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but darling,

             in the end,

             you’ve got to be

             your own hero,

             because everybody’s 

             busy

             trying to save 

                            t h e m s e l v e s.

                                                                -Unknown

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It was almost 13 years ago that the shootings took place at Virginia Tech that is about 60 miles from our home.  It was about 19 years ago that the September 11th tragedy took place.  

For each of us there have been events in our lives that shaped our emotion and even our fear.  Maybe it was a space shuttle explosion or one of our presidents being shot.  There are many things that has shaped our lives, things on a global scale as well as things much closer to home.

There will come a day when we look back on the pandemic known as COVID-19 and share the stories of what we experienced.  I wish we were already looking back, but I believe we have a lot more pain and reality ahead of us at this point.  But a day is coming when is will be over.

While we are in the middle of the sickness and hearing all about it day in and day out we have to keep our faith.  We have to know truth.  That is why I choose to point us to God and to the Bible.

When the Virginia Tech shootings happened, I shared the following verses that remain true and may help us again deal with the pain and uncertainty around us.

Psalm 86:2 NLT

Protect me, for I am devoted to you. Save me, for I serve you and trust you. You are my God.

The only place to turn is to God. He is in control.

Psalm 33:4 NLT

For the word of the Lord holds true, and we can trust everything he does.

Psalm 56:3 NLT

But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.

Proverbs 3:5 NLT

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.

Proverbs 29:25 NLT

Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.

1 Peter 1:21 NLT

Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory.

Help others see that God is still God and that He is worthy of our trust even when difficult news comes or the pandemic seems to have no end in sight.

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The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. Le Guin
Yes. There’s really only one question that can be answered, Genry, and we already know the answer… . The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.
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The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. Le Guin
But I do fear you, Envoy. I fear those who sent you. I fear liars, and I fear tricksters, and worst I fear the bitter truth. And so I rule my country well. Because only fear rules men. Nothing else works. Nothing else lasts long enough. You are what you say you are, yet you’re a joke, a hoax. There’s nothing in between the stars but void and terror and darkness, and you come out of that all alone trying to frighten me. But I am already afraid, and I am the king. Fear is king! Now take your traps and tricks and go, there’s no more needs saying. I have ordered that you be given the freedom of Karhide.
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Unknown -  David with the Head of Goliath, 1650 - 1699, Palazzo Farnese, Rome (and detail).

Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio), Davide Con La Testa di Golia (David with the Head of Goliath), 1609 - 1610, Galleria Borghese, Rome (and detail). 

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Unknown
Isn’t it strange? There are so many people out there who secretly love someone. And there are so many people out there who have no idea that someone secretly loves them.
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A tale of Unknown

This is a tale.
This is a tale of a small baby, and how she got to grow as a strong woman, followed by the fear.

In an undetermined place on an undetermined time, a small baby arrived to the world. The Unknown girl was received with the greatest love the world has ever seen. However, little did she know how she was going to be followed, through all her small life by fear.

Hard times were passing by in Undetermined Place. Nevertheless, Unknown was always given the best her surroundings could afford. Unknown was the small treasure that was meant to keep the surroundings holding together. Unknown became the center of attention to Love. From thereon nothing else mattered to Love. All of Love’s sacrifices and efforts were going to be always directed to Unknown. However, even though Love tried its hardest to go through the darkest times, Fear was there, always, to shake and brake the cement and destroy the roots that keep on trying to establish and grow.

The thing about this tale, is that there are sometimes where Fear is welcomed as if there is no Fear, how would Unknown enjoy Love ever? But, in regular times Fear would only appear as the trigger to survival.

The thing about this tale is, that Fear was always there. In good times and in bad times. As much as Love tried to always show the best side of Undetermined Time to Unknown, Fear was present to disrupt the moment.

It is known how memories are made. Memories can come from any time and place in life. Memories were made for Unknown in order to keep records of her small life. Memories can be enjoyable and treasured. Memories can be rough and become nightmares.

The thing about this tale is that as much as Love tried to put effort into creating cheerful memories for Unknown, Fear was always there. Always there, not to destroy the memory completely, but to add the bit of sourness to transform every memory into tiny pieces of bittersweetness. Hence, every memory made by Love from there on would be stained by Fear.

Undetermined time kept on passing by, and Unknown was not the small baby anymore. Unknown became a strong woman, with her own sense of humor and thinking. Little did she know, that even though Love was always going to be by her side, Fear would never let her grow.

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