Posts Tagged ‘HUG (Hopes United Globally) Award’

“The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even to the head, there is no soundness in it, but bruises and sores and raw wounds…” Isaiah 1:5-6

I have read many blogs that have struck a chord with me and I have admired them very much, but one woman has opened my eyes to a world that no one should ever have to experience.

Stella Marr began visiting my blog recently, so I decided to visit hers and see what she was writing about.  I was shocked and horrified by her personal stories.  Stella is a former prostitute who writes about her ordeal with anguish and bravery, and her voice is immensely important in this time when our world has become so hypersexual. This subject resonates with me because I was molested and misused by numerous men during my childhood years.

One of Stella’s most poignant writings is entitled “An Ex-Hooker’s Letter to Her Younger Self.”  Please read it here:  http://secretlifeofamanhattancallgirl.wordpress.com/

Jesus always stood up for women who were victimized in society and He restored their dignity. As a Christian, I feel that we should encourage and comfort people like Stella who are using their voices to try to put an end to great evils, in this case the horror of sex trafficking. Because she has endured so much injustice and is brave enough to come forward with her story to try to help others, I would like to nominate her for the HUG (Hope Unites Globally) Award.

I admire you, Stella!  I pray that you will find comfort and peace in Christ and that you will hear His voice calling your name…

“Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest…I am gentle and humble at heart and you shall find rest for your souls.”  Matthew 11:28

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Here are the guidelines for the award: http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/

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Nomination for HUG (Hope Unites Globally) Award

I woke up to discover this nomination from Sandi at http://flamidwyfe.wordpress.com/.  I am so grateful for this honor from such an amazing inspirational woman who works as a midwife in the Far East.

I read about this award today at: http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/ .

Interestingly, before I saw this nomination, I was preparing to post a piece, which I have decided to include today.  I want to state that I am not a writer who strives to be politically correct, or flow with the current trends in society.  I simply state what I think and feel.  I am still on my own spiritual journey, and I think we should walk this path together truthfully and compassionately.

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LOCKING THE KINGDOM GATES

“Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter yourselves, and you hindered those who were entering.”  ~Luke 11:52

For some reason, Christians today seem to have forgotten that Jesus wants everybody to come into His Kingdom, no matter what their life has been, no matter who they are. He doesn’t want His followers standing in the doorway of hope and blocking it for people who want to come in.  He offered Himself for all, not just a few.

He opens His arms to the atheists, the free thinkers, people of other cultures and faiths, feminists, gays, lesbians- Jesus wants every one of them to come to Him for redemption and hope. But we Americans have turned Christianity into an exclusive club for nationalists, bigots, and rich leaders who are robbing the poor and preaching that the sacred things are for sale.

I am confused by believers who run around stabbing people with the knives of their opinions and judgments, instead of embracing people with the compassion and healing of Christ. The church needs to repent of its cold heart toward people who would like a chance to know Jesus. I read these words by Martin Luther King recently, and couldn’t help but notice correlations with what is taking place today:

I must make it very clear in the beginning that I’m against discrimination and segregation whether it’s toward a Negro, or Mexican or a Jew or Catholic or wherever it is. I think injustice toward any people is a threat to justice for all people. I’m against discrimination.

The first way that the church can repent, the first way that it can move out into the arena of social reform is to remove the yoke of segregation from its own body. Now, I’m not saying that society must sit down and wait on a spiritual and moribund church as we’ve so often seen. I think it should have started in the church, but since it didn’t start in the church, our society needed to move on.

The church, itself, will stand under the judgment of God. Now that the mistake of the past has been made, I think that the opportunity of the future is to really go out and to transform American society, and where else is there a better place than in the institution that should serve as the moral guardian of the community. The institution that should preach brotherhood and make it a reality within its own body

I can’t help but wonder how we have strayed so far from the Gospel message of Christ, the Incarnate God who humbled Himself to dwell among adulteresses, whores, winos, and a variety of sinners (I was all of these).  He forgave them and set them free from their past, and now we are doing the opposite.  When will we ever learn?

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“Never look down on anyone. You do not know whether the Spirit of God prefers to dwell in you or in them.”

~Sayings of the Egyptian Fathers


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