The Faithful Servant Soldier

we are tested-to serve God’s plan

What follows is a brief reply to a letter written as a blog by a fellow warrior, who was wounded by life’s trials and tribulations; which is only meant to give respect and honor to him for prevailing and then above all for our Maker for providing this opportunity!

Firstly, thank you for sharing this powerful slice of your life that indeed crippled you for a time but more importantly you prevailed out of and rose above the crushing blow to your inner and outer life!  Loss is so traumatic and even horrific, so that can never be taken lightly, and indeed anyone who does isn’t alive or has no humanity within them.  Healing is a process that is real too and I see and hear happily that you have been on a long road to recovering and healing as a man who always had good intentions and now those intentions are incredibly more alive than before and have taken on more power and focus, a vitality and singularity of purpose that wasn’t there ever; like it is now.

In life we can arrive at a crossroad where things don’t seem to add up or things look so futile; and that the things going on in our lives may be consuming us or that the world itself is deadly, which eventually defeats us one way or the other.  I remember older relatives speaking of being in actual battle, wars and how buddies, fellow warriors standing next to them one minute and the next blown to smithereens, nothing left practically, and then the eventual question of why them and not me!  These are sad and frightful thoughts or realities that befall us in this dichotomy of life where there is so much good but yet equally so much bad, because in the end living this earthly life death wins and all things come to their end.   My dad taught me as a kid that faith is the key to making it through this what can be at times for some individuals a living hell, because he loved life and his family so much; but I found in time that he loved God more, and knew the secret that really is actually not one.

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Belief in that higher power the Almighty is a choice and every thinking breathing human being has to address that question of faith at some point; so dad did say too, that we are tested here Lawrence!  You see my brother, we are in our trials and tribulations period and there is an agony and ecstasy value to life that transcends all of this and we can’t fully comprehend it!  But, without the dark for the light to shine through how would any corporeal or spiritual being grow to appreciate the unfathomable, and the choice not being given of “free agency” would mean that life surely would be meaningless or of no consequence one way or the other and we would be nothing more to God or ourselves than lumps of matter existing for no real purpose!  I think you’re getting where I’m coming from here brother; yes it is damn tough at times and some seem to suffer much more than others, perhaps not by anything they do wrong but being a victim of circumstance!  But, those that do suffer in the heat of the flame longest and feel the pain learn and evolve to become more than the original version and like the tempering of steel the innermost characteristics are altered as they take on a new power and strength to forge ahead leading others and helping in ways they otherwise would not have been ever able to without first running the gauntlet; and in the end they did it for purpose; to be there “to serve God’s plan” as instruments of the ultimate goal to save as many as possible from doom or oblivion; which to me is a meaningless existence and then feeling that way for eternity; damnation!  Purpose and victory are ahead for those that will take up the shield of truth, honor, bravery and love with commitment to the purpose, the mission, as long is required onto victory!   You have been through a nightmare but you are elevated in God’s eyes now, it’s what you do with that, He awaits your decision; with resolve and new commitment to forge ahead and carry on trusting all to Him our Lord; with that nothing will stand in the way or defeat the purpose or you.

I appreciate the added insight and inspiration you have provided here to my outlook!  Amen.

God Bless.

Lawrence Morra

 

Warrior ready

Bold as Love

Jimi Hendrix – Bold As Love Lyrics

from album: Axis: Bold As Love (1967)

Anger he smiles towering in shiny metallic purple armor.
Queen jealousy, envy waits behind him.
Her fiery green gown sneers at the grassy ground.
Blue are the life giving waters taking for granted,
They quietly understand.

Once happy turquoise armies lay opposite ready,
But wonder why the fight is on.
But they’re all, bold as love.
Yeah, they’re all bold as love.
Yeah, they’re all bold as love.
Just ask the Axis.

My red is so confident he flashes trophies of war
And ribbons of euphoria.
Orange is young, full of daring but very unsteady for the first go ’round.
My yellow in this case is no so mellow.
In fact I’m trying to say it’s frightened like me.
And all of these emotions of mine keep holding me
From giving my life to a rainbow like you.
But I’m a yeah, I’m bold as love,
Yeah yeah.

Well, I’m bold, bold as love.
Hear me talkin’, girl.
I’m bold as love.
Just ask the Axis.
He knows everything. Yeah, yeah.

by Jimmi Hendrix

 

 

 

Bold as Love audio: Jimi Hendrix   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZbC8Uz8tyo

 

Behind the Scene:  Making of studio original.

