A Special Dog Angel

“with God anything is possible,”

A Priest told me something special one day while talking about the painful loss of my dog “Angel.”

What a sweet kind little being, a Samoyed who I didn’t name but had adopted her from a family with a hardship that gave her that name, and they wanted her to just get a great home which she did, with me.  When I met the family and Angel she came to me almost immediately which they said was so unusual because she had been a timid and shy dog even when relatives or close friends came by to visit.  When we met it was a sudden  comfort and joy to know each other and Angel knew I was special to her just like I knew she was special to me, I loved her and wanted to do all I could to be kind and helpful to her.  Those qualities rub off on each other because she was my best friend in reality and I was of course hers and more; even a savior of sorts in her spirit.

She hadn’t been spayed as the family that had owned her bought her from a breeder and they considered letting her have a litter of pups.  Funny thing was I just met a couple several towns away from my home while doing my work one day who had a champion male Samoyed.  Angel’s veterinarian said not to put her though all that, but I had a feeling it was what Angel wanted and needed.  So she got be a mom and had 6 beautiful fluffy white adorable puppies and from then on Angel showed what an Angel she really was!  She basked in her motherhood and was so sweet and attentive to her babies, so much so it brought me to tears.  I had worked as a photojournalist for a television station some years prior so I jumped into gear and documented the whole process of her transforming from being a timid little girl to being a wonderful matriarch of her 6 pups and me her best friend being just as attached.  Funny too was she had 6 which was just the number of children my mother had so that with everything else about the whole story fit to a “T”.

Once several years later there was the time when I was checking the oil in my Jeep out in the garage while Angel was in the back with two of her daughters which I had decided to keep with her as she deserved family of her own kind that she loved so much; with her for life.  They had been in the back yard a few minutes when Angel came up to my right leg and next to my boot ever so gently she was placing a new born squirrel that had fallen out of the dray up in one of the huge maple trees out there.  Earlier that morning when still sleeping after it being a very hot night, so I had the AC on and that fact with the windows all shut meant any typical outdoor sounds around my home were drowned out.  Angel stirred a few times and I just told her we’ll get up in a while.  She obviously could hear with her ultrasonic hearing ability the faint sounds of distress by the squirrels out there which I had no clue about.  Hours later when she recovered the baby it was in shock from the heat and dehydration,  so all I  could do was give it comfort as it passed.

Angel was amazing all the years I had her with me, and when I told a priest how bad a time I was having with the loss and that I felt like I failed Angel and should have done more, perhaps I could have done something to keep her on earth longer, to which he said, “oh, you gave her such a bad life,” of course making me snap out of it knowing I had treated her like an Angel, then he went on and he told me that he went through a very identical trauma when his former dog died which the children of the parish had given to him as a Christmas gift and that her name was Angel also.  My God, I thought; I had only just met and befriended this priest after the loss of a family member and hadn’t been to that church before.  I was crying by now as I told him that a man at work who studied to be a priest but didn’t continue on to be ordained because God through an epiphany showed him a better direction his life should go to serve the Lord’s will.  This man that I had known through work was very well read and highly intellectual and I thought he would give me something reassuring when I mentioned the loss of my Angel.  I told him how I have to see her again someday hopefully in the next world; but to my shock he said the Bible doesn’t tell us that animals are going to heaven but, “we his children are if we are worthy.”  I argued with him that for me to be happy in heaven or anywhere I have to see my Angel again and be her friend forever.  This man told me I was being selfish and not letting go, but this all didn’t add up to me.  When I told the priest all of this, as I wept like a child he looked straight into my eyes smiling and said, “Lawrence  just remember this, with God anything is possible, so rejoice in that truth because it’s all in God’s hands and He wants you to be happy.”

So why did this past event about Angel come to mind immediately while reading your beautifully written thoughts and words; I think what the priest told me applies here too and all of what you speak to, because it is all in God’s hands, but most important here is “with God anything is possible,” he does love us beyond comprehension and that must entail filling us with all the best imagined ideas we can ever come up with, and Angel is certainly a great idea to include, so I’m sure God works it all out perfectly and we will rejoice beyond measure when we are in paradise with Jesus Christ our Lord, Savior and Redeemer.

Lawrence Morra

“What no eye has seen, no ear heard, or the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.”

