I asked if I could pray for him and he said that I could. We prayed right there on the sidewalk of McDonalds. Tears just poured from his eyes. He told me he knew that he was going to die and that he was ready to die. He was tired of being in pain and he would be better off dead because this was no life – living this way. I stayed and encouraged him for a few minutes trying to fight back my tears. My prayer is that I showed him the love of Jesus today…that something I said gave him a hope.

You see, everybody has a story! I know Steve’s story now…all because I felt compelled to help him…he ended up touching me today!

When I left him, I knew I had done what God wanted me to do! God put him in my path today…I know he did! I’ve never felt such a feeling to help someone as I did today. I was reminded again of how blessed I am! I have a vehicle that gets me from place to place, I have a roof over my head, clean clothes, money to buy a hot meal, running water, electricity, my health, a job, family, and friends! Sometimes God sends situations our way to remind us of how blessed we are! If you’ve read this far, please remember Steve in your prayers!

Yes, I have been blessed, God’s so good to me! Precious are His thoughts of you and me! There’s no way I could count them, there’s not enough time, so I’ll just thank Him for being so kind. God has been good, so good! I have been blessed!  (end of story)

Z: I guess the point is …if you feel compelled to help someone, do it……….Angels on earth don’t have wings and harps and halos!  They have McDonald’s and a bottle of water and a kind word and a prayer………..!!

Credit: John Brantley

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WHAT YEAR?

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE YEAR IN YOUR LIFE’S HISTORY?

I’D LOVE TO HEAR IT……..WHAT YEAR?  WHY?  WHAT HAPPENED?

z

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg

I found it odd that in all the pictures of RBG FOX showed tonight after her death, in any pictures with others, Biden was there………….Ginsberg, O’Neal and Biden.   Ginsberg and Biden.    Odd?

I didn’t admire her because she was a leftwing advocate in many women panels I saw her in, but I did admire her courage through many cancers and awful treatments she endured.

Z

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PATRIOTIC Education!? WOW!

 I’m not thrilled they’re calling it a PATRIOTIC EDUCATION…In my opinion, it surely IS patriotic, but it is THE TRUTH first.  And, of course, in America today, we can lose people over the word PATRIOTIC.  Imagine?

I watched a wonderful film last night and that jerk Ben Mankowicz afterwards (as he often does) had to mention how the film was made at the time of the McCarthy era….“when capitalism had failed out country.”    Um..WHAT?    Ya, he’s the guy who shows patriotic war films then complains they’re not reality, they’re too patriotic.

But, my point here today  isn’t about that as much as it is THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT….You are SO RIGHT.  Howard Zinn is a stinking lie….the 1610 Project is a lie………….and the 1776 Commission ROCKS.

A friend and I spoke last night and both of us thought that maybe these stupid 1619 suggestions to our children that parents shouldn’t be respected, that America really started when Blacks came to America (!), etc., might just be what pushes our kids OUT of public schools and into HOME SCHOOLING.   Let’s face it, after COVID, there just might be a LOT of parents who decide to continue home schooling so NOW is the time for Trump to make very  clear what a horror our children are being taught about our great country.

THOUGHTS on the 1619 Project vs the 1776 Project?   Thank GOD for Bob Woodson!

Z

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My ‘friend,’ James Taranto….well, well…..

Well, Mr. Taranto is ‘sort of’ a friend!  We’ve had a few emails back and forth, starting when I lived in Paris.  I wrote something to him and, lo and behold, he emailed me BACK!  I think it was the cache of living in Paris that got him.  We wrote back and forth  and I enjoyed him.  I wrote again about 10 years later with a question and a “Do you remember me?  I lived in Paris and we emailed a few times?” He said he did.  Very good guy………and this solidifies that opinion for me:

Why This Ex-Never Trumper Wants Four More Years

How I came to embrace a president I once feared and detested.

In October of 2016, James Taranto wrote in the Wall Street Journal that I was “one of the 2 or 3 most intense Never Trumpers we’ve encountered all year.” He was right. From the moment Donald Trump descended the golden escalator I hoped his shoelaces would get caught in it. My criticism of Trump was relentless and brutal. I exposed his connections to Mafia figures, I latched on to any vague allegation of racism I could find, I didn’t just want him to lose, I wanted him to lose in a landslide.

Thursday night, as I watched my president accept the nomination of the Republican Party for the second time, I fully realized how wrong I had been. This is not new for me, I’m wrong a lot. I am after all the guy who ran an article called “Anthony Scaramucci Is The Man Trump Needs” two hours before he got fired. But this was different. This time realizing I was wrong and interrogating why told me a lot about myself, my country, and what I want for both.

