Friday, October 26, 2012


Recently our news, emails and Facebook have been inundated by comments on rape. It seems our politicians should engage brain before opening mouth. But politicians are not the only ones and I believe we are misdirecting our anger.

"It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." - Todd Akin (R)

April 25, 1988: During an NBC interview with Connie Chung on the subject of stress, Knight utters the now-infamous quote: "I think that if rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it." The remark triggers a protest march of about 300 people on the Indiana campus.

Whoopi Goldberg on 43-year-old Roman Polanski raping and sodomizing a 13-year-old girl: "I know it wasn't rape-rape. It was something else but I don't believe it was rape-rape. He went to jail and and [sic] when they let him out he was like "You know what this guy's going to give me a hundred years in jail I'm not staying, so that's why he left."

Bellefonte, Pa. -- The silence of Jerry Sandusky was total. Even after the jury foreman had spoken, finding the former Penn State assistant coach guilty on 45 of 48 counts of child sexual molestation of 10 victims, even as he was being led in handcuffs, out the back door of the Centre County Courthouse, and off to a nearby jail, to spend his first night of the rest of his life as a convicted felon, he never made a noise.

You can get a ring tone for your phone from The Fantasticks’ Rape Song: So why be stingy? It depends on what you pay! The kids will love it. It depends on what you Ra-aa-aa-pe! Ole!

We have every right to be angry with the statement made by Todd Akin. BUT were we just as angry when Bobby Knight said to “relax and enjoy it”? Did you complain to the View about Whoopi Goldberg’s comments? Are you willing to hold your Alma-mater accountable for putting sports over the molestation of our children? Are you mad there are songs that make rape a ringtone?

Misdirected anger! We should be mad because a person of the other political party said something stupid about rape. We should be irate when anyone makes light of rape!

Misdirected anger! The following information was taken from the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network website

Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted

1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed rape; 2.8% attempted rape). 17.7 million American women have been victims of attempted or completed rape.

1 out of 33 American men have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. 2.78 million American men have been victims of sexual assault or rape.

15% of sexual assault and rape victims are under age 12. 7% of girls in grades 5-8 and 12% of girls in grades 9-12 said they had been sexually abused. 3% of boys grades 5-8 and 5% of boys in grades 9-12 said they had been sexually abused. 93% of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker.

54% of sexual assaults are not reported to the police and 97% of rapists will never spend a day in jail.

Victims of sexual assault are:

  • 3 times more likely to suffer from depression.
  • 6 times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol.
  • 26 times more likely to abuse drugs.
  • 4 times more likely to contemplate suicide.

Are you mad about the politician’s comments? GOOD. But, if on November 7, 2012, you are no longer mad, then your anger is misdirected. And, if the comments of politicians are the only ones that make you mad, then your anger is misdirected. Your anger - my anger - should be directed toward rape!  Rape – period!


O Lord, Today we lift up all who are victims of sexual assault. Surround them with people who can help them heal. Give them the courage to stand tall and unashamed. Restore their joy. Amen

Friday, October 19, 2012


Many years ago, when I woke up from a really strange dream, I told Bill, “It must have been the pepperoni pizza.” From then on, whenever we have a wild dream, we smile and blame that ole pepperoni pizza.

Have you read Ezekiel? He didn’t have a dream caused by a pizza; he had a vision from the heavens. I love the first chapter because I have a vivid imagination and can feel the windstorm, flashing lightning and fire. I can hear the voice from above and see the glory of the Lord. Ezekiel fell facedown! Then God said to him, “Son of man, stand up on your feet and I will speak to you.”

What do you want to bet that Ezekiel’s knees were weak and his hands were shaking? I wonder what was going through his mind. Was he trying to remember just how good/bad he had been?

Fast forward to chapter 37 and Ezekiel is now in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones.

SCRIPTURES: EZEKIEL 37: parts of various verses

God: “Son of man, can these bones live?”

Ezekiel: “O Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”

God: “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land.”


Just how confused do you think poor ole Ezekiel was? First he gets a vision, which made him fall down flat, and now God tells him to speak to dry bones. Maybe he did have pepperoni pizza after all.


Go back and read Ezekiel chapters 1 and 37:1-14. Chapter one is just way cool. Chapter 37 was written to the Israelites to give them hope.

I am sure thinking about my broken arm and doing therapy this morning is why I thought about the scripture on dry bones. I don’t know about you, but there are times I have felt like a dry bone. Like the world was moving and I was just standing still. Like nothing I did turned out right. Like God was very far away.

