John 14:27 NIV

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

I’m pausing the story I was telling yesterday to tell you about my today!  03.08.2010.  Today is a tough day for me for a couple of reasons…

At 11am, I am going to the funeral of a work colleague who was taken from this world WAY TOO EARLY after a very very short fight with liver cancer.  RIP Corby Bailey!

Last night, I learned that a neighbor’s 23-year-old grandson was murdered (shot to death) in Gilpen Court/Jackson Ward yesterday evening.  He was also taken from this earth WAY TOO EARLY!!!  RIP Keith Brunson!

Both deaths seem soooo unnecessary, so futile, so… senseless, so… I don’t even know the words to describe it.

Cancer is evil…and we need to find a cure for it!!!  We can send people to the moon and back.  David Blaine can hold his breath for over 14 minutes (and other ridiculous stunts!).  We can provide artificial limbs, transfer organs such as hearts, etc…but we haven’t yet found a cure for cancer.  All of us have in some way been impacted by this ugly disease.  Let’s support the research to find a cure!

Shootings…also….it needs to stop!  The senseless taking of one another’s lives must cease!  I am not judging here….for that’s God’s job…..and God’s job only. I’m just sayin’…let’s replace HATE with HOPE!  For those of you know the story of Frank…this is bringing about many emotions for me this morning.  For those who don’t, you soon will!  In upcoming posts, I will share with you the story of our friend Frank and his family.

Louis and I were praying this morning for the families, friends…even for the shooter.  We also prayed that God use us…in any way that He wants to.  He doesn’t NEED us to do anything for Him.  But, if He wants to…we are here.

As I think about the post that I have almost completed for later today…it’s ironic..(no….it’s not ironic…it’s God)…just how tied together these posts are.  It’ll be out there later this evening.

Lord…here am I…send me!