Bold as Love

The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Produced by Chas Chandler

Album Axis: Bold as Love

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkJhnDkdC-0

 

A GIFT

We ain't gonna cancel joy.

Originally posted on It's a God thing…:
We’re seeing the suspension of a heck of a lot at the moment. It’s discouraging. Heartbreaking. Worrying. But let’s boldly decide NOT to cancel joy. Or hope. Or peace. And lean into Jesus at this time. What is he showing you right now? Below is a video…

I’d like to share this beautiful and kindly effort with you by my fellow blogger and Christian Friend Ali. Her work is highly commendable and noteworthy and I was so inspired by this latest positive message from her that I was truly moved and felt the Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ moving in this very troubling time with so many doubts swirling around the planet; but here we have Ali my Christian Sister giving me a shot to my heart of the only medicine that matters, the one true cure for anything that ails any of us and it comes to us direct from God in heaven if we just have an open heart to receive it. Ali is a motivator and she certainly motivated my positive energy that I admit can be dampened or skewed at times by the actual resentment I develop toward some very nasty people running amuck on this planet doing great harm and not caring who they pull down in the process. But let me include here what I had to say to Ali just before I realized I had to take this action.
Dear Ali, thank you for this lovely effort and dedication to serve our Lord Jesus Christ and you’re seeking His guidance to serve! I’m very touched and moved by your heart and work that you do in the community!
No suspension of our belief and faith in Jesus Christ who is always with us and to allow Him to handle what we aren’t required to, but to continue being inspired by Him to encourage and serve those in need where and when we can to also receive God’s love and hope for His children, for He alone is our Savior and Redeemer.
“For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” Isaiah 41:13
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Post Script: A few hours after posting this blog article I received another notification about a very beautiful poem by another blogger friend which brought out the following response from me in just a few minutes which I know was because God’s will is working within us all, if we will just listen to Him in silence.  The following script fits I feel, like a dovetail!  I didn’t plan any of it; it all fell into place, thank God.

Excellent Robbie! Such encouragement is a powerful force for those who worry and tremble in despair, wanting to hear a voice of assurance from anywhere. Pensively they wait all cloistered in their homes, then while all shut in; they wonder if some good will soon come from within. But, at last a voice like yours breaks through that wall of fear, letting them know its OK to let out a tear; as we can rest assured we are not alone as surely the dawn will bring a reprise, when we all will witness another beautiful sunrise. 🙏🏻
God Bless.
This is such a beautiful photo with the words to match, my Friend.

Lawrence Morra

It's a God thing...

We’re seeing the suspension of a heck of a lot at the moment.

It’s discouraging.

Heartbreaking.

Worrying.

But let’s boldly decide NOT to cancel joy.

Or hope.

Or peace.

And lean into Jesus at this time.

What is he showing you right now?

Below is a video I made today, for the community centre I work at.

I hope it reminds you you’re not alone in this.

Love,

Ali

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Seek and You Will Find

“God doesn’t roll dice!” 

I found a fellow bloggers name listed today for the first time indicating he liked my blog and is now following it.  I in turn reviewed his blog and enjoyed his perspective on some topics of interest to me as well, but I immediately noticed a gap in his perception of our earthly reality.  My hope here is to help bridge that gap with added insight and revelation, because we all need our own personal epiphany before we depart this short earthly life.  I recognize that we humans may come from very different cultures and backgrounds that often give us different frames of reference by which we perceive the world in “varying degrees of difference” that can be similar or vastly different.  But again, my hope here is to express my inner most heart and what wisdom I may have acquired in my lifetime to help others to hopefully see the TRUTH, so they won’t “miss the boat” or “not see the forest for the trees!”  “This life is an unbelievable, awe inspiring amazing gift” that came from “absolute perfect eternal love” and this short opportunity or window to come to terms with some fundamental principles that we must not overlook should not be marginalized or wasted!  But rather, we should with a whole heartened intent ask “the why,” because there is an answer sitting in our proverbial faces to that ancient question!  And, that is why, I wrote this blog today, for this man or anyone who will listen.  God Bless You.

I see where you’re coming from.  I also see the deepest intrinsic value in every speck of existence as miraculous and having qualities that are not random or meaningless or having come into such balance and order by chance or random sequential events taking place at some special by happenstance moment, as I also don’t see how it all has always been as it is with no beginning or end, as we observe readily all is changing and disintegrating in this realm!  Scientists know for certain and have demonstrated the “Big Bang” theory, but so too persons like the great Albert Einstein who by far one of the most extraordinary minds to have even been here on earth, told fellow physicists when having a discussion about the millisecond prior to the “Big Bang;” when one of the scientists extrapolated with all of  his calculations that with enough “random events” occurring just before that “golden moment” when creation took place or the “Big Beginning,” as I call it, this scientist said these events would surely fall into the precise order required for that golden moment to take place.

