Life in General

Miscellaneous observtions on Life

The Bible mentions angels frequently.   Angels are mentioned at least 108 times in the Old Testament and 165 times in the New Testament.   In the New Testament, the doctrine of angels is precisely stated.  Angels are everywhere — the intermediaries between God and man.   I was taught that everyone has a guardian angel based on references to them throughout the Bible.

According to the Bible, angels are spiritual (not physical) beings; and they can take on human form or appearance.

I met one.

It was the month my father took ill;  he had been admitted into the hospital for a respiratory issue.  After some days, the family felt we could take him home, but suddenly he was placed on a ventilator.  After he was on it for a week, our consultations with his doctors proved negative and worrisome.  The doctors wanted to continue the ventilator, but our dad looked uncomfortable on and tried to take it off - he became weaker.   We wanted him taken off, too, and it was a tremendous conflict.

Driving home from the hospital one especially frustrating day, I passed by my church, which is always a great source of comfort to me.   Impulsively and driven by worry, I stopped to see if the pastor was there.   I was told he was not.  The secretary told me there was a seminarian in the church.   I went into the church and while I quietly sat there, the young seminarian came by and asked me if he could help me.   He was such a young priest-in-training, but his kind eyes and compassion affected me; I teared up and couldn’t talk to him.   He sat down by me and remained silent.  It was comforting just to have his presence.

When I got up to leave, he walked me to the door, introduced himself and gave me his card.   I had never seen him before or even knew that we had a seminarian.  I was a frequent visitor at the church as a parishioner. volunteer and Bible class teacher.  I told him my dad was very ill and it did not look hopeful.

I also told him there were other issues in the family going on.  Dad’s ailment evoked some see-saw emotions and not everyone was themselves.  That in itself was disturbing and distracting.  We needed to be a family unit at this time.  He told me he had a similar situation in his own family and shared it.  When it was time for me to go, He asked me where I lived which was a few blocks from the church.  He also asked me how he could reach me  and if he could visit with me at the church again or at my home.  We exchanged numbers and cards.

The next week I got in the habit of stopping at the church each day after work or the hospital visit, and the seminarian was always in the church.  He would smile and ask me how my dad and the family were doing.   We would chat by the door and he shared his own family  deaths and loss experiences, which helped me understand my own.  He had a comforting style and always lifted my spirits after these visits.

Two weeks went by.  My father was still on the ventilator and the stress continued.   After one really wrung-out day, I didn’t even want to stop by the church.   I went straight home and just sat in my living room for a long time trying to deal with all the feelings that were almost overwhelming.  My doorbell rang and I stepped out onto the porch and there was the seminarian.  He asked me if I could come out and sit with him on my lawn bench.

I had just prayed and it was so comforting to see him.   We talked awhile and shared feelings about families and deaths.  Looking back, I don’t remember discussing any other subjects.  We only spoke  about death, prayers, the sick, loss feelings and our after-death beliefs.  He had such insights especially about Scriptures, and stated them so beautifully – always with a relevant, strong spiritual aspect.   After such talks, I would think, “He has so much knowledge and he’s so young.”

From the time our dad went into the hospital and the time he left this life..... it ended after 30 long days.   I visited with the seminarian almost every day until Dad died.

Our family planned the services immediately in our hometown which was 30 miles away from my own. Planning them, as most of us have experienced, took several days plus additional days of the services and funeral.   I was gone from home for almost a week.

Returning home, I thought of the young priest-to-be and felt so thankful for the guidance and friendship he showed during the past month.   Many insights he shared with me came to mind during the funeral service and highly emotional moments.   Again, impulsively, I pulled into the parking lot and went to the church office.   I asked if the young man was available, and the secretary said that he was done with his parish work here and was reassigned to another parish.  She wasn’t sure which one it was, but could try to find out.

I told her it was not necessary.  To me he was an Angel and Heaven-sent.  I don’t believe in coincidences. He was there throughout my dad’s entire leaving-this-world process.   He never asked me for anything nor did he ever tell me any of his own issues or personal problems.   He solely helped me get through my impending loss.   And he did just that.  I was filled with gratitude for the daily comfort he brought.  He fulfilled his ‘assignment’ and moved on.

