Notes from Jan

Making Great or Being Grateful

June 22, 2016

Lately, I’ve been considering Trump’s slogan to,”make America great” with the responsibility we have, as Christians,  to be grateful.

This week, two of my friends forwarded links to two important pieces. It’s my hope that you’ll look them up, read and discuss the issues raised. This is a perplexing, polarizing political muddle we’re stuck in, at this point in America’s history.

Martha forwarded Garrison Keillor’s piece to the Washington Post June 14, 1016, entitled,”The Punk Who Would Be President.”

Judy, through Idonia, sent the link to Ken Burn’s 2016 Commencement address at Stanford.

It’s my hope to print out their words so we can talk about these issues when our family gathers at the beach in a couple of weeks.  Yes, paper copies.

This morning’s Globe carried a front page feature, “As digital words fly, many now prefer sentiments on paper.”  As one who still carries in my purse a small date book to note appointments and reads the paper edition of the Boston Globe, I hail this trend with the millennials.  There’s still nothing quite like going to the mailbox and finding a handwritten letter,  card, or note.

So what does this have to do with Keillor or Burns, both of which you’ll read, thanks to the Internet. I’m not sure, except that some thought books and snail mail were history, once you purchased a Nook, discovered email and went paperless.   And some think our form of government is or should be history.  And maybe that’s because we’ve put more trust in social media than civil discourse and truth.  We’ve shunned history (biblical, World, American and our own) in favor of now.

And what does gratitude have to do with any of this?

Maybe I’ll leave that to you to decide after you’ve read Keillor and Burns.






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  • Reply wendy lane June 23, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Scary times. Good thing God is on the throne . We will need Him more than ever after this next election. And that is not a bad thing.

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