Saturday, March 05, 2022

Joy Behar. Falling.

“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 
 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you."   ---Luke 6:27


Around 5 years ago I fell outside of our backdoor. Fortunately, my long black wool coat kept me from scrapes, but the jolt felt dreadful and very unlike falling at age 6.

Unforgettable, those seconds.

Tom, who had polio as a baby, fell again just two nights ago in our kitchen and actually? It helped us cement our Plan B regarding our upcoming move. Plan A is still Rapid City. Plan B is an alternate, easier plan, for neither of us is young and capable as in years prior.

Fortunately, both plans excite us. Someday I'll share Plan B with you.

Anyway, three favorite pundits shared video of Joy Behar, from The View, falling on stage. The comments left by folks? Horrifying. All these fellow conservatives joking about a 79-year-old woman falling! 

Seriously, the hate-filled, snide remarks made me shake, feel sickly.

Now, let's be clear. Joy Behar and I agree on pretty much nothing. Oh, perhaps we enjoy some same songs, movies, foods, colors, but not much else. And yes, I'd rather chew gravel than watch The View.

But still! Never, ever would I rejoice that Joy (or anyone else at any age) fell down that way. To me, it looked frightening.

Yet even scarier? The rabid wolf-like way conservatives and Christians reacted:

"It couldn't have happened to a more deserving person."
"She makes an excellent rug."
"Hilarious!" "Awesome! That needs to happen to her once a day."
"My thoughts and prayers are with the unfortunate chair and floor."

... and hundreds more. And if she'd broken a hip? Gah, I cringe to think that still people would've celebrated.

Without love we will never win this current battle. We will change nothing by our hatred for people.

Without love, we are no better than confused agitators. Actually, we're worse, given that we carry a huge God within us, but are refusing to release Him. We're keeping Him hidden from a hurting world.

Too often we're utterly unlike the Good Shepherd who left the 99 sheep to search for the left behind one. The shepherd who rejoiced, not that the lamb was lost--no! But, instead, that she'd been found.

By Him.

"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep."   --- John 10:11

"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil."   --- 2 Corinthians 5:10

"There are people in heaven who wish they had done things differently. Knowing has grief."   ... Kat Kerr

To my fellow book-loving friends: Cozy old library ambience.


Please remember: My posts are always about more than they appear to be. 


 "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15


Sandi said...

I agree. It's nothing to laugh at!

Terra said...

This is a lovely post. I am quite tuned in to current events and did not hear even one person comment on Joy falling, I am happy to say. I did not even know she fell. My view is like yours, love one another as Christ tells us.

Betsy said...

Such a disappointing reaction. I haven't been watching the regular news so I hadn't heard any of this. I cannot stand Joy but I don't believe the comments are warranted. I don't wish ill on anyone and how will we change her mind by treating her rabidly?
I'm looking forward to hearing what Plan B is. I would love to move to a retirement, 55+ building where we have no repsonsibilites and could travel more.

diane in northern wis said...

I would like to think, in my heart of hearts, that all those people who saw or read the story about Joy falling, and did not comment, were instead saying a prayer for her, that she wasn't seriously hurt. That is what I would have done. Why does it seem like a great number of people who hurry to jump on commenting, always have something "stinky" to share with the rest of us? Who can say the nastiest comment the soonest??? I pray that for every nasty comment we read, there are 10X the number of good people who just don't comment and are instead sending up prayers and kind thoughts to God. May it be so.

Pam said...

You raise a good point, Debra. "Too often we are not like the Good Shepherd..." Amen! I know there are many days when my thoughts, words, and actions are not what they should be, but the Holy Spirit is still in the business of convicting us. Guiding us. Teaching us how to live. We only have to listen and obey. If we don't, it seems like we become thick skinned and self centered. We don't watch the news as much as we used to, but it has been very heart warming to see the support for Ukraine and its citizens. I pray that people everywhere will let God's love flow through them toward this nation and her needy.

I'm sorry about Tom's fall. I hope he's feeling better. As for your move, I pray that God will make it as simple as possible for you.