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Then Einstein said, “Ah, Yes my friend but you’re forgetting one thing, God doesn’t roll dice!”  You see he knew and could understand by his extraordinary insights or revelation into existence, his epiphany if you will; that a creating power that vast and intelligent would undoubtedly have to exist being deliberate and intentional in all of its actions by the sheer fact of knowing all things which would by default make “each action perfect and precisely what it was meant to be” or the only thing it can be; never a mistake!  My point to you and all followers here is that the mathematical probability that all of this unbelievable existence to have come into being by some unknown yet perfect event happening by chance, is basically mathematically impossible, especially when one looks at and examines closely the incredible intricacies of every bit of existence down to the atom to not see clearly that a vast intelligence is at work in all of this; which is far beyond our puny minds or almost insignificant meaningless opinions, when stacked up against what is really going on here!  You and I know basically nothing in comparison and to think otherwise is complete folly and I dare say stupidity on our parts if we are to think so highly of ourselves!  We only have what God has given to us and there is obviously a plan or imagination at work that will have the final say in everything here, no if’s and’s or but’s about it!  Rest assured you are part of God’s plan, but our biggest task, is to recognize that, and appreciate the opportunity sitting on our laps, while then giving due respect and love back to our Creator, because that was the only reason all of this began, was out of “His infinite love.”  We step outside of this plan or design attempting to make ourselves our own God, then we transgress the “OLD ONE,” as Einstein referred to him.  That would be quite asinine to do, don’t you think?

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Just this fact, that we can think as we attempt to comprehend and make these observations is obviously a miracle and gift from the “Divine Creator” of all things, which plainly tells us that we are meant to see, recognize and understand these fundamental facts, then to let our conscience and heart be our guide, which will lead us to Him in Love and Peace beyond measure, far beyond our present limited human comprehension.  As Holy Scriptures have told us, “Seek and You Will find.”

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8

 

Lord have mercy.  Amen.

Holy TrinityLawrence Morra

Sitting Bull Saying

 

 

Will You Follow Me?

The purest human heart that has ever existed

While I was writing my blog as a Lent Offering today I received a notice which turned out to actually be about a very nicely written article by a fellow Christian blogger about Lent Season, which helped to inspire me to focus my writing upon this subject with fervor and try my best to explain what my personal perception about Lent is, and making such an offering to our Father in heaven during this Lent Season.

Good advice here and words of wisdom.  This got me thinking about the difficulty of separating ourselves from sin especially those sinful little pleasures we grow so accustomed to throughout the years.  Such a huge challenge at times because why?  Well the basic truth is we are fallen and not in a pure state of grace or good enough as we are to be in the presence of absolute holiness which God is and we are not.  The good news is He created us in His image having an eternal spiritual nature within us to make us heirs, to become all we can be as members of His glorious eternal kingdom in Heaven. The gap between here and there is huge and impossible a chasm to cross on our own and another huge culprit in all of this is temptation which you helped me to think about right now during Lent!  My dad would always tell me as a teen and on into my mature years, that there is too much to be had out there and it doesn’t take much to get into trouble real fast if we don’t strengthen our faith continually.  And that is where you came in with this very nice blog which speaks to the directive or marching orders put before us, these orders or the edict is simple and clear; Will You Follow Me?  Good Lord knows I want to and have tried and failed often enough like all of us do, sometimes appearing to be so messed up that if we had tails we certainly would be chasing them!  But here is the good news, God made it so simple and guaranteed that we can be where He is in splendor and peace forever, if we as my mom always said, just keep trying our best because Jesus took all sin away and tossed it into hell where it belongs and He knows if we have sincerely tried our best or not.  The purest human heart that has ever existed, completely perfect and without any sin is pleading to us to follow and does all the pleading of each of our cases before our heavenly Father to forgive us for our transgressions or lack.  See that is the amazing thing God does through Jesus Christ He is searching out every heart to know it perfectly as to whether that heart belongs to Him or is running a scam or charade playing both ends against the middle, like having the best of both worlds if you will, to party it up for the short term appeasement this world can offer which the evil one uses continually against those of us who figure as far as heaven goes I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it, because Jesus is so loving and will cut me enough slack to get through the gate.  Many of the politicians we actually witness these days are a prime example of this folly and deception they play with grabbing all they can now while they cause nothing but ruin and misery around them.  It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. Matthew 19:23 Any self-serving or becoming puffed up with one’s own interests and worldly power or pleasures is guilty of this transgression from God and will never reach His kingdom following that path to perdition and eternal damnation.  The polar opposite of this is what Jesus himself stated to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23)

I refer now to a faithful servant of Jesus who dedicated his life to serving God’s will on earth, Rev. Billy Graham.

