Here’s the backstory to the amazing encounter of a hurting Hill aide and a searching Vietnam veteran
By Bret Bernhardt
When was the last time you felt compassion in your work on the Hill?
This challenge shouldn’t come as a surprise, especially if you’ve ever spent time answering calls as a staff assistant. Or try listening to a constituent’s opinion as a legislative correspondent or a legislative assistant.
A great love song captures a moment of realization about the beloved and why they are. Such a song is Bethel Music’s “Goodness of God,” as sung by Jenn Johnson. Photos like the one below can, too, in a sense.
I can hardly ever listen to this beautiful music without being overwhelmed by the realization that God has blessed me so far beyond anything I ever could deserve on my own. And the amazing thing is, He does it simply because that is His love for His children. See Psalm 139:15-16.
Along with “Goodness of God,” I am often reminded of these blessings looking out the window in my home office into the backyard. I’ve always loved Fall leaves, and, as you can see in the accompanying photo, they are here in abundance.
So enjoy the “Goodness of God” on this lovely Fall Sunday afternoon.
Believe it or not, there are actually millions of our fellow Americans who think politics is not something they need or want to think or care about. What Congress, the President and the courts do every day is just not very important to them.
These folks include devout fundamentalist Christians, people who go to church maybe once or twice a year on the traditional holidays, and others who think religion is a joke. In other words, a lot of the people served by congressional aides have little or no concept of the relevance of government to their daily lives.
Cross-examined.org’s Dr. Frank Turek explains why everybody should pay attention to politics, using a satellite photo that shows in vivid black-and-white the most essential difference between North and South Korea. And he makes some points you might find useful over the holidays when family and friends back home ask about your job on Capitol Hill.
There is a magnetic thingie on our refrigerator that says “Lord, help me today to be the person my dog thinks I am.” I swear that, once as I gazed at those words, Twister, our black Lab, gave a dog chuckle, the muttered “Fat chance.” I know that’s what he said because we “get” each other.
There is a serious question to be considered here, though, and that is this: Are we humans “special” in any sense that sets us apart from dogs, cats, buffalo, ants or any of the other of the billions of animals on Earth?
J. Warner Wallace, author of “Cold-Case Christianity” and NBC “Dateline” cold-case detective, addresses this question in response to a student’s recent question.
I will tell you now that Wallace gets it completely wrong on the issue of how smart are Labs, but the rest of his analysis ought to make you think seriously about your place in the world.
HITS Daily reports that West’s new album not only debuted in the top spot on the Top 50 Hits sales chart, it did so with more total sales than the all the other top five entries combined.
“Now that I’m in service to Christ, my job is to spread the gospel, to let people know what Jesus has done for me,” West said during a recent interview with Apple Music’s Zane Low.
“I’ve spread a lot of things. There was a time I was letting you know what high fashion had done for me. I was letting you know what the Hennessy had done for me. I was letting you know all these things but now I’m letting you know what Jesus has done for me,” he said.
“These environments were hostile in so many ways for a person who may or may not have had shoes on, or warm clothing, or a place to sleep. They had to really hide themselves in bushes and marshes. It’s incredible what they were able to do to survive.”
Vietnam? Africa maybe? How about the United States of America, somewhere before the Civil War when Harriet Tubman was running slaves in the Antebellum South on the underground railroad to freedom in the North.