by- Suzie-Q @ 8:25 AM MST
In Corrie Ten Boom’s epic book The Hiding Place, she recounts her families struggles and imprisonment and betrayal. In one passage, after the deaths of her father and sister, she begins asking herself, What if.
She wonders What if they had been released from prison much sooner. What if she had been born at a different time. What if she had not taken such a major risk with her family.
Each one of us can ask the same question. What if we were born later. What if we had married someone different. What if we had taken that risk and went after our childhood dream.
Americans ask themselves everyday What if Al Gore had become President instead of Bush. What if the Supreme Court had ruled honestly. What if Ralph Nader had not ran that year.
As the war lingers on Americans wonder, What if Bush had pursued Bin Laden instead of needlessly attacking Iraq. What if Bush had not lied the country into war? What if Congress had said no.
Everyday Katrina victims wonder, What if Bush had seen help when the hurricane struck. What if those house trailers had arrived? What if thousands of people weren’t still homeless?
We live in a world of questions. We wonder what if free trade deals were not made, what if Bush had not driven the country into economic chaos, what if foreclosures weren’t at all time highs?
Our world has evolved into questions instead of answers. We no longer have certainty about tomorrow, we just hold on to today. We do have a few bright spots wedged between layers of questions and doubts.
For instance, what if a beautiful baby girl weren’t born in El Paso Texas, who is celebrating her birthday today. What if this same girl had not been a world traveler in her early years?
What if Aaron Spelling hadn’t noticed her and given her a break? What if she had not appeared in dozens of guest appearances on popular television shows? What if she had not starred for several years in a popular TV sitcom?
What if she hadn’t made dozens of movies, or written movies and TV scripts? What if she had never won the People’s Choice award, or been nominated for dozens of awards.
What if this famous actress had not developed her own blog, or became a co-host of a progressive radio talk show? What if she did not donate items for dozens of U.S troops, or work to feed the homeless in Los Angeles and Nashville?
This beautiful woman of TV fame, has also shown the world her kindness and grace. She amazes us with her gift of words, while stunning many with her knowledge of today’s events.
She may be a Hollywood Star, but she is also a lady of compassion and truth. We read her blog and wait with anticipation for her new book. She makes strangers feel special, friends feel their worth and she has truly changed our lives for the good.
What if a beautiful baby girl had not been born in El Paso, Texas on July 23rd, would we be wishing her Happy Birthday today?
Happy Birthday Lydia Cornell. You make our world much better to live in!
This is an actual Birthday Cake! 🙂
Have a wonderful Birthday Lydia! 🙂