My virulent opposition to Donald Trump was rooted in fear. I was afraid of electing a man who had never held office to our highest office, I was afraid that the brash unfiltered way he talked would careen the country into mayhem if he won, which I assumed was impossible. I was afraid that his nomination would hand generational power to a Democratic Party I already knew was sliding into fever dreams of socialist utopias. But I think what I was most afraid of was change.

To give myself a little credit amidst this mea culpa, I did identify what Trump was politically early on. I wrote an article for City Journal asserting that Trump represented the Reform Party’s takeover of the GOP. The first election I could vote in was in 1992. I remembered Ross Perot, the protectionist, leery of immigration, warning about the great sucking sound of jobs going to Mexico. Perot won nearly 20 percent of the vote, a shocking result for a third-party candidate, but still just a fifth of the nation. I did not believe Trump could translate that 20 percent into a functioning party.

What I didn’t realize was the Reform Party ethos, born of Perot but also of culture warriors like Pat Buchanan, had come to represent so many more people than it did in 1992. I saw the Republican Party, as the party of defense, like William F. Buckley standing athwart history, my vision of the GOP was one resisting tides, not creating them. In Trump I saw a faulty seawall that would give way to a parade of progressive horribles.

I could not have been more wrong. Very quickly the president’s conservative victories started to stack up. Actual conservative Supreme Court Justices, not fair weather institutionalists like John Roberts. A US embassy in Jerusalem, and real tax cuts came into being. He actually pulled out of the disastrous Iran Deal and Paris Accord; he threatened and imposed tariffs on China, abandoning the failed neoliberal policy of appeasement, the childlike fantasy that free trade alone would transform that communist country into a liberal democracy.

Yes, I still cringed at some his remarks, and often wished he would step back from Twitter, but when I looked at the ledger of the good and bad he has done for our nation, the former flowed over. The latter was a bare empty cupboard of vague violations of norms. I came to tolerate Trump, to view him as the better of two imperfect choices. That changed Thursday night.

Thursday night the president stood in stark contrast to his opponent Joe Biden, who ran a convention based on fear of the virus, who embraces a new normal in which petty dictators like Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio control my life, a desperate old man who said he would lock me down again. No. President Trump did what he does best; he spoke to a crowd. There was joy and optimism and patriotism. Instead of fear there was pride. For me, he was no longer the lesser of two evils but a man I dearly hope will remain our president.

It is fashionable these days for former Republicans to gang up and sling dirt at Trump. This is supposed to be meaningful because supposedly they are conservatives. Well, two can play at that game. If their abandonment of Trump is meaningful then so is my embrace. And the difference? They represent a tiny, dying breed of think tank technocrats; I represent a vast constituency of Americans who have come to see the power of his leadership.

I believe that Donald Trump will win reelection, though I warn you, as I said above, I’m wrong a lot. But it doesn’t matter. Even if he should lose he has changed the GOP, he has changed conservatism, and he has changed me. We will not play defense anymore. Those of us who love America will fight for its values and ideals. I thank Donald Trump for helping me find the courage to be a part of that fight. Here’s to four more years. END OF ARTICLE:…

BY THE WAY:  I found this article only because I was searching from a WaPo article by a Liberal Never-Trumper who writes for the Washington Post but is SICK OF LIBERALISM.  WHAT??   Of course, I couldn’t find that article………but, Taranto’s works! 

Z

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WHY TRUMP DOES BETTER…look at the comparisons!

These numbers help explain why these last eight years prior to DJ Trump were disastrous for the USA. I read the last item and then looked at Trump’s Cabinet. No wonder Washington, DC is in turmoil. Trump’s picks are bosses who expect their employees to work. These are Eye Opening Numbers. This is what bothers a lot of people about Trump. He won’t accept a can’t do attitude, or inexperienced, incompetent performance. He will get results; it just might not be smooth or pretty.  

Here are some amazing stats: Make sure you read to the bottom. An eye-opener!

  1.  These 10 States now have more people on welfare than they employ!

California
New Mexico
Mississippi
Alabama
Illinois
Kentucky
Ohio
New York
Maine, and
South Carolina

  1.  Last month, the Senate Budget Committee reports that in fiscal year 2012, between food stamps, housing support, childcare, Medicaid and other benefits, the average U.S. Household below the poverty line received $168.00 a day in government support. What’s the problem with that much support? Well, the average household income in America is just over $50,000, which averages out to $137.13 a day.

To put it another way, being on welfare now pays the equivalent of $30.00 an hour for 40 hour week, while the average job pays $24.00 an hour.

