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Updated on August 31, 2017
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Political Science, Philosophy, Business were majors and minors in undergrad. Post areas in Law, Security, Insurance and Theology.

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Do Not Feel Guilty That Through Compassion and Empathy You Cry

A letter to all the disciples of love. I know that by exposure we experience the suffering of catastrophe more than a comparison to far worse horrors in our world. We should ask “why lord is this more important than an earthquake in Tibet?” And I tell you my friends in a way it is more important. Not the devastation, not the loss of property and life and not the sorrow.

However it stands just like the thousands of candles on the mountain side. Not the magnitude of disaster but our ability to shine on the world our compassion and bravery in the face of hell. Mr. and Mrs. America and child America and all those in between we look to you for courage and good faith.

An amazing truth that now one eye is truly dry. During this time crime across our nation is down. In Houston we have lost less lives to the storm than we do in a month of nights of violence and plain natural old age and cancer. God has not shown me the enlightenment in such a fact. But I pray that one life not lost to violence may be a reason of something far larger than my brain can understand. Something strange is that it is reported, although maybe wrong, that no human has lost a life do to normal natural causes in 3 days in Houston. You figure that out. Perhaps not totally wrong but enough right to think about.

We have a preaching moment. We have a teaching moment. We assume some shall actually lose their lives. We retreat to our closets and pray in our own way, not trying to appear pious during a time when others suffer so. We are allowed to even feel sorry for ourselves as our fellow’s hardship brings us pain of our own. Do not think poorly of yourself for such pain please. Endure it, cry it and know that you deserve to feel sorry for yourself for your own humanity.

Is love something that must be retrieved and revered only in times of problems? Let us just to look to that crazy idea of love a bit; Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Written for Katrina Hurt

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Sometimes you just need to hunker down in place.
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Just Feeling and Thinking Without Solving. Like Listening to A Spouse - Do Not Try To Fix It, Just Care.

In my home we pray daily for the fact that we have gratitude. They are prayers of thanksgiving. No less are we to pray that we find sorrow amidst the suffering of friends and enemies alike. So pompous am I today to even imagine that a sermon now would give our world solace and direction. Yet that is what us preacher men do. A duty? An obligation? A love? Yes to these and to all who feel it. My wife has offered money to those there in hell’s current gate. This will be directed. My wife has offered to transport and house children from there. We have prayed unceasingly. And yet our faith without works is but an empty gong. Our uncle and therefor his children and grandchildren report safety and yet disruption. The small ones may come to us for a few months of school so adults can tend to rebuilding schools and homes. Who knows, maybe a year. Could that even be a burden?

Now I do have greater hope for you. All of you can do better than me. All of you can love more deeply and give more completely than I. Had I not fallen from the heights you maintain I would not be able to warn you against falling.

Are you and I to rally like a fight song charge? We think not because this is short of time and of excited endurance. No we must stand fast and longsuffering. We must be steadfast and patient in our love. A strange thing hit me today and I wrote on my calendar for December fourth, “donate more for Houston.” (December 4th is my “chosen” day = the day I was adopted) When the party is all over who remembers that the love fest was inspirational yet not sustainable.

I urge you friends to mark on your calendar a date 4 or more months away to donate. Love must not be fleeting and then forgotten. Our inspired intention now may sustain others.

Now what are we to make of such disasters? Are we to sit tight glued to our TVs and figure out the science? Are we to shout out and proclaim no God because no God would allow this to happen? Are we to decide that God stinks because of such? Or perhaps we are to sit back and blame it on man. Do we wonder and contemplate such matters? If I had any such answers to any such questions I would surely relate them to you. Silly old me, I have no answers. But I do have some thoughts on the matter. It would be my hope to bring you some good thoughts to share with yourself if not with others.

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First Responers

This Boy May Break His Mom's Heart and Become a First Responder. God Bless.
This Boy May Break His Mom's Heart and Become a First Responder. God Bless. | Source

Not Making Sense

And so we look at ourselves to see a reflection of a storm. I wonder why we cannot take in and give out just the right amount of love. Why do we sometimes cry and sometimes laugh rather than just being even keeled for our whole life. How come we get all crazy with a new love and think of nothing else and yet become complacent at ten years of marriage? Why, and I mean really why, does a parent feel happy at dealing with a crying, pooping, spitting and fussy baby and angry at a teenager that does far less?

Why do we rue the day on some matters and take others that are even worse like water just shed off a ducks back? Because I am a preacher man I can answer with a quote from Kipling to the effect; “If we can take triumph and disaster and treat those two imposters just the same”. On earth who can say that wailing and gnashing of teeth is bad. “well I can because I am a victim of a violent storm”. Is my brother John any less of a victim as he feels Bob’s pain? You may be selling but this boy is not buying.

Are we convinced that group pain is not real? Are we convinced that group love is not real?

So let this old boy preacherman let you in on the reality of “Why Lord, if you are good, would you let this happen?”

