Archive for God

In Memoriam : Columbia Crew

Posted in Airplane crash, Death, Grief, Heroism, History, Inspiration, Legacy, Life, Loss, Memorialization, Mourning, NASA, Patriotism, Poetry, Remembrance, Space, Thought For Today, Tragic death with tags , , , , on February 1, 2015 by Morguie

Re-publishing this post we wrote a year ago, honoring the Shuttle crew of the tragic accident which claimed their lives just prior to their landing in Texas in 2003.

 

In Memoriam: COLUMBIA CREW — 02/01/2003

space-shuttle-columbia-sts-107-crew-orbit-file

columbia-crew

columbia_crew

“High Flight”

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air….

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
– Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

———–John Gillespie Magee

 

Shuttle Columbia - front middle - Arlington Na...

Shuttle Columbia – front middle – Arlington National Cemetery – 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

k-bigpic

 

Enhanced by Zemanta

Accidents — They Happen

Posted in Death, Faith, Family, Grief, Hope, Life, Loss, Mourning, Traffic Accident, Tragic death with tags , on July 6, 2014 by Morguie

angel..

 

 

I am reminded yet again, of how short life can be; of its fragility. I read an awful local news story today.

Our good family doctor and also close personal friend, was involved in a terrible accident on the night of July 4th as he was driving home.

Through dynamics which are not clearly understood at this time, the doctor’s car rear-ended a car carrying

 five people. The car burst into flames — and three of the five could not be removed from the burning car.

Only a child and an adult could be rescued from the inferno.

The child was badly burned over 60% of his body. The adult, badly injured as well.

The doctor was not seriously injured.  However, the burden he feels, no doubt, has cast him into great suffering.

Ironic, that such a wonderful person, whose life has been dedicated to healing and alleviating pain,

should somehow, unintentionally, find a part in the tragic deaths of anyone.

I cannot imagine the terrible angst and sorrow everyone close to this event must be feeling right now.

At a time like this, it is just too horrible to imagine.  There are no words.

Sometimes…accidents…they happen.

My heart is heavy as I keep them all in my thoughts and prayers.

So, merciful God, if you are listening… please help them to get through this most difficult time.

Comfort those who survive this tragic event. 

Heal those who are injured.

Bring peace and consolation to those who grieve, everywhere.

Amen.

©2014, C.S. Thompson.

 

Other accidents and random tragedies in “Related articles” here:

“If I Died Today” — Peace –part 2 of 2

Posted in Beauty, bereavement, Children, Death, Divorce, Faith, Family, Friendship, Future, Gratitude, Grief, History, Hope, Inspiration, Life, Losing A Parent, Loss, Love, Musing, Parenting, Philosophy, Spirits, Thought For Today, Wisdom with tags , , , , on June 25, 2014 by Morguie

Well, here is the conclusion to my own search for personal peace.

 

If I Died Today:

 

I KNOW I COULD GO without reservation, unresolved issues, or regrets, because:

 

  • I am blessed to have had the fantastic opportunities I’ve had and for all the blessings I’ve received through the accomplishments made from my seizing on them;

 

 

  • I believe I was a good, well-intentioned, and loving mother to my precious girls, Holly and Caitlin.  God knows I tried, yet I believe I could have done some things a lot better than I did…but I didn’t know it at the time. I apologize for that, yet my children insist there is nothing to be sorry for. For the most part, my basic job is completed, but not without giving lots of credit to others in aiding me, where raising my children has been concerned. They are the sum total of all the shaping and loving they received.

 

 

hollysfamilyMar3120121

 

 

 

  • So, now that there is yet a newer generation, I live in the ‘here and now’ by truly taking in all that I possibly can as I enjoy our time together.  I continue to worry, pray, obsess over the safety and well-being of those baby girls of mine, their children, and those dear to them and will for as long as I have breath in my body — no matter that they are pretty much in control (to an extent) of their dreams, goals, and lives as full-fledged adults now.  Nothing could come between us to break the bond of unconditional love and maternal protection I hold for them, nothing. I would happily die for them. No question.

