When asked what his response was to September 11, 2001, Steven Curtis Chapman said “God is God.”  That’s the short version of course.


My response to all that has happened as a result of Hurricane Katrina is the same – God is God.


God Is God
By Steven Curtis Chapman from the album Declaration (©2001 Sparrow Records)


And the pain falls like a curtain
On the things I once called certain
And I have to say the words I fear the most
I just don’t know


And the questions without answers
Come and paralyze the dancer
So I stand here on the stage afraid to move
Afraid to fall, oh, but fall I must
On this truth that my life has been formed from the dust


God is God and I am not
I can only see a part of the picture He’s painting
God is God and I am man
So I’ll never understand it all
For only God is God


And the sky begins to thunder
And I’m filled with awe and wonder
‘Til the only burning question that remains
Is who am I


Can I form a single mountain
Take the stars in hand and count them
Can I even take a breath without God giving it to me
He is first and last before all that has been
Beyond all that will pass


Oh, how great are the riches of His wisdom and knowledge
How unsearchable for to Him and through
Him and from Him are all things


So let us worship before the throne
Of the One who is worthy of worship alone


President Bush was in action last Saturday!  Reggie Bush that is!!!   Beat the (Arkansas) Razorbacks (at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, September 17, 2005)!!!



Yesterday (Tuesday, September 6, 2005), I received an e-mail out of the blue from former USC star pitcher Rik Currier.  He had found me through the inSCircle network on alumni.usc.edu.  He told me a little bit about his company and what have you.  Hehehe.  I gave him the president of my company’s e-mail address and told him to go from there since the president and founder of Pacific BMW is also a Trojan (MBA 1978).


Here is Rik’s reply to me today below:



Hi Loren,


Thank you for replying to my e-mail.  It’s always good to talk to fellow Trojans.  Your response is the type of thing that helps me see that the Trojan network is alive and well.   I have always heard about the network but the past few weeks it has come to life.  It’s awesome.   


I also want to thank you for giving me the referral of your boss (insert boss’ name here).  After I am through sending this e-mail I will send him one. 


As far as Mark Prior, it is his Birthday today.  I haven’t talked to him in a while.  I tried to call his number but he changed it again.  I can’t keep up with how much he changes his phone number.  Once I get the number and talk to him I will tell him you said hi. 


Thanks again and I look forward to meeting you sometime, maybe at a football game.


 


Thanks,


Rik


 
That’s right, folks!  Mark Prior turned 25 today!  I sent him a present in the mail last week which included the Switchfoot The Beautiful Letdown CD/DVD and the book Called Up by former major league pitcher Dave Dravecky.  Please continue to pray for him whenever you hear about him.  I continually hope and pray God will somehow use him to make an impact in people’s lives for His glory, honor, and praise!


While I was at cubs.mlb.com, I read the following:



Cubs pitcher Mark Prior is the team’s nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award this year. Prior is a member of the advisory board of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois, which assists academically capable and motivated children in need. The program provides value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education through college. The right-hander hosted a golf tournament for the organization in June, which raised more than $80,000 for the charity. Prior and his wife Heather also spend time with the children in the program.

The Roberto Clemente Award is given annually to the player who demonstrates the values Clemente displayed in his commitment to the community and understanding the value of helping others. The winner is announced during the World Series. Prior, by the way, celebrated his 25th birthday on Wednesday.


I ❤ my Trojan family!!!


As great as my Trojan family is, I love my family in Christ so much more!  Some of our brothers and sisters who regularly sponsor children throughout the world were severely devastated by Hurricane Katrina.  I commend those of you who have already prayed for and sent contributions to organizations such as The Salvation Army (http://www.thesalvationarmy.org) and Samaritan’s Purse (http://www.samaritanspurse.org).  I held off hoping the wonderful people at Compassion International would put together their own effort.  Last night, I found out what it is and cheerfully tried to make my own lil contribution to God’s efforts to bring His relief and hope to those who need it.



Katrina Sponsor Assistance



More than 1,800 Compassion sponsors live in areas that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The emotional, physical and financial challenges they face are overwhelming.


Many of these dear friends have established a meaningful relationship with the children they sponsor. They desperately want to keep their sponsorships active yet many may be unable to make their support payments for the next few months due to the losses they have suffered.


God can use you to stand in the gap for one or more of these sponsors.


Donate now to cover for their payments and allow them to continue the relationship that means so much to them. Your gift will be an incredible blessing to a sponsor during this time of heartbreaking need.


Any amount raised that exceeds what is needed will be applied to Compassion’s Unsponsored Children’s Fund.

Heart to God, Hand to Man
By Geoff Moore & The Distance from the album Ev-O-Lu-Tion (©1993 ForeFront Records)
Dedicated to the men and women of The Salvation Army
In darkest England 1865,
a dismal slum of poverty.
A band of believers rescued from the night,
played songs of hope and offered light.

If a man is hungry,
give him food to eat.
If a stranger’s thirsty,
give him drink.
If a woman’s battered, if a child’s abandoned,
bring them in,
give them what they need.

A heart to God and a hand to man,
here begins the healing of our land.
A heart to God and a hand to man,
I can still hear the Hallelujah band.
A heart to God and a hand to man.

Like an army marching as to war,
come to set the captives free.
The bread of life for the poorest of poor,
hear their cries, bringing relief.

If a man is hungry,
give him food to eat.
If a stranger’s thirsty,
give him drink.
If a woman’s battered, if a child’s abandoned,
bring them in,
give them what they need.

A heart to God and a hand to man,
here begins the healing of our land.
A heart to God and a hand to man,
I can still hear the Hallelujah band.
A heart to God and a hand to man.

While women weep as they do now,
while children are hungry,
while hope can be found.
While one soul remains without light,
I will fight on, fight on,
I’ll fight to the very end.

A heart to God and a hand to man,
here begins the healing of our land.
A heart to God and a hand to man,
I can still hear the Hallelujah band.
A heart to God and a hand to man.

Singing a heart to God and a hand to man,
here begins the healing of our land.
A heart to God and a hand to man,
I can still hear the Hallelujah band.

Singing a heart to God and a hand to man,
here begins the healing of our land.
A heart to God and a hand to man,
I can still hear the Salvation Army band.

About USCTrojan4JC

God Follower, husband, father, USC Trojan alumnus, Mazda employee

5 responses to “”

  1. wurpol says :

    ryc: i don’t get it.

  2. Anonymous says :

    9-11, WW2, Katrina, Earthquake in Japan, etc..All of it was planned by God. All of it has a purpose. And all of it has something to do with the second coming of Christ.

  3. GodFollower4JC says :

    I don’t think we can totally say it has to do with the second coming of Christ.  All I know is God is in control (also the name of an old Twila Paris song).

  4. SportyABG says :

    God is God. Great song.

  5. deadkau says :

    thank you for referring that tomlin song. i’m thinking about buying it on itunes.

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