I never saw or heard about him again.   And I am grateful to God for sending him to help me through such a sad time …….”For he hath given his angels charge over thee; to keep thee in all thy ways.”  Psalm 91:11

Fran Coppola Signorino

 

 

Jesus asks, “Are you Asleep?”

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On Holy Thursday, in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus said to His disciple, Simon Peter",...are you asleep?  Could you not keep watch for one hour?  Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test.  The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak."

Today, I ask you:   are you asleep?  Can you not spend one hour a week watching and praying to Jesus to protect you from tests and trials?  Do you find other things to do even though you feel you should spend some time in thanks, praise and prayers in God's House? 

Or do you go to church and think of other things while you are there or check out who is attending?   Are you fearful of others who are sitting close to you.  Do you listen to the sermon and apply it to your life?   If you have a church that has communion, do you receive it and quickly walk out the door once you have and not spent some time in the communion of soul with Christ that you just received?

Once you form a relationship with Jesus, you will feel differently about praying and praising Him.   Forming a relationship with Him is easy; simply find a quiet place and talk to Him. In your own words and feelings.   Ask Him to lead you, teach you and give you the gift of Himself.   He will answer you - he answers in different ways.   He may answer you in thought, or feelings, or signs and acts.  You will feel it.

Once your spirit is willing, your flesh will no longer be weak.  You will be stronger in any and all tests that may come your way.   Peace will be yours.   He will guide you and hold your hand.   You will never be alone again.  

We celebrate Easter through His death and resurrection to be the light and inspiration in our lives now and forever. 

If you want to know Christ intimately, pray to the Holy Sprit for Wisdom and Understanding and read the Bible - start with the New Testament and Jesus' Words.   You will receive a Gift that will save your life.   Forever.  

Marie Coppola.  February 2021

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Marie Coppola A long-time human resources administrator and paralegal (B.S. in Business Administration/ Psychology, Certified Paralegal), Marie writes to aid employees with positive career options and resources, and to assist in career development solutions for students and employees; counsels on resumes, securing employment, and being successful with promotable possibilities. Marie finds inspiration in her faith, which she enjoys passing on to others, and finds gratification in helping others wherever she can. Got a question, need advice? Marie can be reached at mcopp@ymail.com

 

I'm commenting on Mr. Lee Hamilton's opinion that "we all know what needs to happen, now just do it".  This new phase of our national life is in deep distress?   We are very divided and polarized.  It was made clear to those who are not Democrats that our country has succumbed to socialism and all the wisdom in the world won't seep through that idea.

Half of this country voted for Donald Trump and it wasn't about his hat.   The man did the most  for America that he could.   He worked and brought up morale - unlike the Democrats allowing their cities being torn apart and not wanting President Trump to stop it.  'We just need to do it?'  Go out into the streets and try to stop Democratic protestors hit seniors with steel pipes?   And then deny they were protestors but put there by Trump?   Not,  How do we turn to our traditional ways with these non-American Acts being done and lying about it?   It is evident that  Trump tried to rally the country back from all the violence & murders going on in Democratic cities but the Dems said, "No".  He was kept busy warding off a  ridiculous impeachment for the almost 4 years of his term of presidency.  Still is now that he is out of office.  Is that how we revitalize our democracy?  By lying and pointing fingers?

What happened to Dem's "attempts" to govern?   Did they govern at the spectacle of the Judge Kavanaugh admission to the Supreme Court?   This was compromise?  It was something our country will never forget,  Dems didn't have to bind up their own wounds.  They caused wounds to this man and his family - it was difficult to watch.   We need to 'bind our wounds'?   Why were they caused?  The Democratic party made a new face for themselves that day and it was mean. 

Yes, we need leaders who can communicate and talk to each other - not rip up speeches to gain attention.  What do our children learn from all these uncomfortable "truths" when they see the other party is responsible for what they say and do, too,   Nancy Pelosi and her crew showed the worst respect for a president of the U.S. we have ever seen - and it went world-wide.   Shame on the bad mouthing of our president  because he was popular - he said good things about America - and how we could make it better.   The Dems -  to my view - wanted the power and were willing to use any way they could get it.  They brought us down.   So did the media who were in their pockets.   False charges against the president from the Dems and confirmed by a rude and false media.   How do you bind those wounds?

