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March 20, 2017 marked a day of loss for a very good friend of ours. Her mother passed away. Less than two years ago, I lost both of my parents and so I understand how she is feeling at this moment.

We knew her mother and she was a wonderful Christian lady. There is no doubt in my mind that she is now absent from her body and present with her Lord. I know that the family is as assured of this fact as I am, but it does not take away the sorrow and loss that is being felt right now.

Sorrow and loss are feelings that we all must face because our original perfection was destroyed by our open rebellion against God. Yet God, in His mercy, chose not to leave us in our sinful state, but in His Sovereign Will, would one day restore that perfection.

Until all of creation is renewed, we will be very well acquainted with shedding tears. There is nothing wrong with expressing sorrow over lost loved ones. Jesus himself wept in the Scriptures. There are two recorded instances of Jesus crying. Once over the loss of a dear friend and the second over His beloved Jerusalem. However, Isaiah 53:3 tells us that the suffering Messiah would be “a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief.”

Throughout the life of Christ, I believe that he saw tremendous amounts of sorrow and grief. I also believe that because of His love for us, he shed many silent tears.

We are told that time heals all things. As nice as that sounds, I do not believe that. Death is our enemy. We were created to live, not to die. I’m not even sure that time lessens our sorrow and grief over the loss of a loved one. I think it is more accurate to say that we become adjusted to live with the loss. Regardless of the years that will pass, one rogue memory brings everything back, and that feeling of loss will still be there.

First Thessalonians 4:13 is the light at the end of the very dark tunnel of sorrow. That light is hope. So yes, even as Christians we will experience sorrow and grief. Our consolation in this is that we know a day is coming where our hope will be fulfilled in the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

One of my favorite verses in Scripture is Revelation 21:4 which states “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

For now, my family grieves for our friend and her family for their loss. I pray that in the days to come, she will cling close to our Savior and be assured that one day soon, the sorrow will be gone and our age old enemy, death, will be swallowed up in Victory.

 

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I put together a little video about my latest skiing adventure. I hope you get as much chuckle from watching it as I did making it!

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I just got home late last night from a week of skiing with NEHSA (New England Healing Sports Association).

This was the first sports clinic that I have been too and I now realize how much fun I have missed for the past 20 years.

This particular clinic was held at Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire. I cannot say enough good about the organization, the location and the Veteran’s Administration for putting on such an event.

The skiing was SO much fun! But the bonus for me was meeting so many great participants and volunteers to make the week a huge success.

A special thanks to my ski instructors, Mark and Kevin! They were phenomenal to work with and get to know. And to Ken who joined in with our group and let us use his Go-Pro to capture one of my “finest” moments! lol

The plaque on the trophy that I was awarded says it all! And here is a link to a video to show my comedic moment. Skiing 

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I was watching some news for a bit. I felt like being nauseous, and the news is usually the best way for me to accomplish that.

The last thing I looked at was the story of the disabled man being tied up and beaten in Chicago. One news reporter mentioned that if this case is “raised” to the level of a hate crime, the four attackers could face up to 30 years in prison. Most of you have probably seen the news report but here is a link to what happened.

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As I watched the video, and read the report, I wondered something about hate crimes. Is not “hate” the motivator behind all crimes? People love to jump on the “No Hate” band wagon for their favored group. But is one group any more important then another? Politicians fight and babble over gun control. We can take the gun out of someone’s hand, but until the hate is taken out of the man’s heart, there will be no change. If not a gun, then some other weapon.

So we as society have decided how much hate constitutes a hate crime. And what if I disagree with the measuring rod? Does that make me a hater? Am I as guilty as the attackers in the video if I don’t agree with someone?

You are by now thinking this post ridiculous. Maybe it is. Just seems to me that it is just fine for me to hate, as long as I hate the same things you do. Just don’t let my hate leave the boundaries set by society.

But wait…what if we lived in a world with no hate, no violence, no crime, etc. Oh wait, that would be called heaven. I’m not there yet, but watching the news often makes me wish I was.

 

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It has been so long since I have logged into my own blog that I could not remember the password. That may be good for the two of you that read this, but I’m not sure yet.

Do I have a good reason for dropping out of life? Or perhaps I should ask is there ever a good reason for dropping out of life. I wish I had a good answer to that question without relying on some old and pat cliché.

The past two years have not been good. Starting with the death of my mom on July 7, 2015, a very good friend on July 18, 2015, my father-in-law on September 5, 2015, my dad on October 9, 2015 and the list continues on like that for two years.

