Category: Family


Held Fast, Cradled In The Palm of His Hand

I’m not a regular watcher of “The Ellen Degeneres show”.  I do however admire her humor, spunk, and zest for life, as well as the sensitivity and compassion she shows as she addresses the tough issues. I would not be one to live the life that is under attack in this video. There is NO excuse for such cruelty on another person. Not one!!

An Important Message from Ellen Degeneres

I can’t begin to describe how I felt when I saw this,…. Shocked, Saddened, Humbled, Alarmed & Compassionate, are a few words that spring to mind. As I wrestled with the emotions that surfaced, I thought of my own children, my grandchildren, and those who are near and dear to me, and found myself writing as I picture each victim of such cruelty Held Fast, Cradled in the Mighty Hand of God, Safe, Secure, and Free at last!

Senseless bullying resulting in death is no laughing matter. Each person on this earth is different in some way shape or form. It’s best, in my opinion, to embrace our differences, as well as our similarities, and to recognize the contributions we ALL have the ability to make in society. Ultimately, rather than tearing one another down, we ought to encourage and empower one another to be all we were each meant and designed to be.

Mark 12:30-31
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
‘The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

Exodus 20:13
“Thou shalt not kill.”

Luke 6:37 -38
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged.
Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.
Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Give, and it will be given to you.
A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.
For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

To those who have nearly lost their lives to senseless acts of brutality of any type and to the families of those who have nearly lost a loved one to such acts, I pray that you find peace and comfort in the words below:

Psalm 56
“Be merciful to me, O God, for men hotly pursue me;
all day long they press their attack.

My slanderers pursue me all day long;
many are attacking me in their pride.

When I am afraid, I will trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust;
I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?

All day long they twist my words;
they are always plotting to harm me.

They conspire, they lurk, they watch my steps, eager to take my life.
On no account let them escape; in your anger, O God, bring down the nations.

Record my lament; list my tears on your scroll – are they not in your record?
Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help.

By this I will know that God is for me.
In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise-
in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?

I am under vows to you, O God;
I will present my thank offerings to you.
For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before God in the light of life.”

ESPECIALLY for those who have lost a loved one, know that God, and God alone judges those who have acted so brutally. I pray you find comfort and healing in the words of Isaiah 49 as written in “The Message” version of the Bible;

“I’d never forget you—never.

Look, I’ve written your names on the backs of my hands.
The walls you’re rebuilding are never out of my sight.

Your builders are faster than your wreckers.
The demolition crews are gone for good.

Look up, look around, look well!”

Wishing each of you peace in the days ahead,

Held Fast, Cradled in the Palm of His Hand
©Sue Anderson, All Rights Reserved 2010 – 2011
An-ders-(S)on-shine, Silliness, Stories, Legends, Laughter, & Love™
It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. Ps.18:32

The Brotherhood of Shawn & Art

Miles away from my familiar surroundings I found myself at an extended (of sorts) kitchen table eating a scrumptious Spaghetti Dinner in the home of Shawn of Davenport. 

Early Saturday morning, I along with Art, his daughter Aubrey, and her boyfriend Adam we set out on a journey “out of dodge”.  This is from everything I’ve learned through the years a regular ritual.

It was at one point during the dinner conversation that the Brotherhood of Shawn and Art came up, totally catching Art off guard.  Secretly I have a hunch about how this came about initially, but I’ll get to that later.

From the other table extension Miranda sat, along with Alysha and their Mom Laurie (THE spaghetti chef), and Shawn.  Now in ordinary times one might not have suspected a thing.  Dinners happen often in this place, the faces may change, but Shawn’s house is a gathering place of sorts. 

On this particular occasion however, Miranda kept stealing glances…  back and forth between Art and Shawn her eyes traveled quizzically, focusing longer than anything on Art.  It was truly humorous actually, probably one of those most people would say you’d have to be there to truly experience, but some stories are simply meant to be told.  This is one of those.

Unaware of Miranda’s earlier quizzical glances towards Art, which I wasn’t aware of until this morning, It all made sense.  Miranda you see, was trying unsuccessfully, to solve a puzzle.

After she could take it no longer she finally blurted out the question… “Are you two REALLY brothers”? Art nearly fell out of his chair laughing while asking “Where on EARTH did you get THAT idea?”  Shawn’s reaction though laughing as well, led me to believe, that hunch I had earlier was correct. 

If you knew these two guys, for any length of time, you would see that they both have a knack for what some would call “tom-foolery”, Art I KNOW is a MASTER of blarney, he could tell a tale a mile long and have you believing it.  Shawn, from the little I know of him, is much the same.  Indeed these two could be brothers, but they’re not the blood related kind. 

The Brotherhood of Shawn and Art began in 2001 when they met through involvement in the Boy Scouts.   It’s no surprise that they became fast friends, and though they now live miles apart, there is a bond that resembles a Brotherhood of Sorts.  They have weathered many of life’s storms through knowing they had one anothers back.  It’s rather neat to see them together.   Their camaraderie is something to be admired!

The Brotherhood of Shawn & Art
©Sue Anderson, All Rights Reserved 2010 – 2011
An-ders-(S)on-shine, Silliness, Stories, Legends, Laughter, & Love™
It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. Ps.18:32