Your last paragraph says we expect leaders to work together to solve problems.  Trump did more than many other presidents to solve USA problems.  He was also the proud husband of a lovely First Lady who was snubbed by magazines and other media.  Terrible remarks - the first of its kind in our country.  Is this America?  The Dems formed their own alliance to make it not work - they acted like spoiled children who want to get even.   Did they get even?   Or did we go from their swamp agendas of  'from the fire' into the frying pan?   74 million of us think so,

Marie Coppola  February 7, 2021

I'm commenting on Mr. Lee Hamilton's opinion that "we all know what needs to happen, now just do it".  This new phase of our national life is in deep distress?   We are very divided and polarized.  It was made clear to those who are not Democrats that our country has succumbed to socialism and all the wisdom in the world won't seep through that idea.

Half of this country voted for Donald Trump and it wasn't about his hat.   The man did the most  for America that he could.   He worked and brought up morale - unlike the Democrats allowing their cities being torn apart and not wanting President Trump to stop it.  'We just need to do it?'  Go out into the streets and try to stop Democratic protestors hit seniors with steel pipes?   And then deny they were protestors but put there by Trump?   Not.  How do we turn to our traditional ways with these non-American Acts being done and lying about it?   It is evident that  Trump tried to rally the country back from all the violence & murders going on in Democratic cities but the Dems said, "No".  He was kept busy warding off a  ridiculous impeachment for the almost 4 years of his term of presidency.  Still is now that he is out of office.  Is that how we revitalize our democracy?  By lying and pointing fingers?

What happened to Dem's "attempts" to govern?   Did they govern at the spectacle of  Judge Kavanaugh admission to the Supreme Court?   This was compromise?  It was something our country will never forget,  Dems didn't have to bind up their own wounds.  They caused wounds to this man and his family - it was difficult to watch.   We need to 'bind our wounds'?   Why were they caused?  The Democratic party made a new face for themselves that day and it was mean. 

Yes, we need leaders who can communicate and talk to each other - not rip up speeches to gain attention.  What do our children learn from all these uncomfortable "truths" when they see the other party is responsible for what they say and do, too,   Nancy Pelosi and her crew showed the worst respect for a president of the U.S. we have ever seen - and it went world-wide.   Shame on the bad mouthing of our president  because he was popular - he said good things about America - and how we could make it better.   The Dems -  to my view - wanted the power and were willing to use any way they could get it.  They brought us down.   So did the media who were in their pockets.   False charges against the president from the Dems and confirmed by a rude and false media.   How do you bind those wounds?

Your last paragraph says we expect leaders to work together to solve problems.  Trump did more than many other presidents to solve USA problems.  He was also the proud husband of a lovely First Lady who was snubbed by magazines and other media.  Terrible remarks - the first of its kind in our country.  Is this America?  The Dems formed their own alliance to make it not work - they acted like spoiled children who want to get even.   Did they get even?   Or did we go from their swamp agendas of  'from the fire' into the frying pan?   74 million of us think so,

 

 

Our demographics show that many folks retire to our southern states and South Carolina is not an exception.  Seniors can bring a wealth of ideas and  experience, as well as  time and efforts helping a community.   Our wonderful world has changed quite a bit this past year.  Since early  this year, the south and the entire world  has been invaded with a virus that has changed our lives and everyone in it.   Most of us know someone who has been affected by the virus, and many lives have ended.   We hope to be on the 'ending' part of this pandemic  tragedy with vaccines being available soon.

One thing retiring seniors have in common in their future: one of them may lose their life-long partner.  It is a joy to share our golden years with someone we have been together with for decades.   Suddenly being without them, the survivor may not function as he/she did at their pre-loss capacity.

But steps can be taken to ensure one's life doesn't fall apart while he or she are in the midst of it. "This, too, shall pass".

Grief is a complex situation.   When you are in the throes of it, one may find it difficult to do almost anything else.   Many people just want the pain to end but are convinced it never will.   Reaching out to others and accepting support is often difficult when you are hurting so much.  It's best to seek those persons who will 'walk with", not "in front of" or 'behind" you in your journey with grief.

