Monday, August 3, 2020

All That Matters




 
 Isaiah 6:8
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send?  And who will go for us?"
And I said, "Here am I.  Send me."

There are generally three kinds of people in the world. People who make things happen, people who watch things happen, and people who say, what in the heck happened?~Herman Cain

Those that's goin', get on the wagon; those that ain't, get out of the way! ~Herman Cain quoting his grandfather's wisdom.

My heart broke this past week when I learned of the untimely passing of Herman Cain.  I was a devout follower of his talk show here in Atlanta, which he hosted for many years, a staunch supporter of his 2012 presidential bid, and a beneficiary of his Christian wisdom, wit and candor.  An eternal optimist, Herman always focused on solutions, not the problems.  I will miss him greatly, and I pray the the Lord will comfort his family at this time, and grant them His infinite peace.
Mr. Cain, you were a national treasure, and you will be mourned by so many, for many years to come.

All That Matters

His voice was silenced
All too soon
His wisdom denied
For new generation
Seeking healing
Courage to face
Life's challenges
He was brave 
Beyond the pale
Unafraid
To speak truth
In love
Because the truth
Was all
That mattered
And truth should be
All that matters
To all of us

Amen.

38 comments:

  1. May he rest in peace. Prayers to all concerned and family.

    He was not so well known in the UK. I'll Google his name.

    God bless, Martha.

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    1. Please do that, Victor. Herman Cain was a remarkable man with many accomplishments, not the least of which being forth coming about his Christian faith.
      Love and blessings!

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  2. Wonderful tribute Martha. The media is having a heyday with his death (Covid related). But we also know "Man knows not his time." He was ready. May his influence for Christ live on.

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    1. Thank you, Bill. Yes, I've noticed that media frenzy, and I find that so sad. I pray with you that Herman's legacy will live on to inspire others.
      Love and blessings!

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  3. It was really shocking to me as well! Such an advocate for right perspectives on our economy and state of our nation. Life is so fragile and gets me thinking how nothing is guaranteed the days of our lives here on earth and to live each day to the utmost, for His glory. I listened to his tribute on WSB.

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    1. I listened to most of the tribute, too, Valerie, and it was so touching. Herman's down-to-earth common sense and his Christian values will be sorely missed.
      Love and blessings!

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  4. I, too, was shocked to learn of Mr. Cain's passing. Sad that attention and honors given Herman Cain (seemingly) pales in comparison to Mr. Lewis. I pray that -- in spite of the media -- his legacy will be heralded in the hearts of every God-fearing American.

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    1. I so pray that, too, Mevely. Herman's sudden passing was such a shock for all of us who loved and admired him. He will be missed!
      Love and blessings!

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  5. 'Unafraid
    To speak truth
    In love
    Because the truth
    Was all
    That mattered'

    This is a legacy worth claiming. Beautiful ...

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    1. It is a legacy worth claiming, Linda. Losing Herman felt like losing a best friend. I will miss him as will millions of others.
      Love and blessings!

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  6. What a beautiful tribute, Martha. I love your poetry. You have such a gift, my friend.
    Lord Jesus, we pray comfort for all who love Mr. Cain. We also pray for more godly leaders and role models to follow in his footsteps. Our country is in need of godly men who stand up for truth. In the mighty name of Jesus, amen.

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    1. Amen, Beckie! How I love the prayer you've written here, my friend. May it comfort other readers who thought the world of Mr. Cain, too.
      Love and blessings!

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  7. Agree wholeheartedly. Thank you for sharing this tribute

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  8. Oh, Martha! Us, too! I nearly cried when I heard it, and dear Zach had heard the news while he was upstairs and came down slowly (not realizing I had just heard it) and said, "Mama, I don't even know how to tell you this." He was almost in tears as he talked about it. Kevin started listening to his radio program years ago and kept telling me about him and how much he liked him. Then, finally, I got to hear his show and was instantly hooked. He was one of the wisest men of our generation, in my opinion. We supported him all the way and never, for one minute, believed any of the smear campaign tactics. To us, he was exemplary, and we will mourn his loss for years to come. Our nation, our political persuasion, our world lost a great man of God, and I agree wholeheartedly with all you said. We mourn together, my friend. What a lovely tribute!

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    1. Thank you, Cheryl, for sharing your memories of Herman Cain here with us. And you are spot on when you talk about him being the recipient of smear tactics when he ran for president. The opposing party saw him, being black, as a virulent competitor, and had to take him down. Herman will be so very missed; our nation has lost a giant of a man.
      Love and blessings!

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  9. So sad! He will be missed. Thank you for sharing and for the lovely tribute and poem.

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    1. Yes, so very sad, Nells. Glad this tribute spoke to your heart.
      Love and blessings!

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  10. Martha, thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute to a man who made a difference by living his Christian faith!

    Love and blessings!

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    1. He lived out his Christian faith, indeed, Kim, and his voice and wisdom will be sorely missed.
      Love and blessings!

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  11. I was also a supporter and he and his wisdom will be greatly missed. Thank you for this tribute, Martha Jane.

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    1. I'm glad you liked this tribute, Terri. My heart is still breaking over the loss of Herman Cain.
      Love and blessings!

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  12. Something I always appreciated about Mr Cain, in addition to his genuine kindness towards people, was that he always wanted to focus on the solution and not the problem. I've always felt that's how Americans should think.

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    1. Yes, J. D., solutions, not problems. That was Mr. Cain's hallmark. And you are so right about his kindness, even in the face of opposition. He was such a wonderful example of what it means to be a Christian.
      Love and blessings!

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  13. Thank you for this tribute. I was horrified by the attitude of the left last week when he died.

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    1. Horrified, yes, Pamela, but were you surprised? It's so very sad, but it seems all the left knows how to do these days is to hate. Let's pray for them!
      Love and blessings!

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  14. What a wonderful tribute Martha Jane. I don't know him, but I read on twitter what president Trump wrote about him, very honorable words.

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    1. Honorable words for an honorable man, Marja. Herman Cain was a giant among men, and he will be sorely missed.
      Love and blessings!

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  15. Beautiful, heartfelt tribute, Martha.

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  16. A beautiful tribute to a great man! We were shocked by his passing as well. I liked his words of wisdom you shared :) Many blessings to you Martha Jane!

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    1. Yes, Marilyn, such a terrible loss for our nation. Herman Cain was one of a kind, that's for sure, and he will be so missed.
      Love and blessings!

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  17. I'm sorry to say I haven't heard of him, Martha, but I love the tribute you give him:
    "Unafraid
    To speak truth
    In love
    Because the truth
    Was all
    That mattered"
    Now that is a value we all need. Thank you for sharing. Love and blessings!

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    1. I'm glad you liked the tribute, Trudy. And yes, the truth will always matter, and it's a value all of us as Christians need to uphold.
      Love and blessings!

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  18. I too was greatly saddened that we lost another voice of wisdom and reason. Herman Cain was an upstanding man of God. I heard him sing a gospel song on youtube (someone posted it on FB) and discovered he also had a fine singing voice. Indeed he will be missed.

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    1. Nancy, I had no idea about Herman Cain's singing voice, so I'm gratified that you mentioned it here. I will definitely look it up on YouTube. Yes, he was the voice of wisdom and reason, that's for sure, and he will be missed by so many.
      Love and blessings!

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