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SICKNESS HAS A LIMIT! On February 5, 2019 as I enter into Open Heart Bypass Surgery, I choose; hope over despair; faith over chance; life over death; and my physical, mental and emotional being shall overcome one of life’s obstacles.

Posted in Sickness with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2019 by sheriffali

In all sickness, the Lord said to the waves of pain, “Hitherto shall ye go, but no further.” His fixed purpose is not the destruction, but the instruction of His people. Wisdom hangs up the thermometer at the furnace mouth and regulates the heart.

 

The limit is encouragingly comprehensive. The God of providence has limited the time, manner, intensity, repletion, and effects of all our sicknesses; each throb decreed, each sleepless hour predestined, and each relapse ordained, each depression of spirit foreknown, and each sanctifying result eternally purposed. Nothing great or small escapes the ordaining hand of Him who numbers the hairs on our head.

 

The limit is wisely adjusted to our strength, to the end designed, and to the grace appointed. Affliction comes not at haphazard – the weight of every stroke of the rod is accurately measured. He who made no mistakes in balancing the clouds and meting out the heavens, commits no errors in measuring out the ingredients which compose the medicine of souls. We cannot suffer much more nor be relived too late.

 

The limit is tenderly appointed. The knife of the Heavenly Surgeon never cuts deeper than is absolutely necessary. “He doth not afflict willingly, nor grieve His Children.” A mother’s heart cries, “Spare my child:” but no mother is more compassionate than our gracious God. When considered how hard-mouthed we are, it is a wonder than we are not driven with a sharper bit. The thought is full of consolation, that he who has fixed the bounds of our habitation, has also fixed the bounds of our tribulation.

 

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My greatest affliction!

Posted in Upside down world with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2016 by sheriffali

We can become able masters of the human heart, but only if we allow ourselves to be tutored in the school of “heart-felt” personal experience.

 

Kings have their troubles; the peasant has his cares; the wayfarer has many hardships; the Captain has his difficulties, and there were times when the dark valleys were too much for me, but thank God, “The Lord was my Shepherd!”

 

I was also tried in my friends and my counselors; they forsook me! They that ate my bread lifted up their heels against me, but my worst foes were that of my own household; my blood family; but especially my children, they were my greatest affliction.

 

The temptations of poverty and wealth, of honor and reproach, of health and sickness, all took a toll on me. The trials from without disturbed my peace, and from within, marred my joy. No sooner I escaped from one trial I fell into another; emerging from one season of despondency and alarm, I was again brought into the lowest depths, whilst simultaneously the waves of billows were rolling over me.

 

At the time, whatever my frame of mind, whatever ecstasy of depression, was the result of emotions propelled by incomprehensible deep hurt. Having been instructed in life’s personal experience, I have matured with God’s grace through the years, and with my Lord’s inexhaustible mercy, He placed me in “Green Pastures.” My soul, let my Lord’s grace continue to cheer and counsel thee,” this day!


Sheriff G Ali

 

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Obama Calls for End to Bigotry, in Implicit Rebuke of Donald Trump

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2015 by sheriffali

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WASHINGTON — President Obama on Wednesday called for Americans to reject “bigotry in all its forms” and keep pressing for equality “no matter what ugliness might bubble up,” appearing to use the 150th anniversary of the constitutional amendment abolishing slavery to challenge the incendiary anti-Muslim politics espoused by Donald J. Trump.

 

At a ceremony at the Capitol attended by congressional leaders and civil rights activists, Mr. Obama sought to place the end of slavery in the broader context of the nation’s troubled history, saying the issue “was never simply about civil rights; it was about the meaning of America, the kind of country we wanted to be.”

 

But he also made subtle reference to the roiling political debate that is consuming the 2016 presidential race, implicitly rebuking Mr. Trump, the Republican front-runner in the polls, who has proposed temporarily barring Muslims from entering the United States.

 

 “Our freedom is bound up with the freedom of others, regardless of what they look like, or where they come from, or what their last name is or what faith they practice,” Mr. Obama said in the Capitol Visitor Center’s Emancipation Hall, filled with statues and busts of human rights leaders including Sojourner Truth.

 

His voice rose considerably as he mentioned “faith,” and many attendees, including Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the House minority leader, gave him a standing ovation at the reference. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic leader, however, remained seated, along with Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin and Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader.

