Religious

Brenda Cannon Henley

Writing recently about what our faces say about us led me to another topic. My daughter DeAnna, who works for an airline, has always been funny by nature. She could be a standup comedian if she wanted. Because of her personality and length of experience, she is often brought passengers with problems or questions and has diffused many serious situations. One I will never forget occurred at Jack Brooks Regional in Beaumont.

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Brenda Cannon Henley

“Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life.” — Anne Roiphe

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Brenda Cannon Henley

“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.” — Kahlil Gibran

I have news for all of us. God doesn’t expect or desire us to all be just alike. He made us to be individuals, to be different, so that we can all put our piece of the puzzle in the right place for the greater good of all. 

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Brenda Cannon Henley

OK, so life hasn’t turned out exactly like you or I wanted it to, and we are somewhat sad. Our plans simply have not been on target, or we lost the partner or significant other that would help them to be fulfilled. Money is an issue, our health questionable and we just don’t understand that. Loved ones are far away from home. The car is old and is possibly on its last leg. The house needs painting. The insurance is due. We are having a baby perhaps too soon. There is addiction in the lives of loved family members.

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perspective in life can change over time

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude in our heart and life.” 

– Author unknown.

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Brenda Cannon Henley

Conversations with two people today led me to a long bout of thinking about people and personalities. What makes us tick? What catches our eye? What claims our attention, draws our finances, and causes us to make decisions - both good and bad?

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Brenda Cannon Henley

This has been a tough weekend for any true Texan, and especially for those who make it a regular part of their lives to attend church, synagogue, Mass or other form of planned worship. Who would ever anticipate a gunman dressed in tactical gear, fully armed, walking into a small Southern Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on a beautiful Sunday morning?

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Brenda Cannon Henley

My boss for many years, Dr. John R. Rice, founder and editor of The Sword of the Lord, authored 368 books in his years on the earth. That is a greater number of books than the majority of people will ever read in a lifetime. He was prolific with pen and paper, but to me, his greatest strength was the fact that he could take a deep biblical truth and teach it in such a simple fashion so anyone in his audience could understand it.

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The story is told of a zoo that was noted for their great collection of different animals. One day the gorilla died, and to keep up the appearance of a full range of animals, the zookeeper hired a man to wear a gorilla suit and fill in for the dead animal. 

It was his first day on the job, and the man didn’t know how to act like a gorilla very well. As he tried to move convincingly, he got too close to the wall of the enclosure and tripped and fell into the lion exhibit.

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