“So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet -- a vast army.”

LET US PRAY (Please use this as a beginning of your prayer. Finish in your own words, words from your heart.)

O Lord, Thank you for the hope sent through your prophet, Ezekiel. Put your Spirit in me so I may stand and live. Live and not be a dry bone. … Amen

Friday, October 12, 2012


SCRIPTURE: Exodus 23:16

Celebrate the Feast of Harvest with the firstfruits of the crops you sow in your field. Celebrate the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field.


I don’t know about the area you live in, but in my little corner of the world tractors, trucks and combines are traveling back and forth across the fields to harvest the crops. It has been a rough year with no rain on one field and barely enough rain on another. Yields range from next to nothing to a normal crop. Those involved in agriculture are putting in long days to harvest what crops there are. They are missing their children’s ball games and, if the weather map says rain, they often have Sunday morning worship as they harvest, plow or unload the truck.

But there would be no harvest if there had not been work.

Farmers and ranchers across this great land work hard. They work hard to feed themselves. Their neighbors. You. They go to work before daylight and return home after dark. They check on a cow in the middle of the night just to make sure the delivery is going okay. They leave the dinner table because the truck showed up early for a load of hogs. They order seed and fertilizer in November that will not be used until the ground is ready to plant in the spring. They plant, tend, nurture and trust that what they produce (Corn, soybeans, wheat, potatoes, cattle, hogs, pumpkins, coffee, carrots, lettuce, chickens and another gazillion products.) will grow and harvest will begin again.

Yes, those involved in agriculture work hard to feed themselves, their neighbors and you. They work hard to provide for your physical body.

SCRIPTURE: John 4:31-36

Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.”

But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”

Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?”

“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.”


Do you consider yourself a sower? Ever thought about yourself as a crop? Got news for you: YOU ARE BOTH!


Think about that last sentence. How do you sow the Word of God so others can be saved? Are you ready to be harvested into eternal life?


Today, please talk with the Lord. Ask Him to guide you as you sow His Word. And, if you are not spiritually ready to be harvested, talk to Him about that also.

Friday, October 05, 2012


Today, I started my writing with an idea in mind: I will play Bible Roulette. With eyes closed, I will select verses.
  • So he did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. 1 Kings 17:5
  • The book contains a short prologue and a longer epilogue, which may have been added to the outer materials. Proverbs Introduction
  • to judge everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against him. Jude 11:15
  • Blank -- (Yes, my finger pointed at a blank section of a page.)

I was sure this would point out that just taking random verses would make no sense. Would give no lesson. Know something? God has a sense of humor.


Did you just hear God laugh?

God - for sure - directed my finger to the first verse. So he did what the Lord had told him. Okay, that had to be a fluke because this verse preaches! Doing as the Lord told is a whole sermon. Or a simple prayer: Lord, I want to do as You tell me.

I was sure random pick two, part of the introduction to Proverbs, would make my point. God smiled and said, “Mary, you will understand the Books of the Bible, the inspired words of Me, if you understand who wrote them and why.” Okay, this random pick makes sense: Understand. Gain wisdom.

Finally! Random pick three proves my point. This verse makes no sense. First of all, it starts in the middle of a sentence. Why in the world did they number in the middle of sentences? Very confusing. Makes me wonder what the first of the sentence said God just smiled again. (So glad I am making His day.) Makes me wonder. Reading the Bible does seem to work that way. One verse makes you want to read another. One question makes you want to find the answer.

Well, I have God now! On pick four, my finger landed on a blank part of the page. Blank. No lesson there. And God said, “Are you so sure?”

Tenderly, God continued, “Mary, your tomorrow is a blank page. It is up to you what you write on it. You can be joyous. You can be bitter. You can be empty. Or you can be filled. Your tomorrow is up to you. Just remember, no matter what you do. No matter where you go. I am with you.”


Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb…


My page is not going to be blank.  Don’t know about you, but I think I will find a really, REALLY big dipper and head to the river.

LET US PRAY (Please use this as a beginning of your prayer. Finish in your own words, words from your heart.)

Dear Lord, My tomorrow is a blank page. It is up to me what I write on it. I can be joyous. I can be bitter. I can be empty. Or I can be filled. My tomorrow is up to me, but I will remember, no matter what I do. No matter where I go. You are with me. Amen