Gestures of love become even more important
It was with great sadness and growing anger that I read Jama Smith's “Holiday jeer” in the Nov. 15 Journal Gazette. How anyone could base helping a child or a family for that matter based on how the parents voted in the last election is beyond comprehension.
What has happened to the spirit of this country? When did we become so negative and judgmental?
I don't agree with how some people live their lives, but that does not cause me to stop giving so people can survive.
We all need to do some soul searching as to why we give in the first place. Do we give to make ourselves feel good, or do we give to help those who are in need?
If you feel called to give this year (I hope you do), please give as much as you are able to make up for those who have misguided thoughts as to who deserves some love. After all, when we are helping others we are showing love.
Debra A. Smith
A corrosive virus
The New Testament's John 11:35, “Jesus wept,” is the most appropriate response to Jama Smith's report on receiving mean-spirited demands that the Salvation Army only provide Christmas support to “acceptable” political or ethnic groups (“Holiday jeer,” Nov. 15). This reflects the impact of the corrosive “us vs. them” virus currently afflicting our nation.
A seat at the edge of hope
This chair sets outside the window of Ashton Creek rehab center, waiting for its occupant.
Soon a man will come to visit with his wife, or child with their mother, or a grandchild just waiting to see grandma. They will touch hands with the window between them, choking back their emotions. The chair helps us understand the true meaning of love and commitment.
We may hate the chair, but it does represent all that is good in life. Caring for others is at the top of the list. The chair gives value to how we use our time. The chair can take us back to the cross as we feel the separation Jesus felt on that fateful day.
When we leave the chair, there will be an assuring thumbs-up, “see you tomorrow.” Even if you get discouraged, please come. The chair awaits your visit, and an anxious heart awaits your calming presence. Someday the chair will be a fading memory, but the lessons learned will linger until eternity.
“Chaplain Johnny D”
CHAPLAIN JOHN DiMARZIO
A message that bears repeating
“You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately. ... Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!”
In 1653, Oliver Cromwell said these words and more to the Rump Parliament.
In 1940, Leo Amery said the same words to Neville Chamberlain.
In 2020, these words need to be repeated to Donald Trump!
Kamala S. Krishnan