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A WORD of love can make a WORLD of difference.

November25

Evil might be over-rated. At least when it comes to intent.

I’m pondering what it means to: “do the devils work”. I believe innocent people can do evil things – just like evil can happen to good people.

Meanwhile, as most of you know I don’t lay claim to being a Christian. There are many good examples of those people in our world. But, there are likely an equal number of them that aren’t – just like any faith, and especially religion.. But, that’s all a matter of perspective, as well.

God likely dropped discernment in most of our DNA and allows that to help sort matters out.

Today is Thanksgiving, and I’m doing that very thing. My heart is open and I’m looking around myself and seeing a great deal of inspiration. So, ironically, I’ll include some effort from the Bible, here. Some call it the Word, others a rule book. For the most part I find that it covers a lot of common sense witnessed and reinforced by many generations of people that realize the worst mistakes your can make are the ones you repeat.

The point I’m trying to make, here is: A word of love can make a world of difference.

According to the Bible, God calls us to love one another, which requires living in a way that is for one another – because love apparently puts others first. Throughout the Bible, we are called to put others first, and live in a way that blesses other people.

For example, God calls us to be devoted to and honor one another (Romans 12:10); to live in harmony with one another (Romans 12:16); to love one another (Romans 13:8; 1 John 4:11; John 13:34-35); to accept one another (Romans 15:14); to care for one another (1 Corinthians 12:25); to serve one another (Galatians 5:12); to be kind, compassionate, and forgiving to one another (Ephesians 4:32); and to bear with one another (Colossians 3:13).

Putting another before yourself – that is, loving other people, can possibly  transform us because an act of love has the power to change lives.

I don’t know if Christ rose from the dead to make God’s point. But, I do know He set the stage for change and that message impacts us all daily, and only for the better. There’s the thinking of a Heterodox, for you.

I can’t find it, but I think the Bible offers some passages around the notion (wording?) that God “spoke” his word of love in the form of Jesus into the world. It was, thusly, transformed.

I’m listening  to John Lennon, today – and, his song: Love. I’ve done that before. I’ll do it again. And, I’ll share a video of that live effort for you as well (sorry about Yoko; so say we all):

I’ll trust you all to have a Happy Thanksgiving.

“Love is real. Real is Love”.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

evidently God trusts me

July9

It’s no secret that I got my butt seriously kicked in Colorado.

There was a period of time where it felt like God was taking so many things away from me and my family.

It would have been so much easier to duck and not be accountable. My partners took that path. But, I held firm in my belief of self and some form of unrealized potential for good. I faced a daily Kobayashi Maru. There was no sense of righteousness, mind you. Just a steely resolve to do what felt right. And, I learned there is a vital difference. And, perhaps thusly, began my own path understanding God’s gift of discernment.

I’m grateful for the pain, much of it burned into the back of my head; the wound fresh and itchy, as if it all happened just yesterday. The hollowness in the pit of my stomach a constant reminder of what I don’t want to be; and, what I can be.

Today, if I’m judged in an unfavorable light, I probably don’t “see” it because I am surrounded by so many good people and great opportunities. My Grandad – and, you’ve read a lot about him on this Blog – said: “if you are going to judge a man, do it by those around him”.

All of my experiences – the good, and the seemingly bad, have prepared me in the form of what God needs me to be, to help other men (I’m a surfer, so everyone’s a dude), make ever-better decisions, and realize their own potential. It’s part of living an authentic life.

So, God puts good men in my hands because I think he pushed me hard; he tested me and my mettle – and he trusts me.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

the secret series: in pursuit of They

March16

We may, and finally, have a clue as to whom “they” are. “They”, of course, being that shadowy and uncertain collective that is assigned, or assigns, every uncertain dictum.

We know they are part of “the plan”. We don’t know if the plan is managed, if you will, by the “smoking rabbit”, or that damn black dog with a pipe.

We are unclear if they and the plan can be defined under “good” or “evil”. We don’t know if this is the final stage set for the epic battle promised around “good vs. evil”.

We understand it involves a “secret”. And, the secret is also the “key” to, well, “everything” (often referred to by thirteen year olds as the obvious).

But, this is what we’ve uncovered – a (potentially) significant clue that has us all rather excited – and, worked-up:

Featured Article | SCP-055 – (unknown)

“The self-keeping secret. Nobody knows what it is, nobody knows what it does. Anyone who sees it forgets about it entirely in the space of minutes. It may have killed hundreds of people, or it may have been placed by an outside force to invisibly monitor the Foundation or humanity…. and nobody would know.”

Look for the full article, based on our joint research, to be revealed by the end of the week. That is of course, if we can remember to do so. Or, survive what is likely to be an imminent attack from “them”.

NOTE: More about this later, we hope.

Don’t be unnerved. Be aware. Or, perhaps just Beware. It’s what you don’t see that can kill you.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

some dream some Do

January20

This particular story was written by a distant cousin of mine, and is about my Great Uncle Bob (from the other side of the interesting Cork Clan).

Dr. King’s Dream

by lcork

Mon Jan 18, 2010 at 11:08:03 AM PST

“I’m not sure what I can say about this picture that it doesn’t say better for itself…

It’s not the best picture I’ve ever taken, but it’s one of my favorites.  The guy on the right is my father-in-law.  The guy on the left, I’ve forgotten his name, I’m sorry to say.  They were having a fine time swapping stories on that lovely November day.  In the 20 or so minutes that had elapsed since my “Papa Cork” had wandered out of the museum, leaving the rest of the family to browse the gift shop, a new friendship had been born.

They had already exchanged names, talked about their families, and discovered that they both had grown up in Indiana.  With that bond established, they moved on to Indiana basketball, both the games they remembered from their high-school days and the current state of Indiana ball.  The subject of boxing, or maybe wrestling had been covered, and by the time we met back up with Papa Cork and his new best friend, they were onto fishing, and quite possibly kayaking, which is one of my father-in-law’s particular passions.  They were both having a grand old time, as you can see.

The other gentleman’s family came out of the museum about the same time we did, and we all chatted for a little while and then we went our separate ways.  It was just a perfectly normal family outing, almost forgettable in its normalcy, to be honest.

I can’t help thinking that this is partly what Dr. King had in mind when he talked about how one day we would judge one another by the content of our character rather than the color of our skin; and that these two old guys in their funny hats, hanging out and swapping stories as they waited for their families is something that would make him smile.

I’m not the world’s greatest photographer, and I certainly didn’t plan the picture to be anything more than my father-in-law and his new friend, but the museum we happened to be visiting that day was part of the Martin Luther King Jr., National Historic Site, and in the background you can see the tomb of Dr. King.

I do realize that we have a long way to go in terms of race relations in this country, but this photo speaks to me of how far we have come in my lifetime.”

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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