 

 

MyGirls1992

 

 

 

 

 

  • I mostly believe that, overall,  I turned out to be a decent and conscionable, generally likable human being. I answer to my conscience, my responsibilities, and attempt to account for what I own — deeds, mistakes, mistaken choices of words used with or against others. I still have much to learn about patience, acceptance of things that are out of my control, forgiveness of self, forgiveness of others.
  • I believe I am generally a good-hearted and worthy human; One that my Dad and Mom are able to say they’re proud of. Dad is gone, but he remains with me daily in the wisdom he imparted and the loving encouragement he gave. I’m fortunate Mom is still here, and my love and respect is still growing for the champion she’s been for me and all she’s given to me in my life. I look more like her  with each passing day. I am humbled when someone says “You remind me of your mom” or “You take after your Daddy, he used to think about or do things the same way.” No compliment could be more of an honor, truly.

I regret I put them through some serious grief when I was a rebel teen…but they never stopped loving me. Or supporting all that needed to be supported.  I am grateful my girls had them to model after and learn from…since their Dad and I could not be for them the set of parents they really deserved.

 

 

 

  • I certainly have my own share of life’s personal mistakes, blunders, troubles, and regrets to create nagging guilty twinges, though. When I am really looking to entertain myself on sleepless evenings, I just lie awake worrying about all the things I cannot fix or make better or wish could somehow magically transform to a more pleasant conclusion. I find myself sorrowful for those times I chose the lesser good over the greater good; I ask only forgiveness from those I have caused any disappointment, bitterness, or pain. I forgive those who have done harm to me, in return.

 

 

  • And, I feel so grateful to have loved, lived, and been privy to all of the beauty, joy, and marvelous memories that I have enjoyed and been part of,  thus far. I am extremely fortunate just to…have…lived. Gratitude flows from my heart to  all friends, family, my neighbors, God … each and every day. Thankful to have had so much love and support, at all times.

I find much reward in knowing I can and do make worthy contributions in the lives of others, as much as they make in mine.

 

  • I know I have been loved, cherished, and held dear by those who matter the most. I appreciate that they cared, in ways big and small, that I should arrive, thus far, in good spirits, health in tact, and with talents and abilities to share with others… Without those helping souls and kindred spirits, I would not ‘be.’ I hope to pass it on by inspiring and encouraging others.

 

 

  • I thank the unseen power of love and fate. I was able to survive evil so that I might learn to respect and love myself. It was then that I was able to discern true good, true love, and open my heart again, to someone who showed me how love is meant to feel, to be, and for that blessing I am grateful, and happy.  With him, I am safe, loved, and cared for.035

 

 

  • I am humbled by the compassion, empathy, and well-wishes I have received from total strangers, whose names I never knew, as I made the journey through times of sunshine and the times of hardship and pain. Those people live on in my own feelings of compassion, empathy, pity, and mercy…and in the actions that I find myself taking and exhibiting,  along my walk through life. These gifts of hope, encouragement, and humanity have contributed to the complete person I am. They inspire  me to remember the less fortunate and weak of spirit, to lend my help when it is needed, and exhibit genuine concern by actions I take and words I use.

I strive to pass these forward when I sense the slightest opportunity. (Ask the stranger I hugged at the gas pumps recently. He just needed to know he was worthy of joy and respect, too.) He’d  never heard anybody actually tell him so. Our paths crossed for a special reason that day.

 

I am extremely grateful to have become aware of and a part of the people who make this blog a jewel in my crown of accomplishments. You have all given me the encouragement to develop a place  worthy of being followed by over 400 readers in 70+ nations since I began posting here just a little over a year ago. I am grateful for the thoughts you share and the good I have found in your works as well. Thank you for making it possible to have a sense of purpose here.

 

MOST OF ALL:

 

  •  I am happy that I could pass any wisdom I’ve been shown of life to my girls.  I am always learning, and trying to learn from them, too. They are everything I prayed they might become as adults and I am proud that they have taken my life to places I would have missed, were they never to be born mine.

 

 

  • The very essence of my life has been the blessing of having these two girls. My purpose, my destiny, my lasting gifts of love, the joy of being loved and trusted…I have received so very much, learned so much, been made into the very person I am due to what you have given to me through the miracles of your births.   What an awesome sense of joy!

 

 

 

 

If I died today….I have no fear of what lies beyond this earthly realm.