There is a free grief program called Grief Share where the members will walk 'with you'.   We have many such groups in our local area especially at our many churches.  There are over 12,000 such programs all over the world and you can find one near you;  online your computer  at  www.griefshare.org

Add your zip code and you will find these healing programs that are mostly held in our church communities.   They are offered free to the whole community and are Biblically-based concepts  to cope with grief ; they are non-denominational.  Grief Share addresses the loss of spouses, children, family members and close friends.  All faiths  and non-faith persons are welcome.

Today, some of these programs have been interrupted by the virus, but once the virus subsides, they will be up and running again - you can find out which ones are still out there (computer streaming) by going to their website at www.griefshare.org   --  there are phone numbers and locations locally as well as uplifting healing articles - you won't feel alone.

The program normally consists of 13 sessions [one day a week for 13 weeks - usually in the afternoon].  Each session consists of a video seminar featuring  grief recovery experts.   A small support group discussion follows.  There is a workbook journal & exercises for each session.  Workbooks cost $15 - the only cost to you if you want one and you don't have to purchase it.  The workbook is helpful to see how you are progressing.

The atmosphere is friendly and supportive.   It is a 'safe environment' where confidentiality is affirmed and friendship bonds are formed.

Often,  friends and family want to help you but don't know how.  That's the reason Grief Share was formed.   The groups are led by caring people/facilitators who have experienced grief and have successfully rebuilt their lives.    We understand how you feel because we've been in the same place.  We will walk with you on the path of grief toward healing and hope for the future.   Our groups in SC are part of a network of 12,000+ churches worldwide that offer Grief Share support issues.   Both men and women join us; it is not a social program but friends have been made.   Sometimes we have all male and all female support groups.  It's your choice.  If you travel while in a program, there may be other Grief Share sites that you can 'make up' what you lost - other churches times & dates are available on the website also.

Many new bonds and friendships are formed at the meeting; healing results from shared experiences and ways to cope with one's loss.   We hope to have safe meetings sometime in the coming spring.

At these meetings, you will have begun the process.  And the only way forward is to put one step in front of the other.   Grief Share helps to do that.   This newspaper and church notices/bulletins will announce when these sessions will take place.   The Grief Share website  lists the dates & times & where & phone numbers.

We look forward to meeting you; God's blessings & peace be with you.   Even if you are not ready yet for the meetings, check out the many uplifting articles in the website.   Hope to see you in the future!

Marie Coppola    December 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the past few days, the words Global Leadership has popped up - especially when it is mentioned that Joe Biden may be our next president.   So, what IS global leadership?

Global leadership is defined as leading people who are based in multiple regions of the world. They need to engage very diverse and distributed groups of stakeholders and colleagues to get things done.

 Global leaders need to lead people across 5 additional barriers – distance, cultures, time zones, communicating  through technology and navigating complex organization structures such as the matrix or network organization.

We have been involved lately with other countries because of the pandemic that originated in China.  Many people died.  Still are.  To this date, I have not seen or read that China is sorry about this tragedy and have tried unsuccessfully  to put blame on America.  Our Sitting President put a ban on travel as Chinese people were traveling all over and he helped keep those statistics down.  This is hardly global leadership.  He did most of this himself but was followed by other Americans.   Much of our history has shown that America has provided monetary assistance to many European & Asian countries; much of which was not returned.  And then expected; It became assumed that we would help.  When the President wanted other countries to assist, it did not happen.  So he stopped.  Will global leaderships do this?  They never did before.  America is divided, its citizens can't agree on many issues; add countries who are not too friendly with us - who will be in charge?

We have had good leadership from the Sitting president, who brought about many changes in our stock market, jobs, and positive reinforcements to America and our military.  He was in his first half year of presidency when the opposite political party started impeachment against him.  This continued for the next three years.   It didn't impede him; he had many positive reinforcements for America - for all.   Would global leadership have helped this?   I think not.  They are having problems with their own countries - when would our president have time & energy to stop the violence that has grown in our country from militant terrorists - someone has invited them in but not our sitting president.