 

Thanks to God for My Suffering and Cross

“I can be made whole in Him,”

I believe and feel in my heart that I’m truly blessed to be suffering.  I thank God for my suffering here in my sinful life, here on earth.  For over a decade I’ve been suffering more than I did in all the years of my prior life in totality.  They say God never gives us more than we can handle but He does give to us what we need most, as He is our heavenly Father and knows with absolutism what each of us needs specifically in order for us to complete this earthly journey intact, that is our souls being worthy of being in His presence on our judgment day.  And just like the Good Shepherd knowing his lost lamb when found and it knowing the Good Shepherd we will know our Master and Good Shepherd Jesus and He will know us as His.  Then we pass through the narrow gate with Him in all of His glory into eternal paradise.

I know through this suffering now as difficult as it has been and is that all of my suffering only scratches the surface of what suffering Jesus withstood just on His journey to the cross, being hated, ridiculed, beaten and spat upon; then nailed to a cross to die slowly in agony!  My suffering is so little yet it is a heavy burden which I struggle with only as a mere sinful man to get through it to hopefully better days ahead.  After all who am I that I shouldn’t suffer, I’m like any other sin riddled human being and should suffer, especially if I want to be deserving of an eternal glorious existence.  By giving me this suffering God is reminding me of what waits on the opposite end or wrong choice if I so choose, of the God man paradigm that must be soul based on faith and obedience.  I have been faithful all of my life, but not strong enough in that faith at all times as I should have been.  And why, because I disobeyed my heavenly Father who knows all things and always knows what is best for me, but I thought I knew better at times and went off on my own not consulting with him or perhaps being even half-cocked and unprepared for the subsequent consequences of my own foolish actions and even stupidity because I was foolish enough on my own to think I knew what I was doing.

Then there were quite a few other humans that attacked me or in the least antagonized me in my suffering but remembering and seeing now that all of it was nothing compared to Jesus and what he must have felt.  We must realize when he took up His “everlasting covenant” he was here as a man, a perfect one but still a man with flesh and all the accompanying pains and sorrows that come with being human.  To that was added all the sins and death from sinful behaviors of all kinds by all humans which was dumped upon Him, He who was the supernatural God Almighty, but also for a time an earthy man carrying that entire load and burden of sin and suffering!  And through it all He called out to His heavenly Father consistently and directly asking for strength and “divine providence” in each step he resisted all temptations to follow His own will as a man avoiding and conquering every human sin that we have committed making Him blameless, so that He could carry out His Fathers will, not his own even though he was a flesh man and could have resorted to His own devices or stray from the mission; no instead He faithfully called out to His Father to help Him get through it all and complete His one soul mission, saving all of mankind His children, the lost lambs.  He loves us that much and more than we can imagine!  He is so happy to give this gift of eternal life to us, as long as we are willing to be obedient and faithful to Him, allowing Him to lead our way.

Today I suffer greatly my heart sorrowful and my body is wretched; but someday maybe soon or many in many years to come that will all pass away and “I can be made whole in Him,” a complete and perfect child of God, that is what He promised me and you!

Lawrence  Morra

John 1:16 “Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.”

 

John 1-6

The Word Became Flesh

1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

6 “There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.”

9 “The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”

John 1: 26-27 “I baptize with  water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. 27 He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.”

Just Because; How Much is One Man Supposed to Take!

Just Because; I’ve got a Cause

There’s only one thing worse than a Rebel without a cause; a Rebel with a Cause!

“I’m a Rebel and I’ve got a Cause!”

Lawrence Morra

Update: This is the Deal!

Not all rebels are cut from the same cloth.  Wasn’t Jesus Christ the ultimate rebel!  He came to show everyone once and for all that the old ways were in need of revision and that the time had come to set things on the right path out from the drudgery of the daily material routines and rituals that had served their purpose of establishing some order among men who had come out of the wilderness raw and naked.  Now he would show them a new way and in a sense transform them from the earthly chrysalis in which they were trapped to be truly free and able to fly off into the heavens like the butterfly.  He told us all that we have that capacity and gift within us that is ours for the taking if we will accept it by acknowledging Him by our devoted faith in Him.  That in the end is what it all comes down to is a question of faith, and if we are looking to Him to guide us we can never lose!

Some rebels I’ve actually met told me they were born to lose and even had that tattooed on them.  But they, are surrendering to failure and sin totally missing the point or tossing a gift of opportunity beyond imagination aside, to be instead a defeated one.  Why do I even allude to this idea of being a rebel of any kind you still might wonder and I tell you it’s simple.  The ways of the world grow darker all the time and many are caught up in the vortex of worldly affairs which cares nothing about you or me.  This world is falling away and the system by which we live is very corrupted and not of God or His heavenly kingdom.  Emphasis is being placed on so many foolish and even wicked practices and behaviors diverting so much attention and energy away from where it should be focused.  When I say I’m a rebel I’m talking about being one who tries to point out these failures by all of us to make the best of all we have before us; to serve Him and make a difference in everything we do and not slip into this complacency of accepting the status-quo, or as someone once told me, “to just go along for the ride!”  Don’t be swept up in the frenzy of technology and an overabundance of information (TMI too much information or information overload) that is at times so titillating and alluring or in the very least extremely distracting, which is just like those captivating sirens In Homeric mythology of Ancient Greek literature beckoning to those at sea, leading the seafarers to the rocky coast or quagmire drawing them in closer to their doom, not seeing clearly in the fog or haze what danger lies in those treacherous waters beneath them.

