When I Speak of My Faith What Should That Mean

It is all about our SOULS

Sure we can say we support the Pope but what does that mean?  That depends on the context of the statement!  But regardless of any context we must all remember even devout Catholics that the Pope is still only a man and a sinner, his works, deeds and religiousness will not get him through the gates of heaven.   “None are righteous, no, not even one!”

As we know many do not whether outside of the Catholic Church or even inside it lately; Vatican II stirred the pot for sure!  The case in point may be presently that there is some serious interference, and actual division is growing not subsiding from that point when I began to see a problem in the Vatican a few years ago when I sent the Pope a very urgent letter regarding severe political corruption taking place in my locale that could only be on a diabolical scale of reference.  Time will tell won’t it, in regard to his not responding not even a thank you for asking for his advice!  In the least my bringing this up may serve as a footnote “to us all that we should be very careful to take care” in these times of upheaval and division.  Division in the church has been there since the beginning and has only grown worse over the years, we see that clearly by the multitude of variations of Christianity out there don’t we.  Men have taken God’s word and rules and bent them to fit their own devices or even purpose!

Perhaps I was seeking to accomplish this with the political; “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone.  If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.  But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.  If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church.  And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.” Matthew 18:15-17

“Every biblical leader stood up against evil and many even lost their lives for speaking against it.  There is a reason Jesus says true believers will be hated and persecuted. If you desire to live a godly life you will be persecuted and there is no way around it.  Stop being part of the world, expose it instead and save lives.  The person who truly loves Christ is the one who’s going to stand up for Christ no matter if they lose friends, family, or if the world hates us. The people who hate Christ are going to read this and say, “stop judging.” biblereasons

“You adulterers!  Don’t you know that friendship with the world means hostility with God?  So whoever wants to be a friend of this world is an enemy of God.” James 4:4

“Stop loving the world and the things that are in the world.  If anyone persists in loving the world, the Father’s love is not in him.” 1 John 2:15

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” John 4: 1

I say now, because we who call ourselves Christians or true children of God must with our whole heart discern all these many things before us in our daily lives; we must remember at all times this Holy Scripture as we make our way along our paths!

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23

It’s not about all warm and fuzzy and doing what so many so called Christians that accept the ways of the world pronounce as their mantra; “don’t judge others.”  Even when the Pope has said this we must be careful to not think he is giving license to whatever!  And, those that stating in such a way are obviously inviting all manner of sin and regression from God’s word!  They forget perhaps just how critical things really are or they prefer to satisfy the world and its ways for recognition from other men and not from God who is the JUDGE!

Again, I ask that we emphasize with Holy Scripture to keep in the front of our minds and deep within our hearts what is most vital for our immortal souls, and forget our bodies and material life here!  To God these are all gone in the twinkling of an eye!  It is all about our SOULS!

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” John 4: 1

“Stop loving the world and the things that are in the world. If anyone persists in loving the world, the Father’s love is not in him.” 1 John 2:15

“No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons.  You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.”      1 Corinthians 10:20-21

“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

My purpose right here and right now sisters and brothers is that my thoughts and words on this post make a difference in saving even one soul out there in the tumultuous man driven world of sin!  That is my only reason for bringing this to the table in a manner of speaking, not for recognition, praise, friendship or getting hugs and kisses from anyone!  My heart sees a troubled and horrifyingly sinful world and truly hopes in all earnest to see many saved by God through Jesus Christ; as many are being deceived outright, and if I am His instrument at any given moment of my life even if doing so takes my life, so be it; I’m honored.  I of course hope in doing such that I only do His will because that is all that matters and is all that will save me!  Through Jesus Christ my Lord, Savior and Redeemer, Amen!

Brother in Christ,

Lawrence  Morra

 

“Smokes & Boots”

I say they wanted those brand new cowboy boots I was wearing, Whaddaya Think?

A lovely little story from “Puss & Boots” to “Smokes & Boots;” only in NYC folks!

Life is full of challenges that along the way generates countless personal moments of self-refection, and some are inconsequential and others are revelations; but all of it part of a big test.  God isn’t planning out our days for us and setting us up with a certain person or circumstance.  If we travel with the Holy Spirit whatever does come up will be something we can deal with the way God wills us to in serving Him.