America is a beautiful country.  Everyone wants to come live here.   Joe Biden wants to let all immigrants come in.  The wall that our Sitting president promised is well on its way but is now said it will be  brought down by Joe Biden.  Who will keep out visitors who have done and will do terrorist crimes? Sometimes, they are arrested and then let out or deported but sometimes they disappear in the USA and never found.  That means we will not have borders and anyone can come into our country.  It is said that 70,000 are on their way as I write this.   How can global leadership handle that?  Many foreign countries themselves expel persons, operate detention camps and then there's always Iran & Russia.  Some countries execute Christians.  Will they go along with our suggestions?  Is there a Santa Clause?  What about all the violence that went on here in the USA during these past months?  By a political party who spouted hate, insults and unbecoming language to the Sitting president.  Will global leadership teach them to not do that?

I note the remarks made in Mr. Hamilton's last article - he is also a Democrat - that during the pandemic we had a "major failure of government." That was not so - Donald Trump did everything possible.  He even wanted to stop the vicious wars, looting and killings at different cities which, by the way, were all Democrats - same as Joe Biden. Trump wanted to stop it with troops but all Democratic governors said no.  Maybe THEY should go global and learn about getting along with people.  Donald Trump had no misinformation as stated in his article.  He did his best, but with the fake media & unwilling political party who rips up his words, we can only pray for our country that God leads us into 2021.  I pray for all living in SC and in the world that peace, love & unity is found in the New Year.  God bless America.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The word "Longanimity" jumped out at me one morning as we were watching an EWTN streaming mass & saying the rosary on TV.  The homily said longanimity was one of the Spirits of the Holy Spirit.

Your computer can find out things very quickly so I looked it up. The word was new to me and it translated  as “long-suffering" and longanimitas is a virtue similar to patience.  St. Thomas Aquinas’s careful distinction between these two virtues reveals some precious pearls of wisdom.  In Longanimity vs Patience, in his Summa theologiae, St. Thomas holds that longanimity and patience both deal with enduring difficulties for the sake of a good.  But patience focuses on the difficulties, whereas longanimity focuses on the good. Patience steels the soul, helping a person bear hardships serenely—like a parent calmly teaching teens over and over again. Meanwhile longanimity leads the soul towards a good for which we yearn, specifically for the spiritual growth that flows from delving more deeply into the mystery of  Christ. Thankfully, even the hardship of waiting itself can contribute to our spiritual life!   And, haven't we waited!

So longanimity is a virtue for those who wait: it entails steadfastness in hopefully awaiting a long-delayed good.

Oddly, after differentiating the virtues, St. Thomas draws them together again: the exercise of longanimity will always require patience too, he says, because “the very delay of the good we hope for is of a nature to cause sorrow.” He quotes Proverbs 13:12: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” Longanimity is waiting in hope, but it also requires patience to fortify the soul against the difficulty of waiting itself.

God knows the human heart and recognizes that a long delay in attaining our deepest desires is a genuine cause of sorrow, silent and unobserved though it may be. We all have unanswered prayers: some of us wait in hope for a spouse, others for children, others for entrance to religious life, others for a diagnosis or a cure for the virus, others to secure a job, others to pay a debt, others to find the right home. In the midst of uncertainty, we can pray for the virtue of longanimity to strengthen our souls and guard us against despair. Second, longanimity points us beyond ourselves to God. The greatest good we all yearn for is union with God, and Christian hope is founded on the promise that He will fulfill this desire.

The Christian life, then, is a matter of waiting for God. As the ten bridesmaids of St. Matthew’s Gospel demonstrate, the proper attitude of the Christian is one of watching and waiting in hope, lamps filled with oil (Matt. 25:1-13).   Fruit of Longanimity: Extraordinary patience under provocation or trial. Also called long suffering. It is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. It includes forbearance, which adds to long suffering the implication of restraint in expressing one’s feelings or in demanding punishment or one’s due. Longanimity suggests toleration, moved by love and the desire for peace, of something painful that deserves to be rejected or opposed. (Fr. John Hardon, Modern Catholic Dictionary)

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The 12 fruits are charity (or love), joy, peace, patience, benignity (or kindness), goodness, longanimity (or long-suffering), mildness (or gentleness), faith, modesty, continency (or self-control), and chastity. (Longanimity, modesty, and chastity are the three fruits found only in the longer version of the text.)

