A Word

I’m going to ask you to think of a word. When I do, tell me what you see?

Ready?

Here is the word:

Hurricane.

Recently that word has changed many of us. In our recent blog posts, you have read about Hurricane Florence in our community. In the media, you see images showing how impactful these events are.

One image that many don’t see is the image of resilience. I saw a news story about a single home in a Mexico Beach, Fla., neighborhood left standing in the wake of Hurricane Michael. Built to go one step beyond the recommended building code, the home survived sustained winds up to 150 miles per hour. The home’s owner, Dr. Lebron Lackey, shared, “I would like for this to stand for the resiliency of others.”

Luke 6:48

I’m going to ask you to think of another word. Ready?

Foundation

What do you see or think? For some it is that upon which something is built. It can also be the financial underwriting of a non-profit organization.

In architecture there is a point of pressure that happens when the stress is place on an object, called “ a moment”. The definition: the amount of stress on a joint that is caused by a length of any construction element and the weight along or at the end of this component.

We all have those “moments” in life. Bending happens. We don’t break. There is a song we sing called How He Loves. We sing, “You are the hurricane and I am the tree bending beneath the weight of your mercy.”

We grow by bending. It is the “moments”, those pressure points show where we are strongest. Our faith is a key foundation. Having the right kind of support is another important component of strength.

I’m going to ask you to think of another word. Ready?

Before I do, a “poem”. This poem is a reminder our children are learning about building resilience based on the foundation of love, authentic concern and generous, support, compassion and contributions.

I'm hanging on by a thread
And all I'm clinging to is prayers
And every breath is like a battle
I feel like I am not prepared
And death's knocking' on the front door
Pain's creeping' through the back
Fear's crawling' through the windows
Waiting for them to attack
They say "Don't get bitter, get better"
I'm working on switching them letters
But tell God I need a whole lot of hope keeping it together
I'm smiling' in everyone's face
I'm crying' whenever they leave the room
They don't know the battle I face
They don't understand what I'm going through
The world trying to play with my soul
I'm just trying to find where to go
I'm trying to remember the way
I'm trying to get back to my home
But, I can't do this on my own
That's why I'm just trusting in you
Because I don't know where else to go
And, I don't know what else to do

Here is a link to that “poem”. It’s a part of song written to draw attention to an important cause.

The cause? It’s our next word. Ready for the word?

Cancer

What image comes to your mind when you read or hear that word?

Throughout October at B&GH we observed Breast Cancer and Cancer Awareness Month. We placed pink symbols across campus and Fridays were our designated wear pink day and our awareness gathering at Flemington Hall. We had prayer across campus including at our recent Board meeting.

Join us as we continue to pray for our staff, our friends, our loved ones and parents of our children who are winning the battle against cancer.

Pastor Joe Kennedy is our Director of Pastoral Care and Chaplain of Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina.

 

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