We don’t have to accept the circumstances or follow all convention; we should always discern and ask questions in order to understand clearly all things that encompass our lives.  Then where change or improvement is needed it can and should be applied by all those involved doing what they should to make things right, never sacrificing justice but to instead see that it is served.  We are the stewards of this earthly world while we inhabit it and should never take that responsibility lightly.  The old adage of “do the right thing,” certainly applies to all, so the more of us that follow that precept the better the world becomes.  “I’m not my brother’s keeper,” but I can at least watch his back and ask that he do the same for me.  By just doing that we can all make life more compassionate with fewer unnecessary pitfalls along the way.  Being a good minded rebel in this way can serve our best interests, just by not “going along to get along;” you see a problem or concern then find a way to highlight it and address it!  Much too often too many people just “blow it off,” and say “it’s not my problem” which is the exact opposite way to look at things if we really care about our lives and the state of affairs in our daily activities.

Yes, instead we must be next to “still waters” as often as we can be to restore our souls with the light of love from the eternal, which shines down upon us always if we will seek it in our hearts.  Because it is there in our purest heart that lays the connection to the Great One, the Most High, which is the source of all wisdom and eternal love.  Don’t be so caught up in this material life that you lose sight of this, because it is plain to see how dangerous and unkind this earthly man-made system is, especially if you are seeking the “light of truth and justice” that only God can provide, nothing else can or will.  Trust in Him,as you move forward in your day, a day of promise and hope.”

Lawrence Morra  8/11/2019

 

Two Men;One a Servant of God the Other a Minion of Satan

“your salvation waits just as I know mine does, if we remain vigilant and faithful in Him”

Appearances alone will not tell the true story, as we can see by photographs of these two men who were born 40 years apart but more importantly there was a chasm of difference that was earth shattering between their souls!  Billy Graham led a life serving Jesus Christ doing so much good for other human souls leading multitudes of people to Christ the Savior while Joseph Stalin with his brutal rule butchered and put many human beings to death; but he also got many others to do his bidding so he in turn led many souls to perdition and hell.

In my reaching out to a fellow Christian who had noticed a striking decline in the number of parishioners attending her local parish church apparently brought on by what seemed to be some internal conflict of the local church hierarchy, causing the church to lose its former inspirational appeal so she was greatly troubled.  But more shocking yet was the fact that at the same time came the news of the startling revelation regarding the shake-up around author and former pastor Joshua Harris’ retreat away from the teachings of Christ; and that Harris announced his total departure from Christianity.  So, then she and her family began a quest to find a new church to attend weekly which I commended her on for not losing hope or faith and being vigilant to seek God’s guidance; all of which I tried to sum up in the following outlook I share here for anyone who might feel they are in a similar situation.  As you read on here please bear in mind the contrast of these two men; one who led people to the path of righteousness, love and freedom; the other to wickedness, hate, and enslavement! These polar opposite men!

This was indeed some sad news to hear about, though not unlike the turmoil throughout the world which is so prevalent, and I believe we now live in the unprecedented time that Scripture spoke to regarding the time period before the final conflict and Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  For many years I’ve felt like I don’t belong and in fact the system as well as many people around me seemed to be much less connected or interested in each other as community and more apathetic!  The lack of compassion and indifference is appalling these days with so many giving lip service to one thing or another but inside not caring at all about their neighbor; this is so different than how it was when I grew up which isn’t ancient history!  Here is something Billy Graham had said that I believe speaks volumes about this current time and he referred to a particular scripture that came to my mind immediately upon reading your Blog Post; which is Isaiah 5:20.

“Many of our news magazines carry stories of immorality.  Theologians and pastors are quoted as condoning sexual immorality under certain circumstances. The Bible says through Isaiah the prophet:

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).

“Humanity has always been dexterous at confusing evil with good. That was Adam and Eve’s problem, and it is our problem today. If evil were not made to appear good, there would be no such thing as temptation. It is in their close similarity that the danger lies.

