Tuesday, 18 January 2011

The "J" Word and Create Anyway

Several minutes ago I had the opportunity to watch a part of the televised funeral service for the late Sgt. Ryan Russell of the Toronto Police Service.   Rev. Walter Kelly delivered some moving words, encouraging the family to find comfort in God, in His word, in His promise: Isaiah 41:10: "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."

Gotta admit that the strong emphasis on God and His strength and His word, in such a public setting was pleasantly surprising and refreshing.  His prayer ended "in Jesus' Name."  The "J" word!  It sounded so politically incorrect but, apparently, Sgt. Russell was strong in his Christian faith.  It would not have been an honour to his memory was this emphasis to have been omitted.  I found a part of the Rev's prayer especially noteworthy: "Lord, help us with our feelings, our thoughts, our questions."  Yes, when times like this come our way, it helps to ask God for help to deal with the myriad questions that steam-roll through our minds.

My sis called later to fill me in on something else that the Rev. said, as I'd stopped watching by then.  It was with regard to the late officer's organ donation - his eyes.  A little boy is now going to be able to see the world through Sgt. Russell's eyes.  How nice is that?

Also had a quick look at the story on the CBC site and noted some of the comments in reference to the funeral ("pornographication"; "propoganda").  Truth is - and this is not shocking information in the least - no matter what the decision, made by those high or low; stranger or friend; foreign or national (you get it), there will always be differing opinions.  That's how we as human beings roll. We're more alike than we are not but, where the similarities stop, we're so wired different.  And, thanks to technology, those wires get to be run hither and yon; from all sorts of platforms into every nook and cranny; from cyberspace to personal space.  

Thankfully, and I've said this here more than once, I'm sure, we have choices.  We don't have to subject ourselves to the stress-inducing diatribe and overload of vitriolic tirade that some would wend upon us.  Life is way too short for that.

So, make the decision to do.  Then do.  Then, if you ever have a moment to spare for that sort of thing, give a listen to all the criticisms.  Notice how the non-constructive ones come from those who are, more or less, (and more more than less) sad about their own lives? Those who find some sadistic semblance of victory in putting down someone else or something created by someone else, just so they can enjoy a fleeting moment of pseudo satisfaction of self import?  Notice? 

Now, don't spend too much time on noticing and trying to assimilate all that.  Be encouraged by those who wish you well; those who supprt you.  Be encouraged even by the small fact that you took the time, effort and attention required to do it.  It mightn't always come out perfect, but, at least you did it!  So, go out and create anyway!  Put all your effort and heart and soul and love into it.

You'll be ever so glad you did.  As I've heard, in the end, it's not so much the things we did that we'll regret; it's the things we didn't do.


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