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“What did Jesus mean when He said we have to carry a cross? I’ve heard people talk about a problem they have and say it’s a cross they have to bear, but is this what Jesus meant?”

A:

“No, this isn’t what He meant—although it’s not necessarily wrong to refer to some problem we are having as a “cross” we must bear. In Jesus’ day, a cross was a symbol of suffering, and we all have trials and afflictions that may be very hard for us to bear—even with God’s help.

But Jesus meant something far deeper than this when He told His disciples to carry their cross.  He said to them, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23).  In Jesus’ day, a cross wasn’t just a symbol of pain and suffering; it was mainly a symbol of death.  What Jesus was telling them is that they needed to put to death their own plans and desires, and then turn their lives over to Him and do His will every day.

You see, Jesus doesn’t simply call us to believe that He existed, or even to believe that He can save us.  He calls on us to commit our whole lives to Him—to trust Him alone for our salvation, and then to follow Him as His disciples. He said, “Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:27).

Is Christ the master of your life?  Have you put to death your own plans and committed yourself to His will for your life?  Don’t be satisfied with anything less, for there is no greater joy in life than following Christ every day”.  billygraham.org

Reading Rev. Graham’s words to others who desire to know and serve Christ reminded me of something my grandfather would say many years ago when I was a boy, “don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today!”  Which leads my thoughts back to what I believe this other blogger elicited in my thoughts about lent;  And that reminds me of what you’re saying here, how Lent Season should be looked upon; how we are not to waste this golden opportunity to get into alignment with the Lord!

“Go in through the narrow gate, because the gate to hell is wide and the road that leads to it is easy, and there are many who travel it.” Matthew 7:13

So yes it is a difficult road we travel but we can make it much more difficult than it need be and indeed impossible to overcome or we can make it a journey of “Fulfillment and Victory” over all that is against us, yes even death itself; to become champions at being His “humble servants” though Jesus Christ for God who is in heaven, our Father Who is waiting to embrace us in our everlasting New Life when we join Him there.

Jesus is still here leading us to the Father by His Holy Spirit, to our New and Everlasting Life if we will just follow Him our Good Shepherd. 

God Bless You and Keep You.

Lawrence Morra

Post Script continuation Part II

I needed to share here a potion of what I had to say to another fellow Christian blogger yesterday while having a conversation about a dog I rescued and this too also serves as evidence demonstrating how, Jesus is the Master Potter and He will shape our lives to suit what purpose our Father sees as best for each one of us as long as we turn our lives over to Jesus and are truly letting Him lead us by our right hand.

Thank you so much for having the interest in Penny and sending out all of the good thoughts you do!  Yes, she was a very confused panic stricken animal when I came along, that was about to have her life taken away by a too busy not always caring world, but God gave her a chance by allowing me and Penny to act as a message of “Salvation and Hope” when God brought us together, so in time that example would be observed or even duplicated through the hearts and minds of others that hear about her story!  God gave me a chance to serve as an instrument to that end appreciating life and every little blessing even more this example of Penny, because having her as a friend has actually changed me for the better too!  God’s power and infinite love is at work all around us and that is where our attention should be focused as much as we possibly can.

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https://lawrencemorra.com/2019/03/18/a-god-sent-ray-of-hope-and-light-on-thanksgiving-for-a-dog-and-a-man/

I do believe that we children of God are much like Penny in that when she had no direction or hope, feeling that way because of her confused and lost emotional state when I found her, through what I know was “God’s deliverance and Divine Intervention.”  To move from despair to hope and onto salvation!  This is an example of God’s daily handiwork in our lives to shape each of us to bring about His Great Plan which is unfolding every second, He does actually have; “the whole wide world in his hands!”

The other thing that immediately captured my attention in your comment was when you mentioned Brother Lawrence and his writing who I actually never heard of and this was very intriguing to me, so I actually got to thinking about him a bit looking him up here online as I was telling you about the seagull I rescued, and now I want to read about his beautiful, as I see it methodology of communing with God continually from a very basic simple focus and complete openness with due diligence, being able to know His presence first hand and in the way that God allows one to manifest a very close relationship with Him, in what I would call a state of attuned connection with the Holy Spirit moment to moment, sort of being on the same frequency, by being free and trusting through genuine belief that He will talk to you if you are willing to let yourself go and allow Him to lead, trusting Him by faith alone.  You and I do this because now I know we were meant to converse, and little special dots are being connected as we just do like this, whereby you told me about this fascinating Monk Lawrence that I’m so inspired to read about now, and will get this book of his,  “The Practice of the Presence of God.”

