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  1. Em says:

    Log-in worked…

    As always, what you’re thinking is good food for thot… The comments that result help me understand where the Church’s mind and the God seekers are focusing each day

  2. Michael says:

    Thanks, Em…though I may not be in my right mind… 🙂

  3. mzakariya says:

    Hey there! This is a test comment from a Happiness Engineer working on your support request. Feel free to ignore or delete this comment.

  4. Em says:

    #2 – so i’ve noticed, Michael… LOL … With all your trials you seem to manage to work thru it, tho
    I get a feed of the late Hoekstra’s daily msg.s – right now the subject is our trials and they’re reminding me what we as born-agains have signed up for…. and how clueless the natural man is (found your p.o. box #, btw and plan to contribute a little something to the expense you’ve been hit with in these internet hoops you have to jump thru – hope others are doing the same now)
    God keep

  5. Duane Arnold says:


    Am I wrong or is that one of the best job titles you’ve ever heard of… “Happiness Engineer”

  6. Michael says:

    They live up to it, too…:-)

  7. bob1 says:


    We can never truly repay the debt we owe our fallen heroes. But we can remember them, honor their sacrifice, and affirm in our own lives those enduring ideals of justice, equality, and opportunity for which generations of Americans have given that last full measure of devotion.

    Barack Obama
    Memorial Day 2018

  8. JoelG says:

    I’m not sure what #5 is referring to specifically, but I find this to be true in general.

    It reminds me of this quote from Buechner:

    “Beneath our clothes, our reputations, our pretensions, beneath our religion or lack of it, we are all vulnerable both to the storm without and to the storm within, and if ever we are to find true shelter, it is with the recognition of our tragic nakedness and need for true shelter that we have to start.”

  9. filbertz says:

    the rate of suicide among veterans and active duty military members remains, tragically, around 22 per day. There are many factors at play, but the services needed to address this are slow in coming.

  10. Michael says:


    We just had that happen with at the family of a long time friend of the blog…what can we do?

  11. filbertz says:

    after the fact, we can talk about the person as a beloved friend and member of the family and recall our experiences and memories as such…and resist the urge to shrink back in shame or anxiety–that is what gives suicide so much power–the shame, guilt, questions, misunderstanding, etc. Too many who have died by suicide are more neglected in death than they ever felt in life. Families need to talk about the fact matter-of-factly, openly, honestly–including all the feelings that go along with loss and grieving. Don’t stuff ’em because it was suicide.

    before the fact–dealing with depression, PTSD, bi-polar disorder, etc must become more accessible and less stigmatized. Effective treatments have been developed for PTSD but are not widely practiced yet. For many veterans, meaningful work/jobs are hard to come by and housing in many regions is difficult to find or afford. For those contemplating ending their lives or have tried before, they need a plan in place of who to call when things get tough–and a promise in place they WILL call, and the person will enact the steps they’ve devised to proceed to help.

    just some suggestions…

  12. filbertz says:

    …and never perpetuate or tolerate the notion that a person who commits suicide is automatically hell-bound. That is a lie from the pit.

  13. Em says:

    #13 – amen!
    In another time you were identified by what you did for a living… I suspect that might still be true… We have a young warrior in our family who was a sharpshooter. Now in civilian life, he has to find a new identity and further, when asked what you did in the military, you don’t really want to say that you were are sniper, so life at age 30 finds one a non person…? No one should come out without a path to a useful life mentored by the military; it should be part of the obligation to them..
    Even if you have nothing handicapping you, it must be hard to be a young person in today’s micro managed society… How to get on this merry-go-round that never slows?

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