Sunday, May 31, 2015

Grace

"To forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time." Elie Wiesel, Night

There are some dearly departed that are not dear at all to me: schnooks like Robin Williams who "have it all" then take the coward's way out.

There are others more dastardly - evil creatures who decide to end it all but take other innocent souls along for the ride. Like the pilot who took the German airliner down. A friend of mine said she wished she could go back in time to the day before he killed the passengers, corner him in a bathroom, and drown him in the toilet. But that got me thinking: suppose a person on the plane had plans to mass-murder thousands. Suppose another person on the plane had the scientific formula to cure all disease. Thinking harder, what if the man who would have been the father of an evil dictator who would eclipse Hitler were aboard the jet? How many recent airline crashes may have affected world history? We'll never know and we sure can get migraines trying to figure it all out.

There are some who believe that fallen angels (Jinns) "whisper" in the ears of weakened souls, causing them to take their own lives. Jinns, they say, plant other evil thoughts - Christians call that "temptation." How resistant is YOUR soul?

But today I pause here to remember someone I didn't even know. You can read the story and ask yourself is there anyone in your life who might be saved by one kind word or deed. Better yet, just BE kind in word and deed - you may help someone and not even know it!

Today is Grace's Day here on this blog. Say a prayer for Grace, and for your own loved ones.

From an earlier article, many posts ago...


There is an old African proverb that goes something like "When you walk out of your house this morning, there is no guarantee you will return tonight."

"Why can't we ever break down and cry?"


There are things that happen, accidents and incidents. "Life happens," they say. We try to live our lives the best we can, but often overlook the fact that every single one of our neighbors, and every person we encounter throughout the day, no matter how old or young they are, how they dress, act or look--- every person has his or her own angels holding them up and / or demons chipping away at sanity. Early Islam often referred to these entities as "jinns" and that is said to be where the origin of the notion of "genies" ...

If you are down and troubled, find someone to talk to. Look around - find some real "analog" folks! For every loser trolling the web for less than honorable purposes, there are a hundred wonderful people who would love to be, maybe even need to be, your friend. Just take your time and be careful. (Like human beings, a Jinn can also be good, evil, or neutrally benevolent.- More on Jinns after the jump!)

"Wish I could rewind time I would change SO much" ~ Grace Maney

Via WikiPedia ::: In Islamic theology jinn are said to be creatures with free will, made from smokeless fire by Allah as humans were made of clay, among other things. According to the Qur'an, jinn have free will, and ʾIblīs abused this freedom in front of Allah by refusing to bow to Adam when Allah ordered angels and jinn to do so. For disobeying Allah, he was expelled from Paradise and called "Šayṭān" (Satan). Jinn are frequently mentioned in the Qur'an: Surah 72 (named Sūrat al-Jinn) is named after the jinn, and has a passage about them. Another surah (Sūrat al-Nās) mentions jinn in the last verse. The Qur'an also mentions that Muhammad was sent as a prophet to both "humanity and the jinn," and that prophets and messengers were sent to both communities.

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