Can you believe it? It’s April already. Where does time go?
Despite the old saying that April is filled with showers, this month has many more things in store.
This is an exciting month too as we celebrate the resurrection of our dear Lord Jesus. Toward the end of this week we will be touching on the importance of Jesus and why we ought to celebrate His resurrection every day — not just one day of the year.
Oh, and did you know April has been designated as Sexual Assault Awareness month? According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network), “44% of those sexually assaulted are under the age of 18 — 15% percent being younger than twelve years old.” The organization also reports that 1 in 6 women are sexually assaulted (including rape) and its effects on these victims include depression, contemplation of suicide, drug abuse, and post-traumatic stress disorder. In the next few weeks I hope to provide information on how to prevent sexual assault and how you can take action against it.
On a much more uplifting note (you didn’t think I was going to leave you sad, did you?) April is National Poetry Month! I’ll start National Poetry Month off with one of my favorite poems:
By Ella Wheeler Wilcox
It is easy enough to be pleasant,
When life flows by like a song,
But the man worth while is one who will smile,
When everything goes dead wrong.
For the test of the heart is trouble,
And it always comes with the years,
And the smile that is worth the praises of earth
Is the smile that shines through tears.
It is easy enough to be prudent,
When nothing tempts you to stray,
When without or within no voice of sin
Is luring your soul away;
But it’s only a negative virtue
Until it is tried by fire,
And the life that is worth the honor of earth
Is the one that resists desire.
By the cynic, the sad, the fallen,
Who had no strength for the strife,
The world’s highway is cumbered to-day;
They make up the sum of life.
But the virtue that conquers passion,
And the sorrow that hides in a smile,
It is these that are worth the homage on earth
For we find them but once in a while.