SOMETIMES, people say “everything happens for a reason”. I say Bollocks!. This week, at Ft. Hood Texas, brave soldiers died FOR NO GOOD REASON. I hope that those surrounding those soldier’s friends and families have the good sense to NOT SAY “everything happens for a reason”. Some things, very awful things like mass killings, wars, accidents and disease just happen.
Saying that everything has a reason implies some sort of divine plan working it’s way in these awful events. I refuse to believe that. I am not one to evangelize openly, but if you’ve been reading here, you know my opinions are freely shared. My opinion is that the world is not a pre-ordained, set in stone series of happenings sending us into the “end-times”. My opinion is that God is not there to prevent these things, only there to help us get through him. I’m not suggesting that intervention never happens, for that is un unprovable hyposthesis. And plainly, I don’t have the answers!
SOMETIMES, things happen by chance that just seem to make sense.
Earlier this week as I was hearing and reading the news of mass killings among our military, I opened an email from a dear “blog friend” and regular here at Kansas Mediocrity; Ann, a Scottish lady who has lived in Ausrtralia for quite some time. In that email was this wonderful song, “A Pittance Of Time”. Thanks Ann, very touching. Please take a pittance of time to enjoy the video.
I end my commentary with the shortest verse in the Bible; John 11:35……JESUS WEPT.
On November 11, 1999 Terry Kelly was in a Shoppers Drug Mart store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At 10:55 AM an announcement came over the store’s PA asking customers who would still be on the premises at 11:00 AM to give two minutes of silence in respect to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for us.
Terry was impressed with the store’s leadership role in adopting the Legion’s “two minutes of silence” initiative. He felt that the store’s contribution of educating the public to the importance of remembering was commendable.
When eleven o’clock arrived on that day, an announcement was again made asking for the “two minutes of silence” to commence. All customers, with the exception of a man who was accompanied by his young child, showed their respect.
Terry’s anger towards the father for trying to engage the store’s clerk in conversation and for setting a bad example for his child was later channeled into a beautiful piece of work called, “A Pittance of Time”. Terry later recorded “A Pittance of Time” and included it on his full-length music CD, “The Power of the Dream”.