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In Celebration of a Life

Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.   These words of Jesus were spoken by Bishop Marvin Winans at the funeral of Whitney Houston today.  The service was so moving.

God has spoken, so let the Church say Amen!!!  Amen!!!  Chanted the congregation after the Bishop!

Watching this funeral, this celebration of the life of Whitney Houston, I was captivated by the pure, unadulterated spirit of love for God.  With the spontaneous choruses of Amen! rippling throughout the congregation, the Spirit of God moved among the people.

Whitney and her voice were praised, God was glorified over and over and I was humbled.  The Bishop spoke of prioritizing our lives, putting God first and always.  Then all these things that we strive for in our living will come in the great will of God.

The service was a long 4 hours; for me it was uplifting.  Recognizing her life had its faults, she also had a deep and abiding love of God.  She was a generous woman who loved deeply.

One last thing ~ I LOVE a church service where people can show their love of God.  African-Americans know how to worship the Lord with gladness. . .I love the contemporaneous shouts of Amen! and Hallelujah!  I enjoy the spirit of joy and gladness in God.  Would that we who have more sedate services and Masses one day be able to shout our love to God without fear of reprisal or looks of horror. . .

Call me crazy, but I’m crazy for God and I would love to shout my joy in Church.

God has spoken, so let the Church say Amen!!!  AMEN!!!

Sandy Ozanich ~ Copyright 2012

Living Between The Lines

Sometimes in my living I get so caught up in my own agenda that I forget to stop for a moment and take a look around and listen ~ we’ve all heard the expression “Take time to stop and smell the roses” (or for some of us, smell the coffee)

Sometimes in my writing it helps me to undersand what it is that shapes my life and how it connects to other people I come in contact with. It isn’t enough to live life in a straight line because life isn’t that way. It has its own peculiar bumps and curves ~ ~ it has a way of showing me that following a straight line is not the way to go. Having a goal to shoot for is wonderful, but when that goal gets in the way of what is really important, then there’s a chance that I’ll miss a great deal of life and love along the way.

For me it is more important to see people in terms of what I can learn from them and perhaps what they can learn from me. It is more important to live between the lines ~ ~ to see what I am not able to see and to hear what I am not able to hear. Goals and success mean nothing if I am not tuned in to that still, small voice of God calling me to carry on the work that Christ gave me to do ~ ~ to be bread for one another, to be life for one another.

I have tried to stop and listen, to live between the lines of life in order to have some understanding of the various twists and turns those lines can take. I must admit that I have not always stopped to listen ~ ~ but for those times I did, boy what I was able to see! After much thought, prayer and reflection there is nothing that I would give back; not the pain, not the disappointment, not the loneliness; for to do that would mean not truly experiencing the absolute joy and gladness that those moments in life have taught.

 

Sandy Ozanich ~ Copyright 2012

A Prayer Between Two Friends

Lord, You are bread to those who hunger water to those who thirst. You are a port within a raging storm, a quiet place of rest. You are object of our anger, like two friends who know each other best.

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Only friends can argue because the relationship is important enough to challenge each other ~ I challenge You, You challenge me. Somehow knowing that I can wrestle with You helps me know You better and therefore know myself. Don’t ever allow me to become so lazy and complacent that I no longer wish to challenge myself or You!

We are Lover and Beloved ~ we are two of a kind.

In the image of God ~ quite a legacy to behold!

Sandy Ozanich ~ Copyright 2012

Little Children, Big Emotions

As adults I think we sometimes dismiss the emotions of little children.  Perhaps not all adults, but I know some who do.

I remember years ago when my mother-in-law and her friend Helen came to visit, my children were toddlers then.  When they askedd my why I wasn’t feeding them lunch because it was 12 noon, I explained that they weren’t in the mood at  12 noon and would have lunch in an hour or two.

Helen, who had never had children herself, said that children don’t have “moods” they do what the parents want, when the parents want.  She didn’t uses those words exactly, but that was the essence of the meaning.

This morning was the perfect answer to that very wrong notion that little kids don’t have moods or emotions.

