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10/30/2013 8:38:00 PM
Joy and Peace
By Jeanette Johnson

You have to admit that being hugged by the Mayor at a Stillwater Community Center meeting brought a smile to many people's faces. Since that time, the fire truck came next door to me on last Sunday morning. This has happened a lot since I moved here.

The same gas meter was hit again in the alley. The neighbors could smell it in their house. The Police came as well.

In the same week, as I started out my door, there was the horrific sound of vehicles crashing not far from my home. The sound took me back two years ago to another wreck. I sat in my chair with shaking hands as memories washed over me. All I could do for that moment was say, "Jesus, please help me through this."

Often, when it is not too cold, I sit on the porch, drink tea and pray. Some days, I see the stars until dawn comes. I am grateful to have a home. I focus on hungry children, the homeless, broken homes, domestic violence, unemployment and the rising crime.

If things are so "great" why do people dealing with mental health problems still suffer. Why are people finding their meals in dumpsters? Why are there so many with fear in their eyes walking the streets of small towns and large cities?

I searched Google for what was happening across our world. Glad that I prayed first. One of the images was of a man sitting in his lawn chair a year later, everything still gone after Sandy hit.

A woman, who had insurance with Kaiser for about $54.00 a month, now must pay over $550. Others are just terminated. Most of us can't pay another $500 or $1,000 a month to receive medical care.

President Obama told us that we could keep the insurance we had. I wonder who knew what when? The Affordable Care Act is not working. If you have pre-existing conditions or a special needs child, we will see some terrifying changes.

Our country should be able to help its citizen's live normal, healthy lives in a safe environment.

We do have a long way to go. We should be able to take care of our family. We have a right to religious freedom. There are choices only we can make about our needs.

If you can't pay, you can't play. As our government was in crisis, there was no time to find a plan of insurance to fit everyone's needs.

I have prayed and read in the Bible and asked myself, "What would Jesus say and do?" He believed in love, mercy, healing, compassion and human decency.

I have an orange wristband that says, "Jesus is Lord." There is something that happens when we are silent in His presence, something Holy. We become one with the spirit.

These things are still true today. It will take a combination of government and local churches to make this possible.

Monday, I had the devotions for Church Women United. I prayed. I read Psalm 121. "I will lift up my eyes to the hills - Whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth."

It is from the throne of mercy that God pours out Grace upon us all. We are given many gifts as his servants....Mercy, compassion, wisdom, healing and prophecy.

In Cor. 12 and 13.... "It is the same spirit that works in all of these things. And now abide faith, hope and love....the greatest of these is Love."

We will always have to face the storms of life. His love never changes. I am glad that I live simply, love incredibly, laugh a lot and pray unceasingly. He is the rock in the storm.

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