  1. Check the last set of statistics!!

The percentage of each past president’s cabinet who had worked in the private business sector prior to their appointment to the cabinet. You know what the private business sector is: A real-life business not a government job.

Here are the percentages:

38% T. Roosevelt
40% Taft
52% Wilson
49% Harding
48% Coolidge
42% Hoover
50% F. D. Roosevelt
50% Truman
57% Eisenhower 
30% Kennedy
47% Johnson
53% Nixon 
42% Ford
32% Carter
56% Reagan 
51% GH Bush 
39% Clinton
55% GW Bush 
8% Obama
90% Trump

This helps explain the bias, if not the incompetence, of the last OBAMA administration: ONLY 8% of them had ever worked in private business! 

That’s right! Only eight percent – the least, by far of the last 19 presidents! And these people tried to tell our corporations how to run their businesses?

How could Obama, president of a major nation and society, the one with the most successful economic system in world history, stand and talk about business when he’s never worked for one?? Or about jobs when he has never really had one? And, when it’s the same for 92% of his senior staff and closest advisers? They spent most of their time in academia, government, and/or non-profit jobs or as “community organizers.”

You might want to pass this on, because we’ll NEVER see these facts in the mainstream media, or from the alphabet net

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IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE ELSE……

….WHERE WOULD IT BE?

Doesn’t have to be a different COUNTRY…….or different STATE.   Same state, different city?  Or  WOULD it be a different country?   And, you can pretend you’re 30 again;  I know age can make a difference in leaving your home now or not and I’d hate to have you limit yourself here because we’re all a bit older these days…..You could live ANYWHERE….WHERE?!

AND WHY?

Z

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The HOMELESS are now…………..

….. the “UNHOUSED”    I’d never heard that expression until reading THIS ARTICLE!

Apparently, “HOMELESS” must sound too packed with negativity?   UNHOUSED sounds so sad…particularly when the article says something like “Those who are HOUSED said the UNHOUSED deserved a chance to stay under the bridge”

AH, so the HOUSED are EVIL, you see…………..for protecting their children (as the article says) and keeping the value of their communities up………the UNHOUSED are taken advantage of………..

I hope the homeless get help, and I WILL NEVER believe THOSE WHO WORK HARD AND KEEP THEIR HOMES SHOULD BE FORCED TO LIVE IN SLUMS BECAUSE THE HOMELESS COME INTO THEIR AREA.   I believe the homeless must take the shelter available to most of them, that we must make more shelter available even if it’s in inexpensive housing outside L.A. and other cities across the nation.

HOW WOULD YOU HELP SOLVE HOMELESSNESS…ooops…UNHOUSENESS?

ALSO:….I just had a friend send me an article saying that SIX HUNDRED JEWISH GROUPS ARE BACKING BLM………….boggles the mind.    Imagine still having my mind boggled? We all know Jews are more liberal, but THIS STUPID, too?  Karl Marx was from a long line of rabbis but his folks changed to Lutheranism because of the situation in Germany…but to be anti semitic yourself?  Sounds like the Jews in America today who don’t support Israel and NOW support an anti-semitic group!!!!   Tell your Jewish friends about MARXISM!!!

GEEEEZ

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MAL!!

92 YEARS YOUNG TODAY……..Still dancing with a group, still happily married after 67  years (I typed Tears instead of Years the first time by accident…that applies to some couples!! HAAA  but not you!)

HAPPY DAY, OUR DEAR FRIEND AND FELLOW CONSERVATIVE!

STAY WELL, KEEP DANCING!!

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SUNDAY FAITH BLOG

A few weeks ago, I finished the terrific book I’d recommended here, “TOO GOOD TO BE FALSE”.   Having finished it, I now even more highly recommend it.  Included is this:

-Jesus never used his extraordinary powers for his own benefit, but only for the sake of others.  

-Jesus seldom quoted scripture as the source of authority for what he was teaching.  More often than not, he was his own authority.

-He never called God “Our Father,” except for one time when he taught the disciples they should say it.

-He never said he had faith in the Father, and nothing else in the Gospels says he did, either.

In all books of fiction, written by the positively greatest writers of all time, the main characters changed, developed…they became better, bigger, smarter, their character improved…that’s what makes great fiction.  Yet in the greatest, highest selling book of all time,  its main character, Jesus, did not.   He didn’t have to change.

Because HE WAS GOD.    The book is full of even more food for thought….I hope you give it a try.

And, as always……….PRAY FOR AMERICA, AGAINST COVID and FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP AND FAMILY!!

Z

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