Updated: July 7, 2013 12:28PM
I have been reading, with interest, Jerry Davich’s columns on prayer at public meetings and a variety of other places.
As someone who values the power of prayer, I rely on it every day multiple times. And, although I will always suggest to someone with emotional, health concerns, or family problems to talk to God, and although I believe that He is in charge of all things on Earth and the universe, I would hesitate to “force” my belief on anyone.
However, I also feel that my personal faith is a gift from my parents, and would hope to pass that on to as many others whose lives I might touch.
When we live in a country where 93 percent of citizens profess to believe in God, I wonder sometimes if the 7 percent are winning because most of us aren’t willing to stand up and be counted, but rather stay silent so we don’t upset someone, or sound politically incorrect, or, even worse, be shunned or laughed at.
Whether boards of any kind choose to pray prior to their meetings should be strictly the decision of that board. Like it or not, our forefathers established our United States of America on the love of God, so they must have thought it was an important part of the lives of those they represented.
And in times of trouble, I can only say I am too weak not to rely on a higher power, whose name for me is Lord. Majority rules — “one nation, under God.” I’d love to chat with any or all of you on this very delicate subject.
Two of my favorite “new” groups are both for the betterment of children with developmental disabilities.
Kristen Erdei began Club Wonder about three years ago, and the club has offered so many varied activities for young children with special needs, and are currently on a mission to bring a playground to our area for children of all disabilities.
Kristin and Leslie Bamesberger are both training for the OE marathon team to raise the thousands of dollars it will take to make it a reality. If you would like to donate, please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Then there is the fledgling Chasing Dreams group, a dream of Denise Babjak, which is focusing on academic and vocational learning opportunities for children and young adults. Housed at the former St. Paul Catholic School on Chicago Street in Valparaiso, she and her volunteers have created a welcoming “school” environment.
But the need for volunteers with teaching experience for the summer months is No. 1 on Babjak’s list right now. They are desperate for tutors for their special-needs students in math, reading and handwriting.
If you, or someone you know, would be willing to serve for an hour or two a week, call Denise at 299-9049.
And if you are a golfer, now is the time to get your group together and sign up for their first-ever golf outing, which will be held at The Course at Aberdeen on June 21. The cost is $90 per golfer, or $350 for a foursome.
Just go to www.chasingdreams.org to register or learn more.
The last two weeks have had many young men and women taking that walk down academic lane as they receive their diploma from high school.
I congratulate each and every one of you for accomplishing 12 years of school, and wish you a world of success in all that you do in the future. God’s blessings.
Now I hope you have a great day because you deserve it. Thanks for reading. Fly your flag.