I must back this up by saying that one week ago I was babysitting 2 of my grandchildren Colby and Maya.  Colby is 4 and Maya is 2.  Later in the day their mother, my daughter Kelly called from work and asked me to come an pick her up because she was sick.  Her stomach was really hurting and she felt miserable.  As the day went on it was decided that she should go to the urgent care center.  The urgent care center sent her to the hospital to see if her appendix was inflamed.

Long story short, her paternal grandparents came over to watch the kids while I went to the hospital to see how Kelly was doing.  Little Maya cried her eyes out when the other grandparents came over.  She didn’ want me to leave and was so unhappy.  My heart was broken for her, but I knew she would be ok.

This morning when I went down to pick up her brother Colby and take him to school, Maya would not look at me!  She turned her head to the side and even put her hand on her cheek to keep her head turned so she would not look at me.  Oh my goodness!!!  This had never happened before!  I was heartbroken.  Maya is a very sensitive little girl and I know how much she looks forward to me coming over.  She will jump up and cry out, “Grandma Sandy!!!”  Not this morning. . .Her mother said, “don’t worry mom, she’ll get over it.  It will be ok!”  That wasn’t helping, I actually cried because I thought I had broken her little smiling heart!

I am headed back down there in an hour or so to watch her while her dad sleeps because he works night turn.  We’ll see how she is.

Children have feelings and they express them.  Let’s not dismiss them because they cry or feel angry or sad.  As the old expression says, “Kids are people too”  is so true and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

I’m going down to kiss her and give her a big hug and let her know just how much I love her.

Sandy Ozanich ~ Copyright 2012

Happy Heart Day!

Happy Heart Day!

My heart belongs to my husband Tom, my grown children Megan, Kelly and Brian. . .also our 4 grandchildren, Colby, Nathan, Maya and Natalie.  What heart can contain the love of parents for children AND grandchildren. . .

However, I am only able to love them because God loves me first and I love God first, although I must admit that I don’t always love God first.  Loving God first helps us to love  those around us, our family, friends and even those who aren’t that loveable to us.

It takes a lot of heart to love and be loved!  Be that source of love and encouragement to those around you.  This world will be a much better place for you and for your little corner of the world!!!

As a friend of mine says, “LOVE WINS!!!”

 

Sandy Ozanich ~ Copyright 2012

What A Day. . .

I’m having a crappy day today and as a matter of fact the whole weekend was rather crappy.

My body hurts, I’m tired and sweaty.  It’s my joints really that are hurting.  More than that I didn’t go to work on Friday nor today, which is Monday.  Here’s the thing, I’m feeling absolutely guilty for not showing up.  I sent my husband to pick up our grandson for school and I called off work.

I know that sometimes my body just says, “That’s it!  Had enough this week.”  I hate feeling like this because it brings me down into that place where I would rather not be.  I also had some terrible nightmares ~ and I rarely if ever remember those.

I just had to rant a little because I’ve been through this before and I am asking God to help me see what it is I am missing.  Maybe I’m not missing anything at all, maybe it’s just one of those days. . .What am I supposed to learn from this situation.  And then again, I do have the bad habit of over-analyzing everything.  I hate that too.

So, okay, not every day is a pleasant experience and I thought I’d share mine with you.  Aren’t you glad I did???

I will pray for you ~ I ask that you pray for me.

Sandy Ozanich ~ Copyright 2012

God Does Not Die. . .

“God does not die on the day we cease to believe in a personal deity, but we die on the day when our lives cease to be illuminated by the steady radiance, renewed daily, of a wonder, the source of which is beyond all reason.”  Dag Hammarskjold

I was cleaning out my computer room, the one that actually gets all the STUFF that none of us know what to do with right away.  Which is another way of saying that it will stay there until I throw it all out.

I came across this quote from Dag Hammarskjold and began to think about what it is trying to say.

I hear this quote saying that if I allow my day to day life to go on without communicating with God, giving my day and my activities to Him, my life will become dry, dreary and without true life. . .it will be as if I am dead inside.  Eventually those I interact with will notice the change.  I will appear as one who doesn’t care about anything, who walks in darkness without rhyme or reason.

Lord, help me to see how much I need to connect with you each and every day.  That is through Your love I find light and life.  Help me to see that being close to you brings me closer to your creation and your people.  I want to thank You for Your love, inspiration and Your constant reminder that to love another is to love You.  Amen

Sandy Ozanich ~ Copyright 2012