Be Brave, Be Strong

Happy Friday, All!

Once upon a time … there was Friday …. and …. T.G.I.F.!

Did anybody else have a long week? It is better to savor the flavor of this life than to complain, like most of us do, and wish things would “hurry up”! As my Dad used to say, “Where you goin’, boy?” The more mature I become, the better I understand his “saying”.

Could it be that the NBA talks between owners and players may be getting better? I hope so! I even stayed up late watching one of the most exciting World Series that I’ve seen in a while. No particular team, just good baseball playing by both the Cardinals of St. Louis and the Rangers out of Texas. One more game left!

As October closes with Halloween aka All Hallow’s Eve, followed by All Saint’s Day, we move into November towards the end of 2011. For me, this time of year is when families get together and “do things” during the cooler months and usually remain indoors together much more. It is a time of year when some of us get lonely and others feel that life just isn’t treating us right, so to speak. It is during these times that we must reach out to each other on this human journey called “life”. One of the reasons I embrace the Holy Day season is because it may cause us to be introspective as well as extroverted in giving time and comfort to others who may need it. I just want to take a moment to thank so many of you reading this for your friendships and concern, as well as your help, support and in some cases, your love! Peace be still …

This weekend is the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, so much of downtown will be congested and exciting, including all of the Halloween Festivities. Tomorrow, I will attend “The Father’s Summit” at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center, which is sponsored by the Urban League of Broward County. I am always seeking to better understand some of the challenges I continue to face in that realm, even though my only child is already grown up …. In watching the news last night, one more child was recovered from the rubble in Turkey and the little baby recovered earlier is doing well.

“Often our trust is not full. We are not certain that God hears us because we consider ourselves worthless and as nothing. This is ridiculous and the very cause of our weakness. I have felt this way myself.” – Julian of Norwich (TOUCHSTONES October 28th)

Have a great weekend, all, and please be safe!

Peace,

John I. Cook, Director

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