Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


April 13, 2013

Power of Prayer

My heart has been heavy some this week over the matter of injustice.

Whether bullying at school, or bullying by someone stronger or more powerful, I know the good Lord looks out for the “least of these,” and the meek “shall inherit the earth.”

As I have reminded several friends just this week, each in different trials and situations, God is our vindicator. Just because we let something go, or choose not to react, doesn’t mean we are a victim.

The scriptures and devotionals I read state that we are to continue going about our work, doing it to please only God, and He will take care of our needs.

It can be a very hurtful feeling when you are wronged. When by no action of your own, you are maligned or harmed in some way. The Bible teaches we are not to spend time plotting or planning revenge, but are to ask for the blood of Jesus to heal our pain, and make us whole again.

My late friend Major Chuck Anderson was on my mind again this morning. I think of him often. No, I didn’t know him for a very long time. We didn’t spend large blocks of time in one another’s company.

But Chuck had a profound effect on my heart, just in the short time I knew him. He was hammered by adversity. Pummeled with pain. But despite those attacks by Satan on he and the members of his family, he continued doing God’s work. He had a heart for hurting people you don’t run across every day.

He knew our economy was getting bad, and was hurtling toward getting much worse. Those days are here now. Rather than indulge in waste and frivolity, he wanted the churches and social service agencies of this city to be proactive and prepared to help those who would pack the food pantry, the Salvation Army, Family Service, looking for help.  

Reports from those places in recent months have suggested there are families being helped who’ve never had to ask for assistance before. There are many more families out there who are just one illness, one broken car, one tragedy away from losing everything, because they live paycheck to paycheck. I believe the numbers of those families are increasing, not decreasing.

I’m praying for a return to Major Chuck’s way of thinking. I’m praying for an individual who possibly feels God calling him/her to speak up for “the least of these.” I’m praying for a soul who is courageous enough to stand up and speak out on injustice.

And until that day, I go about my work, knowing God is our vindicator.


If you haven’t already, please make plans to attend the benefit softball tournament at Lake Halbert Park tomorrow for Crystal Shepherd.

Crystal is one of those dear people like Major Chuck who has devoted her life to helping those in need. Those who have been hit hard by life’s tragedies and have trouble getting back up.

Now she and her family have been hit by one of those, and I for one am going out to support her, support them, so she can get back to work putting her fingerprint on the efforts in this county to help the hurting.


Deanna Kirk is a Daily Sun editorial assistant and editor of Explore magazine. Her column appears on Sundays. She may be reached via email at Want to “Soundoff” on this story? Email:

Text Only
  • Dr Don Newbury 2014.jpg It’s about time

    Some aspect of time steals quietly into our psyche in all conscious moments, and our use or abuse of it is central to much poetry, lyrics, scripts, conversations — you name it.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dick Platt 2014.jpg The Wonderlic Test

    Did you hear the one about Texas A&M’s “Johnny Football” Manziel testing better than all the other quarterbacks in this year’s NFL Scouting Combine? No, this is not the start of an Aggie joke.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • deannakirk.jpg Work Out? Bite your tongue!

    I've shared this before, but it bears repeating. I'm a lot like my late, dear Daddy … whose idea of “working out” was a good, brisk sit.
    Amen, Daddy. Me too.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Letters to the Editor for Saturday, April 12, 2014

    Thanks for service
    To the Editor: The Blooming Grove Elementary School would like to express appreciation to several individuals and businesses that for three years have provided a “free” vision exam and eyeglasses for many of our students.

    April 11, 2014

  • Dr Don Newbury 2014.jpg Uncle Mort: For the Birds

    Personal experiences racked up across three-quarters of a century — including yips and yaps at lecterns spanning five decades — offer positive proof that many times, utter silence is preferable to spoken words.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dick Platt 2014.jpg One-liners

    For many years, in a previous life, I had somewhat of a reputation as a master-of-ceremonies and I stayed relatively busy at that avocation. I never met a microphone I didn’t like

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • Deanna Kirk mug Gotta love a small town

    There's so many things to love about living in a small town. Why just last week I got to hang out with my ex-husband, his folks, his wife and baby at the Youth Expo. Then just a day later, I got to see my other ex-husband and his wife at the hospital, when one of our daughters got sick and landed there.

    April 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jacobs, Janet.jpg Weird foods on our shelves

    The Atlantic magazine reported recently that sales of frozen pre-packaged dinners are falling and Nestle is considering selling off its Lean Cuisine food line.

    April 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bill Tinsley Nightfall

    Under the glaring light of day we may fool ourselves into thinking that we are center stage, that everything revolves around us. But the night gently reminds us that we are, in fact, a small speck in the galaxies of creation.

    April 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dr Don Newbury 2014.jpg Marjorie Main, in love and war

    Folks with dim memories of World War II recall the “coming home” of troops, and attendant triumphal celebrations that reverberated around the globe.

    April 2, 2014 1 Photo