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“The Practice of the Presence of God is a book of collected teachings of Brother Lawrence (born Nicholas Herman), a 17th-century Carmelite friar, compiled by Father Joseph de Beaufort.  The compilation includes letters, as well as records of his conversations kept by Brother Lawrence’s interlocutors.  The basic theme of the book is the development of an awareness of the presence of God.”   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Practice_of_the_Presence_of_God

“Brother Lawrence retreated to a place in his heart where the love of God made every detail of his life of surpassing value.  ‘I (Brother Lawrence) began to live as if there were no one save God and me in the world.’  Together, God and Brother Lawrence cooked meals, ran errands, scrubbed pots, and endured the scorn of the world.

Christianity Today International

So, as always God is in control and we are continually being guided and molded to suit His purposes for each of us and if we pay attention and are willing to let Him lead the way it will become all the more apparent as we move forward. spirituallyhungry.com/christian-challenge/

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“I regard myself as the most wretched of all men, stinking and covered with sores, and as one who has committed all sorts of crimes against his King.  Overcome by remorse, I confess all my wickedness to Him, ask His pardon and abandon myself entirely to Him to do with as He will.  But this King, filled with goodness and mercy, far from chastising me, lovingly embraces me, makes me eat at His table, serves me with His own hands, gives me the keys of His treasures and treats me as His favorite.  He talks with me and is delighted with me in a thousand and one ways; He forgives me and relieves me of my principle bad habits without talking about them; I beg Him to make me according to His heart and always the more weak and despicable I see myself to be, the more beloved I am of God.”
Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God

“That all things are possible to him who believes, that they are less difficult to him who hopes, they are more easy to him who loves, and still more easy to him who perseveres in the practice of these three virtues.”
Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God
“We ought not to be weary of doing little things for the love of God, who regards not the greatness of the work, but the love with which it is performed.”
Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God
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Post Post Script continuation part III

Just today I had spoken with a sister about some events in the news and my “Lent Offering” blog which she said inspired her not only because of how it was written but that as usual I had prayed to Jesus to help me with the body of the article, from my most genuine thoughts, feelings, and desire with my heart through Him, to know what words to say and even the right photos to add which seem to come along easily.  Then today an email notice had arrived at the same time my sister and I had talked, which was about one of the very topics we had been discussing since my writing the “Lent Offering” article and how this article that addressed the unfairness of President Trump’s impeachment had definite tie-in to what we discussed; but most remarkable was the fact that the photo I felt directed to add to my blog when I wrote it was of Rev. Billy Graham taken many years ago in the early days of his evangelizing which now along with the photo that accompanied the article I received about President Trump connected profoundly in my way of seeing these two photos and men; especially in spirit and intent of both men being called to a higher purpose in order to serve God for their fellow man!  I see dots being connected all of the time lately as God sees best, in order to reach and help each of us to see Him and the truth he is revealing over time about our personal journeys in serving Him; our unique part that each of us has in His plan, day by day and bit by bit or as I say “dot by dot!”  I’m adding the photo for your discernment and I appreciate how we are so richly blessed to be able to share this way in fellowship for Him, especially when we consider how often times we actually make it through the gauntlet of life here on earth each and every day!  3/2/2020

Trump Gesture like Billy Graham

 

 

 

 

The Dots are Being Connected; His Will be Done!

“We Never Walk Alone”

Here is what transpired as I began my day asking God to lead my way.  Each of the people and the immediate circumstances merged in a specific direction and each part connecting to the others by Divine Providence not just my own desires but by God’s!

