There is sadness everywhere. Comes in small and large amounts. The saddest event I have read about in a long time involves Lian. A 6 year old boy.

His parents reported Lian has been diagnosed with a rare genetic disease called adrenoleukodsystophy. The doctors have given him 5 years to live. There is no cure. Lian will progressively lose all body functions and end up brain dead in 5 years.

His parents have asked for BOLD PRAYERS that God will perform a miracle and “heal our son completely.”

Parents ask for prayers, ask churches to pray, ask family and friends to pray.

“Lian needs all the prayers he can get!”

A picture of 6 year old Lian accompanied the plea. A typical beautiful/handsome 6 year old boy.

Pray for Lian!

Lian one sadness. A sole one. South Turkey and Syria unimaginable.

Six thousand dead. Fifteen thousand injured. The numbers representing only the beginning. There will me more. Considerably more. The pictures and videos are horrendous.

Prayers required here, also.

The opposite of sadness is joy. Certain supermarkets have discovered a way to provide a few moments of happiness to its customers.

Jumbo is a Dutch supermarket chain. Came up with a brilliant idea! Sounded far fetched initially. Worked so well however that Jumbo has extended the system to 200 stores.

The brilliant idea: Slow check outs!

Jumbo discovered people enjoy chatting while paying for their goods. Especially, the elderly. Helps deal with loneliness.

A Canadian supermarket Belmont Sobeys has introduced what it describes as a Social SLOW checkout. They also found people enjoy chatting while paying for groceries. Discovered the personal touch especially helps the elderly deal with loneliness.

Is the U.S next?

What follows may be hard to believe.

A New York woman was found breathing at the funeral home after being declared dead.

She was 82. She had been pronounced dead at a Long Island nursing home on Long Island. Discovered breathing 3 hours later at the funeral home.

No updates concerning her present condition available.

In January, a similar situation occurred in Iowa.

A 66 year old woman was in a Special Center for Alzheimer Patients and was receiving hospice care. Declared dead. Placed in a body bag and taken to the funeral home. Funeral home personnel were unzipping the bag and found the woman was alive and gasping for air. She was returned to hospice where she died 3 days later.

The State of Iowa fined the Alzheimer facility $10,000.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres addressed the General Assembly yesterday. He warned international security was in dire straights. He said, “The Doomsday Clock is now 90 seconds to midnight, or total catastrophe. This is the closest the clock has ever stood to humanity’s darkest hour – closer than even during the height of the Cold War.”

I heard the term the “Doomsday Clock, etc.” for the first time during the height of the Cold War. I was in Columbus, Ohio at a Nationwide Insurance Company function. I was seated at the head table next to Nationwide’s CEO Murray Lincoln. I was Chairman of Nationwide’s Policyholder Advisory Committee at the time.

Lincoln referred to the Doomsday Clock and minutes to midnight with regard to the U.S./Russia Cold War. His words had a chilling effect. Guterres words do not affect me the same way. Perhaps I have become accustomed to world wide problems. Don’t envision that final step to all out war.

Blog is late today. It is just after 4 in the afternoon. I had a lengthy appointment with the heart doctor this morning and another with my primary care physician this afternoon. Sorry for the delay in getting the blog out.

Enjoy your evening!






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