Yesterday the Lyme Times magazine came in the mail. I was disgusted to read some of the comments the IDSA (Infectious Disease Society of America) has been making about ILADS (International Lyme Disease Society of America) and those who live with this nasty disease. Seriously. I absolutely cannot fathom what the powers that want to rule are thinking???? Calling Lyme doctors and the speciality labs an "axis of evil" and those who are looking for a diagnosis as having Lyme hysteria....Sick and wrong. Name calling?? How mature is that! It makes me wonder about our wonderful IDSA here in America. I remember when they stated MS was a mental illness. It embarasses and frustrates me. I just don't get it.
Today I have been saddened over the death of a missionary in Haiti who was there building a school/orphanage. The prayer group I lead has been praying for him for several days. He was shot last week coming out of a bank. He took himself to the nearby hospital where he underwent two surgeries before being medivaced to Miami for further surgery. He fought hard to live but his organs shut down. So sad.
When I googled the latest information on Dave Bompart's status, up came another missionary who was shot on the same day in Haiti. A young Mennonite man who was shot in the stomach for his cell phone. He was taken to a hospital there, had two surgeries and was medivaced to Miami where he had more surgery. He survived. Google also brought up that in November 4 missionaries were ambushed and shot in Haiti. They lived and went back to work I believe. Good grief! This goes along with the missionaries in Mexico who were found dead in their home yesterday. Risking sounding like my MIL, bless her heart, I must say I do not understand what our world is coming to.
Add to this my hubby coming home today and telling me our synod Bishop has had seven death threats on his life because of the ELCA changes that were voted in a couple of years ago. Seven. Death. Threats. And he is not the first to be threatened by so called Christians. I just don't get all the hate and violence. I do not understand. I just don't get it.
When I think about how many people in our world are suffering, how many are in need of great help, and how many want to help, I am humbled. Missionaries who put their lives on the line for the children. Doctors who put their careers on the line for their patients. And those who spew hatred, or those who feel it is okay to shoot someone for a few dollars or a cell phone..or just because they look at your wrong? There lies a true axis of evil.
Alas this is not a very uplifting post, so I am ending on a postive note. I am so grateful that yesterday turned out so well and that is where I am putting my energy today. It is two days after the procedure which means my body is protesting. As I rest in my recliner, I reflect on how so very very grateful I am for a safe home in a safe area, with a sweet hubby who loves me so much. So grateful for a loving family, good friends, and the prayers of many. So very grateful. The rest? I just don't get it.