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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
This blog relates to life observations before and after age 50. Basically how change is inevitable and affects the way we see things
Bless the Beasts and the Children
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By Lori Broschat
I am a Devils Lake native, a recipient of three college degrees including a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. I have been a pastor in the United Methodist Church since 1997 and I was appointed to my home church in Devils Lake in ...
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This Side of 50
I am a Devils Lake native, a recipient of three college degrees including a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. I have been a pastor in the United Methodist Church since 1997 and I was appointed to my home church in Devils Lake in July 2014. I love to write and have some published works. Blogging is a hobby of mine and this will be my third blog. I have a grown daughter named Ashley who is a student and sometime resident of Devils Lake. I am a movie buff, an Anglophile, and I possess more books than I have time to read!
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The title of this blog comes from a song of the same name, from a film of the same name.  It was recorded by the Carpenters in 1971.  As a portion of the lyrics say, "Bless the beasts and the children, for in this world they have no voice, they have no choice." Forty years on we still haven't figured out how to provide protection and safety for the most vulnerable creatures of the earth.  All we seem to hear about on the news or read in the paper or even on social media has to do with an act of violence or abuse on an innocent.



If all we ever read was the inside of the front page we'd never have any hope for this world.  Man charged with abuse of infant.  Man endangered baby in boat ride.  Mom accused of poisoning kids' smoothies.  Georgia father determined to have done Internet search for deaths of children in hot car.  It's too horrific to face.  Then when I check Facebook I see posts for missing and abducted children, or worse yet, false posts of missing and abducted children.



Not to mention the dozens of requests each week from shelters and rescues regarding abandoned dogs and cats, some obviously given up for dead.  There's always something that needs help because of mistreatment and neglect by those with more power.  It's so disheartening to see the way in which the world treats those who have no voice. It makes me despair sometimes for how much worse this world can become.



I know from a perspective of faith I can label all of this sadness as the result of evil and sin in the world.  In doing so I also know that all of the evil and suffering caused by sin will be redeemed by God in the end.  I know this in my heart and I believe it with all my being, but it still hurts.  I want to get on a pedestal in the street sometimes and chastise people, reminding society to be nice, to carry out the teachings of Jesus to love one another.



I know I have a pulpit to speak from, as well as this space to voice my opinion.  I'm hoping I'm not the only one bothered by these tragic events. I hope that others are horrified and angered and set on edge enough to make a difference in the lives of those who are hurting.  We may not be able to comfort all the afflicted, but we can make sure those we know, with whom we share the earth, whether stranger or friend, feel safe, secure, and valued.  Believers and nonbelievers alike are responsible for their fellow humans and all creatures great and small.

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