In 2011, the REELZ channel received four Emmy Awards for the mini-series, “The Kennedys.”  They are now following up with a two part showing of  “The Kennedys After Camelot.”  I was a young woman at the time of the Kennedy presidency and just starting a new life as a married woman.  The story of this family and their courage in extreme difficulties and tragedy was a compelling draw for the entire nation.  It continues today.

I vividly remember the events – the assassination of JFK,; the bloodied pink suit that Mrs. Kennedy wore; the parade with all its formality; the saluting little soldier, John, Jr.  We watched as his assassin was also shot.  We wondered if there was a connection to organized crime?

We watched again as Bobbie Kennedy rallied to become his brother’s successor and his life was also cut short.  We cried with the family as yet another son was lost.  We witnessed what followed after those Camelot years as tragedy after tragedy haunted them.

Why are we so drawn to things like this?  It might be because these people are in the spotlight. They’re successful.  They seem to have it all – money, fame, everything they could want.  Are we so callous that we relish in someone else’s pain?  Do we think they deserve it?  Maybe it’s because we all experience trouble in life and misery loves company.

There was another family that had it all. The patriarch of the family had accumulated great wealth.  He was respected by his neighbors.  He was an honorable man of God.  Yet within a week, he lost everything – his property, his riches, his belongings, his children, the disdain of his wife and the eventual deterioration of his body.  Through it all, he was surrounded by a few friends who thought they had the answers to his plight, but they just didn’t get it.

They wondered what the man had done to deserve such pain and loss. What kind of sins had he committed to so deeply anger his God?  Isn’t that true of us?  We tend to think when someone is plagued with trouble, he must’ve done something to deserve it.  The man remained faithful to God, never doubting that He was still in control of his diminishing life.

God doesn’t work like those friends believed.  He doesn’t judge us on our merit or our good deeds.  When he sees us, He no longer sees the stain of sin, because Jesus has paid the ransom and we’ve been redeemed.  He allows trials so that we grow in our dependence on Him, but He will never give us more than we can handle.

Job was again blessed with renewed prosperity. He had more children and became even wealthier than before, not because of what he did, but because of God’s love for him.  He will renew us, just as he did Job.  He’s already prepared a place for us in heaven.



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As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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  1. I love the story of Job! It really shattered my view that God punishes because we do bad things and will bless us if we do the “right” things. Thanks for the encouragement that Christ has already earned God’s favor for me by his work!

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  2. SharaC says:

    Love this!! My husband and I are always interested in anything Kennedy related on tv.. I had nightmares after watching this the other night, the poor girl left in the car… ugh.

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      I know right. They’ve had their share of tragedy but there are so many others with similar trials that we never hear about .


  3. you and IB on definitely on the same track today—maybe this means I need to go revisit Job….


    • atimetoshare.me says:

      I was supposed to start Job today in my daily Bible reading, but I decided to put it aside because of all the yuck going on right now. Maybe I’ll dig in tomorrow. I’ll probably really need it then.

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      • I just wrote a small epistle back to IB about her post—that Job does scare me because so often I too am Job…but don’t have the strength to be again right now—for much of the same crap of which you speak Kathy—so that’s in part that I thought maybe I need to go revisit and simply not ignore it hoping it will go away…


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