Modern social righteousness often differs from the righteousness of the Bible. Someone has said: “A wrong deed is right if the majority of people declare it not to be wrong.” By this principle we can see our standards shifting from year to year according to the popular vote! Divorce was once frowned upon by society, and laws against fornication and adultery were strictly enforced. But now divorce is accepted by society, and fornication is glorified in our literature and films.

The Bible says: “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil.” God has not changed. His standards have not been lowered. God still calls immorality a sin, and the Bible says God is going to judge it.

Honesty was once the hallmark of character. But it has been set aside with an “It’s all right if you don’t get caught” philosophy. Only when we are in court are we required to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”

 https://billygraham.org/decision-magazine/june-2012/confusing-evil-with-good/

I hope you are helped by my thinking about this and looking into this source of wisdom and insight that I came upon which quotes the late Mr. Graham.  I do know and have faith that our Lord is fully aware of your difficulties and you are on the right path, so keep trusting in Him, your salvation waits just as I know mine does, if we remain vigilant and faithful in Him alone and not to be fooled by the ways of this world which is falling away! 

God Bless You and Yours.

Brother in Christ,

Lawrence Morra

Everything Running Toward It’s Expiration Date

“make this present life be one of honor, integrity, quality and love!”

Youth is a time of exuberance and exploration while its father and mother becomes reflective contemplation.  Yes, I want to admit that I’ve noticed through life that getting old is no fun and our cultures promote youth and physical beauty way too much because there is money to made; the keeping youthful and fit or good looking business paradigm is a lucrative industry, and who after all wants to lose their life or newness!

But, I’ve also learned this world is a failing one with nothing escaping the ravages of time and decay, so what is there to gain in trying to hang onto this world beyond an expiration date?  No I won’t eat meat, cheese or vegetables that have exceeded their removal date and I won’t expect my own life or its current capabilities to go much beyond its built in longevity; all of which teaches me that it’s not how long we are here but how well we live while we can and what we leave as our lasting legacy to others; because what matters most for any of us is if we made some positive difference, and that our true prize awaits us in eternity!

I hope to see you all there, so make this present life be one of honor, integrity, quality and love!

Lawrence Morra

The Good Old Days and Good Folks

“if only I can be half the man my father was!”

I had responded to a post on LinkedIn this week and just today seeing that a man that had left some good commentary on the post to which I had left some typical for me lengthy text, now was overwhelmed with some thoughts and feeling coming at me from my past during my childhood and what I thought and still hold near and dear to my heart about my parents and their generation, as well as seeing so many wrong people out in our society now that are on the attack and have no concept or love of any of the things that matter and brought us all to this point making America the Great Nation that it is! I do hope something in my words today will ignite a spark of appreciation in you and that you will also find the time to watch the movie I mention; I think it will help you understand where I’m coming from and how people should all wake up if they haven’t already!

Jimmy: just caught up, for some reason I didn’t get this update notification until today? But, thank you and I agree with what you say here, I think the good news especially is that you’re straightforward and forthright, two qualities I love to see in men first of all because that reminds me of my Dad who was “the best of the best,” a great guy and a real man!  Everybody loved my Dad and most of all they all respected him because they knew him well enough to know he was a man of honesty and integrity!  I used to hear him saying in conversations with different people as I was growing up, “I’m not half the man my father was!”  Dear God now with a tear in my eye I hear him in my heart and say the say darn thing, “if only I can be half the man my father was!”

He fought in WWII and those people back then men and women were so amazing to me, sure they weren’t perfect or even close but wow what character and integrity most of them had and how they were always willing to sacrifice even their lives without hesitation to protect their loved ones and this Great Nation; “such good decent folks.”  My Dad actually had some young lady at the city clerk’s office fudge some document so he could hurry up and go fight in the war as he was only 16!  What the hell, then when that fact caught up with him he was already fighting in the Pacific Theater and his CO had communications dispatched to his parents as he had turned 17 during the fighting and if they gave their permission he could stay and serve!  My grandfather signed but my grandma didn’t!  Dad stayed in the war the whole duration and saw buddies die or even get pulled under by sharks in the ocean; and now I cry because Dad told me many of them the last thing they cried out was, “Mom or Mother!”