Of course many have told me that I am depressed or wallowing in the depths of despair and need to seek out “professional” help. I do not feel depressed and I am not wallowing anywhere (outside of the occasional times I get my wheelchair stuck in the mud).

What I do feel is reflection. Even now I have a very good friend in New Zealand, from playing on line games, who is only 35 years old, laying in a hospital bed, and feels like giving up. I also have another very good friend in NYC that is scheduled for back surgery on Tuesday for spinal stenosis. So this new year is not looking much brighter then the last two years.

It is very easy to ask why…but we all know why. What I ask is “Have I done enough?” Have I been there when people need me? Have I offered a smile, held their hand, laughed with them, cried with them. Could I have done more? These are the questions that cause me to reflect as I go into 2017.

My only New Year’s resolution is that I want to be a better person for people when they need me most.

In my book, regret is a much worse feeling then depression.

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Speed bumpMost of us are very familiar with yellow caution signs warning us of impending doom ahead. I would imagine that there is a warning sign for just about every conceivable road danger you could think of. From sinkholes to avalanches, and hundreds between the two. If you remember back to the days of studying for your driver’s license, some of the more common ones had to be committed to memory in order to pass the written test.

New drivers tend to take the caution signs more serious, but only for a short time. We become immune to them after a season and learn to navigate the roads with relative safety. Even so, there will probably be at least one mishap on our driving record because we failed to observe a caution sign.

I remember a joke I heard once about a lady driving on a winding country road. She was enjoying the warm summer day with her windows down, when all of a sudden another car that was careening all over the road was heading straight for her. As the car sped past her, barely avoiding an accident, a male driver started waving his arm out his window at her and yelled “PIG”!  She was instantly furious and waved her arm back at him and yelled “COW”! Then she made the next curve in the road and ran straight into a pig.untitled

Like the highways for our vehicles have caution signs, life also has many caution signs. When we are young, we even commit some of the more common ones to memory. But just like driving a car, we tend to drive our lives the same way. We become familiar with all of the signs and rapidly learn to navigate around them. But there are some caution signs that will cause more than a dented fender. If we miss the “Speed Bump Ahead” sign, we may get a small jolt from driving over it too fast, but all should end well. But what if we miss the sign that reads “Danger – Bridge out”? That could end in very different results.

Better_to_Be_Broken_Updated_CoverI lived much of my life ignoring caution signs because I thought I could always maintain control. Serious life situations only happen to other people…right? Wrong. Caution signs in life are there for a reason, not just to give counseling support groups new members.

So let me encourage all of us to keep our eyes open and pay attention caution advice. I write this blog as a man that did not observe caution signs. If you are interested in reading what my personal story is, check out my website http://www.rickhuntress.org and get a copy of my book Better to Be Broken.

There are always consequences when we choose to ignore caution signs.

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This blog is very different from my usual posts about the daily aspects of living with a disability. I will be back on topic starting Saturday. I will be taking all of you along with me on a Mediterranean cruise! So consider this post a narrative interlude between living at home with a disability, and traveling with a disability.

But in the meantime, I’m sure that many of you do not know that I have recently had a book published. The name of the book is “Better to Be Broken.” Not only is it a journaling of my injury and the journey that has brought me to where I am now, it is also a very transparent look at Rick Huntress as a man. Yes my body is now broken, but there is also a spiritual brokenness that my book talks about. Both are important and both are good. You did not read that wrong. I said “both” are good.

So if I have piqued your curiosity at all, now is your golden opportunity to get a copy of “Better to Be Broken.”

Starting tomorrow, October 2nd, The Kindle Select edition of my book “Better to Be Broken” will be completely FREE for two days only. http://www.amazon.com/Better-to-Be-Broken-ebook/dp/B009C048Y8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1349122659&sr=8-2&keywords=rick+huntress

October 2-3 you will be able to download onto your Kindle my book. “But I don’t have a Kindle” you are saying. That is simple to correct–you can download the Kindle App for free also on your Android phone or tablet, iPad, iPhone, PC, Mac, Blackberry or Windows phone 7. Get your free app here http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771

So if you, or someone you know, could use some encouragement and hope in life, now is your chance to find that hope in my book “Better to Be Broken for absolutely FREE!

But remember only for the next two days, October 2 and October 3.

So don’t miss out–download your free copy today!

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