An Invitation to Join Me on My New Journey

Karen Simpson Delegate 31B Headshot 04 2018Hello Blog Friends,

It has been awhile since I had an opportunity to post anything to my Sisters of Christ blog.

My life got a bit crazy when I realized I needed to run for State Delegate in my Maryland district.

I have NEVER run for political office before. But I have worked in State government and Annapolis for a very long time.  I have marched for women, children and other vulnerable citizens in our community.

I don’t have a lot of money or rich powerful friends. But I know plenty of the opposite who need a voice in government.

I am running because the things that impact my family and community have not been a priority for our current representatives.

I am running because I am a survivor. I survived being raped when I was in college and I survived domestic violence at the hands of my first husband.  I am running to be a #MeToo champion for women and children in Maryland – and the vast majority of men who respect the rights and bodies of women and children.

It isn’t easy but most things worthwhile are difficult.

I’m running because I’m tired of politicians tearing us apart. We are neighbors. I like my neighbors. We agree about much more than the few things we disagree about.

I want to focus on bringing us back together as friends, family and neighbors who as a community can solve issues that affect us all.

Our children and families deserve freedom from the opioid and heroin epidemic. It will not go away without our intervention.

Our drug epidemic is a mental health and substance abuse issue. People burdened by addiction and their families need services. Our mental health and substance abuse communities must be given the resources to lead us to recovery.

My core goal is to provide opportunity, equality and fairness to everyone in the community.

As State Delegate, I will work to assure effective treatment is available for our friends and family caught in the addictions snare.  We will stop frustrating our judicial system with an epidemic they are not qualified to rehabilitate.

We are neighbors. I  hope to bring our community together because we have more in common than things that divide us.

I miss my blog family. You are my core. You keep me grounded and focused.  I need you and your support to make it to the finish line.

When you help me get this message out with a contribution or by sharing a post or liking my Karen4Maryland.com page, you are saying that the people who represent us should reflect our community.

I’m Karen Simpson. I’m a wife, a mom, and a hard worker. You know my stories. I’ve shared them with you. We have wept together. We laughed together and perhaps even growled together.  Please join me on my new journey. We are neighbors and I need you.

Thank you for joining me on this new journey. I appreciate your support.

Website: Karen4Maryland.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Karen4Maryland/

Twitter: @Karen4Maryland

Donations accepted online: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/karen4maryland

Or mail checks to:

Friends of Karen Simpson
8245 Jumpers Hole Road
Millersville, MD 21108

Authorized by Friends of Karen Simpson
Donna Flaharty, Treasurer

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Please Blink for Children

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you. Matthew 7:12 

When his child is hungry

Does Jesus give him something to eat, or

Starve his family so there are less poor people? (Tax cuts for the rich)

 

When his child is thirsty

Does Jesus give her something to drink, or

Pollute her water supply? (Keystone)

When his child is an immigrant (DACA)

Does Jesus invite him in, or

Deport him to land he doesn’t know?

 

When his child needs clothes

Does Jesus buy her clothes, or

Leave her naked in the street? (#MeToo)

 

When his child is sick

Does Jesus make sure he gets proper healthcare (CHIP and ACA)

Or leave him to die?

 

When his child is in prison

Does Jesus come to visit her, or

Forget his child? (criminal injustice)

Matthew 25:31-46

Keep Your Honk to Yourself

Honk. Honk! HONK! HONNNNNKK! Commuting to the city is noisy.

I imagine every tenth car has a shredded horn while mine is rarely ever used.

Why does someone ten cars back feel the need to put all their weight into their horn until their wheels finally start moving?

Either their wrists really hurt by the time they get to work or their cars are automatically wired to honk whenever they stop moving.

Please exercise your road rage in therapy or at the gym because your horn isn’t getting you anywhere.

Have a nice day! Honk. Honk.

 If I HONK without love, I am just plain noisy!

1 Corinthians 13:1

All Saints Mystery of Christ

All saints reconciled by the glorious mystery of Christ which dwells in us.

Abba,

Gracias!  Your Son is the image of you.

Christ, the firstborn from the dead, springs up hope for our departed love.

We pray for the saints taken from us by violence in New York, Charleston, Las Vegas, the Pulse, Sandy Hook at schools, workplaces, mosques, synagogues, churches, and within our communities.

Heal your saints’ broken heart. Wipe our tears. Embrace us in your grace.

We pray for our saints who died. We miss them.

Heal your saints’ broken heart. Wipe our tears. Embrace us in your grace.

Your saints plant your word. We hope it bears your fruit.

Fill your saints with your knowledge, your wisdom and your understanding.

Give your saints the courage and endurance to speak up for our vulnerable least and lost neighbors.

Give your saints the bravery to invite into our homes, up to our tables and into our family your saints who have been left of our society.

Inspire your saints to extend that love to your saints of Abraham’s Ishmael.

No saint should be alone.

No saint should be rejected.

No saint should be bullied.

No saint should feel disconnected.

Your saints are connected by your love freely given by our loving God.

Strengthened your saints with your power.

Strengthened your saints to be kind to all of your children.

No saint  bullies!

Strengthened your saints to share our inheritance with all people in the kingdom of your light.

 Your saints saved by grace alone. 

Your saints proclaim your word. 

Your saints wrap up in your faith.

Your saints celebrate hope for our departed love.

Gracias Allah Akbar!

Amen

chldren

A Grateful Reformation Heart

By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who protested? 

Isaiah 53:8

Christ dwell with us as we teach and disciple each other with all the wisdom of the psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude  in our Reformed hearts. 

Colossians 3:16

Great Reformer, 

Thank you for your WORD, your FAITH and your GRACE.

We pray for continued understanding of WORD alone, FAITH alone and GRACE alone as we embrace and love our Muslim siblings, siblings of color, LGBTQ siblings and other marginalized siblings. 

We lift up and pray for our siblings that struggle with embracing your children who may look, pray or love differently. Continue your Reformation in us to end Bullying.

AMEN

#500Reformation

Friendly Reminder: How to Treat Refugees

Friendly Reminder: How to Treat Refugees

muslim-girlsThe Christ-like response to refugees:

I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

~ Matthew 25:35-36 (NIV)

 

The American response to immigrants:

statue-of-liberty

Reminder: America prides itself on the first immigrants  ‘found’ this already inhabited country.

Do you need help resetting your automatic response to refugees?

Find out how:

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

American Civil Liberties Union ACLU

ACLU: We’ll See You in Court: Why Trump’s Executive Order on Refugees Violates the Establishment Clause

This is what Democracy looks like!