Then after the war he came back and went right to work holding down two jobs and buying a house for Mom and went on to raise six children and never complained!  Not even with his severe back trouble when he would walk out in the morning going to work bent in half and tell me, “don’t worry about me son you do good in school, I’ll be fine and straighten out as the day progresses!”  Robert Mitchum an actor many of us boomers know of and one of my favorites of the old days, left home at 16 and headed to California riding the rail system hopping freight trains which his dad had worked on but was killed in a rail yard accident just a few years prior.  Mitchum did some amateur boxing matches along the way to make a few bucks, then shortly after arriving in California he was spotted as a potential great image for the silver screen and hooked up with the right people to start as a heavy or outlaw in western movies.  But then, he too signed up and fought in the war!  I say all this because I wish the younger kids girls and boys would all learn this stuff and really get their minds and hearts right so they too can be strong good people as Men that do what is required to make a difference, and Women that can have the wonderful qualities that so many of our Mothers had and some still do!  I appreciate that you said the things that you did and the others here too, because it got me wanting to say something important that I feel and I hope many folks out there will spread the good that all those old timers paid forward for us, and that we all make our deposits into the trust fund for the future generations and we should pray that God will bless we humans and this weary world to not suffer too much!  God Bless!

BTW one of my all-time favorite older classic films that Mitchum starred in with a beautiful British born performer that made it big in those days out in Hollywood, Deborah Kerr; “Heaven knows Mr. Allison.”  It’s a movie about a WWII marine who gets stranded on an Island with a nun in the middle of the war during a bloody campaign by the Japanese to take possession of an island to use as a weather station outpost within a chain of Pacific islands!  I love that story and the time period it depicts, along with it’s having a religion component that fits wonderfully with it all, and how it’s a great transformational process for these two good souls caught up in a living hell that mankind seems so good at creating.  I have a DVD of the film and I think I’m going to watch it again for probably the 25th time this weekend during the heat wave; which is very fitting as how the Pacific where the story takes place although it was actually filmed on the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, has much of the weather we are now experiencing, so the mood is set.  I love the end of the film and the words spoken with fine performances; along with the superb John Huston direction making it all so wonderful and uplifting, just beautiful!  A 1957 movie trailer said, “1944, in South Pacific, the castaway Marine Corporal Allison drifts in a raft to the Tuasiva Island, where he meets Sister Angela.”

I include here a link to a Blog that did a wonderful layout about the film and its background on Deborah Kerr’s 95th birthday!  I know you will find this article interesting and the movie will touch you deeply as well as inspire!

Lawrence Morra

PS I love these people then, now and forever; and all who will strive to follow suit!

 

https://back-to-golden-days.blogspot.com/2016/09/film-friday-heaven-knows-mr-allison-1957.html

The Enemy of Civilization; Islam

“Mahdi” who will rule before the end of the world

I was reading an article about a young Muslim woman who was just forced to marry her cousin in the UK; this to me means the governance there is off the rails!

Let’s be frank and speak from the facts.  Muslims are demented, brainwashed people from the time they are born coming from families that believe in total fabricated lies from their FALSE prophet Muhammad who said in his last supposed vision from God that the only acceptable religion is Islam and anyone who believes any other must convert to Islam or die!  If we are accepting people into our societies and cultures that think like that from childhood then we are imbeciles for doing so and may as well cut our own throats!

The UK is being run by partisan political persons who have only one thing in mind; keep their own personal wealth and power and if that means selling out the people or the Nation so be it!  This is all a cancer that’s been allowed to metastasize and many nations leadership are sitting around with their hands in their pockets or somebody else’s while they allow this to continue.  A day of reckoning is coming and the longer everyone puts it off the worse the final outcome!  Capitulation never worked and never will.

ISLAM is the Clear and Present Danger as well as “the worst enemy of all civilization.” They desire to bring on the “Mahdi” who will rule before the end of the world and restore religion and justice.  Of course those of us who are sane and know history and truth realize they are talking bringing on the antichrist!  So, they are worshiping Satan whether they or you are willing to admit that!  In clearly strong arm countries or more communist regime set-ups are they allowing this crap?  I don’t believe China let’s Islam dictate to them how anything goes in China!  They try it there and they get their balls cut off!

We all know the old saying “some people are too soft” and that now applies in many places where we see Muslims doing their thing no matter how improper or stupid they are allowed; because, too many people are now soft in the head fools!   “Liberalism is a mental disorder” just like Dr. Michael Savage has said for years!   “Socialism is a curse and cancer to any nation that allows it!” Lawrence Morra

 

Check out Good Reads to learn about a fine book written by an author with serious credentials on the subject, Sword and Scimitar by Raymond Ibrahim

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37506058-sword-and-scimitar

A readers perspective: “Slavery did not originate in the Unites States.  Muslim Imperialism lasted from 630 AD to the end of the Ottoman Empire after WWI.  It enslaved millions of people from all of the lands it conquered.  The Crusades were not an example of “aggression” against peaceful Muslims.  The Crusades were intended to take back the Holy Lands from the Muslim conquerors.”  Jan