Early this morning just when I awoke I turned on my cell phone and saw that the time was a set of numbers that match my sisters birthday and I had just thought how maybe I should not call her and throw her off on her starting the day as I can talk too much at times and yesterday I did frustrate her a bit; so maybe to leave well enough alone would be the best thing.  But even though I thought that, I felt unsettled in my  heart because the love in me was wanting to reach out to her and make sure she gets off to a good start in her day not worrying if we are in a tiff or perhaps I’m not pleased with something  she said yesterday.  Well, no sooner did I think this and turned on the cell phone to see an answer there staring me in my face saying call her!  We spoke of it and a few other things all coinciding with our circumstances and some world events we both are concerned about.  We had a great conversation and she was so happy it made me very relaxed and happy as well to move ahead in the day with certainty and JOY.  I then shortly after eating lunch saw an email notification about a Blog a priest had written at a Catholic site I visit which spoke to the very  heart of what my sister and I had talked about early in the morning which was that God is always there and will enlighten as well as give us Hope and Guidance sometimes in very subtle ways and maybe in a very harsh turn of events in our lives but all of it is leading us to Him and the ultimate PEACE and JOY we all desperately seek and need more than anything this temporary and incomplete world with its many quagmires or difficulties can provide!  Here is what I said in the priest’s blog which is titled, “God comes to us often in obscurity, through unexpected events and persons.”  God bless you and may He continue to bless you to do His will on earth as in heaven!  I was just talking with a sister of mine early this morning about this very subject of how we are given many such opportunities and I indeed have had this happening in my personal life profusely and knew without a doubt that God was giving me actual messages and help to see my way on the very path which I walk here on earth.  He doesn’t only beckon to us but guides us always if we will only take heed and watch as well as listen to all the opportunities He provides to us, so we not stumble but move forward in our life mission to serve Him and be ever so faithful to His will.  Those monumental humblest human Icons like “Thomas Aquinas” or “Joan of Arc,” were chosen but they too paid close attention as Joan even when so young to God’s subtle messages being provided and we know what great good it did in her case!

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I just wrote a Blog relating to this idea along with some others recently that are attuned to this overall subject of enlightenment and I’m including the most recent about “Hope” and also “My Imitation of Christ,” here for anyone that is interested to please take a look and perhaps our heavenly Father through Jesus Christ is reaching out through your Blog and our shared words to others who just need that message or those tidbits of information to shed light upon their paths!  I hope and pray this does some good for someone.  Amen.

Thank you dear father,

Brother in Christ Jesus,

Lawrence

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“We Never Walk Alone,” He our Creator through Jesus Christ told us He walks with us holding our right hand, and I know it for a fact from all that has happened to me over the last dozen years that I’m still here sharing my words and insights to others because He has given me all that I need and should be while on this earth to serve Him until such time that He God will take me away from this hard life to everlasting JOY and PEACE!   For now I must hang in there and be in the ready to do whatever it is He asks of me one day at a time, like you even stated yourself my Friend; but never quitting and only doing what we are capable of however little or big a thing it is we can do it by having Faith in Him who gave us the greatest thing a LIFE, which is growing to be even much better than this, A Miraculous Eternity!

“Those who wage war against you will come to nothing. 13 For I am the LORD your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you: “Do not fear, I will help you.”  Isaiah 41:13

Footprints in the Sand

Footprints in the Sand, a beautiful poem!

“One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You’d walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”

He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings’.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.”

A few readers wrote about this poem on a web site:

“This little poem, though I had seen it several times throughout my upbringing, really hit home one day about 30 years ago.  It completely and utterly changed my life.”

“Greetings in Jesus name!
When first I saw this poster, some ten years ago, I thought “Wow!” How good and faithful is our Lord.  What He promised He will do, He really fulfills His promises.  He is not a man who should lie.
Even today I am still thinking about the single pair of footprints: Our father’s! When we are tired He picks us up and carries us.  Who else can do this? Nobody, but God.”

“Shalom Aleichem (Shalom Aleichem is a spoken greeting in Hebrew, meaning “peace be upon you.”), my dear friends, this is my greatest comfort in time of my low moment. Shalom Aleichem.”

“Been divorced for 3 years been married for 33 years and all in a sudden divorce comes don’t see your kids no more don’t see the grand kids really thought it was the end for me until I read this poem mean so much to me it carries me on to the next day making me realize how good God is he will be by your side every minute of the day thank you Jesus.”

“I love this reading “Footprints in the Sand”.  As a child dying of meningitis, He was carrying me.  I was given last rites at the age of 18 months and here I sit today, because He loved and was carrying me.  Even today, He continues to be with me daily.”

“Everyone on display is beautiful, I know my Lord walks with me every day to guide me, I just love the second one which is the pillow and would have that next to me on the bed every night to give me strength and comfort.  Thank you Lord for everything and never leaving me, praise to Jesus, the only real love of my life always.”

Psalm 37:23-24 (NIV)

23 “The Lord makes firm the steps
of the one who delights in him;
24 though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the Lord upholds him with his hand.”

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Interwoven into the fabric of the beautiful God given tapestry of my day came along at just the right moment another notification from a writing friend who apparently God wanted to make sure we both saw each other’s written words and do some connecting of DOTS!

