Friday, January 29, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
“Be still, and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10
Cover your mouth.
Bend your knees.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Approximately 9,000 residents and 550 National Guardsmen rode out the night in the Superdome as Katrina came ashore. The number of people taking shelter in the Superdome rose to around 15,000 to 20,000 as search and rescue teams brought more people to the Superdome from areas hit hard by the flooding. Officials set up security checkpoints, and confiscated alcohol, weapons, and illicit drugs from those seeking refuge in the building. On August 29, 2005, at about 9:00 am, reports from inside the Superdome were that part of the roof was "peeling off," daylight could be seen from inside the dome, and rain was pouring in.
There was no water purification equipment, no chemical toilets, no antibiotics and no anti-diarrhea medicine stored for a crisis. There were no designated medical staff at work in the evacuation center, no established sick bay within the Superdome, and very few cots available.
As of August 31, there had been three deaths in the Superdome: two elderly medical patients and a man who is believed to have committed suicide by jumping from the upper level seats. There were also unconfirmed reports of rape, vandalism, violent assaults, crack dealing/drug abuse, and gang activity inside the Superdome.
Speculation arose that the Louisiana Superdome would have to be demolished.
Cut to January 24th 2010....
The roof that once had holes in it, now was being raised with cheers of human victory. Holes that had been punched through drywall by evacuees who broke into luxury suites just to look for any type of food or water....were nowhere to be seen.
God, Thank You for Faith...and for the lessons in life whether found on a t-shirt or a football game, that in tragedy or victory, You will never leave us and and our Faith in You, WILL take us EVERYWHERE.
In His Dust,
Friday, January 22, 2010
May we all be so blessed, to have Him, "getting in our way."
God, Thank You for being in the midst of every single area of our lives. teach us to recognize You.
In His Dust,
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
He had been the scheduled speaker for months.
He has coached for 26 years, won 4 state championships and has or is
raising his three sons to be Godly leaders, with humble servant hearts. He speaks all the time on growing leaders, on
the importance of sports, football in particular, to learning life's
lessons. He had to change his talk for the night in
light of what happened to Colt at The Rose Bowl. He apologized talking about his son more than
he usually does, but he said he had to share how he saw God in this.
He said three weeks ago his high school football team, his
youngest son is a senior on it, lost the state championship by 1 point
because their kicker flaked out. Then he and his wife join Colt in New
York for the Heisman ceremony which did not go as well as they could
have hoped. Then they get to Pasadena for the biggest game in Colt's
life, one he has been preparing for all of his life - and he plays for
three plays. He said as soon as Colt went down he began to pray
that God would enable him to continue playing, he prayed for healing and
for Colt's heart and attitude. He finally made his way down under the stadium, praying the whole way, hoping to see Colt sitting up, putting his pads back on and heading
back out the tunnel. Instead, he saw him laying prone on a trainer's
table, no pads, and a tear on his face. Colt looked up at him and said
"Dad, I had them - I knew everything they were going to do before they
did it - I could have completed every pass I threw - I could see
everything and I know we could have won this game."
had been miraculously healed, Coach McCoy said all he could think of
was when Colt was 3 or 4 and they would throw in the front yard he could see that little boy in this big ol' quarterback and it broke his
heart to watch him throw as if he was using the wrong hand, like he had
to think of every step and where should his hand even be.
Coach McCoy was dealing with lots of emotions and was angry with God. God finally told him "Colt is fine, it is you that need some help." He said that God shared that with
him over and over all through the night - like when the game finally
turned around and the crowd was chanting "Gilbert...Gilbert" and he was
struck by the fact that this should have been Colt's stage.
He said his phone blew up from all the texts and messages after Colt spoke at
the end of the game. He didn't hear what Colt said until
Saturday morning. He did ask Colt later that night, around 3:00 am, what
he said because he was getting all these calls about it and Colt said,
"Dad, I don't remember, I have no idea."
"I always give God the glory. I never question why things happen the way they do. God is in control of my life. And I know that if nothing else, I'm standing on the Rock," Colt McCoy after Rose Bowl.
God, Thank You for being The Rock...for being available to each of us...at all times.
Give us opportunities to tell others about You, and when necessary use words.
In His Dust,DCC
Monday, January 18, 2010
He proudly showed off black and white photographs of himself alongside civil rights icon Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and pointed to plaques from city and state officials recognizing his social justice work as a dedicated foot soldier with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
“He was being disrespectful so I wanted to embarrass him,” Platt said. “He rolled his eyes and pulled his pants up a little bit.” Platt has since done that to others as well.
Why did he call himself “General” when he was never in the military? “I’m a general of the civil rights movement,” he said, saying he marched with Martin Luther King Jr.
Friday, January 15, 2010
In His Dust,
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Hundreds of thousands dead...injured...missing....crushed...
The earthquake flattened the president's palace, the cathedral, hospitals, schools, the main prison and whole neighborhoods. Officials fear hundreds of thousands are dead.Bodies of tiny children are piled next to schools. Corpses of women lay on the street with stunned expressions frozen on their faces as flies began to gather. Bodies of men were covered with plastic tarps or cotton sheets. Parliament, the tax office, schools and hospitals, have collapsed.
Even the main prison in the capital fell down, and there are reports of escaped inmates
The cathedral, the archbishop's office, all the big churches, the seminaries have been reduced to rubble
Stunned people wandered the streets holding hands. Thousands gathered in public squares to sing hymns.
I want to meet the people that chose to sing hymns...the ones that knew with all their hearts, He was there, in the midst of them.
“I will come back and take you to be with me.” John 14: 3
In His Dust,
Monday, January 11, 2010
I know what it looks like, because I designed it. I hand picked the colors, leather, wood paneling, sunroof, all of the unnecessary features I "had" to have.
Although I know many things about it....until I see it and drive it I will not truly "see" it. Until the new car smell graces my senses, it is nothing more than a vision.
It makes the one I am driving now seem not as much "fun." It is easier to get frustrated with..since I know something better is coming.
Kind of like life for all of us now.
Something better is coming....God, Himself, promises!
No eye has seen,
No mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him."
~1 Corinthians 2:9
God, Thank You for all of the "new car smells" that are ahead of each and every one of us.
In His Dust,
Friday, January 8, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
I was looking at the pictures...
The true work of Christmas, is just now beginning.
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and the princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flocks,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among people,
To make music in the heart." ~Howard Thurman