 

“We betray the efforts of the past if we fail to push back against bigotry in all its forms,” Mr. Obama said. “We betray our most noble past as well if we were to deny the possibility of movement, the possibility of progress — if we were to let cynicism consume us and fear overwhelm us, if we lost hope.”

 

The president did not mention Mr. Trump in his remarks. The White House said Mr. Obama had not intended to speak directly to Mr. Trump in his speech, nor had any language been “newly inserted” to respond to one individual.

 

 

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My Greatest Affliction!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2015 by sheriffali

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[Repost From My Facebook November 27, 2011]

 

We can become able masters of the human heart, but only if we allow ourselves to be tutored in the school of “heart-felt” personal experience.

 

Kings have their troubles; the peasant has his cares; the wayfarer has many hardships; the Captain has his difficulties, and there were times when the dark valleys were too much for me, but thank God, “The Lord was my Shepherd!”

 

I was also tried in my friends and my counselors; they forsook me! They that ate my bread lifted up their heels against me, but my worst foes were that of my own household; my blood family; but especially my children, they were my greatest affliction.

 

The temptations of poverty and wealth, of honor and reproach, of health and sickness, all took a toll on me. The trials from without disturbed my peace, and from within, marred my joy. No sooner I escaped from one trial I fell into another; emerging from one season of despondency and alarm, I was again brought into the lowest depths, whilst simultaneously the waves of billows were rolling over me.

 

At the time, whatever my frame of mind, whatever ecstasy of depression, was the result of emotions propelled by incomprehensible deep hurt. Having been instructed in life’s personal experience, I have matured with God’s grace through the years, and with my Lord’s inexhaustible mercy, He placed me in “Green Pastures.” My soul, let my Lord’s grace continue to cheer and counsel thee,” this day!

 

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Born Deaf And Blind Haben Girma Graduated From Harvard Law School Talks With President Obama Using A Digital Device With Braille Characters. Ms. Girma 27, Works As A Civil Rights Attorney

Posted in BORN DEAF AND BLIND with tags , , , , , , , on August 2, 2015 by sheriffali

[NPR] To Haben Girma’s grandmother, back in East Africa, it “seemed like magic.” Her granddaughter, born deaf and blind, is a graduate of Harvard Law School and works as a civil rights attorney.

 

It’s easy to understand why the grandmother feels that way. Years before, she had tried to find a school in Eritrea for Girma’s older brother, who was also born deaf and blind. She was turned away. There were schools for blind children and schools for deaf children. But no school would teach a child who was deaf-blind (that’s the preferred terminology in the disability community). Girma describes that brother as “brilliant.”

 

Girma told the story last week at the White House, when she introduced President Obama during a ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

 

By the time Girma was born in 1988, six years younger than her brother, her mother had made a refugee’s journey from Eritrea to the United States. And in California, a deaf-blind girl like Girma had a legal right to an education.

 

In public schools in Oakland, she was educated alongside other students, leaving her mainstream classes for an hour a day to learn Braille.

 

In an interview with NPR, Girma — who turned 27 on Wednesday — explained more about the family’s journey.

 

In the winter of 1983, Girma’s mother, Saba Gebreyesus, left Eritrea. The war of independence with Ethiopia was going on. It was a two-week trek to Sudan, “walking at night to try to avoid the different military groups fighting in that area.” At one point she slept in a tree surrounded by hungry hyenas.

 

A Catholic resettlement agency helped Gebreyesus move to the United States.

 

In the United States, disability civil rights laws provided opportunities to Girma. TheIDEA law says every child with a disability is guaranteed an education, and the ADA bans discrimination based on disability.

 

 

Still, when Girma went to college, she was unsure whether to assert her rights under the ADA. A turning point came over an everyday decision: what to eat.

 

At Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., Girma at first would walk up to a food station in the cafeteria and put out her plate. She’d eat whatever she was given. Sometimes she liked it, other times not.

 

She wanted choice. (“What if there was chocolate cake at Station Four?” she says.) So the food service manager agreed to email the day’s menu, which she could print on a Braille reader. But the menu came infrequently; food service managers said they were too busy.

 

Girma was reluctant to demand more. Mainly because it seemed trivial to complain about missing out on chocolate cake — or even getting a meal she liked — given her family’s own hard life in East Africa.

