Sunday sermonettes redux

Good Sunday morning everyone. It is a rainy morning here. Here are a few little sermonettes on this Sunday morning.

A favorite mantra of mine is “don’t mistake kindness for weakness.” This weekend, the embodiment of that mantra passed away, former President George H.W. Bush. A key lesson for many today, toughness is not correlated with a false bravado. If someone has to tell you how tough or how smart he is, my advice would be to look under the hood.

With the G20 conference now ended, what stood out to me is the giddy handshake/ hug between MSB and Putin. To me it was due to them both being in on a joke. They have gotten away with doing their own thing and having something on the current US President. Both know that the US President has business ties in each country with a goal to leverage his candidacy and presidency to do even more. So, they both feel a level of impunity. Note to all, when leaders squash human rights or look the other way when violated, that is when Jesus crires. If you are not religious, that is when our parents cry.

Yesterday, I watched the terrific movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” about Queen and Freddie Mercury’s rise to fame and impact. It is very entertaining and even emotional. A key premise is how Mercury defined the group to a record producer, ironically played by Michael Myers. He said we are a family of misfits playing to the misfits in the final row. I like this. This group’s family chemistry is a key thread to the movie, which I won’t spoil here. Do go see even if it is just for the music.

So, to wrap up these sermonettes, kindness is important, human rights are important and family in whatever form is important.




3 thoughts on “Sunday sermonettes redux

  1. Note to Readers: As the day has unfolded with accolades for a life of public service by George H.W. Bush, the contrast to the me-first ego-centric mantra of the current President is pronounced. Bush was far from perfect, but he was a forthright and kind man. It is my understanding he and Barbara were a treasured couple in the White House by the staff. That says a great deal to me. As I noted on Jill’s post, the picture of him with a shaved head with the son of a secret service person who has lost his hair due to chemotherapy speaks volumes.

  2. Dear Keith,

    There are some men who look at someone like President H.W. Bush and describe him as wimpy when he was the one flying planes in WWII and who was shot down while the real losers who pass judgment would quake in their boots under the same circumstances. I’m going to do my level best to see the movie, “Bohemian Rhapsody” sometime this week.

    Hugs, Gronda

    • Gronda, that same sentiment was expressed by John Dickerson and Bob Schieffer on CBS. He flew 58 combat missions and was shot down and people call him a wimp? He was a very good athlete and people call him a wimp? People mistake false bravado as a sign of strength. I have learned to be wary of the quiet, determined person moreso than the braggart. I do not see strength in the US President, I see a bully who cannot take criticism and will do anything you want as long as you butter him up. Keith

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