An overnight success is never overnight. We are Blessed to live in a great country founded on great principles, one being Forgiveness Follows Failure.
Fall is our reminder that summer doesn’t last forever. Seasons come and go. Nothing in life stays the same—children grow up and get married, once-agile bodies begin to creak and pop, and trees display their boldest colors before shedding their bountiful foliage. And while most of us welcome the relief from searing-hot days, we can sense the passing of time with the turning of yellow, orange, and red leaves—the signal that today is a mere moment. Bare branches and gray landscapes are around the corner, heralding that opportunities in life are also fleeting. Some even disappear forever.
Every two years in the Fall we hold elections where the people exercise their voice and deliver their report card to their representatives.
Yesterday our country exercised a Right secured by our Founding Fathers to peaceably change the direction of our country was going; by changing their representatives to more accurately reflect their values. The people decided that the season was over for one group and chose another group to serve them. We as a country have a new beginning full of hope.
Sometimes people in leadership positions, whether it be in public life, private business, or in the church, develop the concept that the people they serve are their servants creating tension that can lead to no good. Our Founding Fathers provided a peaceable way to relieve that tension that can lead to no good.
Elections prove our country is a success, it also proves an overnight success is never overnight as there are many sleep deprived nights involved in an election.
When our bodies are working properly our built it mechanism repairs and refreshes itself much the same way the trees behave in four seasons.
Sometimes a portion of our body reacts to situations that may not always be good. Let’s look at Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi who spent 412 days in a Mexican prison for making a wrong turn into Mexico with three legal weapons. In my personal opinion he should have been allowed to return to the USA the same or next day when it was discovered he simply made a wrong turn. Interestingly there are new signs in place to prevent a reoccurrence by someone else.
While deployed in Afghanistan Sgt Tahmooressi was injured causing seen and unseen injuries. His unseen injuries include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Ultimately, it was his PTSD that the Mexican Judge used as his reason to order Sgt Tahmooressi’s release. Sgt Tahmooressi suffered many abuses and torture while held in the Mexican prison. The abuse and torture exacerbated his PTSD. Fortunately Sgt Tahmooressi’s season of being abused and tortured in a Mexican prison came to an end. He is home where he can be treated for his PTSD, in a new season of his life.
Most sufferers of PTSD do not make international headlines.
There are two good things about PTSD to take away from Sgt Tahmooressi’s example is that not all suffers of PTSD end up on Wanted Posters; and there is real effective help for suffers of PTSD.
No matter how bad things to seem, we always have a lot for which we are grateful. One thing we can all be grateful for is Sgt Tahmooressi and the many fine soldiers, sailors, and airmen who protect our Freedoms, such as voting in elections.
You can help everyone you meet with your smile and grateful attitude.
Reverend Paul N. Papas II, is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ) http://www.narrowpathministries.org and http://www.familyrenewalcenteraz.org