Tuesday, October 21, 2008

How about some good news for a change?



Perhaps not all warm and fuzzy, but at least positive

Check out some links that may make you feel better instead of worse about the world we're living in:

--Evangelist Tim Lee, who lost both legs as a Marine in Vietnam, is making a return trip, taking some fellow veterans with him.

...it was 37 years ago that Mr. Lee stepped on that land mine in Vietnam – enough time, he said, to have healed not only physically but also spiritually.

His faith won't let him be bitter.

"If I could find the man who set the land mine, I'd tell him I love him," said the Rev. Tim Lee, 58, who lost his legs as a Marine in the Vietnam War. "If I could find the man who set the land mine, I'd tell him I love him," he said.


--Encouraging innocence: (From PluggedInOnline's Culture Clips):

QUOTE: "Hold onto that innocence because it is so beautiful, and cherish it because it's priceless—once it's gone, you can't get it back. I think it's important for all women, young girls as well as adults, to love what you see when you look in the mirror, to love your hearts." —fifth-season American Idol finalist Kellie Pickler, whose latest country single, "Don't You Know You're Beautiful," includes these lines: "Hey there little homecoming queen in that back seat/I bet his brown eyes are promising you everything/And I know you want to be just like your friends/ ... But if those girls were being honest that have been where you're at/I bet they'll tell you they wish they had their innocence back."


--Now this one is heartwarming: An Iraqi puppy is re-united with the American soldier who rescued him.

--And finally...at least this is always guaranteed to bring a smile to MY face...a picture of my grandson, Payton (taken while visiting his other grandparents in Idaho.):



Please add your links to happy, encouraging and/or positive stories in my comments section! I think we all could use some good news.

5 comments:

Randy said...

Cindy,

With respect to Tim Lee, I just hope that he has more grace now. He was just a little too rabid for me. JMHO.

Hope you are well.

Randy

Cathy said...

Your little Peyton is so cute, Cindy.

Cindy Swanson said...

Hi Randy! Tim Lee would be the first to tell you that he's discovered grace during the ensuing years since you were probably familiar with him. He admits that he was bound up in legalism at one time, but that his eyes have been opened to what grace is all about. Tim has been a good friend to my extended family, and was especially kind to my parents during my dad's final illness.

Randy said...

Cindy,

That's very good to know. You know I cannot stomach the John Rice and the rabid Jack Hyles stuff. I'm sickened by any legalistic "Do it my way or else" attitude. You know me well enough though to know I believe in holiness. I'm glad to know that Lee "woke" up. I'm glad too that he was a good friend to your family. That's encouraging. Thanks for informing me of this as it refreshing to know that he grew through this. I guess, Cindy, we all do. I was a former legalist myself and regret those former days years ago. There's always a balance though too. The flip side of the coin is those that think they can live "anyway" they want and still be okay with God. That is equally detrimental! My struggle is that I will spend my years decrying "legalism" but I have to be careful not to turn back into a "legalist" in the process. I received the worst treatment after my struggles in '96

I vowed to show compassion along with true repentence to those who needed it. "Scandalous Freedom" by Steve Brown does a great treatment of this very subject.

Randy

Randy said...

Cindy,

That's very good to know. You know I cannot stomach the John Rice and the rabid Jack Hyles stuff. I'm sickened by any legalistic "Do it my way or else" attitude. You know me well enough though to know I believe in holiness. I'm glad to know that Lee "woke" up. I'm glad too that he was a good friend to your family. That's encouraging. Thanks for informing me of this as it refreshing to know that he grew through this. I guess, Cindy, we all do. I was a former legalist myself and regret those former days years ago. There's always a balance though too. The flip side of the coin is those that think they can live "anyway" they want and still be okay with God. That is equally detrimental! My struggle is that I will spend my years decrying "legalism" but I have to be careful not to turn back into a "legalist" in the process. I received the worst treatment after my struggles in '96.

I vowed to show compassion along with true repentence to those who needed it. "Scandalous Freedom" by Steve Brown does a great treatment of this very subject.

Randy

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