By Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jun 09, 2018
Keep It Simple Susie: Be Kind.

You may not have much money, earthly goods or talent, but there is one thing you can do that will change  the world one person at a time: BE KIND.

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Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jun 17, 2018 06:58

Lest we forget what is written on the Statue of Liberty:

New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Is this written on the door of your church? On the door of your home? On the door of your HEART? We seem to have forgotten it as a nation, let us not forget it personally.

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jun 12, 2018 13:40

Sharing how he has coped after his son’s suicide last year, megachurch pastor Rick Warren urged Southern Baptist pastors on Monday (June 9, 2014) to let their times of suffering be acts of ministry.

“Behind every publicly successful ministry, there is private pain,” Warren said at the Southern Baptist Convention’s Pastors’ Conference. “Pain is God’s megaphone. There is no testimony without a test. There is no message without a mess. There is no impact without criticism.”

Warren’s son, Matthew, 27, who suffered from mental illness, killed himself five days after Easter in 2013.

“If your brain doesn’t work right and you take a pill, why are you supposed to be ashamed of that?” Warren asked. “It’s just an organ, and we have to remove that stigma.”

Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Southern California, urged his fellow Southern Baptist pastors to draw close to others when they are suffering. He said a small group of men were on the scene within half an hour to comfort him when Matthew died. They were the same people he met with in their times of crises.

“The more intense the pain, the fewer words you should use,” he said. “You need to show up and shut up.”

As Warren closed his sermon, he knelt before the crowd and invited pastors to come forward for prayer if they were suffering with someone who is mentally ill or if they were facing other problems.

“Your greatest ministry will come out of your deepest hurt,” he said. “We mistakenly think that the world is impressed by how we handle prosperity, but the fact is the world is impressed by how we handle adversity.”

Courtesy Religion News Service.

Posted by: ananur forma | Jun 11, 2018 15:13

thank you Richard for sharing this, with all of us.

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jun 10, 2018 06:57

Let's be perfectly frank. This angst we are living in is not healthy for any of us. Personally, have 12 step recovery, church and close friends with whom I can share anything. When seeing five perfectly sane and "normal" friends having suicidal thoughts it is time to change the game plan. We must not continue on this path of self destruction as a nation that should be full of HOPE, LOVE and POSITIVE EXPECTATION.

Heading out the door to a meeting, walking and leaving those in my path with a kind word and a smile. It isn't much, yet it is all I've got. Ain't got much money, Honey, but am overflowing with the love that God has given me.

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jun 09, 2018 16:09

See what is happening right here in Maine. Amazing!!  The New Americans: Daring Ladies of Deering.



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