Longanimity originated in the early to mid-1400s, derived from the Late Latin longanimis, which means patient.  The Latin longus, means long, and animus, means soul.  With roots in Catholicism, it serves as one of the twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit.  According to Catholic belief, these "fruits" are virtues that can only be performed by an individual with the help of the Holy Spirit.

 

Marie Coppola  December 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up to 500 million people – about one-third of the world’s population – became infected with the 1918 Pandemic virus, according to the Centers for  Disease Control & Protection.   As many as 50 million died, or one out of every 30 human beings on the planet.  The virus killed more American troops than died on World War I battlefields.

The intensity and speed with which the flu struck were almost unimaginable. It was the worst global pandemic in modern history.

"Influenza viruses, with the vast silent reservoir in aquatic birds, are impossible to eradicate," the World Health Organization warned.  "With the growth of global travel, a pandemic can spread rapidly globally with little time to prepare a public health response."

If an equal ratio of Americans died in a pandemic today, that would be 2 million Americans. That's the current population of the entire Las Vegas metropolitan area.

Pandemics ignore national borders, social class, economic status and even age.  The pandemic killed more people in 24 months than AIDS killed in 24 years, more in a year than the Black Death killed in a century, according to the book "The Great Influenza."  The dead included about 675,000 people in the United States. In just October alone, the worst single month in the U.S., an unthinkable 100,000 Americans died. Many were young adults in the prime of their life.    The World Health Organization said the 1918 influenza pandemic was known colloquially as “Spanish flu,” although there was nothing “Spanish” about the epidemic. 

What can we do to get through these next months with Covid-19?  We can give thanks.  Wikipedia defines  'thanks' as gratitude, appreciation or thankfulness which is a positive emotion in acknowledgment or that one has received or will.  It's hard to give thanks or feel gratitude when we have to wear masks, distance ourselves or feel gratitude if we have lost a loved one to this event.   It's hard to give thanks or feel gratitude when the economy is poor; there are wars & rumors of war, heated disagreements over how the government should be run; foreclosures; and even personal problems caused by these events.   It is disheartening that there are mega problems that surround us today.  A hopeless feeling might come over some of us.  Have you thought of giving thanks for anything recently?  Is there anything that you are thankful for?  God talks to us via the Bible and tells us:"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.

"Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name." Psalms 100:4   The Lord tells us in Psalm 32:8 - "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you."

God wants us to be happy. His Word in Scripture reflects this. He instructs us in His Ways in the Bible and His instructions pave the way to happiness, peace and prosperity. How do we know that God wants us to be happy? He tells us in Proverbs 17:22:

"A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones."

One of the ways you can get happier and over the disillusionment of life’s events is to start praising God and thanking Him. There are uncountable things we can thank him for and show true gratitude for. They can be little things; in fact, it’s the little things that change your heart from downtrodden to a cheerful heart. I thank God for opening my eyes to see every morning and being able to get out of bed. I thank Him for the capability to drive, work, exercise, read, share love with my mate, family and/or friends and for every meal I partake. These are all gifts and blessings from God. Not everyone has them.   You may have different ones - think about them.  We all have so many blessings we take for granted.   We have  many avenues we can use to fight it.   There are vaccines coming available.

I give thanks to Him and Praise Him. ‘All good things come from God’. They don’t have have to be lottery wins, or windfalls or extraordinary happenings. The more I praise Him and thank Him, the more cheerful I become. The negative things in my life become less prominent. Two matters cannot occupy the same space. My praises highlight the thankfulness; my thankfulness highlights the good and negates the bad; my gratitude is mind-changing.

Become aware of all the good things in your life. Start praising God for all the good things; give Him genuine gratitude. And you will find that you will achieve a happy heart and a cheerful mind. And when you become uplifted, don’t forget to thank Him and praise Him for that, too!

Marie Coppola updated October 13, 2020

I offered this writing of an Evangelical Meeting four years ago before the 2016 election.  Some of it hasn't changed since then;  you might enjoy hearing from someone who was “inside the room", Bill Perkins of Compass International.  Bill wrote about 1000 Christian leaders from all over the USA to ask Donald Trump tough specific questions about his policy & intentions should he be elected POTUS. 

