June 27, 2006

Christians by Maya Angelou

Christians by Maya Angelou

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not shouting "I'm clean livin'."
I'm whispering "I was lost,
Now I'm found and forgiven."

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble
and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak
And need His strength to carry on.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed
And need God to clean my mess.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible
But, God believes I am worth it.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches
So I call upon His name.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not holier than thou,
I'm just a simple sinner
Who received God's good grace, somehow!

Share this with somebody who already has this understanding, as reinforcement. But more importantly, share this with those who do not have a clear understanding of what it means to be a Christian, so that the myth that Christians think they are "perfect" or "better than others"can be dispelled.

June 26, 2006

A Note from Doug Duncan

Dear Lynn,

When I announced my candidacy for Governor in October, I challenged the people in Maryland to think bigger for our state, for our future, and for our children. And I have had the privilege and honor of meeting people from every corner of this state who share my view that we don't have to settle for things the way they are.
I still believe that we can move Maryland forward to better things - that we can create a State of greatness. But today, I want to say that I will not be leading that effort.

Over the past several months, in the course of waging a vigorous and aggressive campaign, I have struggled with what has recently been diagnosed as clinical depression. At first I attributed it to the stress of the campaign, but over the past several weeks it became to clear to me, my wife Barb and our family and to my closest supporters that this was more than the usual wear and tear of the campaign trail.

My family has a history of battling this disease - and it hasn't always been easy. For people who have not suffered from this illness, or lived with a love one who does, they may not understand just how difficult this can be.

It is difficult. And it is difficult for me to announce today that I will no longer be a candidate for Governor of Maryland, but it is the right decision for me, my family and for the Democratic Party.

Earlier today I called Mayor O'Malley and told him I would support his candidacy against Governor Ehrlich. While I will continue serving the people of Montgomery County for the rest of my term, and will do what I can to help elect Democrats at every level in Maryland, I will not be a candidate on the ballot for any office this year for the first time in decades.

For twelve years, I've had the honor of serving the people of Montgomery County as their Executive - and together we've made great progress. But now it is time for me to focus on my health.

I want to thank all of the people, from all across Maryland, who have lent their support to this effort, too many to name here today. But I do want to acknowledge and thank my friend Stu Simms, a man of extraordinary integrity, depth and substance. I knew when I chose Stu as my Lt. Governor that the State of Maryland needed his kind of leadership - and I still believe that today.

Finally, I want to thank my family - my wife Barb and my children, Michael, Andrew, John, Thomas and Conor. They have stood by me through so much over the years and they are standing by me in my decision today.

Thank you for your continued support,

Doug Duncan

For more information, visit the campaign website at www.DougDuncan.com

Paid for by Authority: Friends of Doug Duncan, Robin A. Clark, Treasurer

Dear Mr. Duncan,

It saddens me to hear of your decision to pull your candidacy for the position of Governor of Maryland. I can't imagine how difficult these last couple of months have been for you and your family. I am praying for your complete recovery and healing. I hope you are encouraged by the many wonderful messages and posts from supporters on your website, and I hope you remember that ALL things are possible with God.

Unfortunately, I cannot follow your stead in supporting Martin O'Malley for Governor of the State of Maryland. Even more than before, I believe that O'Malley was wrong for the City of Baltimore. I could not in good conscious support his candidacy for the position of Governor of Maryland. Since I'm assuming that there will be no other viable Democrat running against O'Malley in the Primary Election, I will have to break party lines in the General Election and vote for Erlich.

June 22, 2006

Songs of Hope - Compiled by Sachel

"The Black poets of this Anthology are singing dirges and manifestos (but also songs of victories gained) to inspire and instruct a new generation in the struggle to go beyond the status quo. They are paying tribute to the heroism, and the love, and the erotic moment, and the devastating self-revelation, and the loss and the despair, and the rise, rise, rise again that comes in lives great and small, and who is to say which is which."
--foreword from Songs of Hope

Check out my poem on page 82!

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June 19, 2006

Internet Radio Station Airing Live Prayers of People from Around the World!


Now a Internet radio station airing live prayers of people praying together from around the world. Click onto www.praylive.com and hear people from around the nation praying and worshiping together at the Pray Live e-worship center where you can come just as you are and the doors never close.

Pray Live is open 24 hours a day seven days a week via the telephone line 1-888-PRAYLIVE and can be heard on the Internet radio station www.praylive.com A non-denominational e-worship center with live programs and recorded options the praise and worship chapel, special need prayers, recorded sermons/messages from clergy and ministries from around the nation and the option to leave prayer request. Prayer intercessors are on Pray Live waiting to pray with and for you in the Baltimore area call 443-921-0098 outside the Baltimore area call 1-888-PRAYLIVE and tune into the radio station from anywhere at www.praylive.com and click onto the icon for
the radio station.

June 12, 2006

*This was sent to me via email. I think a portion of it was also mentioned in the movie, Akeelah and the Bee (which by the way should be a must see for every educator!). I'm not sure of the original author, but it is a powerful statement!

Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate,
but that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, handsome, talented, and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
It is not just in some; it is in everyone.

And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give other
people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

--Author Unknown