Then during the unfolding of my words through Divine Providence a clear immediate purpose for them came into view and this following letter was directed to a friend in need; who like all of us can use any “inspiration that God will send.”

Dear friend and brother.  This is a most beautiful masterpiece of precious love from the deepest heart expressed in a literary work of art.  A gift from you to others here on earth and of course those who loved you the most who are where we can’t be until we should be with them; but they would ask us to stay on course and grow in faith that all will be made right.  But, I also see that your words sound tired or weary and I feel that you are lacking the JOY of your being created in the first place my dear Friend.  Seek and you will find and we are all lost in this world as we have no ultimate control over anything.  We truly are in the hands of our Maker or Creator which is a truth that I know for sure and is always worth investigation by anyone who is unsure or even those that need no convincing, because we never know enough nor could we living in just a temporary imperfect state of being.  I have learned through my life that even though I’ve been kicked to the curb and then beat upon by many situations, and the ones that hurt me the most were those inflicted upon me by other humans, my own race or species of beings!  Yet, I still have joy in my heart because I know that the bigger picture is the key, putting things in perspective; and that there is God Almighty who will judge all things accordingly leading all of those that desire Him above all things; to an everlasting Salvation with Him and all that is good.

We must think about how grand this miraculous, mysterious so precious a gift, this life is, even with all of the pain and sorrow it is, the best thing that ever happened; an expression from a Divine Creator with “ABSOLUTE LOVE” that produced from that love a masterpiece of never-ending sharing love for intelligent gifted brothers and sisters who are and will be members of an eternal fulfilling kingdom!   We must be hopeful and vigilant to get there, not giving in to sin or failure as best we can; because no matter what happens “we can make it to the promised land,” He has promised us that, and if we will seek Him out of Love for Him as well one another while asking for guidance, He will never let us down; we will be fulfilled beyond imagination!

I’m telling you after all I’ve had to deal with I would suffer it all again if I must, because I’m positive what awaits at the conclusion and after the final analysis of it all, I will be so happy and complete forever, living eternally in a glorified state of being!  For now I must carry my cross.

Read my latest blog that I wrote today just before I read your latest blog here and see how God is working in our lives and we shouldn’t ignore or ever deny that fact.  I will be very happy if you read my words and then after any careful timely thinking you might ask me or say anything you please; and I will be willing to help I’m sure of it.  I went back to the blog I was writing before I saw your poem and decided this was all happening by  Divine Providence and so I dovetailed my ideas with the thoughts provoked by the priest and his article coinciding with my personal life circumstances this morning, and then by you and your masterpiece poem!  This was all ordained, and thanks be to God!  The past, present and future merged in my writing again as in a previous Blog Article but this time without me doing anything fancy!

God led me to write this Blog as it should be written so it shall be His will!

Brother in Christ Jesus,

Lawrence Morra

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“There is Always Hope”

“Extreme star cluster bursts into life” 

Even in the worst isolation or desolation there is always the spark of hope; for He that created all things knows all things and nothing escapes His attention; no, not even you who so forlorn and lost in a sea of vast loneliness with unceasing conflict finding no peace, will once again behold the Glory of He the Alpha and the Omega.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”  Revelation 1:8

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Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.Romans 15:13

Lawrence Morra

Credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration

“The Letter for the Unborn”

“Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” Philippians 2:12

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Sometimes my comments on other writers blogs can get a bit lengthy as I’m sure most of you already know!  I was commenting this week on one such blog I follow simultaneously while I was writing about the Unborn which seemed fitting since President Trump had announced he was going to appear and speak at the major rally in Washington!  According to the Washington Post; “Trump is slated to become the first sitting American president to speak at the ‘March for Life’ – an annual rally in Washington that draws hundreds of thousands of anti-abortion activists. This despite the frequent criticism leveled at the president complaining that he doesn’t respect religion, despite having appointed two conservative justices to SCOTUS and hundreds more to the federal bench.”

But, then I decided I was going in the same direction in both the commentary for the other blog and with my wanting to post something special for this major annual event and then the light bulb went off that both of these writings of mine to commemorate the wonderful event would be better served if I applied all of my heart felt thoughts, feelings and prayers to both sites after a dream I had last night in which my mother was talking to me and who always supported the Pro-Life advocacy and shortly after waking and talking to a sister on the telephone about this matter who is truly a wonderful Pro-Life Advocate; she clearly inspired me even more to do the blog combo this way so I wrote my blog and felt that my previous commentary on the other blog which is quite a professionally done one and has an enormous following would be better served with this combined blog format today.  Like I said my comments become voluminous and can be a distraction I’m sure of that, but I feel very confident with this situation that this other Pro-Life Advocate will very much appreciate my blog as the dovetailed response to one of her followers; to conclude my other previous lengthy commentary on that blog!

