Friday, February 25, 2011
God is so good. I say this because I feel it, I have seen it, and I believe it. But I wonder if I could say it, if I had was the one who just lost a brother, my boyfriend, or best friend.
My love and prayers go out to those who have just lost someone they dearly love. I am so sorry for your loss--I don't know how to see good in this--but I pray that you will feel Gods goodness, even if you cannot see it. That you will feel His goodness of comfort, support and love.
God is so good. I say this because I feel it, I have seen it, and I believe it. But I wonder if I could say it, if I had was the one who just lost their house, loved on, or city to a devastating earthquake.
My friend is currently living in Christchurch New Zealand and experiencing this devastation first hand. I talked with her last night and my heart broke a little when I heard her recount the horrendous events of the past few days.
Today my life is great, the sun is out, my family is happy--but many people are hurting, and this bliss could end in one second. I could get a phone call that would change everything right now. I hope that we can remember to uplift those who are dealing with great suffering. When I acknowledge the pain and suffering many people face each day--it reminds me that life is all about perspective and maybe, just maybe if we took another perspective we would realize that we are blessed. We are truly blessed and that we should use that blessing to help in any way we can.
Life is too short and fragile not to tell those you love, how much you love them and to support those who need it.
Posted by Elliot LaPlante at 8:05 AM
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Last night I got to visit Bangladesh--I closed my eyes--and instantly I was there.
The black cloud of sleep rushed me back, while my body lay nestled in my bed.
I got to stay only a few hours--but they were blissful hours.
I arrived and all the children just looked. Finally out of the corner of my eye I spotted Ruthy. Ruthy ran in full sprint--as fast as her little, knobby legs could carry her. She was heavier then I remembered. I felt her new weight settle in my arms--and her clammy little hands grab me tight--as if to say, "I am never letting go."
I saw Marissa, Amy, Mark, Hanna and so many others. They slowly found their way over to me--each quizzing me--making sure I knew their name. They had changed--they were bigger and older.
I woke-up this morning, to big snow flakes dancing outside my window, and my heart longing to wake-up to something different. To wake-up to green rice fields and no obligations. Waking-up to uninhibited smiles and warmth.
Every morning no matter where I am--I want to wake-up not wishing for something different, but valuing what I have. I want to wake up to uninhibited smiles, sincere joy, and uncontested happiness.
I wonder what needs to be tweaked in my life so that this can be a reality--not simply something found in a dream.
Posted by Elliot LaPlante at 7:48 AM
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Someone I love has been hurting a whole lot. Hurting to her very soul. Being in love is risky--and there seems to be nothing more painful than a broken heart.
Seeing her pain, feeling her tears, hugging her little achy body--hurts. It hurts me. I think there is little, more difficult, to watch, then hurt that cannot be comforted with words. Hurt that just hurts and nothing said can fix or alleviate that hurt. It just has to hurt.
Harsh words fly--they cut deep and gouge in. They anchor their hooks of hurt, embarrassment, questioning and self-doubt.
Sometimes life is messy. It hurts and we hurt.
I sometimes think that if we all could just live by this--there would be a whole lot less hurt that words could not heal. A whole lot more smiles and happy, joyous hearts.
"Above all else, guard the affections of your heart;
the emotional attachments you make
determine the course of your life.
Watch what you say and how you say it;
always speak the truth and never with hostility about
anyone or anything.
Look straight ahead;
focus on what is good and right.
Think carefully about which direction you're going and
walk only on solid ground.
Don't swerce to the right of to the left;
dont turn down the road of wickedness."
Posted by Elliot LaPlante at 8:10 AM
there is just something so wonderful about:
- sleeping until you are no longer tired--and waking up to the sound of nothing\
- clean, soft, new sheets
- sunshine outside my window
- morning stretching
- knowing that in just 5 short days I will be enjoying a three-day-weekend!
- some bible time
- laying in bed, cuddled under a comforter--appreciating the little things in life.
- Vintage Valentines to send to my loves
I hope your weekend has been wonderful and full of little joys! My sister has been here and I just LOVE having her here, she sure is my bestie.
Posted by Elliot LaPlante at 7:56 AM