Hope Above All Else

Tonight, I'm distracted.  Very distracted.  I've been trying to write a blog post for hours, but my mind keeps circling back around.  

This will be a short post tonight.  And that's okay.  

Great things can happen when a collection of minds come together and people work collectively with one purpose.  Things that would never be otherwise possible.

I'm hoping that by the time you are reading this, that purpose has been realized.

This isn't the distraction I've been dealing with for the last week:  computer crashes.  No.  No, in the grand scheme of things, that is so minuscule, so unimportant that it's laughable.  That is an issue that really doesn't even matter.  

There are so many solutions to that issue.  (And I'm continuing to work through those, even as I type!)

No, THIS distraction could mean, MAY mean life or death.  Really, the worst part is not knowing.  THIS distraction is a missing person.  Missing now for ELEVEN hours - many of those hours of darkness, making it that much more difficult to coordinate.  

The volunteers are out there, continuing to look, drive, checking out every route that is a possibility.  In the dark, as the midnight hour approaches.  

I hope, I PRAY that even as you are reading this after waking, that the lost has been found.  I watch for the FB updates with baited breath and the notification sounds that are both welcoming and terrifying.  Communications pinging back and forth so the most area is traveled and not duplicated, although there is a check, a double-check, possibly a triple-check completed.  Just to be sure.  

THIS distraction is a Silver Alert - an older gentleman, who is not my blood but family, just the same.  As I write, I continually check in to the notification page to see what new idea someone may have about his whereabouts.  Eleven hours later.

Even in this day and age, there is no tracking mechanism - would have paid with cash if he filled up the gas tank, no cell phone on hand and OnStar is not engaged in the vehicle.  Darkness, in more ways than one.  

I pray he may have just gotten confused and stopped at a favorite restaurant, or stopped - instead of at his intended destination - instead at a long-time friend's home to chat the hours away...  in the gentle Southern drawl I'v always loved (although he's lived in the "north" for probably all of my life!).  

It's okay for "life" to distract you - especially when it is a situation with a missing person or worse.  And do you know why?  Because your business can wait, it will be there when you come back.  That is not always the case with people - and we create businesses for a freedom lifestyle to show those important to us that we care, anyway!  Right?!  

Yes, there are certain things (whatever important things YOU decide upon) you must accomplish every day - and that is not nothing - that you do. every. day.  But sometimes, a wrench falls in the cogs of life's wheel.  And that is what needs attention.  That is what DEMANDS attention.  And please do give it the attention it deserves.  

Many people tonight have sent up focused prayers and focused positive thoughts for this man, this friend, this life-long pastor, that is lost in the dark tonight.  Focused thoughts of love.  

These things are the best things in the world.  These are the things that truly matter.

I realize this post has been somber - words of anticipation, of quiet hope.  But I want to end on with a high note I know this Pastor has read MANY times throughout his life!  I can mentally hear him reading it now!  Powerful!

Psalm 100

A psalm. For giving grateful praise.

1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2     Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
    It is he who made us, and we are his[a];
    we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
    his faithfulness continues through all generations.

UPDATE  As of 3:45PM on the 24th - no news...  If you are a praying person, please offer one up for Gordon...

UPDATE Midday on the 25th - no new leads, sending out the information to as many as possible...

UPDATE Gordon was found, deceased on January 25th, 2017.  We are all so thankful for the shares and searching, as well as the outpouring of love shown this week.