On his second visit to Houston this week, President Trump and the First Lady visited an emergency relief center to meet some of the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The president was seen handing out hot dogs and posing for photos with Houston residents forced out of their homes by the catastrophic flooding. He said he was seeing “a lot of happiness” as the city recovers from the storm. “The message is that things are working out well. Really, I think people appreciate what’s been done. It’s been done very efficiently, very well, and that’s what we want. We’re very happy with the way everything is going. A lot of love. There’s a lot of love,” Trump said. He also visited with children affected by the storm, who he said are “doing great.”  

 Isn’t it encouraging that in the midst of insurmountable loss and turmoil, that “a lot of happiness” is not only detectable, but flourishing. That’s because  of the “care” and “kindness” factor that is running rampant across the affected areas.

 One of my favorite videos posted on social media showed a tremendously long line of pickup after pickup after pickup pulling boat after boat after boat. These were volunteers, arriving from across the country, to donate their time, abilities and equipment to help rescue those stranded in the flooded neighborhoods. The outpouring of those wanting to help, in some way or another, has been nothing less than amazing. In a time where hate has reared its ugly head far too often, seeing this side of mankind has been not surprising, but reassuring!

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 Dodging hateful accusations this past week, much like what President Trump deals with daily, has been Joel Osteen, the famous preacher of Houston’s mega Lakewood Church. Criticism came quickly when people began asking why Lakewood’s doors weren’t immediately open to flood victims. I found it so interesting how untruths and non-factual accusations are spread and believed to be the truth in a big city like Houston, just as they are in small towns like ours.

 I was anxious to hear Osteen’s response on the telecast of his Sunday service — and he did not disappoint. I won’t preach it like he did, but the take-away was basically a reminder that we should stay on the high road and as bumpy as that road may be, it’s where we can overcome evil with good. Divisiveness destroys. Standing united builds.

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 I believe in the power of prayer and I also believe this is where we find our hope for America. Two immediate prayer concerns:

 We seem to be a divided nation in crisis, as we no longer talk to each other – only scream at one another...over issues like historic statues.

 We’ve also been threatened and appear to be in a standoff with North Korea. President Trump has said the US is ready to respond with military force should the rogue nation “act unwisely.”

 Yes, prayer would seem to be a go-to option for our counry, which once understood the meaning of being “one nation under God.”

In an early morning tweet, Trump appeared to warn the Pyonyang regime that the US military was on the verge of a strike. “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!” he tweeted.

It was the third consecutive day that Trump has used incendiary language to describe the threat posed by North Korea, which has responded with a threat to launch a series of missiles in the direction of the US Pacific territory of Guam.

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On Wednesday, Trump said he would unleash “fire and fury like the world has never seen” on North Korea, which has conducted successful tests in recent months of intercontinental ballistic missiles the could reach the US mainland. On Thursday Trump said his threat may not have been tough enough and claimed past administrations had not done enough to take on North Korea.

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