 This was a fascinating day in New York City as over 1000 Christian leaders from all over the U.S. gathered to ask Donald Trump tough specific questions about his policy and intentions should he be elected POTUS. The only opening on Trump’s schedule was in NYC for 30 minutes.  Invitations were sent out to about 1000 Christian leaders. 

 

Each person who accepted the invitation then had to be vetted, and ultimately ok’ed by the Secret Service. Once cleared, you were notified by phone.  Despite receiving the late notices, the response to attend was off-the-charts. Almost everyone they invited accepted the invitation.  Ultimately there were over 1000 who hastily changed their schedules to attend.

 

After opening remarks by the conference organizers, Jerry Falwell Jr.  spoke, then Franklin Graham. Both attested to the authenticity of Donald Trump.

 

George Barna, the polling guy, spoke. Using several charts he showed that Trump has a genuine path to victory if Christians vote. But in the last Presidential election, some 40 million evangelicals stayed home and that was literally the difference in the election.

 

Then Ben Carson spoke for about 20 minutes. His easy and soft-spoken style easily warmed the crowd. He referred to the fact that Trump had a bad three weeks, and Clinton had a good three weeks and yet the race is still close, virtually tied. But his main point was that Trump is a proven leader. He’s certainly not a politician who’s always worried about offending someone. And that’s what we need, a leader, not a politician.

 

Next came Huckabee, who moderated the discussion between the crowd and Trump.  Before introducing Trump, he made the point that we’re not voting on a pastor or a Pope, but rather a leader.  A leader who is quite different from the past in order to change things from the status 

quo.

 

So the day was set that this was not about Trump’s Christian knowledge or virtues, but rather where Trump wants to take the country.  And where we’re headed if Trump is not elected.

 

The biggest concern centered around the Supreme Court. The next President will appoint anywhere from one to five members. The Second Amendment, freedom of religion, prayer in public places, etc.will likely be settled by the next President’s appointees.

 

When Donald Trump was introduced, he didn’t speak from the podium but rather sat next to Huckabee on the stage fielding questions from the crowd for about 90 minutes. So much for the 30 minutes originally allotted.  There was no press allowed inside, so it was just Trump and the Christian leaders talking back and forth.

 

The really big Christian leader names got to directly ask Trump questions from the floor— i.e. people like James Dobson, Ralph Reed, Tony Perkins, etc. Most felt religious liberty was at stake with this election, saying that if the policies Obama has set in place are allowed to continue, Christians will eventually have no freedom to worship.  Harassment of Christian organizations would continue.

 

Through it all, Trump answered each of their questions with solid answers, both acknowledging the problem cited and how he would take care of the problem. He seemed to be genuinely concerned about changing the direction of the nation.

 

He addressed many subjects including the Supreme Court, national defense, border problems, Christian persecution, his pro-life stance, Israel, healthcare, education. and energy.

 

I would say that most of those who attended who were not sure if they would vote for him, left convinced of how much is at stake in this election if Trump is not elected.

 

After Trump left, to a standing ovation, more questions were taken from the audience addressed to a panel of Christian leaders. Things like the weakening of the military, Christian business rights, etc. were discussed at length.

 

I have to say, we pretty much all came away thinking that if Clinton, or any Democrat, is elected, the path this nation is currently on will continue and WILL lead to disaster. If we don’t turn the ship now, we’re headed to be like socialized Europe— religion pushed out of everyday life and a financial disaster getting worse by the month. 

 

Even reaching problems like what’s going on in Argentina, where they are currently literally fighting for food, is not out of the realm of possibilities. It’s that bad. Don’t think it can’t happen here.

 

At the end of the day was prayer. With few exceptions, the entire room knelt on the floor in corporate prayer for our nation. I took the opportunity to take a quick picture of that sight, some 1000 people in their Sunday clothes on the ground praying together. Who knows where this will lead. Maybe….

 

So, the bottom line for me is that I love this country and our 

Constitution more than I dislike Trumps antics and ego. He will attempt to change the direction that Godless liberals and their propaganda-media have led this nation.

With Trump we have a chance.  With Biden we have no chance.

Be thankful we still have a chance and VOTE this fall.

 

The future of our country in general and our religious liberty in particular depend on every Christian being registered to vote --  AND VOTING  

Thanks to  Bill Perkins of Compass International