I hope you find something in this inspiring or even helpful and if you could at least pass it along to anyone you know who might appreciate it and that you feel it will do some good for; I will be deeply grateful to you!  Thank you very much!

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Bringing up Paul having committed murder or participating in such which is a controversial matter in itself with some faithful as well as theologians; in which some extensive research of the historical records and other evidence contained in Scriptures center on whether this could have occurred after the “Road to Damascus” or before because of the well-known fact that Paul was converted to a full blown Apostle of God through Jesus Christ as prophesied anyway; but regardless had no relevance with the matter of the Pro-Life Blog written by Caralyn, as to any point I had made on the Blog.  It’s quite plain to see that you arrived with an “agenda” which failed miserably with me and I’m sure  with most anyone else who follows Caralyn’s Blog especially in reference to the Right to Life, Pro-Life, Anti-Abortion position, she clearly advocates as do I 100%; as I say I’m quite confident this effort of yours failed; with her as well.

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You with your thinly veiled rhetoric espousing mercy and compassion could be seen for what it is and you didn’t pull the wool over my eyes in the least bit.  Again, I say my outlook of “no exceptions’ is meant to indicate that this “Sin of Abortion” is so serious that anyone willfully guilty of committing it places their immortal soul in the gravest of danger of eternal damnation; so that is why it is best or essential from the get goes to consider it as a “no exceptions” situation, say in contrast to times of war where out of absolute necessity people defending themselves and their country by killing the enemy is a horrible requirement in order to not be killed while at the same time “defending maximum numbers of innocent civilians” from aggression and murderous hell-bent enemies!  The two fundamental issues do not equate or have anything to do with one another and “Massacre of the Innocence” is mentioned in Scriptures as an “Abomination to God!”  My recommendation from all of what I said previous to your comment when the matter diverged, was that people need to take complete responsibility for their actions and control themselves not allowing themselves to sin or in particular fornicate with others which opens the door to the major difficulty to begin with, which then sometimes leads to those who are weak or blinded to truth or not living up to their own personal responsibilities to commit even greater sin, Abortion being the worst possible end result!  And, you promote the concept in your rhetoric that people have unlimited chances to sin and do as they please which is so far from the truth it isn’t even funny.  “Actions have Consequences” and some consequences are the “final curtain for a soul being JUDGED by GOD” to not be worthy of entering into “God’s Glorious Kingdom and gain Eternal Salvation.”  This is why anyone who appreciates their own life that God has given them and the lives of others, especially the lives of completely innocent unborn or day of delivery humans, should be shaking in their boots if they are in that dilemma of making a final decision that leads to death of the unborn and very likely losing their immortal soul in the process.

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I have a relative in the family tree that was faced with the actual dilemma of being pregnant and told by the priest of her parish that she can’t abort the child even though she was told by all the medical professionals that everything indicated the pregnancy was going to kill her; “if she didn’t get an abortion!”  She suffered and went through such torment but “had not even considered aborting her child no matter what” and “always felt this strongly about the unborn;” so she went to full term and the baby was “still born” becoming a “Saint” as the Priest put it; and she went on to live because there is much more to the story, but it was all God’s will and plan “to test her” as He is the Creator and Judge and had plans for her, just as He does for all of us; but not all listen or have the genuine Faith to carry through to the end whatever it is God requires of each of us!

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One thing to remember is “NOBODY FOOLS GOD!”  He is searching all hearts out continually to determine if they belong to Him or to the master of lies and deception the Devil!  That is something all of us should be thinking about every day and you are included in everyone, but there are no unlimited chances or opportunities to play around with God and His will for any of us, and “failing Him is the end consequence” that will have “zero chance of reprieve and 100% certainty of eternal damnation!”

“Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” Philippians 2:12

This was actually the final epitaph for Emily Rose after her real life living hell journey here on earth, but in spite of her suffering she chose to serve God’s will and ultimate plan without hesitation over her own dreams or desires passing her test to serve God and simultaneously do His will, which was ultimately all about saving souls from damnation!

This Scripture is one that every human being that has a smidgen of belief in Jesus Christ should be taking to heart each and every day as they conduct themselves in this world, God’s world, where we are all being tested every moment and that is truth and fact.  To ignore what I say here I certainly believe with others in my deepest heart is a grave error, with the most severe of consequences attached to it!

Amen.

Lawrence Morra

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Praise the Lord Jesus Christ