 

I have arrived at my own sense of peace. So, YES, I believe I would die in a state of contentment, today, should the Fates so decide to issue my number in the Lotto of Life.   Forward-looking means no looking through the rear-view at what has passed; only concentrating on what is ahead. 

 

 

 

So….I have no plans to go anywhere, anytime soon. 

 

“My good Grim Reaper, goest thou away, I shall go with you

 

some other day!”

 

 

 

Now, it’s your turn to find your peace. Pack the deathbed concerns in a box, lock it, and lose that key. Write it out as a letter to yourself, then burn it. Make the past tangible and toss it in the waste can.   That’s finished business.   🙂

 

Live life in the way it was intended– be fully present and unfettered by worry. Each day is a gift.

 

©2014, C.S. Thompson.

 

 

 

CJ-tile

CJ and her Prince– 2014

 

 

 

 

babby&Button

My grandsons, June 2011

 

 

 

 

My Oldest Daughter, Holly and her sons--- Baby Nate and Justin 2012

My Oldest Daughter, Holly
and her sons— Baby Nate and Justin
2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1527794_639956212735370_1497044852_n

My ‘baby’ daughter, Caitlin, my “Tee-Rosie” 2014

 

 

 

 

TeeRosie (l) Holly (r) 2014

TeeRosie (l) Holly (r) 2014

 

 

 

 

 

“If I Died Today” — Peace – part 1

Posted in Beauty, Children, Death, Divorce, Family, Future, Gratitude, Grief, Hope, Inspiration, Life, Losing A Parent, Loss, Love, Parenting, Philosophy, Relationships, Thought For Today, Wisdom with tags , , , , , , on June 24, 2014 by Morguie

Today’s post is the first in a series I am planning about the aspects of DEATH as it concerns us PERSONALLY. OUR  own demise. Mine. Yours. All with the realistic hope and intent  to provoke  helpful thoughts, plans, ideas, and commentary in the task of readying OURSELVES for our own end-of-life, mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually, and sensibly.  I hope to be able to guide the series in the direction of attaining a sense of ‘personal peace’ as the main goal.

At no time is this series meant to be taken as financial, legal, medical, or other professionally metered advice, expert recommendation or testimonial, or any other service or product associated with any authority, agency, or regulated industry licensed in the areas mentioned.

This is just a series simply in search of peace of mind and a sense of readiness BEFORE our eventual ends;  based on a funeral service professional’s career observations and general thoughts on end-of-life aspects that people tend to happily ignore or overlook, or leave for survivors to contend with later. 

 

Assessing Your Personal Life Timeline — A Bare-Naked and Honest Approach Yields Best Results! 

After all, the only fool you’d be out to fool, is…you. It’s your life, your peace. I have no need to know YOUR truth. Just my own. So being honest with yourself, is…KEY, really, if you want to know how to keep or attain a true sense of peace within yourself. Otherwise, you’re wasting valuable time with this.

I will use my own personal life as the example. After all, this conversation needs a place to BEGIN.

 

Have you ever pondered the end of YOUR own life? I mean, REALLY, really given it more than just a fleeting thought? Many people halfheartedly pooh-pooh this very question. YOU do, I do. We feel awkward at the mere thought that there WILL (and, yes, I am afraid it absolutely.will.happen) come a day that we basically wake up d-e-a-d.

 

Where am I?  HEY!!! Where are my PANTS?

Where am I? HEY!!! Where are my PANTS?

‘Perish the thought!’

 ‘Jeezzzz, don’t bring that morbid crap up now, for God’s sake!’

‘You have a point, but I’m not concerned; what the hell, I’ll be dead anyways, hahhahaha!’

 

It’s not a hysterically popular ice-breaker at the family reunion, the annual Fourth of July fireworks show, or the ordinary, quiet,  Sunday dinner table.

No…it’s really more like a conversation you sit down with yourself to have. Soul-searching, as it were.

So when are we supposed to mull this impossibly morbid concept?  Precisely when, after the candle is blown out, the book is put away, and we lay our weary heads down to sleep, of course!  Exactly AT THE MOMENT our lids close.  Am I right?

(I suppose I should have prefaced this post with a disclaimer, warning you of one potentially sleepless night ahead, should you read this at the end of your day…oops, my bad. Too late, the seed has been planted…can’t unring this bell.)

