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5 ways to keep hope when the world seems hopeless

Let me begin by saying that I am deeply grieving with all of those that have lost a friend and loved one in the last few weeks.  Because of what has happened in our country lately, many of us are experiencing an undercurrent of fear and deep grief.   It has touched most of us in one way or another.   Regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, or occupation.  We have been touched.  Personally or by association.  
I have heard others ask, "Where is the hope?"  It seems that we are lost without a true leader.  Who will rally us together toward healing and peace?  Where will we find solace in our grief?  Will this violence and rage continue to spiral out of control or will our country find a way to pick itself up and move forward in strength?
Let me encourage you.  Hope is not lost.  Among the headlines of death and violence, there were still glimpses of peace.  The peaceful voices may seem to be a whisper in this chaotic time but they are still crying out.  They are wai…

To those who said it wasn't abuse

It wasn't abuse, you said.
He was out of his head
crying and yelling and throwing
himself down kicking
tantrums over little things like
the tightness of a shoe
the color of a plastic cup he wanted
red we gave him blue.
The VHS player wouldn't play,
the certain condition of a day
it was raining or sunny or dry
you said you were just parenting him
getting him in line to mind
building character, you said.

It wasn't abuse, they said.
Just parenting.  A child of unruly sorts
he doesn't look us in the eye he's
disrespectful.  Doesn't tuck in his shirts
unkempt.  Doesn't sit still during prayer
sinful and ungodly a preacher's kid
you know how they are well,
not my kid.

So he would be taught respect
and godliness through discipline
a scriptural concept he would
Honor His Father he would
want to, want to, obey.
and his mother would
Honor His Father by shutting up
and covering up the little
legs slashed and bloodied
welts and bruises and broken
kitchen utensils …