I was kind of frustrated just a while back, because I was always seeing on facebook when I'd log on early morning, about this or that group heading to Nashville to The Bridge ministry there..to help the homeless. And I would think..."DO THESE GOOFY GANDER PEOPLE HAVE ANY IDEA..how many hurting and hungry and homeless people they are passing..when they're running from Metropolis to Nashville...a 2 hour drive from here?
But you know..the NASHVILLE Bridge ministry..is run by a kind of famous person in the gospel music world..and maybe they feel there's a little clout connected to THAT one...so folks stand in line to help.
I absolutely FEEL for the people that are fed and helped at The Bridge ministry in Nashville...but HEY...let's let each town...take care of it's OWN..how bout it? NASHVILLE is a wealthy TOWN with mega thousands of wealthy folks that can help those people IF they WILL...
But todays blog isn't about the ministry there, it's about ways we can pull ourselves out of a deep depression and how Candy Christmas helped to build that ministry into what it is. Candy had been with the Gaithers Gospel Homecoming series for years and years and then went into a deep depression and dropped out. The reason FOR that depression was probably her own doing, from what I understand, but that's neither here nor there as far as I'm concerned and there's nothing I can do about other people's actions anyway.
But Candy was in a deep depression and just hardly left the house. One day she was visiting an old minister friend and his wife and the old minister said, "Candy, I'm going over to the "Bridge" tonight to feed some hungry folks...why don't you whip up a pot of something and come with me" At first she started to say no, but then thought she'd go see what it was all about. So she said, "Yup..I can cook and I'll bring a big pot of my Jimbalaya and go with you"
Well when she saw the people there and how desperate they really were and how hungry they were just for simple food...she was hooked from the very first night...She said she went from being so depressed and desperate to being on cloud 9 just over night...AND that one night, changed her life forever. Now she works the ministry regularly and it's helping those people that are so SO desperate themselves...that gives her a reason for living. She said she hasn't been depressed since that first time she went to The Bridge...
SOMETIMES...and not always but OFTEN...our own depression is caused just because we put too much thought into WE don't have and what others can do for US...instead of what WE can do for OTHERS. And we spend our days saying...over and over..."Oooooh MEEEEE" instead of "Ooooooh YOU NEED HELP? Okie dokie...what's your biggest need...FOOD?" ...You don't have to be wealthy..to help lift someone else UP...When someone has NOTHING.. a $1 pkg of hot dogs and $1 pkg of buns..is a LOT. Now that's not even close to a healthy meal...but you start where you can.
So let's each one...if you will...just stop and think right now...WHO can I help just even briefly today? What can I DO for them that will make a difference and still not take too much of my time or money....Most of the time...that's such a simple question to answer...IF we really want an answer.
Well I hope this wasn't a dud blog today.....It's been a long week....losing one of our very best friends on Sunday and going through visitation and the services. And it was a BIG loss..so we're feeling kind of blah. Billy had been close to JD since he was big enough to walk because JD was his dads closest friend decades ago...and then became one of Billy's closest friends in Billy's adult life...so it's been rough...
But we're hoping against hope..that we have a plan that's going to work this time...we've set a date (weather permitting) for a few days away for a 46th honeymoon ;-) and we're going to try to regain our 2nd wind and then get back here and hit it hard on all the gardens before we take our SECOND vacation when it gets REALLY warm...
This has been the craziest year...but nothing funny about it...we've battled numb fingers and crazy dizzy spells on me...the flu for Billy...then I hurt my back which put me flat ON my back for 4 days and I couldn't even get to the bathroom without his help... then started pulling out of all of that and Billy sprained his ankle just last weekend and he's coming out of THAT and then I broke my TOE day before yesterday...
Now all of this is in a couple that never ever even gets a cold or sore throat...so it's like we broke a mirror or something and didn't KNOW it...GOODNESS GRACIOUS...but we're about to hit the road soon...Lord willin' .. and take a few days to just concentrate on each other and having a little leisure time.....Spring is springing...sweet annie is coming up in droves and I've got to get that in pots this weekend...I've got flower beds to clean out and doctor...just tons to do...inside and outside...
Well I'm going to get off here....it's a busy day in the canyon today and this is a 2 person organization in the canyon...so we have to make hay today...while the sun's shining.....
I'll do tons better tomorrow...the funeral was yesterday and I'm still just so blah....But if you're having a bad day today....try to think of someone having a WORSE day...and just help THEM...that will lift YOU up....and I'm going to do that too...
Peace and love from the canyon and thanks so much for stopping by...this has been a bird's eye view of the katydid and until next time...you are loved
This has always been one of my very favorite poems...and it's been on our frig for decades:
WHEN THINGS GO WRONG:
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit-
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don't give up though the pace seems slow -
You may succeed with another blow.
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor's cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It might be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit -
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.