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Oklahoma City Bombing, 20 Years On

On April 19, 1995, a truck-bomb explosion outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, left 168 people dead and hundreds more injured.

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Oklahoma and The Community Theatre

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Thanks for putting up with my posts about “Oklahoma” today. It was a great presentation of this classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. My brother-in-law loves being on stage and I enjoy seeing him do his thing. 

Community theatre is a great way for people who have the gift of performance to share it with the world. Few people make the jump to the big time but that’s OK its a way to express themselves and have fun in the process. It also brings people from different walks of life together to let their star shine! I have done some community theatre in the past along with some church dramatic productions and I can tell you its fun to become someone different. 

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OKLAHOMA, WHERE THE WIND COMES SWEEPING DOWN THE PLAIN!

This afternoon we are seeing my wife’s brother in a community theater production of Oklahoma. My brother-in-law has done several plays and he’s quite the “ham”. We always enjoy seeing him become a character on stage. It will be fun!

Having a fixed point in a world of change

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It’s important for each of us to have something that centers our lives. Having a fixed point to give direction is important. People can feel lost when that one thing that keeps us focused is no longer there. We have all felt a little lost from time to time when those familiar things disappear. As our communities change through growth, transitions and disasters the familiar icons we have seen all our lives no longer look the same.

For me God has been that centering point in my life. For others it can be friends.  It’s like The Doctor in Doctor Who needs his TARDIS and a companion to keep him from flying off course. Having a community of support is vital. Its important to have something, someone, someplace that doesn’t change much in your life. My wife, who loves me, keeps me on track when I need it.

The people of Oklahoma, The Jersey Shore, New Orleans and the other places are having to reshape their communities after disasters. Things like schools, businesses, hospitals, favorite places to eat are no longer there or are very damaged. For them they face long time of rebuilding and reshaping the places they call home.

Without those boundaries and familiar places we have felt a little uneasy, confused, disoriented. Everyone needs that fixed point in life to keep them from going off course. So much in life has change, and as time goes on there will be more change. Coping with that change can show us a little of who we are. I know lots of people who pine over the good old days while others are all about the new.

Friends, planet Earth is a chaotic place to live. I hope you will all find peace and that one thing that anchors you.

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umrethinkchurch: Join the people of The United Methodist Church in praying for neighbors affected by and responding to the severe weather and tornadoes that have devastated parts of America’s heartland. 

Want to help? Learn more here, from Greg Forrester, executive in charge of US Disaster Response for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).