my mom’s parents are here. i am really excited to be able to spend time with them. they are an amazing couple that has been married 58 years. i realized in the past week or so that i really don’t know very much about them, and that made very sad almost sick. there is so much to learn from them. my grandpa turns 80 this year. him and Johnnie Belle (: [who I’m named after] have been around the world; i have so much to learn.
tonight my sister, papa, and i went to the snowball place on the “corner” [as my grandpa would say], and we got flavored ice. my grandpa said he remembered being in Jamaica as boy eating these. they only had about three flavors, which is completely different from the 100 or so flavors to choose from now. he got guava, his favorite childhood fruit. oh, and earlier in the day, my grandpa asked if he could take my car out for a minute, and the next time i got in my car, i had a full tank of gas. that was a blessing, especially since my gas light came on as i was rolling into the driveway.
i think i am going to document the stories and things i learn about them on here. it will be more for me, so i won’t forget these things, but i am sure there will be a good story or two.
okay, so in the book soul cravings by erwin raphael mcmanus he makes such a great point. he talks about something i have always wondered, and i think it is something that many people wonder.
the question: “If there is a God, why does he allow such horrible things to happen?”
horrible things such as cancer, violence, AIDS, starving children, etc.
to answer this question: imagine there is no God, and ask yourself if there will there still be evil in the world. will there still be violence? will children be starved? will cancer still be around? without God, will there still be evil in this world? and i believe the answer is YES.
to take this even farther…
many people like to blame God for these things. in this scenario, there is still no God, so who is there to blame? we can’t blame him because he is out of the picture. “All we have left is us.” i don’t know who i blames. i avoided the subject, but i will not anymore. =]
God is there. violence seems to be only getting worse. starving children are dying. cancer is around out loved ones. we need to be activist to create change. we can’t point fingers.
this blog is for me to share my thoughts with you couple of people reading out there. there is so much going on while i am typing this, so i hope it makes some sense. comment please, and let me know what you think.
love and be active for good change.