 

 

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In Memory Of My Brother Jamal Ali Died Of Brain Tumor At Age 26, November 19. RIP

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 19, 2014 by sheriffali

Beyond This World Of Wrath And Tears

 

In the clutch of pains that follow me

From my head down to my sole,

I wonder what life holds’ for me?

In the darkness of my world

 

 

Despite the pangs I would not complain

Even when I pine,

And though at times I feel disdain

I know, I am wholly Thine

 

 

Beyond this world of wrath and tears

Looms, but the Heavens’ above,

With freedom from pains or fears

And the bounty of my Father’s love

 

 

So, in the midst of my circumstance

In this blessed evening shade,

I’ll live by faith and not by chance

Strong in heart and unafraid!

 

 

© Sheriff G Ali 2014

 

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 Pain breaks not the calm of the sweet twilight of age, for strength made perfect in weakness bears up with patience under it all. Ripe fruits of choice experience are gathered as the rare repast of life’s evening, and the soul prepares itself for rest.

 

 

The Lord’s people shall also enjoy light in the hour of death. Unbelief laments; the shadows fall, the night is coming, existence is ending. Ah no, crieth faith, the night is far spent, the true day is at hand. Light is come, the light of immortality, the light of a Father’s countenance. Gather up thy feet in thy bed; see the waiting bands of spirits!

 

 

Angeles waft thee away. Farewell, beloved one, thou art gone, thou wavest thine hand. Ah, now it is light. The pearly gates are open; the golden streets shine in the jasper light. We cover our eyes, but thou beholdest the unseen, adieu, beloved, thou hast light at even-tide, such as we have not yet! AMEN!

 

 

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Evil Can’t See It But President Barack Obama Is Our North Star!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2014 by sheriffali

President Obama embodies Hope, Encouragement, Love, Compassion, Wisdom, Strength, Balance, Resolute, Spirit, And Yes He is Our North Star.

 

The words of Republican Legislator Frederick Douglass on September 25, 1883, couldn’t be any more precise than it is today. Mr. Douglass said of the colored man, in this case, President Obama;

 

 “If he comes in ignorance, rags and wretchedness he conforms to the popular belief of his character, and in that character he is welcome; but if he shall come as a Gentleman, a Scholar and a Statesman, he is hailed as a contradiction to the national faith concerning his race, and his coming is resented as impudence.” [Republican Frederick Douglass, September 25 1883]

 

Even though when President Obama took Office on January 20, 2009, America was upside-down from the previous administration and millions had lost their homes and those that managed to keep their homes, it was under water. More than a thousand banks had failed wiping out Depositors that had more than $250,000.00 on deposit. Jobs were falling at the rate of 8,000 per month in the last half of 2008 to the point where unemployment stood at 10.2%

 

The Stock Market had hit severe lows and our financial system was on the verge of collapse. Due to lack of Regulations by Republicans, Crooks, Liars and Thieves had literally pick-pocketed the American people and let us not forget, we had two wars spinning out of control at a cost of 5.1 trillion dollars that was unpaid. We had a 1.1 trillion dollar unpaid bill for two tax cuts for the rich, and the country was hopeless and in despair.

 

We still have a long way to go, but Mr. Obama has placed the country back on track, irrespective of what the Pollsters, News Media and the disingenuous Republicans try to tell you. Result; 10 Million jobs and unemployment stands at 6.1%; The Banks are stable and so is our financial system; The Housing Market has rebounded; The Stock Market is at all time highs and yet, uninformed, uneducated, ignorant and brainwashed Americans, propelled by the untruths of the Republicans and their Mouth Piece, Fox News, there is a very visible disdain for Mr. Obama.

 

The chaos in the Middle-East is the direct result of Bush and Cheney’s reckless invasion of Iraq, that took the lives of 4,500 soldiers; wounded 50,000 plus and left 75,000 plus with severe mental problems.

 

And despite all the good that President Obama has done, he has been treated with the utmost disrespect; obstructed every step of the way by the Do Nothing Republican Congress.

 

What is amazing about our North Star is he lives up to his calling, because despite the people that totally trashes him in Public, Mr. Obama has never repaid them with evil. People are annoyed with Obama because he is never angered, even in the most difficult of circumstances. President Obama is no contradiction; He is what He is; A Statesman; A Gentleman and a Scholar.

 

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