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Born Linda Marie Cassells, my named changed over the years. I was called Miki in high school by close friends. My name was changed to Charity while a member of the Children of God in the 70's and then changed to Caridad, while living in Costa Rica. I began writing this Memoir In June 2010. I invite you to join me in the writing, editing, publishing and marketing journey.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Where Is God?

      Those of you who know me, know I am a Christian. I'm proud to be a Christian.  I wasn't always a believer. In fact, for many years I walked a road that was as far away from God and Christianity as I could get.  But one day, my life crashed and I wanted to die to escape my pain and the shame of my actions.  
      The following is a short excerpt from Dear Mom and Dad, Please Send Money, followed by a God-centered opinion expressed by CBS presenter, Ben Stein, that I feel is worth reading.   
From Dear Mom and Dad, Please Send Money:  
     "I watched a young man walk into the waves to cool off and my thoughts turned to death.                     
     Wouldn’t it be easier just to walk out into the ocean and keep walking and then swim and swim until I finally drowned? Wouldn’t it feel better to just die and silence the accusing voices in my head? And the desperation in my heart?
     At that moment, I cried out inside, God if you’re real...show me.        
     As my heart cried out to God, begging Him, daring Him to show me His existence, I heard guitar music and young people singing. A group of eight hippie-looking kids walked down the beach in our direction. A dark haired man and a smiling young woman wearing a long skirt and a colorful peasant blouse, sat down on the sand next to me. The young man smiled and said, “Let me tell you about Jesus.  I resisted...I didn't like Jesus People.”              

The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.

My confession:

"I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are, Christmas trees.

It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, 'Merry Christmas' to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it
. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu . If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God ? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.

Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her 'How could God let something like this happen?' (regarding Hurricane Katrina).. Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, 'I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?'

In light of recent events... terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said okay.

Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with 'WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.'

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says..."


  1. Hi Linda:
    Thanks for sending me your blog:
    Where is God? He is every where, he is you, me, the trees, the grass, the animals, the earth we walk on and the Universe.
    I was listening to Deepak Chopra this morning. He said that one day he was walking down the beach at night with his 5-yr grand daughter and told her that the universe gave her eyes, so it could see itself. She thought for about 5 min and told him to look, the universe wants to see itself.


  2. I am so happy to see another post finally! I'm so anxious to read your book!

    Wish I could enjoy those sunsets too...