We all need to listen to this. None of us are exempt. None of us are too good. Not one of us are without responsibility. There is none of us who call ourselves a United States citizen who should be spared from the grief of our own extended family - for that is who those who serve us via military are.
America got schooled by this former American General, outstanding patriot and Gold Star Father. And none of us get to be excused from the chastisement. It is time to listen.
And then imagine yourself sitting there waiting for the first light.
The video below is well worth a view, whether you like country music or not.
The tragedy at Las Vegas belongs to all of us; but in my opinion, no one has expressed the sorrow better than Eric Church does here.
I have always liked Eric Church's music. He may be a tad more of a rebel than I normally follow, but I have always liked what he has done. However, after hearing this, I am ready to join the Church Choir. ;-)
His expression of sorrow and love at the Grand Ole Opry yesterday, is truly beautiful and it is such a very important tribute. As you watch, please don't miss the deeper message. I don't think I am assuming too much in seeing one there.
God bless the hearts broken at Las Vegas and God bless country music - my people, too.
It had been some time since my husband and I had made a trip
to Costco to buy groceries. We usually go weekly, but life gets busy and we hadn't gone in a few weeks. We were out of just about everything. We also had some fairly large items to pick
up, so when we arrived we grabbed two carts to contain all that we needed.
After pretty much filling up both carts and then checking out, we headed toward
the door where the store always has an employee look at each and every receipt before
letting anyone leave. "It is to make sure no one is charged twice for an item," they tell us. There are probably multiple reasons; but most importantly, it is probably to make sure
everyone HAS a receipt.
This time, there was a young man with a somber look on his face checking
the receipts. I don't know what came over me. I had no plans to do anything
silly. But as I handed him my receipt, I said to him in as serious a tone as
I could muster, "That man behind me is going to try to tell you he is with
me, but he is NOT."
"OK" was his only reply and the look on his face
was as solemn as it was when I walked up to him.
I didn't think it would go this way. I thought I would
simply put a smile on the young man's face who seemed entirely too intense and grim.
But when he believed me, what could I do but travel the path I had started and
he had then directed.
I continued out the door, desperately trying to contain my
laughter. At this point I didn't want
him to catch on. This was turning into a prank that was simply taking a direction
all its own. Now the joke was on my husband. He was going to get questioned!
I walked several more paces making sure I was out of the way
of customers entering and leaving the store. I turned around just in time to
see my husband desperately pointing at me trying to explain to the clerk that
he WAS with me. "Jan, Jan!" he excitedly called my name.
I burst out laughing...doubled over with laughter, now at what had just
taken place. I had not expected this to be carried this far.
The young man looked at me with shock on his face. When he saw me doubled over barely able to control my laughter, he knew immediately what had happened. "Oh YOU!" was all he uttered
but with distinct exclamation and maybe a little disgust. My husband simply shook his head.
I was laughing so hard I couldn't do anything but continue on my
way to the car. I couldn't have explained anything, anyway. Opportunity had opened the
door. I simply walked through and did what the reaction of those involved directed. I mean really...what else could I do?
My Letterboxing Family - "Young" and Younger My extended family has a new hobby…. Well, it isn’t “technically new” for all of...
"He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end."
~~Ecclesiastes 3:11 NKJV
"I believe in the immortality of the soul, because I have within me immortal longings." ~Helen Keller
The American's Creed
I believe in the United states of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people;
Whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed;
A democracy in a republic, a sovereign nation of many sovereign states;
A perfect union and inseparable;
Established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortues.
I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies."
~~William Tyler Page
Thoughts on Success....
"That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem or a rescued soul; who never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had."
~ Robert Louis Stevenson
(or that which should be)
"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else." ~ Charles Dickens
"There is no power on earth that can neutralize the influence of a high, pure, simple, and useful life" ~ Booker T. Washington
James Oliver Curwood
"What the caterpillar calls the end, God
calls the butterfly."
"That gracious thing, made up of tears and light" - a rainbow.