Collective Thoughts of An American

     This is an ongoing collection of  thoughts about things as relating to the hope I have for my kids and their generation, and their kids, as they live in this decadent period of America.

birthday cake
Photography by Grace Kennedy or Jerry Kennedy ©1966,©20116
Do Not Hide Your Face From Me
Psalm 102

1{A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and poureth out his complaint before the LORD.} Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee.

2Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily.

3For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth.

4My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread.

5By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin.

6I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert.

7I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.

8Mine enemies reproach me all the day; and they that are mad against me are sworn against me.

9For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping,

10Because of thine indignation and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down.

11My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass.

12But thou, O LORD, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.

13Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.

14For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof.

15So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth thy glory.

16When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.

17He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.

18This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD.

19For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth;

20To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;

21To declare the name of the LORD in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem;

22When the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.

23He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days.

24I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations.

25Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.

26They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:

27But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.

28The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.

King James Bible

     Psalm 102 text reminds me that if I feel I need to complain about things, maybe I should first direct it towards God, Himself. I’m not usually good at stopping and talking to God without distractions but I know that when I do go to Him, He wants my  honesty- and respect. He always seems to let me finish my thoughts and then, in time, will answer in some way. What’s more, He is the only sure listener who will demand a way out of trouble. In one hand He holds the blueprints (plans). And the plans He holds in this MERCIFUL hand are mysterious plans that include life, success (not the money-kind of course), joy beyond human understanding, and much more, even eternal bliss unfathomable in my present thinking with my temporal brain. And in His other hand? In this JUST hand, He sometimes has some kind of discipline that painfully rejects my self-absorbed state, repealing my whoa-is-me issues or my anger issues, and reminding me that in it’s place is hope and peace, fortunately steering me from self-oppression. With both hands, just like my mother did so well, He hugs me and says, “It’s okay. I have your back as long as you face Me. Remember, I will let you know what to do with your anger or feelings about people and events; just read some of those ancient texts every day you can. They become NEW when you read them. Better than magic. I gave these words to you. Why do you think that it’s been impossible for mankind to remove these books, chapters, verses from the face of the earth after all this time? I gave My words to every man in every generation. Most are too distracted through their lives to appreciate it. That’s the plight of humankind. Remember, when you were little and the excitement and joy you had to run out and play in the dirt with your friends. You felt secure and loved. Now go and find ways to love your fellow man today. Have fun.”

birthday cake
photograph courtesy of Jerry Kennedy © 2016
1966, my third birthday as it was pictured here 
with part of the best American family -period!

-victor kennedy Jan 2016


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