I attended John Patterson’s memorial service yesterday. John was the President of the Monroe Visitors and Tourism Bureau. He was only 58 and died suddenly and very unexpectedly. John was my friend. This coming Saturday, my family will be burying my cousin, who also died unexpectedly; he was 63. After that we will bury my cousin’s wife, who also died unexpectedly last week, she was 62. There is so much death and tragedy around us, but as difficult as it is, we must persevere and stay positive. Why sweat the small stuff when we are confronted by life and death issues every day?
On the national and global front, there is a lot happening, much of which is not very positive:
- Our children are being shot and killed in our schools
- There are protests and chaos in our streets
- There is racial unrest
- Our mothers, sisters, and daughters are saying “never again” and “me too”
- The political landscape is uncertain and highly volatile
- Our national debt continues to climb and stock prices are tumbling
- The war on terror continues with no signs of ending
The world is in trouble but we must continue to keep hope alive! Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed because he espoused peace and reconciliation. A little over 2,000 years ago Jesus died to bring about greater peace and reconciliation.
Are we there yet? No. But progress is being made and we must continue to show love and care for one another to make a better world for all of us. Let’s stay positive and keep hope and love alive. That is the only way we can bring about greater peace and reconciliation.