Let’s get this over with, now so we can get it behind us before it’s too late — our last moments should not be a time of regret; just a time of peace. 

 

I have often laughed it off, myself. That nervous little laugh, you know, the kind of giggle you exude to cover up that creeping fear or worry you hide deep down.

Yes, I am guilty of a teensy bit of death anxiety. It’s true. For the record, even funeral directors are a little worried about d-e-a-t-h.

Sssshhhh, we don’t want to scare the little ones with this ‘talk.’

But, seriously, folks…let’s really begin to prepare ourselves for that day that is seemingly so far ahead in the distant future.

Are you satisfied with what you have been able to accomplish with this time you have been allotted, in  your ‘lifetime?’ 

I’ll confess, before I ever got into “the business of death and the world of the dead,” I had a pretty healthy bit of fear going for myself. I was always most terrified of the possibility of being orphaned as a child. Then, when I grew old enough to realize there was no more to fear in that category, I began to worry about merely becoming abandoned…as in, everybody else that mattered in my personal universe would die off and I would find myself that very lonely… Last of My Tribe. Now THAT’S A HELL OF A CONCEPT to wrap your mind around, JUST as you hope to meet the Sandman, ain’t it?!

Funny enough though, I never gave much, if any thought at all, to my very own personal date with the Grim Reaper. Except  perhaps, when my terribly violent married life came down to one very last and bloody battle on 06/21/1991. That was the day I ended my married life, barely escaping that day with  only my own pathetic, beaten up, unrecognizable yet human-faced, battered, blood-covered life.

But I survived, so then I became most empowered by my liberation from domestic abuse. I began to concentrate on my NEW LIFE. NO TIME TO DIE, just keep on moving on. So much life ahead it almost seems you feel a bit…IN-freakin’-VINCIBLE!  Besides, I had two tiny daughters along for the adventure ahead. Absolutely no time to think of dying. Yet.

My mother disagreed…especially when I rang her up, minutes before I was to climb aboard the aircraft that would take me to 12,500 feet and open the door to allow my voluntary, death-defying, leap out…and the ensuing 50-seconds of idiocy and sheer panic of not being able to breathe, falling thru the blue sky at more than 120 m.p.h. to my potential and utter demise below…Mom chided, pleaded, and scolded, “Please!! Don’t do it, please!! You have LITTLE KIDS HERE that you so carelessly disregard, going off and doing this dumb, dangerous sh*t!! What the hell is WRONG with you!?!?!”

 

prayinghandsrosary

Yeah. WHAT in the blue skies of heaven did I really think I was doing?  She certainly made her point. I told her I loved her, not to worry, and that I’d ring back when I landed. I hung up, freshly supplied with a whole new load of Catholic guilt, and proceeded immediately to achieve the appointed, life-long goal of making my first (and last) tandem free-fall skydive…somewhat clouded by visions of her clasping the Crucifix as she set to praying her heart out that I would not kill myself that day.

 

MyGirls1992

My babies, Holly (L) and Caitlin (R) 1991 Seems I Only “See” them like this when I worry and fret over them. EVEN NOW…in 2014. They will always ‘be this age’ to their Mommy

 

By golly, she’s good!  God saw fit to have mercy on her and I managed to exit-stage-death, sans injury or harm. She’s very, very good! 

AND…I certainly got away with it…again! ‘AHAHAHA!!! Go peel a grape, Grim Reaper! How do ya like me NOW?! HAH!’ Cheated death once more. Smug and full of personal ‘I-can-do-anything’ piss and vinegar, I gave it not another thought, D-e-a-t-h would have to wait until…

later. Lucky for me, it has not recently come knocking for ME. It has been too busy collecting people around me, instead. Good, wonderful friends and relations. I feel worse, even angry, about it when I realize that it seems an AWFUL LOT of ‘bad people’ with true evil in their hearts are slipping past the Reaper man’s radar!

 

 

Illustration: Death Depicted as the Grim Reape...

Illustration: Death Depicted as the Grim Reaper on Top of the World from The Raven (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s just so hard to accept that good people must be called ahead of the most evil. They certainly don’t work it like that down at the DMV.

I thank the powers-that-be when I awake to see each new day. I thank God for the gift of the magic in coffee beans, my old doggy also here for another day, the family of birds in a nest on the patio, my wonderful man, and my beautiful daughters and my grands, Mom, my sister, good friends, and good health…etc. I am grateful for another day of all that makes life special in my little universe.