I had to shift gears in more ways than one in life and literally between gigs or even changing career paths to maintain my life, paying all the bills and saving for the future, I found that commercial driving filled in many gaps.  Throughout my life I’ve driven commercially over a million miles and thank God without being in an accident or worse. How I negotiated that 18 wheeler through all conditions, snow storms, highway grid lock, thinking ahead at all times as to the four wheelers all around and what stunts they might try to pull to get past or around the big truck made for a very dicey and stressful situation.  On top of all the driving I had to be in all kinds of environments, from Fulton Fish Market in Manhattan to various rail yards like Croxton in New Jersey to International Airports like Logan, Bradley, Newark, Manchester and JFK, or on the waterfront of several key fishing port locations up and down the North East Coast.  Any of these locations could be on the schedule at any time of day or night so when most people were sleeping I might be hooking up double trailers or a 53 foot one in a dark roughneck part of the city or during regular business hours when the streets are full of people and their cars they congest the streets with.  I met more kinds of people and in more varied environments than one can shake a stick at, and sure I saw humanity and sometimes fleeting human connections in our travels while in passing one another when stopped at one of these varied locales having short interactions in our travels; but there was nothing better than being back home in my place where I belong and where I’m loved and needed. Out of necessity I was all over the map but does God want me for some other reason to be bopping all over like that to find connections, I think not!  The man-made world is in a sense from the perspective of a single person a chaotic place; and so focus on one’s own particular life and close family or significant relations is enough to deal with and I see meeting strangers as that just meeting strangers.

I had plenty of opportunity to meet new people in these working circumstances and even my personal travels but to me looking back its all like passing ships in the night and inconsequential.  As I’ve stated many times to many people, I’ve found my greater insights and purpose to my life when alone and depending on nothing more than my own abilities and the paramount guidance of God Almighty’s Holy Spirit that watched over me and indeed protected me.  I’ve studied acting and did a bit here and there so I’m fully cognizant of the idea of taking risks.  Doing so on a stage or in front of a camera can be helpful in creating a visceral characterization but as far as taking real risks with my life, I prefer to pass on that.  Unnecessary risk can become habit forming and we know this by the numbers of adrenaline freaks or junkies in the world! I see our individual lives as so precious to God who gave them to us that we should not take unnecessary risks with them and flaunt them in such a way as to be caviler with them.  Am I guilty of doing so, damn straight, I confess I did some pretty stupid things with my life over the years when not thinking the way I am now.  One little mishap or miscalculation and I wouldn’t be writing this now, that’s how dangerous it was at the time!  I was on a fine line of doing something for whatever reason on the one hand and sheer stupidity or foolishness on the other.  I thank God again that I made it through all the things I did to be able to share now with others, “that you are always better off keeping things in order of priority and your purpose for living in the first place;” the important mission to not fail the test.  I tend to see Monks and Nuns as being closer to serving God more accurately daily by a humble and meeker style of living and serving with focused mission and more restraint and not freewheeling the way many people do actually live in this time and age of pleasing self!  I don’t see risk if not absolutely necessary or even fully appropriate as being anything positive at all. “Common sense and practicality rule!”
Lawrence

PS I know I point out harsh reality here and in quite a few things I say or write about, because I know firsthand just how much danger and evil lurks around any given corner, and not that one should be paranoid but in this world today foolishness abounds and I attempt to counter that mind-set.

“Thank you for sharing that. yeah, Thank you Jesus that you were kept safe on the roadx”

Oh good! I’m glad you liked my little short story (autobiographical vignette).  Yea, plenty more where that came from, I sure stretched my envelope of protected space or comfort zone in my driving travels in my car cross country through 46 states, staying for long periods in about a dozen.  Talk about NYC I thought you might like my connection to Fulton Fish Market, now there’s a place that I met some characters during ungodly hours of the night.  Nefarious from the first looksie!

There was this time I had a hell of an experience taking a train into NYC during the wee hours of the morning arriving in town wearing my cowboy boots as I jumped off at Penn Station and decided to walk street-side on to my destination via 7th avenue in the wee hours when a group of bad hombres almost got the drop on me, I felt like I was in some surreal scene of the French Connection giving them the slip on the subway with some good faking body language that said I might be the heat!  I got away from them by fractions, and sure was good I did; because I know they weren’t gonna discuss Jesus or different parts of the hood with me, no matter how well-spoken or genuine I was!  Yeah, I got AWAY!

I say they wanted those brand new cowboy boots I was wearing, Whaddaya Think?

Or maybe, they just really had to know what I was doing walking around the Big Apple at 3am alone wearing new cowboy boots!  Hey what can I say I do lots of things alone. Maybe they figured I was related to the Marlboro Man and they wanted free smokes!  Oh well, these are questions for inquiring minds that we’ll probably never know the answers to; or will we?

Yes, thank Jesus I’m alive and kicking still!

Lawrence Morra
Amen

“Free smokes 😂”

Don’t forget the Marlboro Man Boots, sorta like the hood version of “Puss and Boots;” “Smokes and Boots,” great deal when you can get it!!! OMG only in NYC!  Hahahahaha! See I can laugh about it because it went the right way for me, at least in that little way, hehehehe!  But oh the things that could have been, I mean good things!  I shoulda done stuck it out!  Not my neck mind you; but maybe my personality?  And, I don’t mean with those bad hombres; but the people with the opportunities!  I guess I was a boy with the wanderlust!  A Rambling Man!  I talk up a powerful storm let me tell ya!

Lawrence Morra

 

PS Ya know folks I should count myself blessed and lucky I did all that and made it out alive in one piece!  The thing that doesn’t sit well with me is that I got through the gauntlet many a time being no worse the wear in spite of it all but then later life; the nefarious bastards stabbed me in the back!  I think they were so damn jealous!

Alive and Kicking You SOB’S.  One of my Hero’s “Papillon,” Steve McQueen!  He was a Marlboro Man!  He made it off “Devils Island” the only one to do it!

 

“Our Creator; My Perspective”

“let us make them in our imagine,”

Yes, I have my perceptions of this existence and the only thing that adds up is God; God is incomprehensible to mere basic intelligence that we possess!  God is full of love and creativity the likes of which is beyond our reach or ability to completely fathom. God in expressing this enormous infinite love created or birthed an existence outside of Him-self part of it is what we see and know about along with us human beings within it.  In Genesis it says, “let us make them in our imagine,” so we were created with a spiritual and intellectual creative essence to us full of gifts of creativity and imagination with rich emotion so that we are capable of expressing great love too!   The whole purpose is that God is so abundantly loving and caring He had no choice but to make all of this, but how would it work and eventually come out after a long infancy and maturity process.  We are all caught up in God’s PLAN, but He also had to offer us guidance just like parents must raise their children God must teach us and show us what is best for our well-being and happiness.  You know God had to give us Free Will in order not to make us programmed robots so that each individual can be an individual and on his or her journey learn and then decide what he or she wants in the end, to be at peace and in perfect harmony with God in paradise or to reject that and get the opposite which is all that is unholy and unworthy to be in God’s presence; polar opposites in simple terms and that is a decision that each soul must make for themselves.

This process that God provided would not be fair or successful for all that deserve an opportunity to see the truth and light; so God being so loving did the perfect thing!  He said you can all be free to make up your own minds and hearts but all of you would surely fail in the end because all humans are not perfect and remotely close to being absolute or powerful enough to save themselves from sin, failure and destruction; but He then allowed Himself to be born as one of us only in His case a perfect human and example of what an absolute human being would be, and that was when He came as Jesus Christ not only to show us the way to glory and everlasting life but also to pay the required price or punishment for all of our sins and iniquities.  In this way He gave us all the freedom to be individuals and not robots but then it would be up to each of us by our faith and trusting in Him our God enough to either follow His plan or will for us and accept Him as our God and Savior, which then translates into or becomes our everlasting covenant with God in order to give us what He is and has in Paradise or absolute eternal life and happiness devoid of any imperfection or sin; absolute joy and peace where our souls can dwell with God and all that is good forever.

Some people can’t accept this simple truth and think there is some other reason, while still so many say there is no reason for our existence which is to me absolutely ridiculous to say or think such a thing because if anyone thinks deeply and delves into all of the reality of our living here in this plane of consciousness they should see a good portion of what I’m saying as the only purpose there could be, along with seeing God is present in this miracle of existence before our very eyes and minds, nothing else would make sense or answer the overwhelming question; WHY?  Doing as I say humbles us to accept that we know so little really, but we know enough to understand who and what God and His plans are about so that we can join into that plan if we truly want to. 

We’re just children of God and in His hands, so we should look to Him for all we need and He will deliver as promised if we keep our end of the bargain!  How else could this Supreme Being God the Creator of all things seen and unseen create a family of beings to be like Him and able to join Him in eternity?  There is absolutely no other way, anything else would have created machines that he made do this or that and not be the free agents that we are to make up our hearts and minds to say Yes I want to join You heavenly Father out of Love, Faith and Acceptance that You are who You say and I will trust in You!  Amen.

Lawrence Morra

“From Here to Eternity;” That’s Where I’m Going!

“Loudmouth Good Guy,”

Thank you and same to you brother!  They done me wrong, and did try taking me out, breaking me or ruining me a few times now over the years; but God said He wants to keep me in the fight, so I do!

Now I’ll announce to the world what I told some of these no goods and bastards to their faces over the years “face to face,” you want me gone, you have to blow my brains out you mothers!  I might be like the Frank Sinatra character “Loudmouth Good Guy,” Angelo Maggio in the Classic Film, “Here to Eternity” who had the guts and faith on his side to hang in there against the brutes and spineless thugs of the world, and in the end he got it; bad, but he was NO COWARD or a QUITTER, he was ALL HEART!

“His vibrantly cocky attitude gets him into trouble again and again.  And Again!”  But, his benevolent attitude is demonstrated in some touching scenes, one in particular that I won’t spoil by telling you, so that you can watch it and get the impact fresh!  Ya know, like a punch in the face!  Don’t worry; I won’t breaka you face, goomba; ( Italian: (KUM-PAR-AY) really meaning fellow country man, friend, buddy, comrade.)  Yea, I’m like that guy in that story and maybe a tad like Sinatra being a “WOP” just like the character Sinatra played where he got picked on and “called one of those which he wasn’t,” but to me that was same as calling a black person the N word!  But, I’m also much like his best friend in the movie played by Montgomery Clift as Private Robert E Lee Prewitt, another very good guy with heart who’s a bit of a romantic like me too, but in the film he is the guy that’s a real boxer and knows how to kick ass!  “Maggio is very protective of his family and all his loved ones, including his best friend, Prewitt.  Despite Maggio’s almost reckless impulsiveness and his human character flaws, he really does care about other people deeply to a fault, and is willing to take part in his friend Prewitt’s sufferings if for no other reason than personal affection and his overriding sense of fairness or justice.  But in the end, the sum total of his benevolent characteristics of loyalty and justice coupled with his acute propensity for friendship redeem him which ultimately inspires his best buddy Prewitt to be willing and able to risk his own life for the sake of Maggio’s memory, a lasting legacy of true friendship.

Yea, Angelo Maggio he took some lumps but never quit and that’s me now, had some lumps and willing to take more until I get home!  Or the fat lady sings; whichever comes first!  God’s justice  be done on earth as it is in heaven!  Let no man attempt to stand in the way or flaunt that which God decrees!

CIAO

Lawrence Morra

For your convenience this link will provide some background and memorabilia on the film.

From Here to Eternity: Sinatra, Rumors, Myths and Casting

BTW this is a line from a comment to me today from a Patriot connection that acted as a spark as I was working out a massive dilemma I’m still dealing with for years now which was a response to an earlier comment I made on the net!  Like I always say we  never know where the needed inspiration or vital message is going to come from! This helped me get my thoughts and heart on this new Blog!

“I sure hope so, brother. God Bless you for fighting the good fight in a socialist pit.”

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