Searching for Peace and Goodness

Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.
The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right; his ears are open to their cries for help.
But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil; he will erase their memory from the earth.
The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.
For the Lord protects the bones of the righteous; not one of them is broken!
Calamity will surely overtake the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be punished.
But the Lord will redeem those who serve him.
No one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.
(Psalms 34:14-22 NLT)

I hope you find as much comfort in those words as I do. It’s been a bleak couple of past days. There is such a focus on the evil and trash in this world through the media. It’s easy to generalize about the world as a whole, perceiving that it is all evil, thereby giving up on it, or even worse, assuming this is all just normal. Let’s not fall prey to that mentality. Search for peace, in a time when you might really have to look hard for it.

This evening I was given a beautiful reminder that there IS indeed still goodness out there. Today was the first day of the bone marrow drive to find a match for Sharon Gerdes who is battling Myelodysplastic Syndrome. They were told that 250 people would be a good turn out. Would you like to know how many people showed up today? How about 728. Seven. Hundred. And. Twenty-eight. 728!!! How crazy cool is that? It was also mentioned to me that a couple who follows this blog drove all the way here from Indianapolis to get registered. I’m not sure who you are, but I thank you from the bottom of my heart for restoring my hope today. Also to those of you who are too far out of town to make the drive who ordered kits online. You are awesome! Thank you for going above and beyond past what anyone would expect. And of course a huge thank you to ALL of you who went out there today. I wish I could give you all a great big hug!! This world needs these random and intentional acts of love and kindness to thwart the steady demoralization of our world. You are definitely working to maintain the peace and goodness. Thank you! {Just as a side note, the bone marrow drive is going on again tomorrow from 8 am – 1 pm at St. Agnes Church in Ft. Wright, KY.}

And now for some more smiles, here’s this sweeeet stinkin’ baby:

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Love and blessings!

6 thoughts on “Searching for Peace and Goodness

  1. Um, WOW. on the bone marrow drive! It is so great when He give us things like that to restore our faith and hope. I had a similar experience yesterday.

    And thank you for sharing those sweet baby squeals with us! How stinking precious! What a beautiful baby girl you have there 🙂

  2. So, excited to hear the turn out went so well!! Also, had to share on a side note. I was playing your little squeakers video. My great dane Roxie went bananas! Lol! She was tiping her head sideways and looking at me!! Too cute. Thank you so much for sharing with us! God bless and prayers to you and your friend!! ❤

  3. I AM SO HAPPY FOR THE RESPONSE FOR THE BONE MARROW DRIVE. HOPE THERE WILL BE A MATCH FOR SHARON AND SHE WILL BE ON HER WAY TO RECOVERY. I LOVE THE VIDEO OF NORA AND HER LITTLE SQUEALS. IT JUST MAKES ME SMILE A LOT JUST TO SEE AND HEAR HOW GOOD SHE IS DOING. THIS WILL BE A BLESSED CHRISTMAS FOR YOUR FAMILY, AND OF COURSE NORA WILL BE THE CENTER OF ATTENTION. WELL ON TO THE NEXT BLOG. I DID NOT REALIZE HOW FAR BEHIND I HAD GOTTEN. BEEN A VERY BUSY FEW DAYS AT OUR HOUSE. LOVE YOU ALL.

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