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Visitor Comments: 24

(21) Graciela Gerber, February 12, 2013 6:48 PM

Lori, you did it again

My husband is a chazzan in a small sinagoga in Maryland. He is working with a very nice young rabbi. Shabbes morning attending is very small. One day the rabbi told my husband how much it frustrated him to have so few members willing to come to pray on Shabbes. My husband, G-d bless him, grew up in a smal shul, so his answer was that for the small attendance, every one present was a gift and that both of them were bless to have congregants willing to attend and learn.

(20) Daniela, July 28, 2012 3:39 AM


You are so positive and encouraging. Thanks for sharing your faith and thoughful subjects of life. Blessings to you and yours

(19) suzy baim, February 16, 2012 6:55 AM

It's fascinating sometimes when we find out what the reason is why you are in a certain place, and look back in amazement how things come together

(18) Anonymous, January 30, 2012 11:43 AM

God's reason my bipolar disorder

I have had bipolar disorder for 26 years. The main symptom is severe depression. I have treatment resistance disease for which I take several medications plus undergo Electroconvulsive Treatment (ECT). I was engaged to a wonderful woman, but my bipolar disorder kept me from holding up end of the relationship. I've also been in a relationship with a woman who also was bipolar. Everything was fine until she stopped taking her meds, and committed suicide. What is His purpose in my being bipolar? I can't believe it is just to be sick for the rest of my life or to give some medical personnel a job. Is it possible that it is so people, especially my family and friends, can develop their concern and love? To show others with a mental illness that their lives can be almost normal? My life is in His hands, now and forever. Bless the LORD our God.

Mark, March 14, 2012 1:57 AM

We expect to know who we have affected

Hello, friend. It is a human condition for us to want to know who we have helped through our sufferings; it gives us shallow, narcissistic meaning and depth to our own life. But what if you knew everyone you directly and indirectly affected - not just personally, but in general? Would you expect there to be an end to the ripple effect for which you have caused (good or bad)? Would you truly want to know your reason for being here? Would you be able to fulfill such a weighty role if you did know? Sometimes, what we feel would be good to know, can indeed be devastating to others. Imagine you did know why you are here, and you made conscious decisions to alter your reason for being, or held back your reason for being from someone you felt didn't deserve would then be consciously deciding whether or not you should be helping others or not with such gifts. You would then be God-like, toying with God's Plan. By waking each day, and interacting with the world around you, just as you were born - problems and all, is precisely where you should be. Just be you. Right here. Right now. There is rarely an end to one's affect upon the others and the world as a whole, so enjoy being you, enjoy the affects from OTHER people's ripples that have an effect on YOUR life, and know that being you is exactly the best you can do for others. God has you where God wants you, and God's love for you will never cease, just as you should never withhold your love for God and humanity. God has a Plan. What's yours? -- Mark

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