Throwback Thursday #TBT – Universal Studios – Twister Attraction #universalstudios

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This is the “Twister: Aftermath” attraction from Universal Studios: Orlando, Florida. It was replaced recently by a Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon attraction. I have fond memories of this attraction based on the movie “Twister”.

Orlando Theme and Resort Parks Closing Due To Hurricane Matthew

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It has to be pretty serious when Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World close their parks in Florida due to Hurricane Matthew which has devastated The Bahamas among other places. Thousands of people visit there annually and its a good thing that both parks are not taking any chances with the safety of their visitors and employees. I am hoping for the best down there for the full-time residents who call the region their home.

Tunes Tuesday – U2 – Pride (In The Name Of Love)

Our nation is still reeling over the events in Orlando and those wounds will take a long time to heal. This song from long ago seems so fitting today. These lads from Ireland know how to share the consciousness of what people are thinking and feeling. What are you doing in the name of love?

Lyrics

One man come in the name of love
One man come and go
One man come he to justify
One man to overthrow

In the name of love
What more in the name of love
In the name of love
What more in the name of love

One man caught on a barbed wire fence
One man he resist
One man washed up on an empty beach
One man betrayed with a kiss

In the name of love
What more in the name of love
In the name of love
What more in the name of love

Early morning, April four
Shot rings out in the Memphis sky
Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride

In the name of love
What more in the name of love
In the name of love
What more in the name of love

In the name of love
What more in the name of love
In the name of love
What more in the name of love

Memorial Eucharist At St. Peter’s Episcopal Church For Those In Orlando

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Tonight my church gathered to remember and to pray for those who were lost in Saturday’s mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub. In the service our priest said that prayers are being heard and God is with those who are suffering. I have a problem with the thoughts and prayers platitude some say but you know after his homily we can’t discount the power of prayer, because it can do a lot of good if we have the patience. In the context of those who perished their families and friends will need lots of prayer for comfort. For those who are injured they will need prayer to help them recover. In both cases there is a lot of healing and understanding that will be done in the foreseeable future.

I am glad to be a part of a parish that cares about those who they don’t even know and answers the call to keep others in their minds as they suffer.

Music Monday – Foo Fighters – Times Like These – #prayfororlando #ripchristinagrimmie #orlando

I came upon this song and the lyrics of it just seem appropriate today in light of what as a nation and community went through this past weekend. I dedicate this to Orlando, a city I like a lot and have fond memories. This is also in memory and honor of the Pulse Nightclub victims both survivors and those lost. It also goes out to the family friends and fans of Christina Grimmie of “The Voice” who was murdered in Orlando on Friday night.

“Times Like These”

I am a one way motorway
I’m the road that drives away
then follows you back home
I am a street light shining
I’m a white light blinding bright
burning off and on

it’s times like these you learn to live again
it’s times like these you give and give again
it’s times like these you learn to love again
it’s times like these time and time again

I am a new day rising
I’m a brand new sky
to hang the stars upon tonight
I am a little divided
do I stay or run away
and leave it all behind?

it’s times like these you learn to live again
it’s times like these you give and give again
it’s times like these you learn to love again
it’s times like these time and time again

A Reflection On The Last Couple Of Days In Orlando, Florida #prayfororlando #ripchristina #orlando

Much is still being learned about what happened in Orlando last night in the night club shooting. Until the facts are known then may cooler heads prevail. As a person who is both LGBTQ and Muslim friendly this concerns me about the greater fallout from this situation. There are extremists of every faith and you won’t find God on the fringes there. It’s in the middle where people build bridges, not walls in all faiths.

As a believer in Jesus I am called to love my neighbor as I love myself. In another note I am saddened for the family, friends and superfans of Christina Grimmie of The Voice who was murdered in Orlando on Friday night after performing a show at another nightclub. The land of hospitality and welcome featuring places like Universal and Disney and SeaWorld has had it rough the last few days. Grace, peace and comfort to them all in the coming days. Let justice prevail for all concerned.

Christina Grimmie Of The Voice, Gone But Her Music Lives On #RIPChristina

Last night Christina Grimmie who was on season six of The Voice and YouTube star died from gunshot wounds she suffered while signing autographs after a concert in Orlando. Grimmie was only 22. It is truly sad to have someone just starting out and with a bright future leave this world. She was pursuing her dream of making and performing music her way. Her fans have her videos and music she recorded in her short career but imagine what she would have done in the future. Now her family, friends and The Voice family mourn and try to make sense of it all. Ms. Grimmie, rest in peace, thank you for the music and being yourself. You left the world way too soon. God bless.