But, to take for granted that there will be a tomorrow, we just cannot, simply MUST NOT do!

rosebudA

 

My flirtations with death have been, at times, like a courtship…I would play close to the edge of sure catastrophe, as a lover plays hard-to-get…just when the Reaper reached out to snag me up in his gnarled and pale fingers, to give me the fatal kiss, I’d slip through his grasp, taunting and laughing at my victory over him…and he tries again and again. He knows it is just a matter of WHEN, not if, he will ultimately claim the game and the victory for my soul.

Now as I peer back, no longer full of smug satisfaction…I think I was spared death on so many occasions, just to be allowed the privilege and opportunity to wear my devout Mama’s shoes…see how they ‘fit.’  Yes, certainly these shoes are a bit tight, unsteady at the heel, and downright uncomfortable as I attempt to trod along now.

Now I am the one filled with worry and prayerful hope that Almighty God would mercifully keep a protective hand over them and keep all harm from evil at bay, for all matters which pertain to those cherished ones I hold dear in my personal and very special universe.

So…what are my feelings about…tomorrow? If by chance it should start without me?   

 

STAY TUNED FOR THE ANSWER in “If I Died Today”  –Peace – Part 2

.©2014, C.S. Thompson.

CJ Freefallin'

CJ Freefallin’     —  2000

 

 

 

 

Miss Lou Acquiring Lore

Gallery of Life...

Poems & People

what if poems could be symphonies, and people their orchestra?

Remora Philippines

GPS Vehicle Tracker - Philippines

kamakawida

Everyday thoughts and life mysteries

Pilotstories

Der Luftfahrt Blog

Sandys Secret Jar Of Success

Journey to Aim and Reclaim

Recruit 5-10 Reps Per Month

Network Marketing Mastery

.

.

desertskys

“Go then, there are other worlds than these.”

Eastern Lightning

Eastern Lightning, the Church of Almighty God was created because of the appearance and work of Almighty God, the second coming of the Lord Jesus, Christ of the last days. It is made up of all those who accept Almighty God’s work in the last days and are conquered and saved by His words. It was entirely founded by Almighty God personally and is led by Him as the Shepherd. It was definitely not created by a person. Christ is the truth, the way, and the life. God’s sheep hear God’s voice. As long as you read the words of Almighty God, you will see God has appeared.

ANNOTATED AUDREY ART

COLORFUL DESERT-INSPIRED ART, GIFTS AND ACCESSORIES

Quest

Lets share information about everything started from business to services & allow others to know your "X" Factors.

SIUQUXEBOOKS

Book recommendations, inspirational quotes, writing, books, blogging and social issues

Bravely Being Jen

be brave...be strong...be you

MidiMike

A Life's Worth of Observations from a Songwriter and Sound Engineer

ipekseyhanpoyrazkarayel

Asla İdeallerinden Vazgeçme Asla! Never Give Up Your İdeals Never!

Bones Don't Lie

Current News in Mortuary Archaeology and Bioarchaeology

SUCCESS INSPIRERS' WORLD

The World's leading success industry

Here at last, we shall be free.

The journal of Iain S. Thomas.

Lisa Tiller

This blog is about whatever is currently taking my fancy.

How to Make an Alien

It's as easy as 1, 3, 2

Just A Small Town Girl...

Just your average 27 year old diagnosed with E.W.S. at birth... AKA Excessive Writing Syndrome :)

aliaptech1

Ali. Elzubair

Dr. K. L. Register

Just a small town girl who writes about Christian stuff.

Expressive Ponderings

Fiction, photography, thoughts and other ponderings

Climactic Rhyme

Searching for the Poetry in Everything

Where to next?

Riding in cars with dogs

SUGIH forever

Prince Dreamer constructs all his dreams!

My Aunt the WAC

Marian Solomon's midlife transition from the farm to the Women's Army Corps (WACs)

SUBDUED FLAMBOYANCE

A blog by Dr. Abhinav Majumder

What I Know

manatees & dimsocks

jcurtisblog

Government, Economics and Figure Skating

BBR Productions Inc,

Bringing Reality to your Dreams

%d bloggers like this: