Lord of All or Not….

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Native Americans have gotten a raw deal from America and Senator Brownback wants to apologize but not offer reparations. Churches threatened with the loss of tax-exempt status for political activities got legislation protecting them they won’t get a raw deal. One of these groups has political leverage and the other doesn’t. Guess which is which?

Laurence Adams,African American was wrongly imprisoned for thirty years before a judge overturned his conviction admitting the Boston police withheld key evidence.

Last week in my trip to Chicago I couldn’t get advance seat assignments and I couldn’t understand why. Then I remembered my premier status had lapsed for the first time in fifteen years. Premier members are privileged and I was no longer among them.

Most of us don’t live pampered lives like stars living in a cushy world of special treatment, we don’t employ personal assistants, but we probably take for granted the leverage we DO have by virtue of being white and middle class.

We may at times forget that “most men live lives of quiet desperation.” Robert Quine took his life in NYC and the body wasn’t found for eight days. Who knows why? His wife died last year. Lou Reed once described him as “an extraordinary mixture of taste, intelligence and rock ‘n’ roll abilities, coupled with major technique and a scholar’s memory for every decent guitar lick ever played under the musical sun. “ His talent was exceptional but not in demand. Perhaps it became too much for him.

This past week I spent some time with Phil Vischer whose Big Ideas and Veggie Tales were huge artistic and financial successes. Last year the company went into bankruptcy and was sold. Phil no longer owns the rights to his own creations. This is tough. What amazed me was Phil’s resilience, which seems to be rooted in three things. First, he is taking the whole experience as an opportunity to go deeper with God and listen better. He talked about lessons learned from Henry Blackaby about waiting for revelation from God rather setting a personal vision and mission which is what today’s world advises. Second, he has the love and support of his family. Third, he is not alone, because he is making this journey in the company of friends.

What ties all these random thoughts together? Love, know and enjoy God. Seek liberty and justice for ALL. Give Thanks. Enjoy the company of friends.

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

PS. And remember, “these are the best of times and the worst of times, but they are the only times we have.” (For Now).

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