My elder son was a climber. Just go play in the yard son. And then a screeching yell followed by a painful mourn. Of course he climbed the tree and jumped four feet to the roof and then jumped off the roof. I should have stopped him? The man stuck in his car in flood waters. Perhaps to show the courage of the volunteer who saved him?

That may be simpleton thought to you. And in some ways it is to me. But it gives me that gnawing feeling that something along those lines is in the mix. Natural disasters remind me of my humanity. Yes we are all gods to a degree but that does not give us clarity into the allowance or motivation of God.

Please Make a Better Prayer Than Mine and Share it

Please join me and others in pray: Please help our neighbors in their time of need and let loss of property remind us that the priority must be love and not things. Let all be supplied with needs of survival and recovery through loving hearts void of ill intentions.

Houston's Suffering Is Our Land Also


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I like you comment Lawrence thank you.

      For some reason it hit my cantankerous mind the New Zealand was not recovering but the inhabitants were. Just a strange thought in a troubled mind ;-)

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      12 months ago


      Seven years on, New Zealand is still recovering from three major earthquakes, this message applies just as much for us.

      Great hub

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bronwen, I am careful in how I might say it so that it does not minimize another's suffering. But I really can see the good in everything that happens on God's planet. I cannot know his majesty but I trust. It is good that God allows us to pray before after and during troubling events.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Catherine please stay safe. Are they recommending evacuations yet? Know that our West Coast hearts are with you.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      14 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      Our tears, sometimes of happiness and joy, can come at unexpected moments and surprise us. Our Father is truly a God of surprises.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      14 months ago from Orlando Florida

      The pictures of the victims of the storm an flood in Houston are terrifying. And now my sympathy for them has to be tuned closer to home. I live in Florida. Hurricane Irma may hit a little too close to home--literally. It may hit my home. I'm hoping I come out of it OK.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Shannon thank you for your comment. You brought it right home and personal. Here is an interesting one on degrees. My uncle did not evacuate. Garage filled about 7 inches of water. Now if that was me I would have done whatever it took to get out. Sending more prayers.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Audrey it kind of makes me think about the "idle mind is the Devil's workshop".

      Perhaps our current need for being against everything is the result of too much time on our hands. Houston redirected that energy.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora, my heart and prayers do indeed go out to those involved. Thank you for coming by and reminding us that we need to stay with Houston in prayer.

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      Shannon Henry 

      14 months ago from Texas

      You are so right that months down the road people will still be recovering. Just got an update from my sister in law who had to be rescued by boat and then bussed to Louisiana. She is finally back in TX, but not at home. Her home was on higher ground, but many others were not so lucky and water went all the way into their homes. They live between two flooded rivers. And then my husband's cousin's son still can't get back to his home to check the damage. Recovery will take a long, long time. I believe the entire state appreciates the prayers of strangers as much as all the other good will shown.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      14 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Thanks Eric for sharing your thoughts here. A terrible tragedy. Through all the loss, horror and devastation Houston has managed to tear down the boundaries of race, background and even financial status to share one common thread - to help the needy.

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      Dora Weithers 

      14 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, I join in the prayer. I've spoken to several friends in the disaster area. One may lose her home completely, but is blessed to have her parents living not very far away and they are dry. Others are not so fortunate. Let's pray for their peace and sanity, and do whatever we can to help.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Looking forward to more Lori

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lori you said it great. Most men can even direct a futball game from their Barka Loungers. Monday mornings are overflowing with those same armchair quarterbacks. I do believe had you been there you would have loved all you could.

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      Lori Colbo 

      14 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      I don't have any time for a well thought out response. There is a lot in here. Suffice it to say, disaster brings out kindness. But it's easy when we are in a comfortable place we can also be desensitized. Great message. I will be back.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I love that saying.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Please stop that Bill!! You say what takes me a full article to say in 3.5 lines :-)

      Probably what makes me a preacher and you a pro.

      Thanks a bunch for always supporting me friend.

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      A B Williams 

      14 months ago from Central Florida

      Well stated Bill.

      Unselfish and random acts of kindness always shine through, the storms of life.

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      Bill Holland 

      14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Horrible for sure....but the acts of kindness by complete strangers are what I'll take from this disaster. In an increasingly cynical world, we still have the capacity to rise above ourselves and be all that we can be.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Tim.

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      Tim Mitchell 

      14 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Great article bringing awareness that prayer led by love is powerful. Helplessness at times inspires courage as well as a sense of mourning. All who are aware are experiencing that now whether there or here watching the TV. Prayers are said.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I get all excited and get in an old Episcopal preacher mode. And it is so cool that my unschooled wife just holds my hand and it cuts the crap and love and prayer put us right with life.

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      A B Williams 

      14 months ago from Central Florida

      "If you hear the song I sing

      You will understand...listen

      You hold the key to love and fear

      all in your trembling hand

      Just one key unlocks them both

      It's there are your command

      Come on people now

      Smile on your Brother

      Everybody get together

      Try to love one another right now"


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